Five Things to Know This Week - June 1, 2020
Photos of the Week
Take a look at this week’s photo gallery to see students busy at distance learning, flat teachers making the rounds, and a big thank you to healthcare workers.
1. Calendar Reminder: Last Day of School Is June 12
As a reminder, the last day of the 2019-20 school year is Friday, June 12. Check with your child's school to determine the last day of synchronous learning.
School Board to Hear 2020-21 Plans on June 15
On Monday, June 15, FCPS staff will present the School Board with detailed plans for options for returning to school in the fall. Stakeholders will be given a chance to provide input before a final decision is made.
2. Fourth Quarter and End-of-Year Grading
Based on recommendations from the Virginia Department of Education, FCPS students will not receive grades for the fourth quarter. Also, students’ grades and advancement to the next grade level will not be negatively impacted by the state-wide closure of schools.
For middle school and high school students, based on demonstrated proficiency of fourth quarter learning, a student’s final grade(s) may be increased from the grades earned in quarters 1-3.
For elementary school students, achievement, effort, and life skills will be determined by all content taught and assessed during the third quarter through March 13. Based on demonstrated proficiency of fourth quarter learning, a student’s final mark(s) may be increased. For all students, no grade will be lowered based on distance learning participation. Get more information on fourth quarter and end-of-year grades.
3. Video: NAACP Conversation with Dr. Brabrand
The Fairfax County Chapter of the NAACP held a video conversation with FCPS Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand on May 26 to discuss the division’s COVID-19 response, racial justice, school curriculum, and other topics. Watch the video.
4. FCPS Salutes the Class of 2020 with Senior Spotlights
Fairfax County Public Schools has produced several Senior Spotlights, featuring interviews with some members of the Class of 2020, that focus on their high school accomplishments. Senior Spotlights can be found online. They are also featured on the FCPS Instagram and Twitter pages. Seniors have included information about their future plans and dreams. The diverse group of students were recommended for the spotlight by teachers, school counselors, school-based technology specialists, college and career center specialists, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) coordinators, and principals.
Share Your Graduation or Promotion Ceremony Photos on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram
We will retweet some of the photos on Twitter and share some of the photos on Facebook and on Instagram.
5. A Look Back as We Look Forward
Additional FCPS Outdoor Areas Now Open
Following state and county guidelines, Fairfax County Public Schools has reopened additional outdoor areas on school grounds to the community. As of Friday, May 29, athletic fields (for walking and recreational use from 8 a.m. to sundown) and gardens are now open. Tracks and tennis courts have been open since Friday, May 22. Playgrounds are still closed.
In addition, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced last week that face coverings will now be required when people are inside public spaces. The requirement took effect on Friday, May 29, and is intended to limit the spread of COVID-19. More information is available.
From the Healthy Minds Blog: Seven Ideas for Incorporating Mindfulness into Your Routine While Children are Home
To be mindful is to pay attention to the present moment and not be lost in thoughts or judgments. It is the practice of careful focusing. The goal of mindfulness is not necessarily to always remain calm, but rather to take notice of our feelings and our thoughts, which helps us to take a pause before impulsively reacting. Here are some tips for incorporating mindfulness into your routine when children are home.
Distance Learning Videos from FCPS on YouTube
FCPS provides educational videos and distance learning lessons for all grade levels, created by Fairfax County Public Schools teachers and educational specialists. Teachers and specialists—who are also parents of FCPS students—provide strategies to help your student in the Partners with Parents video series. Go to the FCPS Distance Learning YouTube Channel.