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School Boundary-Change Meetings

The Fairfax County School Board will hold a listening tour to help determine which schools are included in the scope of study of the upcoming Fairfax High/Lanier Middle School boundary study. The boundary study will address current and projected overcrowding in Fairfax High and Lanier Middle schools.

This boundary study will impact only middle and high school students who live in Fairfax County. Depending on the scope of study, middle and high school feeder schools may change for Fairfax County students. No elementary school boundary changes will be involved.

Those planning to attend the listening tour meetings are asked to register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/FairfaxLanierListeningTourSignup.

Interested residents may also submit questions and comments online through Friday, Nov. 30. More information about these meetings, plus key dates for the boundary study, is available at www.fcps.edu/fts/planning/fairfaxlanier/index.shtml.

The meetings will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. at these locations:

  • Monday, Oct. 29: Fairfax High cafeteria.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 30: Frost Middle School lecture hall.

  • Monday, Nov. 5: Robinson Secondary School blue cafeteria.

  • Monday, Nov. 12: Woodson High auditorium.

Woodson Drama Night Out

Woodson High’s Drama Department is holding a Drama Night Out for children in grades one through six. It’s set for Saturday, Oct. 27, from 6 p.m. up to 11 p.m. Children will have fun on and off stage with other children their age while learning acting, improvisation and musical theater. Woodson theater students will teach them. For more information and to register, go to www.wtwdrama.org. E-mail questions to deniseatsea@aol.com.

Bike Summit Oct. 27

The inaugural Fairfax Bike Summit will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at George Mason University. The goal is to bring together current and future bicyclists, bicycle organizations, bike shops and transportation professionals to discuss how to make Fairfax County a better place to live by making bicycling a major component of the transportation system.

Register for free at http://ffxbikesummit.eventbrite.com; attendance is limited to 200 people. Display space is free and available for bicycle businesses and organizations. The event will be held at The HUB at GMU in the front-middle ballroom, 10423 Rivanna River Way in Fairfax. Further information is available at www.fabb-bikes.org and bikesummit@fabb-bikes.org.

Halloween Safety Recommendations

The City of Fairfax Police Department makes the following Halloween safety recommendations to help ensure that all have an enjoyable and safe time:

  • Wear light-colored clothing that's short enough to prevent tripping and add reflective tape to the sides, front and back of the costume.

  • Make sure children can see well through masks, or use cosmetics to create fun or scary faces.

  • Travel in small groups and always make sure an adult acts as a chaperon.

  • Stay within the neighborhood and visit only homes you know.

  • Visit homes with porch lights on or other indications that trick-or-treaters are welcome.

  • Watch for traffic and carry a flashlight or glowstick to increase visibility; stay on sidewalks.

  • Only give and accept wrapped or packaged candy.

  • Examine all candy before allowing children to eat it.

  • Keep costumed children away from pets. The animal may not recognize the child and become frightened.

  • Avoid hard plastic or wood props such as daggers or swords. Substitute with soft and flexible foam rubber.

  • Confine trick-or-treating activities to the early evening hours of Wednesday, Oct. 31. Motorists are asked to be especially alert and use extra caution during these hours.