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Education Notebook -08/27/03

New Dress Code

<bt>Students returning to class Tuesday will be subject to a new dress code, which was approved by the School Board in June.

Under the new rules the following is prohibited: clothing that contains vulgar, obscene or discriminatory language; promotes or exhibits weapons, drugs or drug paraphernalia, alcohol, tobacco, firearms, violence or gang symbols; or exposes private parts, cleavage, the midriff or undergarments or is otherwise sexually provocative.

Students not complying with the code will be asked to cover the offending clothing, change clothes or be sent home.

<sh>Police Launch S.O.S. Campaign

<bt>The Fairfax County police are launching the S.O.S. (Save Our Schools) campaign, an enforcement effort aimed at deterring speeding, reckless driving and other offenses in and around schools and school buses.

The department will be using marked and unmarked Chevrolet Camaros that will follow school buses in order to stop violators who pass the stopped buses. Additionally, police officers will conduct speed enforcement in school zones.

<sh>School System Honored

<bt>Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is a winner of the CIO 100 award from Chief Information Officer magazine. The school system received its award Aug. 19 at a ceremony in Colorado. FCPS is the only kindergarten-12th grade school system recognized among the award winners; most organizations on the list are private-sector companies, including Dell Inc., FedEx Corp., J.P. Morgan Chase and Co., and Marriott International, Inc. Maribeth Luftglass, FCPS chief information officer and assistant superintendent for information technology, accepted the award.

The award recognizes organizations around the world that excel in positive business performance through resourceful information technology (IT) management and practices.

FCPS was cited by the magazine for having "lowered costs and created potential revenue stream through vendor partnerships to develop new instructional applications for the school system."

Complete coverage of the 2003 CIO 100 is available at www.cio.com.

<sh>FCPS Events Calendar

<bt>Wednesday, Aug. 27

Student holiday, modified-calendar elementary schools.

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m.

Adult and Community Education Advisory Committee meeting. Marshall High School, 7731 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church.

Monday, Sept. 1

Labor Day holiday.

Tuesday, Sept. 2

First day of school for standard-calendar schools.

Thursday, Sept. 11, 8 p.m.

School Board regular meeting. Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church.