Coronavirus Update - Daily Update - April 22

Coronavirus Update - Daily Update - April 22

Fairfax County Health Department

April 22 

New Positive Cases: 183*

Total Positive Cases: 2,306

Total Deaths: 68

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

 

Instruction

AWS Virtual Event

Tuesday, April 21, FCPS hosted a first-ever virtual event to support high school seniors interested in pursuing career opportunities with Amazon Web Services (AWS). 

AWS is hiring up to 40 trainees to enter their work-based learning program and offered FCPS students this virtual event to share interviewing techniques, resume tips, and what their recruiters are looking for during the application and interview process. Student participants were provided information about interviewing with AWS, the work-based learning program, and the two full-time positions students would be eligible for with no college degrees or prior work experience required.

Additional information about the AWS Work-Based Learning program is available at https://awsinterviewtipsfairfax.splashthat.com/

 

 

 Food Distribution

Day

Date

Total

Monday

4/06/2020

19,922

Tuesday 

4/07/2020

20,729

Wednesday

4/08/2020

21,432

Thursday

4/09/2020

21,890

Friday

4/10/2020

22,074

Monday

4/13/2020

19,021

Tuesday

4/14/2020

22,380

Wednesday

4/15/2020

22,382

Thursday

4/16/2020

23,038

Friday

4/17/2020

25,084

Monday

4/20/2020

23,049

Tuesday

4/21/2020

23,761

Wednesday

4/22/2020

24,295

Total Meals Served Since March 13: 499,296 (through April 22)

                                               

Technology Distribution

Devices report as of 4/21/20: Laptops: 15,800   MiFis: 853

 

Fairfax County

Health Department’s COVID-19 Contact Investigations Call Center

https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wpcomstaging.com/2020/04/20/video-health-departments-covid-19-contact-investigations-call-center/

 

Media

School psychologists improvise ways to connect with struggling students

https://www.the74million.org/article/distanced-by-pandemic-school-psychologists-improvise-ways-to-connect-with-struggling-students/

Virginia lawmakers to freeze new spending

https://wamu.org/story/20/04/22/in-shadow-of-coronavirus-virginia-lawmakers-to-freeze-new-spending-in-state-budget/

 

Q and A

What is the VHSL’s position on Spring sport athletes being granted an extra year of eligibility

like the NCAA?

The VHSL and NCAA are uniquely different organizations. While there is a semester waiver appeal

process, there are multiple concerns relative to granting such waivers. They include but are not limited

to:

• Students having already met graduation requirements.

• Unlike the NCAA, no post graduate opportunities exist for high school students that include

eligibility within the school system.

• Semester eligibility has historically only been granted in serious medical conditions (cancer

treatment, heart operations, major car accidents) that led to the student’s inability to both

complete course work and participate for a year or longer.

• Semester waivers have historically been granted for an entire school year, not a single semester

or sport season. Granting eligibility just to Spring athletes does not match the consistency with

which this rule has been previously applied.

 

Why doesn’t the VHSL just grant every student an extra year of eligibility?

• Those who have met graduation requirements would not be eligible to return to high school and

participate.

• Allowing some students 5 years of a sport violates the semester rule, and Fall and Winter

athletes would not be eligible if they have had four seasons to participate.

• Allowing students who have not played four years of a sport an extra year is also inconsistent

with the semester rule, which states a student has 8 consecutive semesters of opportunity to

participate, beginning with their entrance to the 9th grade.

• Semester waivers have historically been granted for unique medical conditions that affected the

student’s ability to attend school and participate for an extended period of time (a year or

longer in some cases).

• A rule change of this magnitude would require the approval of the VHSL Executive Committee

through its two-vote rule change process.

www.vhsl.org

 

School Outreach

               

Pine Spring ES

Pine Spring Families,

We are excited to share that Pine Spring has been given the opportunity to make decisions that we feel will provide strong synchronous learning opportunities for our students. Starting Thursday, we will be moving our live lessons from Blackboard to Google. What this means for you is that your child's online instruction will be accessed in one place, their Google Classroom. We hope that this will alleviate some of the frustration and confusion families are currently feeling.

In order to ensure all our staff are properly trained on the new features, and that they are given an opportunity to make adjustments, we will focus on asynchronous learning for April 22, 2020.

 

Canterbury Woods ES

Synchronous Lessons Monday

Thank you for your extraordinary patience as we work to provide a safe and accessible distance learning experience for your student(s). We are currently in the process of creating student-specific links to Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (BBCU) to tighten security for synchronous learning. That should allow us to continue live instruction without interruption from this point on.

We plan to start live synchronous instruction again for grade levels on MONDAY. Sometime before then, all students will need to log into Gmail and find their invitation.

Office hours/Cougar Times/small group special education instruction will continue using the 24/7 login procedure until we have created all of these links.

 

COVID 19 Web Links

FCPS www.fcps.edu 

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