Distance Learning in FCPS

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

Distance Learning packets are available in FCPS 24-7. Parents can stop receiving the packets in the mail by completing our form.
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Resources to ensure equitable access and appropriate instruction for students and families who may have unique needs and challenges: 


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.


Weeks of June 29-July 31, 2020

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) will continue distance learning for some students during the summer along with targeted intervention services.

Virtual learning for students this summer is based on current Fairfax County Health Department guidelines for social distancing and guidance from the state that school buildings remain closed in July. Distance learning does not replicate face-to-face learning but would be safer for vulnerable students and staff members at this time.

Continuity of learning for elementary and middle school students using self-directed digital materials will be available online. All students will have the opportunity to practice math and literacy skills and receive support from math or language arts teachers via virtual office hours.