Coronavirus Update - Daily Update - April 8

Coronavirus Update - Daily Update - April 8

Fairfax County Health Department

April 8 

New Positive Cases: 38*

Total Positive Cases: 570

Total Deaths: 9

Health District includes Fairfax County, City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church and towns within the county

Instruction

News release:  Learning at Home: Support for Families.  Provides resources and strategies to support students as they prepare for distance learning: Distance learning support

Food Distribution

Day

Date

Total

Monday

3/23/2020

       11,518

Tuesday

3/24/2020

       14,423

Wednesday

3/25/2020

       13,561

Thursday

3/26/2020

       16,063

Friday

3/27/2020

       18,887

Monday

3/30/2020

       16,687

Tuesday

3/31/2020

       17,384

Wednesday

4/01/2020

       18,259

Thursday

4/02/2020

      19,233

Friday

4/03/2020

       20,129

Monday

4/06/2020

       19,922

Tuesday 

4/07/2020

       20,729

Wednesday

4/08/2020

       21,432

Total Meals Served Since March 13: 272,322 (through April 8)

 

Technology Distribution

Distribution Report through April 7:  11,517 laptops and 505 MiFis

Media

Langley students win STEM excellence award

http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2020/apr/07/langley-high-students-win-stem-excellence-award/

FCPS continues meal distribution during spring break

https://patch.com/virginia/lorton/s/h2oqf/fairfax-schools-continue-meal-distribution-during-spring-break

Fairfax County

FY2021 Updated County Budget Proposal

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/budget/sites/budget/files/assets/documents/fy2021/fy-2021-updated-budget-proposal-covid.pdf

Fairfax Fire Chief Addresses Coronavirus (COVID-19) Concerns

https://ffxfirerescue.wordpress.com/2020/04/07/fire-chief-addresses-coronavirus-covid-19-concerns/

Q and A

Are transcripts and other materials needed for colleges and scholarships available?

Students and parents/guardians may request transcripts and other documents through the student’s school counselor.

How are IEP, eligibility and other similar meetings going to take place?

Special education staff received training on the use of teleconferencing and Blackboard Collaborate Ultra as a platform to conduct special education meetings when parents and schools agree to do so. This will include some formal special education screening, eligibility and/or IEP meetings as necessary. Special education evaluations will not be conducted in person.  There may be some evaluation components that would be completed via distance or remote platforms.  Complete evaluation batteries may not be possible until school is resumed. FCPS will continue to consider alternatives as appropriate. 

For those students who were already referred for special education evaluations before the crisis began, school staff will be discussing the use of a eligibility timeline extension.  VDOE has described in their FAQ that the VA Regulations allow for flexibility in timelines. An extension of the 65 business day timeline letter will be utilized in select instances.   

Resources

The FCPS Parent Resource Center continues to provide direct assistance to families, educators and community members

Parent Resource Center

Four Ways to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 (Spanish Language)

Stop the Spread

Fairfax County Health Dept. Resources

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/novel-coronavirus/resources

FCPS Providing Mental Wellness Service for Students and Families

Mental Wellness Service

School Outreach

Garfield ES

Dear Garfield Families, 

Every Garfield ES student will be receiving FREE school supplies in the mail. Thank you to the collaborative efforts of FCPS Title I/OPLFE, FCPS Foundation, Office of Communication (OCCR), and DSS, they will be providing a school supply kit to EVERY student in all Title I schools! This includes Garfield ES! Your child’s kit will be mailed directly to your home.

HAYFIELD ES

Dear Hayfield Elementary Families:

As we continue to prepare for Distance Learning, which begins Tuesday, April 14, we wanted to give you a few more details about what you can expect. Please review the information below and continue to communicate with your child’s teacher, counselor, and administration about any questions you might have. Thank you for your continued flexibility and understanding as we continue to navigate these unchartered waters together.


GRADING

No fourth quarter grades will be assigned to elementary students due to equity issues of access to technology and limited student ability to submit work during distance learning.  Teachers will provide ongoing feedback to students through the Distance Learning experience.

 PACKETS

Elementary students will engage in teacher-led and independent learning.  Learning packets will continue to be distributed by mail to all PK-6 students on a weekly basis through the end of the academic year. Both review material and new content in literacy and math will be included in the packets. In the coming weeks, science and social studies content will be added. There is no expected order or schedule to begin working on the packet. Teachers will not be collecting or grading them; however they may be referenced from time to time during virtual instruction. 

TEACHER INSTRUCTION

What’s most important to remember is that this instruction will never be as powerful as our classroom experiences. We’ve shared with our teachers that they are moving from a role as a facilitator to a coach. Students have moved from a highly structured daily schedule at school to a fluid, more self-directed schedule. Our expectation is that families will continue to work in ways that best support their entire family’s needs. 

Read more:   Hayfield ES newsletter

COVID 19 Web Links

FCPS www.fcps.edu 

Fairfax County https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/covid19/