In-Person Instruction Update for Small Groups

FCPS is planning to begin in-person instruction for small groups of students who might be experiencing the greatest challenges with distance learning

FCPS is planning to begin in-person instruction for small groups of students who might be experiencing the greatest challenges with distance learning. We will follow strict safety and health protocols to minimize health risks for students and staff. Find out more

Superintendent's Message

We are bringing back additional groups of students as we continue to meet the health and operational metrics that have been established for in-person instruction.
View the message from October 23

Concurrent Instruction

This video demonstrates how a concurrent classroom will look.
View the video.

Concurrent Instruction

As additional grade levels return to school, we will employ concurrent instruction for in-person students, a model in which students receive 2 days of teacher-led instruction in the school building and 2 days of teacher-led instruction at home. The concurrent instruction model is currently being piloted in several schools.

Concurrent instruction maximizes teacher-led instruction (2 days in person, 2 days virtual) by allowing in-person students to “log into” class on at-home days. Teacher-led concurrent instruction is the best instructional model for our in-person students. 

  • The concurrent schedule for elementary school would be two days of instruction at the school led by the teacher, and two days at home of virtual instruction led by the teacher.
  • The concurrent schedule for middle and high school would be two days of instruction at the school led by the teacher, and two days at home of virtual instruction led by the teacher.
  • Teachers will use Mondays for planning. Mondays will be independent work days for students.

Students who prefer to continue full-time virtual learning will receive four days of teacher-led instruction while learning from home. 

Here is an example of a concurrent week schedule:

Students would be assigned to Group A (In-school), Group B (in-school), or Group C (online full-time).

Elementary Group A would be in-school Tuesday and Wednesday and online Thursday and Friday.  Elementary Group B would be online Tuesday and Wednesday and in-school Thursday and Friday.   Elementary Group C would be online Monday - Thursday. 
Elementary Group A would be in-school Tuesday and Wednesday and online Thursday and Friday. 
Elementary Group B would be online Tuesday and Wednesday and in-school Thursday and Friday.  
Elementary Group C would be online Monday - Thursday. 

 

Secondary students in Group A would be in-school on Tuesday for periods 1, 3, 5, 7 and Wednesday for periods 2, 4, 6, 8. They will be online  Thursday for periods 1, 3, 5, 7 and Friday for periods 2,4,6,8.  Secondary students in Group B would be online Tuesday for periods 1,3,5,7 and online Wednesday for periods 2, 4, 6, 8 and in-school on Thursday for periods 1, 3, 5, 7 and in school on Friday for periods 2,4,6,8.  Group C would be online for periods 1,3,5,7 on Tuesday and Thursday and online for periods 2,4,6,8 on Wednesday and Friday.  
Secondary students in Group A would be in-school on Tuesday for periods 1, 3, 5, 7 and Wednesday for periods 2, 4, 6, 8. They will be online  Thursday for periods 1, 3, 5, 7 and Friday for periods 2,4,6,8. 
Secondary students in Group B would be online Tuesday for periods 1,3,5,7 and online Wednesday for periods 2, 4, 6, 8 and in-school on Thursday for periods 1, 3, 5, 7 and in school on Friday for periods 2,4,6,8. 
Group C would be online for periods 1,3,5,7 on Tuesday and Thursday and online for periods 2,4,6,8 on Wednesday and Friday.  

Student Groups

The following cohorts will be returning to in-person instruction (start dates below are tentative and subject to change):    

Group 1

October 5, 2020 

  • Specialized high school career preparatory programs

Group 2

October 19, 2020 

  • Preschool Autism Classrooms (PAC) 
  • Early Childhood Class-based (ECCB)
  • Specialized high school career preparatory programs

Group 3

October 26, 2020 – tentative return date

  • Elementary Comprehensive Services Sites (CSS) 
  • Key Center 
  • Kilmer Center 
  • Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) 
  • Recently-Arrived English Learners (ELs) in Grades 3-12 
  • Specialized high school career preparatory programs.

Adapted Curriculum:

  • Enhanced Autism Classrooms (EAC), including students accessing the general education curriculum
  • Intellectual Disabilities (ID) K-12 Classrooms
  • Intellectual Disabilities Severe (IDS) K-12 Classrooms
  • Students receiving Noncategorical Elementary (NCE) services who are instructed with the adapted curriculum in a special education classroom       

Group 4

October 26, 2020  – tentative return date

  • Burke School (Elementary Program only)
  • Specialized high school career preparatory programs

Group 5

November 16 – tentative date

  • Early Head Start (infants and toddlers) 
  • PreK (three and four year olds) 
  • Kindergarten 
  • Intensive Support Needs (students instructed w/ modified curriculum for at least 50% of their core courses and instructed in special education settings 50% or more of their instructional day) 
  • Specialized Center-based Programs - Special Education Vision Program at Robinson
  • Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing (DHH) Programs at Canterbury Woods ES, Frost MS and Woodson HS - students with 50% or more of core content areas in Special Education settings

Group 6

November 30 - tentative date

  • Grades 1-2
  • Specialized Career Centers - Special Education at Davis Center and Pulley Center w/ target learner profile

Group 7

January 4 – tentative date

  • Grades 3-6,
  • Secondary Public Day Programs—Special Education at Burke MS, Cedar Lane, and Quander Road
  • Davis Center and Pulley Center (students w/ target learner profile)

Group 8

January 26 – tentative date

  • Middle and High School students in Grades 7-12
  • Grade 6 at Middle School students at Holmes, Poe, and Glasgow 
  • Middle and High School students at Davis Center and Pulley Career Centers