Return to School

The changing course of the COVID-19 pandemic with infection rates surging both nationally and regionally has required us to alter our plans for school year 2020-21. 

The changing course of the COVID-19 pandemic with infection rates surging both nationally and regionally has required us to alter our plans for school year 2020-21.  We began the  2020-21 school year with virtual learning for all students. 

As of January 6, 2021, FCPS is continuing to pause the plan to bring students and staff back into school buildings for in-person instruction at this time. Schools will continue to follow their current bell schedules. 

Food distribution schedules are available

TENTATIVE Groups and Timelines for Returning to In-person Learning

Groups 

(1/22/21) FCPS has created “groups” to clarify which students will return to in-person instruction based on certain health and operational requirements being met. The chart below defines which group a student is assigned to based on their grade level and/or the specific courses, programs, or services they are accessing. If you have questions about which group your child is assigned to, please contact your child’s school.

 


 

In-Person Timeline

Student Groups

Student In-Person Start Dates

VHSL Activities and HS Co-Curriculars

January 26

Intervention Cohorts (ES, MS, HS)

January 26

 

Group Student In-Person Start Dates

Group 1 - 4:

Select Specialized Career Prep Classes

Preschool Autism Preschool Class Based

Elementary Comprehensive Service Sites (CSS) Adaptive Curriculum Programs:

  • Enhanced Autism Class (EAC)
  • Intellectual Disabilities (ID) Classes
  • Intellectual Disabilities Severe (IDS) Classes
  • Non-Categorical Elementary (NCE) - Adaptive Curriculum Key Center

Kilmer Center

Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) Recently-Arrived English Learners (ELs) in Grades 3-12

Specialized Career Prep Classes Burke School - Elementary

February 16
New Bell Schedule

Group 5:

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 SS
  • 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 spec. ed. settings

February 23

Group 6:

Grades 1-2

Davis and Pulley Center students in the class of 2021 (end of eligibility) and students who have been unable to access virtual instruction

March 9

Group 7:

Grades 3-6

Secondary Public Day Programs - Special Education:

  • Burke Middle School
  • Cedar Lane
  • Quander Rd

Davis and Pulley Center students in the class of 2022 (end of eligibility) and students who have been unable to access virtual instruction

March 16

Group 8:

Grade 8, 9, 12

Poe MS, Glasgow MS, and Holmes MS students in Grade 8

Bryant HS (9-12)

Mountain View HS (9-12)

March 2

Group 8:

Grade 7, 10, 11

Poe MS, Glasgow MS, and Holmes MS students in Grades 6-7

Davis and Pulley Center Students in the class of 2023 and beyond (end of eligibility)

March 9

 

Weekly Learning Schedule for Virtual Instruction

Students will receive virtual instruction 5 days per week. The week will include 4 days of live, face-to-face online instruction with teachers Tuesday through Friday. Mondays will be used for independent learning with some students identified for teacher-directed specialized instruction/intervention.

  • At the elementary level, students will receive real-time, interactive instruction Tuesday through Friday.
  • The elementary day will also consist of additional small group instruction, intervention supports, and independent learning activities assigned to students.
  • Middle and high school students will follow an A/B block schedule. 
  • Student work will be graded, and attendance is required.
  • Teachers will have planning time on Mondays and will provide intervention supports for selected students that we hope can be provided in-person.

Individual schools will communicate with parents regarding schedules and other information to prepare for online learning. 

 

COVID-19 Case Reporting

View the latest data from FCPS and the Virginia Department of Health regarding the COVID-19 cases in our region.

News for Parents

January 19 - Check out the latest issue of Return to School News for information on the first FCPS employees receiving COVID-19 vaccines, upcoming holidays, meal distribution, parent webinars in February, and the Best of the Web winners.

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