Return to School News - November 2, 2020

By Communications and Community Relations
November 02, 2020

Students Continue to Return to In-Person Instruction 

Last week, Group 4 students who attend Key Center and Kilmer Center, secondary and elementary students who access the adapted curriculum, elementary Comprehensive Services Sites, SLIFE students (English learners with limited or interrupted formal education in grades 3-12), English learner newcomers who entered the U.S. after June 2019, elementary-age students attending Burke School, and high school students enrolled in select specialized high school career preparatory programs returned to in-person instruction.

On November 16, Group 5 students are scheduled to return. This group includes Early Head Start (infants and toddlers); PreK (three- and four-year-olds); Kindergarten; Intensive Support Needs (students instructed with modified curriculum for at least 50 percent of their core courses and instructed in special education settings 50 percent or more of their instructional day); the Vision Program at Robinson Secondary School; Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing (DHH) Programs at Canterbury Woods Elementary School, Frost Middle School, and Woodson High School students with 50 percent or more of core content areas in special education settings.

Family Guide for Return to School

Fairfax County Public Schools is partnering with families to ensure we keep students and staff safe and healthy as we return to school buildings for learning. Working together, we will follow recommended health guidance that focuses on student and staff health, safety, and emotional well-being. 

The FCPS Family Guide for Return to School has a wealth of information on topics like concurrent instruction, lunch, the mandatory mask policy, recess, laptops, health protocols, and more.

SIS Grade Book and Report Card Modules Closed Through November 7, 11

Please note that the Grade Book and Report Card modules in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed for elementary students through Saturday, November 7, at 6 a.m., while teachers complete report cards. The Grade Book and Report Card modules will be closed for Middle and High School students Tuesday, November 3, at 4 p.m. through Wednesday, November 11, at 6 a.m.

Video: Concurrent Instruction at our Pilot Schools

Take a look inside West Springfield High School and Kings Park Elementary School, two of the first schools to welcome students back to FCPS buildings, to see how the concurrent instruction model works. Watch the video

Small groups are also returning to Colvin Run Elementary School. Watch this video to see how Colvin Run set up classrooms for concurrent instruction.

Important Updates on Grab and Go Meals

Fairfax County Public Schools is offering no-cost nutritious meals to ALL students through June 30, 2021. Meals are available at school sites and along bus routes.

Beginning Monday, November 9, grab and go bus delivery times and some bus stop locations will change. The updated bus schedule will be posted on November 6. 

Breakfast and lunch meals are offered Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Breakfast and lunch are served at the same time. Breakfast and lunch are also offered at no cost to any student who attends in-person instruction at a school Monday-Friday. Meals for Saturday and Sunday are offered at sites and on bus routes every Friday.

More information is available online, or by calling the Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800.

Calendar Reminder: Wednesday, November 11, Is a Two-Hour Early Release Day

As a reminder, Wednesday, November 11, is a two-hour early release day in honor of Veterans Day and will be a virtual (synchronous) learning day for all students. There will be no in-person classes on November 11. Classes will resume on Thursday, November 12. See the complete 2020-21 school year calendar

Family Support Line Can Help Answer Parenting Questions

The Fairfax County Government Department of Family Services has a live family support line to help answer your parenting questions. The phone line support team is open to all parents and guardians from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling 703-324-7720.

More information about the family support line is available online

Photos of the Week

In this week’s photos, see students returning to school, employees training in anticipation of students arriving, and students enjoying a pumpkin delivery and Walking Wednesdays.  

New FCPS COVID-19 Dashboard 

FCPS has launched a COVID-19 dashboard to share weekly COVID-19 cases that have been self-reported to us. Effective Monday, November 2, the FCPS COVID-19 dashboard will be disaggregated and will present case data by school and case type (student, staff, visitor) and data will be updated daily. 

This data should be interpreted with caution as it only reflects cases that have been shared with FCPS through self-reporting and may not be aligned to future epidemiological investigations. Case reports indicate the total number of COVID-19 cases self-reported to principals, administrators, and program managers. Reports were shared with the Fairfax County Health Department to initiate contact tracing.

Updated information is available on the FCPS website

Video: FCPS Bus Boarding Procedures During COVID-19

With many students now returning to in-person instruction, the procedures for boarding an FCPS bus have changed due to COVID-19. This video shows the precautions students, drivers, and bus attendants must take in order to keep everyone safe. Watch the video

Healthy Minds Podcast: Key Takeaways from the Fairfax County Youth Survey

Listen to a discussion with Jesse Ellis of Fairfax County’s Neighborhood and Community Services as he shares the Five Key Takeaways from Fairfax County’s most recently administered annual youth survey in this week's Healthy Minds podcast.

FCPS students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 have been voluntarily sharing their anonymous, honest thoughts and feelings for over 20 years. The survey sheds light on the health and well-being of our student population and gives insight on what parents and caring adults need to know about how they can help students succeed and avoid or reduce risky behaviors. Information is used to help prioritize focus for prevention and youth programming efforts throughout Fairfax County communities. Listen to the podcast.  

From the Healthy Minds Blog: Improving the Quality of Your Children’s Sleep

Sleep quality can make the difference in maintaining a daily routine, promoting academic learning, and supporting general health. However, with the many changes that families have made in response to the pandemic and virtual learning at home, children may have more difficulty recognizing and following a set schedule which includes time for sleep.

When youth do not get enough sleep, they may experience problems with emotional regulation, mood, behavior, and academic performance. Important cognitive abilities for learning are more likely to be impaired, such as attention, memory, and planning.

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) recommends these six research-based strategies to help improve the quality of your children's sleep

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