Return to School

We began the 2020-21 school year with virtual learning for all students on September 8. We are bringing back groups of students as we continue to meet the health and operational metrics that have been established for in-person instruction. 

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. The online school year began September 8. 

We are bringing back groups of students as we continue to meet the health and operational metrics that have been established for in-person instruction including low transmission rates, mitigation strategies, planned response for confirmed cases, and availability of teachers and staff.

Breakfast and lunch meals are available at no-cost to any student who attends in-person instruction at a school Monday-Friday.

Data Driven Decisions

Specific health-related metrics are posted online.  These metrics guide our decisions on when new groups of students can begin in-person instruction. They also determine the criteria for when existing in-person instruction may need to be transitioned back to a virtual setting. The criteria is based on the Virginia Department of Health Phased Guidance for Schools and identifies thresholds for the total number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 persons as well as the percentage of persons testing positive.

COVID-19 Case Reporting

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

Metrics for In-Person Instruction 

For a group to BEGIN in-person instruction: 

  • The established thresholds for the group must be met for BOTH the number of cases per 100,000 persons and the percent positivity for seven (7) consecutive calendar days.

For a group to REMAIN in in-person instruction:

  • The number of cases per 100,000 persons or the percent positivity for may not exceed the established threshold for the group for seven (7) consecutive calendar days. 

Groups will transition back to DISTANCE LEARNING if:

  • The number of cases per 100,000 persons or the percent positivity exceeds the established threshold for the group for seven (7) consecutive calendar days. 

Thresholds for student Groups 1-6 can be found here.

Groups and Timelines for Returning to In-person Learning

 

FCPS Groups

Total Number of Cases Per 100,000 Persons

Percentage of PT-PCR Tests that are Positive during the last 14 Days

Group 1: 40 students 

October 5

Specialized high school career preparatory programs

greater than 200

greater than 10%

Group 2: 1,300 students

October 19

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

greater than 200

greater than 10%

Group 3: 4,100 students

October 26

  • 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     

greater than 200

less than or Equal to 10%

Group 4: 2,900 students

October 26

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

less than or equal to 200

less than or Equal to 10%

Group 5: 6,800 students

To be determined

  • 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

less than or equal to 200

less than 8%

Group 6: 13,500 students

December 8 - tentative date

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

less than or equal to 200

less than 8%

Group 7: 28,000 students

January 12 – 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)

TBD

TBD

Group 8: 52,800 students

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 

TBD

TBD

 

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. 

 

News for Parents

December 1 - Check out this week's issue of Return to School News to get information on COVID-19 health data, a change to the schedule for grab and go meals, job opportunities in FCPS, national awards for student publications, and the photos of the week. 

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