Reopening Schools Plan - Operational Approach
Overview of the division's approach to learning in 2020-21
FCPS Operational Approach
FCPS will reopen schools while providing families two options for learning format in 2020-21:
- Full-time online instruction
- In-person instruction with social distancing in FCPS school buildings
If there is a resurgence of the COVID-19 virus that requires school closure, FCPS is prepared to provide all students with online distance learning.
The division commits to enhancing its approach in 2020-21 to ensure responsive educational delivery that addresses staff and family needs as well as changes in public health data.
- FCPS will strive to provide maximum flexibility in support of family and staff choice, including:
- Option for full-time online instruction for any student;
- Flexible leave and telework assignments for employees at high risk of severe illness as defined by Center for Disease Control (CDC) criteria; and
- Opportunity for any teacher to request a full-time online teaching assignment.
- The full-time online instruction model will implement consistent divisionwide instructional schedules, providing significantly more synchronous student-teacher interactions than in spring 2020;
- Attendance and grading will be required for both full-time online and in-person operating models.
- Laptop computers will be provided to all students PreK-12, as needed, to support learning access in-person and online.
Family Options for Instruction
Families have the opportunity to select from two options for instructional delivery in 2020-21. Caregivers are encouraged to make choices based on health and safety concerns rather than based on availability of course or program offerings. School schedules, available courses, and participation in school activities may be limited in either option. However, both options will meet all standards of learning and graduation requirements. If no preference is received for a student by July 10, 2020, the student will automatically be enrolled for in-person instruction.
Comparing the Two Family Options for Instruction
Full-Time Online Instruction
In-Person Instruction in FCPS School Building with Social Distancing
All Grade Levels: Four days of direct/interactive instruction (synchronous) per week and one day of independent learning (asynchronous) per week.
Elementary School students receive approximately 2.5 - 3.5 hours per day of direct/interactive instruction (synchronous). Students also receive specialized instruction, as needed, such as ESOL or special education services. The amount of special education service will be determined by individualized education program (IEP) teams. Consideration will be given to individualized student needs.Middle and High School students will follow the school’s daily bell schedule.
All Grade Levels: At least two full days of instruction in person at school each week. More in-person instruction is possible based on the number of students who choose full-time online instruction or if community health conditions and guidance change.
Students will be engaged in independent (asynchronous) learning on the days they are not in the school building.
||Meal service options are under development, and an announcement will follow||Meals will be available during the week. Grab and go meals will be available on days that students are not in school.|
||Not applicable||Transportation will be available|
||Not applicable||Staff will guide students on health and safety protocols, following CDC guidelines. All staff and students must wear face coverings (as developmentally appropriate) in accordance with CDC guidelines. Schools will provide masks to students unable to provide their own. Six feet of social distancing will be maintained whenever possible.|