Reopening Schools Plan - Additional Considerations

Reopening plans consider additional needs, including those of staff and families

Additional Considerations for Reopening

As the division prepares for reopening schools, we recognize that are additional considerations that must be addressed to ensure students, families, and staff are well supported in the upcoming transitions.

Supports for Staff

One goal of the FCPS Reopening Schools Plan is to ensure that all staff—instructional, clinical, operational, and administrative—have the resources to feel safe and comfortable returning to the workplace. Elements of this staff support model include the following.

Flexible Work and Leave Options

Provide updated resources and procedures, including:

  • An updated telework regulation;
  • Support accessing emergency leave, Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), and other related benefits; 
  • Use of the CDC health inventory, as it pertains to employees who may need an accommodation; and 
  • Allowing any teacher to request a full-time online teaching assignment. Teacher placements will be contingent on student enrollment numbers in the full-time online program. Teacher requests for full-time online instruction will be tiered based on the individual teacher’s medical need, a family medical need, and finally considering preference without a medical need.
Personal Protective Equipment

Ensure staff have the necessary personal protective resources, as appropriate for their risk exposure, such as masks, gloves, gowns, face shields, etc.

Health and Wellness

Provide staff with support and resources to address any personal health and wellness needs.

Professional Development

Provide staff with the information, guidance, and professional learning necessary to support virtual instructional practices, health, and safety.


Explore opportunities to expand childcare support for FCPS staff with school-aged children.


Supports for Families

Another goal of the FCPS Reopening Schools Plan is to ensure that all families have the tools, resources, and supports to feel safe and comfortable as their children return to school. Elements of this family support model include the following.

Flexible Schooling Options

Provide families the opportunity to choose full-time online instruction or in-person instruction with social distancing.

Food Services

Continue to provide meal services to students unable to attend school in person.

Language Services

Provide written translations of documents and communications in the eight most frequently spoken home languages in FCPS, and provide oral interpretation for any family who needs this service.

Training and Support

Provide resources and training to help caregivers understand their roles in supporting students’ academic success.

Technology Support

Provide an online help desk to support students and caregivers with computer troubleshooting.


Athletics and Activities

Athletics and extracurricular activities support the goal of providing a well-rounded educational experience for students within the reopening process. FCPS will follow all CDC, VDH, and FCHD guidance for physical and social distancing, restricting the size of gatherings for indoor and outdoor spaces, disinfecting equipment, and other health and safety precautions. Virginia High School League (VHSL) phase guidance will be applied throughout reopening. 

  • FCPS athletics conditioning and agility sessions may begin on  June 22, 2020. All coaches will complete mandatory training before they may conduct any sessions, and all sessions will be held at outdoor fields and facilities. Practice sessions will be limited to individual work, with no group or scrimmage activities.
  • Current state guidance allows community use of FCPS fields and facilities to resume on June 12, 2020.


Communication Strategies

Multi-faceted communication strategies will allow the division to attain its goal to include stakeholders’ input in reopening decisions and to reinforce trust and confidence in FCPS. Family and staff survey data will be used to inform the development and refinement of implementation plans within the scenarios. Survey data will reflect: 

  • Family opinions about the three FCPS reopening scenarios;
  • Staff comfort levels in returning to work and the supports they need to be successful; and 
  • Staff and family perceptions on the effectiveness of spring 2020 distance learning.

Division communication strategies are designed to engage all stakeholders through ongoing and up-to-date information about the decision-making process and reopening plans. These strategies include:

  • Clear and straightforward information to ease understanding about options, decisions, and timelines for fall; 
  • Direct communication via mailings, email, and video messages; 
  • Website and social media postings;
  • Town hall events; 
  • Guaranteed translation services in eight most frequently spoken home languages; 
  • Ongoing support for school-based outreach and communication tools; and
  • Collaboration with stakeholder groups, community organizations, faith-based organizations, and businesses to help get the message to families and staff.

Reopening Schools Plan - Complete Information