Distance Learning Plan - Guidance for PreK-6

Tools, learning activities, and time frames provide a picture of distance learning in PreK-6.

Guidance for PreK-6 Distance Learning 

Distance learning at the elementary level is designed to provide age-appropriate access to rich and engaging activities to build community while supporting students’ continued academic growth. The guidance below applies to distance learning experiences through the end of the 2019-20 school year. 

Priorities and Considerations, PreK-6

  • Primary tools for communication between teachers and families are email, FCPS 24-7 Blackboard, and Google Classroom.
  • Teachers are required to use only standard, approved digital tools for instruction (e.g., FCPS 24-7 Blackboard, G Suite for Education).
Learning Activities
  • Students have access to print activities through centrally created and distributed learning packets. 
  • Students engage with the teacher in virtual chat as detailed in the school schedule.
  • Video lessons are available on cable Channel 21 and through Channel 21 web streaming.
  • Teacher-created activities are posted in FCPS 24-7 Blackboard or Google Classroom.
  • Students should have both off- and on-screen learning activities.
Teaching Tips
  • Actively focus on maintaining attitudes of inclusivity. Now more than ever, students should feel valued and welcomed, regardless of their background or identity.
  • Seek ways to build relationships with students and foster a positive online classroom, such as structures used in morning meetings.
  • Consider the age of the student when determining the type and length of synchronous activity.
  • Encourage students to be proactive in reaching out to teachers when they have questions or when assignments are unclear. 
  • Assist students in connecting with school counselors and clinical staff, as needed, for support with academic, social, or emotional needs.
Teacher Expectations
  • Collaborate with your grade level or content team to plan both synchronous and asynchronous activities.
  • Set office hour(s) for students to communicate through email, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, or Google Meet.
  • Clearly define for students and caregivers when you will be accessible to students electronically.
  • Work with other staff, as needed, to reach out to students and families who are not engaging in distance learning.
  • Respond to caregiver or student communication promptly, as defined by your administrator.
  • Participate in staff meetings, collaborative team meetings, and professional development, as scheduled by your administrator.
  • Take into consideration the needs of your students while also keeping a healthy work-life balance.


Approximate Time Frames for Distance Learning, PreK-6

The time frames below apply to distance learning during spring 2020.

Learning Format

Time Allotment

Learning Activities


2-3 hours per day, 4 days per week

Participate in virtual, teacher-directed instruction and individualized student support for language arts and mathematics, with integrated science and social studies

Engage with learning content presented through cable television, video web streaming, and the FCPS YouTube Channel

Connect with teachers through virtual office hours


2-3 hours per day, 4 days per week

Complete independent work, such as distance learning packets and other activities directed by the teacher for language arts and mathematics, integrated science and social studies, and choice activities for art, music, and physical education.


Flex Learning


Student/family choice

Make time to read  for pleasure (aloud or independently):

  • PreK-K: 15 mins
  • Grades 1-2: 20 mins
  • Grades 3-4: 25 mins
  • Grades 5-6: 30 mins

Be active.

Explore personal interests and passions.


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