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FCPS to host meetings on possible high school start time shifts

Fairfax County schools will hold eight community meetings in the next month to discuss options for later high school start times.

The school system hired a team from research firm from Children’s National Medical Center in April 2013 to come up with proposals for moving the opening bells at county high schools after 8 a.m. The push to move to a later start time is planned to improve mental and physical wellness among students by increasing the amount of sleep they receive.

In April, the team presented its final scenarios to the School Board. The School Board selected its top four choices from these to present to the public for feedback, and these can be viewed online on the FCPS website.

One meeting will take place in each school cluster, though community members are welcome to attend any meeting. The eight meetings are scheduled for:

Monday, May 19, at Hayfield Secondary School - 7-9 p.m.

Tuesday, May 20, at Langley High School - 7-9 p.m.

Tuesday, May 27, at South Lakes High School - 7-9 p.m.

Wednesday, May 28, at Madison High School - 7-9 p.m.

Saturday, June 7, at Poe Middle School - 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Monday, June 9, at South County High School - 7-9 p.m.

Tuesday, June 10, at West Springfield High School - 7-9 p.m.

Wednesday, June 11, at Centreville High School - 7-9 p.m.

County students open prom dress shop in Fair Oaks Mall

Marketing students from Centreville High School and Fairfax County school system’s Classroom on the Mall program have opened the annual charity prom dress shop at Fair Oaks Mall.

The shop, located on the mall’s upper level next to the Texas de Brazil restaurant, has made an appearance at the shopping center for nine years running. Students from any area high school who are in need of a prom dress and do not have the funds to buy one can show a valid school ID at the shop and select a free dress.

Donations of prom dresses and accessories can be dropped off in the main office of Centreville High School from 7 a.m.-3 p.m., or at the shop during its opening hours.

The prom dress shop will be open this weekend on Friday, 4-7 p.m., Saturday, 2-5 p.m., and Sunday, from 1-4 p.m. It will also be open those same hours on weekend after Memorial Day, Friday, May 30, through Sunday, June 1.