Value-Added Flexibilities

  • VAF Overview


    Value-Added Flexibilities (VAF) are school or district requests for local and state policy waivers that strategically support planning efforts by adding value for defined stakeholder groups.  As a Charter System, Fulton County Schools is afforded flexibility around State Board Rules and the educational laws outlined in Title 20.  To empower our school communities, FCS has created a tiered model that also allows School Governance Councils to request autonomy from many district policies.  The VAF process is meant to provide school communities with opportunities to overcome barriers to student success by granting them the freedom to implement innovative solutions tailored to their local needs.



    VAF Overview Module

    VAF Overview Module PDF

    VAF Support Session PDF


    Important Dates

    Initial VAF Application Due: 9/1/2021

    Initial Opt-In Notice of Adoption Due: 9/1/2021

    Revised VAF Submitted to Zone Superintendent Due: 10/1/2021

    Finalized VAF Submitted to Cabinet Due: 11/1/2021

    Finalized Opt-In Notice of Adoption Due: 11/1/2021

    *Note: 30-Day Public Comment Period can begin upon initial submission and must be completed prior to 11/1/2021


    SY21-22 VAF Waiver Requests

    Waiver Request Summary


    Additional Resources

    Policy Structures and Guides

    Current FCS Waivers

    Non-waivable Policy List 

    Guidance for Public Comment