Reopening Schools Plan - In-Person Instruction with Social Distancing

This option delivers in-person instruction in FCPS schools with social distancing protocols to protect students and staff

In-Person Instruction with Social Distancing

The Reopening Schools Plan offers families the option of in-person instruction in FCPS school buildings with social distancing protocols, per the current CDC and VDH guidance. In this model, students attend classes at their school a minimum of two days per week, with additional days offered as feasible based on health and safety guidelines. Students are automatically enrolled for in-person instruction if their families do not submit their preferred instructional model by July 10, 2020.

Social Distancing

FCPS building access is limited in accordance with health and safety guidelines, and visitor access is restricted. Six-foot separation is maintained whenever possible for both staff and students, and efforts are in place to limit mixing groups of students. Buses enact new capacity limits and seating guidelines, per health and safety expectations.

image of classroom layout with social distancing

image of sample bus distancing

Health Protocols

Health monitoring protocols are implemented in accordance with CDC and VDH guidance. A daily health screening form requires caregivers to report that their child is asymptomatic and has not been exposed to anyone who is symptomatic. Buildings undergo daily sanitizing for high-touch areas (doorknobs, handles, etc.) using a medical grade solution. At times, contracted cleaning services may be used to meet high needs. Schools and the division collaborate with the FCHD to rapidly and appropriately respond to any outbreaks in the community or school and to implement all necessary health and safety protocols. 


To ensure students and staff can meet physical distancing requirements, instructional delivery under this model requires a reduced schedule of in-person learning. Students participate in virtual learning on days when they are not present in a school building. This structure involves a rotating day schedule for in-person and virtual instruction with groups of students attending at their school on assigned days each week. The example schedule below illustrates how it might look to serve half of the students at the school on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the other half at the school on Wednesdays and Fridays. Students who are not attending in-person on any given day participate in asynchronous online learning, using digital curriculum resources and instructional tasks assigned by their teachers.   

sample schedule for in-person instruction with social distancing 2 days per week

Depending on the level of risk in Fairfax County according to public health data at the time school reopens, the number of students served each day could vary. Capacity limitations may require decisions to prioritize in-person instruction for the highest needs populations, such as students with disabilities, English learners, and primary grade students. On the other hand, if a substantial number of families opt for full-time online instruction, students choosing in-person learning may be able to be served at the school more than twice per week. 

Decisions about bell schedules at each school and the percentage of the student population attending a school each day will be finalized as division leadership processes additional stakeholder feedback on implications for students, families, and staff. Specific schedules for in-person rotations at the school will be finalized and communicated in mid-August 2020, as family intent forms are collected and processed, allowing schools to assign students to specific classes. Whenever possible, siblings will be assigned to the same in-person attendance cycle to simplify family arrangements.



Reopening Schools Plan - Complete Information