FCPSOn is coming to South Lakes in the 2019-2020 School Year

FCPSOn, our digital transformation initiative, will expand to all Fairfax County public high schools starting with the 2019-20 school year, pending the adoption of FCPS’ FY 2020 Advertised Budget. FCPSOn provides equitable access to technology and to instructional practices that support students' development of Portrait of a Graduate attributes.

As part of the initiative, all high school students will be issued a laptop for learning at school and at home. An annual technology support fee of $50 will be charged to high school students. This fee will help ensure students have access to the technology they need by defraying the cost to repair and replace equipment, ensuring all students have the necessary laptops for testing, and providing back-up laptops as a substitute as needed. All students will need access to the same software, which might not be compatible with self-provided laptops. (See link to website below for FAQs.) The technology support fee is included in the FY 2020 Advertised Budget.

Students who have Free and Reduced status and have given consent to share their FRM status for a waiver or reduction of the technology support fee will be charged $25 for Reduced status; the fee will be waived for Free status.

Laptops will be issued to students starting in August 2019. Parents will be invoiced for the technology support fee in November 2019 via Myschoolbucks.com. Special arrangements can be made for parents who would prefer to pay the fee in person. Please visit FCPS' website to learn more about FCPSOn.

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FCPSON Device Notes:

  • During distribution, students will complete an acceptable use Google Form and learn about basic digital skills

  • All students are expected to bring their charged FCPSOn laptop to school every day

  • Students are responsible for their device and will receive the same laptop each school year

  • All students will participate in regular “health checks” to ensure their machines stay up-to-date

  • Students who forget their laptop will not be provided a loaner

    • Loaner laptops will be reserved for students whose laptops are out for repair

  • Broken or malfunction devices should be brought to the SLHS Tech Office for repair (get a pass from your teacher).

    • FCPSOn devices should not be repaired by any person or business outside of FCPS.


  • Treat device with care:

    • Store device in a secure location when not in use

    • Protect device from food and liquids

    • Protect device from weather, including extreme heat and cold

  • Use device for learning activities only

  • Do not save files on the device

  • Restart device daily

  • Bring device to school fully-charged

  • Report any malfunctions or damage immediately to the school

  • Report lost/stolen device immediately to the school. If you believe your device was stolen, also report it immediately to the police.