Distance Learning in FCPS

In FCPS, students will have check-ins with teachers, take part in direct virtual learning, and engage with instructional tasks.

Resources to ensure equitable access and appropriate instruction for students and families who may have unique needs and challenges: 

Why?

On Monday, March 23 2020, the Governor of Virginia announced that schools will be closed for the rest of the 2019-20 academic year. The FCPS Distance Learning Plan ensures that students and families have ongoing, high-quality academic, social-emotional, and wellness supports.

What is FCPS doing?

March 13, 2020

Continuity of Learning resources for parents and students posted in FCPS 24-7 Learning and on the public web. These resources are intended to support self-directed learning during the first two weeks of school closure.

 

March 19, 2020

FCPS begins issuing daily COVID-19 updates for the community

 

Week of March 23, 2020

Central office staff begin training school staff for distance learning. Distribution of technology to families and informal teacher check-ins with students officially begin.

 

Week of March 30, 2020

PK-8 students receive their first distance learning packets. These packets are also posted in FCPS 24-7 Learning. Packets this week focus on reviewing content that has already been taught.

School staff continue training and preparations for distance learning. Distribution of technology and informal teacher check-ins with students continue this week.

 

Week of April 6, 2020 (Spring Break)

PK-8 students will receive a new distance learning packet at the end of this week to use starting April 13, 2020.

 

Week of April 13, 2020

Teachers and school staff have a final day of preparation and training on Monday.

Direct instruction starts on Tuesday for students in PreK-12. Students will:

  • have check-ins with teachers,
  • take part in direct virtual learning, and
  • engage with instructional tasks.

Distance learning packets for students in PreK-8 are available in FCPS 24-7 Learning and mailed home. They supplement the direct instruction from teachers.

 

Weeks of April 20-May 25, 2020

Distance learning continues with direct instruction, check-ins, virtual learning, and instructional tasks. Students in grades PreK-8 continue to receive weekly distance learning packets. 

 

Weeks of June 1-June 12, 2020

Distance learning wraps up for the year with review and culminating activities.

Summer

Weeks of June 29-July 31, 2020

FCPS is offering free optional virtual opportunities this summer to support student learning throughout the summer months. 

Mathematics and Literacy Continuity of Learning (Grades K-8)

Dates: June 29-July 31, 2020

Elementary and middle school students will have the opportunity to review concepts and skills using recommended self-directed print and digital materials. Materials will not be collected or graded.

These offerings are free to all students.

Practice Books

Print materials have been mailed to families. This includes students who opted out of the distance learning packets because we learned that several parents had difficulty opting back in for the summer practice books. Students new to FCPS who registered by June 12, 2020 will also receive packets. Families will receive two envelopes near the end of June:

  • one Language Arts Essentials Practice Book
  • one Mathematics Essentials Practice Book

Digital versions of practice books will be available on FCPS 24/7 Learning.

Teachers/Office Hours

Teachers from each school will have weekly office hours from June 29-July 31, 2020 to provide feedback and support to students using the practice books. Please contact your school for information about accessing teachers during office hours. 

Mathematics and Literacy Continuity of Learning (Grades 9 - 12)

Dates: June 29-July 31, 2020

High school students will have the opportunity to review concepts and skills using recommended self-directed digital materials. Materials will not be collected or graded.

These offerings are free to all students.

Practice Materials

The digital materials are on a Mathematics Google site and an English Google site.

Teachers/Office Hours

Teachers from each school will have weekly office hours from June 29-July 31, 2020 to provide feedback and support to students using the practice books. Please contact your school for information about accessing teachers during office hours. 

Additional Opportunities