Return to School Enrollment

By Office of Communication and Community Relations
Message from the Superintendent
June 29, 2020

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is planning to reopen schools in August. If there is a resurgence of the COVID-19 virus that requires a closure of schools, FCPS is prepared to provide all students with online distance learning.

For the coming year, parents and caregivers have two learning options for their students:

  • Full-time online instruction OR
  • In-person instruction with social distancing in our school buildings.

We encourage families to choose their option based on health and safety concerns rather than on the availability of course or program options. School schedules, available courses, and participation in school activities may be limited in either option. However, both options will meet all state standards of learning and graduation requirements.

To help staff plan, parents and caregivers need to commit to one of these options (below) for the entire 2020-21 school year for each child. If health conditions improve that would allow FCPS to resume in-person instruction for all students, we would reassess FCPS’s operating status at that time.

Responses are due by July 10, 2020. If no response is received, the student will automatically be enrolled for in-person instruction for the year.

 

Details on Two Instruction Options

 

Full-Time Online Instruction

In-Person Instruction in FCPS School Building with Social Distancing 

Schedule

All Grade Levels: Four days of direct/interactive instruction (synchronous) per week and one day of independent learning (asynchronous) per week.

 

Elementary School students receive approximately 2.5 - 3.5 hours per day of direct/interactive instruction (synchronous). Students also receive specialized instruction, as needed, such as ESOL or special education services. The amount of special education service will be determined by IEP teams. Considerations will be given to individualized student needs.

 

Middle and High School students will follow the school’s daily bell schedule.

All Grade Levels: At least two full days of instruction in person at school each week. More in-person instruction is possible based on the number of students who choose full-time virtual or if community health conditions and guidance change.

 

 

Students will be engaged in independent (asynchronous) learning on the days they are not in the school building.

Courses

  1. All courses required by Virginia standards of learning are offered.
  2. There is no guarantee that all programs or elective courses will be available.
  3. General classroom instruction at all levels will feature whole group, small group, and individual support.
  4. Specialized instruction will be provided, as appropriate, such as ESOL or special education services required by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for students with disabilities.
  5. Eligible students will have access to the Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Level IV curriculum.
  1. All courses required by Virginia standards of learning are offered.
  2. There is no guarantee that all programs or elective courses will be available.
  3. General classroom instruction at all levels will feature whole group, small group, and individual support.
  4. Specialized instruction will be provided, as appropriate, such as ESOL or special education services required by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for students with disabilities.
  5. Eligible students will have access to the Advanced Academic Program (AAP) Level IV curriculum.

Food Services

Meal service options are under development and an announcement will follow.

Meals will be available during the week. Grab and go meals will be available on days that students are not in school.

Transportation

Not applicable

Transportation will be available.

Health Protocols

Not applicable

Staff will guide students on health and safety protocols, following Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. All staff and students must wear face coverings (as developmentally appropriate) in accordance with CDC guidelines. Schools will provide masks to students unable to provide their own. Six feet of social distancing will be maintained whenever possible.

 

Additional details on the two choices can be found at the links below:

  1. Full-time online learning: Online Learning.
  2. In-person learning in school buildings with health and social distancing: In-person learning.

If you do not have access to the internet, please call your child’s school.

This form is accessible through mobile devices. Translations of the form are available using the language selection option on the webpage.

To select the option that works best for your child or children, please follow the steps below:

  • STEP 1: Access the online form at: https://www.fcps.edu/enroll2020.
  • STEP 2: Log in with your child’s Student ID and either the enrolling parent’s email address or phone number on file in the FCPS Student Information System (SIS).
  • STEP 3: Make your selection and finish by clicking the “Submit Form” button at the bottom of the form.
  • STEP 4: Check your email for a message acknowledging receipt of your enrollment decision with additional information about the enrollment process and a link to change your selection, if desired.
  • STEP 5:  Repeat this process for each of your children attending school in FCPS for school year 2020-21.

It is important that you complete the form by July 10, 2020.

We know you may have additional questions and encourage you to review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). We will continue to add to the FAQs throughout the summer as more details are available.

Thank you for helping us prepare for the upcoming school year.  

Sincerely,

Scott Brabrand, Superintendent
Fairfax County Public Schools

NOTE: If you need help understanding this letter, please call your school or the Parent Information Lines for assistance. English speakers can call the Parent Resource Center at 703-204-3941.

Amharic: 571-423-4957; Arabic: 571-423-4952; Chinese: 571-423-4953; Farsi: 571-423-4954; Korean: 571-423-4951; Spanish: 571-423-4950; Urdu: 571-423-4955; Vietnamese: 571-423-4956.