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Fairfax County Schools Close Early on Wednesday

All Fairfax County Public Schools will close early on Wednesday for Thanksgiving break.

All Fairfax County Public Schools will close two hours early this Wednesday to help school buses avoid the increased traffic related to Thanksgiving travel. 

The policy to close early on the day before Thanksgiving has been in effect the past few years. Thanksgiving weekend traffic is traditionally heaviest on Wednesday afternoon.

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Superintendent Jack Dale has issued guidelines regarding the closing: 

Schedules for Head Start, preschool, alternative learning centers, and intervention support programs will have special modified hours coordinated by transportation and program staff members. 

All other FCPS classes will be dismissed two hours earlier than the regular Tuesday through Friday closing schedule. Limited preapproved school activities will be allowed, but regular late buses are canceled. 

Exact pickup times for students will be arranged by the Office of Transportation Services. Afternoon career, technical education and academy classes will be canceled for all students who are taken to high school academies, specialized programs or nonschool-based locations. 

Recreation programs will take place as scheduled. School Age Child Care programs will be available for students until 6:15 p.m. or until the last child in attendance is picked up. 

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