Government Offices Open Jan. 21; Unscheduled Leave Granted for Employees

Posted at 6:04 a.m.; Updated 6:52 a.m.

  • Fairfax County Government offices are open today, ThursdayJan. 21, 2016, however employees have been granted unscheduled leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools are closed today, Jan. 21. School Age Child Care (SACC) centers are closed.
  • The Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court will open on time.

Parks, Community and Recreation and Community Centers

  • If you have questions about Park Authority facilities, contact the site directly, call the Parks inclement weather line at 703-324-8661, TTY 711, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.
  • For Department of Neighborhood and Community Services programs and events visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs or call 703-324-4600, TTY 711.
  • The Reston Community Center and the McLean Community Center may be affected by the inclement weather. Call RCC at 703-476-4500, TTY 711, www.restoncommunitycenter.com or MCC at 703-790-0123, TTY 711, www.mcleancenter.org for their current operating status.

Transportation: Connector, Fastran

Libraries

  • Library hours may be affected; call your local branch before visiting. For branch phone numbers, call 703-324-3100 or go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library.

View the public meetings calendar at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/calendar/ShowCalendar.aspx for any potential cancellations of public meetings of Fairfax County government Boards, Authorities or Commissions.

Emergency information is available on Fairfax County’s website (www.fairfaxcounty.gov), Emergency Information Blog (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog),  Facebook (www.facebook.com/fairfaxcounty), Twitter (www.twitter.com/fairfaxcounty), Fairfax Alerts at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/alerts or by calling the Fairfax County Emergency Information Hotline at 703-817-7771, TTY 711. Fairfax County Government Radio (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/radio) will also announce county government closings.

Winter weather preparedness information can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/prepare/winter.

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7 responses to “Government Offices Open Jan. 21; Unscheduled Leave Granted for Employees”

  1. Anonymous says :

    A lot of credit to county officials for being pro active in their decision making. Stay safe everyone

  2. Anonymous says :

    I am dumbfounded that this emergency communication system is being used to announce liberal leave after last night.
    The county failed to send out alerts regarding when treating the roads was planned to begin, when it began, problem spots, and where people could go for shelter. The lack of preparedness, lack of responsiveness and utter failure to communicate last night was very disappointing.
    One would think that such an occasion as last night was EXACTLY when this alert system is meant to be used.

  3. Karl says :

    I am dumbfounded that this emergency communication system is being used to announce liberal leave after last night.
    The county failed to send out alerts regarding when treating the roads was planned to begin, when it began, problem spots, and where people could go for shelter. The lack of preparedness, lack of responsiveness and utter failure to communicate last night was very disappointing.
    One would think that such an occasion as last night was EXACTLY when this alert system is meant to be used.

  4. Peggy McLean says :

    Has any decision been made regarding early closing of government offices in Fairfax County on Friday?

    • Anonymous says :

      (EDITOR’S NOTE: This comment was posted anonymously and is a message the County Executive sent to staff earlier today.)

      Thu 1/21/2016 1:50 PM

      As you have certainly heard by now, we are facing a potentially record-breaking storm this weekend. There is some uncertainty as to when it will arrive in our area but the consensus seems to be that we will see snow beginning in the afternoon tomorrow. County personnel have been monitoring, planning and preparing for this event for several days and I feel confident that we are ready to deal with the challenges this storm is sure to bring.

      Your safety and the safety of our community are my top priorities. At 4:30 this afternoon we will participate in a conference call with county leadership, state officials, the National Weather Service and other experts, after which we will be better able to determine a course of action with regard to the county’s operating status and the myriad other decisions that must be made as we finalize our plan of action.

      In the meantime, please make sure that you and your family are prepared. More information on what you can do to get ready is available through Fairfax County’s NewsCenter. Throughout the storm we will provide updates and other useful information on the county’s emergency blog.

      Stay safe.

      Ed Long