#closeFCPS Trending on Twitter? January 6th, a Day to be Remembered


UPDATE [as of 12:02 AM 01/07/2015]: Fairfax County Public Schools will be opening two hours late tomorrow, January 7th, 2015. Check the resources listed at the end of this post for the most up-to-date information from the Fairfax County Government.

Note: this was originally a simple post on the morning of January 6th, 2015, to let people know when/if school in Fairfax County would be open or closed. After attempting to drive roadways of Fairfax in the early morning hours, Attorney Brenton D. Vincenzes realized roads were unsafe and asked an assistant to post a warning to drivers and update the Firm blog when the school closings were announced. We were very surprised, like the rest of the community, to learn there would be no closing. At the end of the day, the County did the right thing. One teacher with the county told us she is happy that there was an acknowledgement of the poor decision, and it is appropriate to allow employees who were unable to make it to work to not have to sacrifice paid leave.

The school district admitted it made a mistake. Perhaps the most important takeaway from all of this has nothing to do with snow, but the power of the people to bring about change using Twitter. The #closeFCPS phenomenon swept not just the state or the country, but the hashtag trended on Twitter worldwide.

Brent Vincenzes’ tweet (@VADefenseAtty) expressed dismay at the school district’s decision to remain open. The statement / tweet was used by reporters throughout the day, including The Washington Post.


Below is the original post from January 6, 2015.

So far the schools (FCPS) are not closed.  (6:35 a.m.).

The Fairfax County Emergency Blog is located here (https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wordpress.com/)

However according to local reports from insiders from Vincenzes Law, PLLC, there is snowfall on some areas of roads (and it is sticking). See the photo below:

This photo taken about 6:30 a.m. in Fairfax, near the Hyatt Hotel and CGI building:

Fairfax County School and Court Snow Closings and Openings January 6 2015

The courts are less likely to be closed, but if the announcement is made by 7 AM (EST) we will update this post. If not, see below:

Check Fairfax County Public Schools for the latest updates here: http://www.fcps.edu/news/emerg.shtml

The courts do not typically close, unless weather is “extremely hazardous or if emergencies arise” impacting regular operation.

Check local radio and television stations.  According to Fairfax County officials, “important announcements are also posted on the County of Fairfax Web Page.”

You may contact 703-246-SNOW (7669) for details if closings should occur.

If the courts are open, be sure to do your best to make it for your case. If you have an emergency situation, contact the clerk of the respective court. Or, your attorney.

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