Coronavirus Update - Daily Update - April 13

Coronavirus Update - Daily Update - April 13

Fairfax County Health Department

April 13

New Positive Cases: 156*

Total Positive Cases: 1,167 

Total Deaths: 21

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

 * Daily reported numbers as reported by the Virginia Department of Health


Comparison of Distance Learning Plans Among WABE School Divisions

  • Independent Research Firm EAB studied the Distance Learning Plans (as of 4.7.20) for school divisions within the Washington Area Board of Education Districts (WABE).
  • EAB provides research support services to FCPS under an existing contract.

School systems in the report include:

  • FCPS
  • Alexandria City Public Schools
  • Arlington County Public Schools
  • Falls Church City Public Schools
  • Loudoun County Public Schools
  • Manassas City Public Schools
  • Manassas Park City Public Schools
  • Montgomery County Public Schools
  • Prince George’s County Public Schools
  • Prince William County Public Schools

The study finds that the FCPS Distance Learning Plan provides more synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities for students in comparison to other WABE divisions.

Only six of the systems profiled offer any form of synchronous instruction to students.

FCPS is one of only three school systems that recommends a minimum of one instructional hour for pre-K students each day.

FCPS recommends more instructional time for elementary schools compared to other districts. FCPS recommends 4-5 hours each day, 5 days a week. The maximum in other districts was between 1-3 hours each day.

FCPS includes two hours of virtual, teacher-directed instruction and individualized student support for K-6 students.

FCPS is the only district to specify the breakdown of instructional time for synchronous vs. asynchronous learning for K-6 students.

Several school districts do not list any specific synchronous learning for students including; Alexandria City, Arlington County, Manassas Park City and Prince William County.

As students return to learning this week, we will continue to gather feedback from school principals and staff and make necessary adjustments to the instructional time.

Distance Learning Plan - Guidance for PreK-6

COVID-19 Video

Student Voice – Abraham from Centreville HS discusses social distancing (Spanish language)

Food Distribution





































Total Meals Served Since March 13: 335,307 (through April 13)

Technology Distribution

Devices report as of 4/10/20: Laptops: 13,735   MiFis: 538

VDOE/Fairfax County

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Q and A

We have a non-profit group who wants to distribute food and/or personal hygiene items on school property or my community partner that provides weekend food bags wants to continue dropping these off at my school.  Can I allow them to do that? (3/15/20- revised 4/1/20- revised 4/10/20)

A guidance document has been created to clarify the expectations of community groups interested in distributing essential items at school sites. The document incorporates CDC and Health Department guidance to support safe distribution of food and other essential items (personal hygiene, baby items, etc.) to members of our community. The guidance document is available at the following link for principals to use with any groups that approach them requesting access to school grounds to distribute food and essential items: 

The Foundation for FCPS will continue to share this information with groups that they are aware of, however, recognizes that some community groups are working directly with individual schools. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Murphy or Kathy Ryan

How will WIDA tests be administered for language learners?

The WIDA ACCESS for ELLs assessment was administered in January, February and early March.  Schools completed all testing for English learner students during this winter testing window. 

Will instruction resume as usual with teachers virtually for these students?

Yes, English learners will participate virtually just as other students will.  Last week the Office of ESOL Services trained all K-12 ESOL teachers in how to deliver English Language Development (ELD) to their students. English learners in elementary will participate in their regular grade level class time with support from ESOL teachers. In addition, ELs will receive virtual English Language Development instruction. English learners in middle and high school will attend their regular ELD courses as well as their content courses which may be sheltered or teamed with ESOL and general education teachers, depending on the needs of the student.


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Mental Health Coping Strategies

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Supporting Children

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School Outreach

Justice High School

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Justice Families, 

We are ready for distance learning and Tuesday cannot come fast enough.  Many teachers have been practicing with their students, and the emails and Twitter postings of reconnecting have been exciting to read and share.  Please remind your child to log in on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. 

Last week I shared a short video explaining our distance learning plan. Here is the link in case you missed it.

Finally, below you will find detailed information about our approach to distance learning, how students and families can access distance learning and other resources. 

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

Read more:  Justice High School newsletter


Video from FCPS Fine Arts Teachers

Powell Elementary School

As a way to stay connected and show support for our Powell ES families we are offering a simple idea to demonstrate our unity during this challenging time in our lives. We suggest placing a GREEN RIBBON on your car or around a tree, lamp post, mailbox or on your front door as a sign of encouragement and unity within our school community. This simple practice ties in with the Positivity Project and is a way to remind our students to stay brave and that we are all in this together. We hope staying connected in this way will serve as a reminder that we are a strong, caring community.

COVID 19 Web Links


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