Coronavirus Update – Daily Update – March 23

Coronavirus Update – Daily Update March 23

Governor’s announcement issued today: 

All K-12 schools in Virginia are closed for the remainder of the academic year.

  • Governor said we are in a “period of sacrifice.”
  • School divisions will determine how learning will continue. 
  • The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will be providing school districts additional guidance in the next day or so regarding distance continuity of learning that has an equity focus. 

Highlights: 

  • All K-12 schools in Virginia are closed for the remainder of the academic year.
  •  School divisions will determine how learning will continue. 
  • The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will be providing school districts additional guidance in the next day or so regarding distance continuity of learning that has an equity focus.
  • U.S. DOE announced last week that students impacted by school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic can bypass standardized testing for the 2019-2020 school year.  
  • Virginia is planning to submit a waiver request.
  • Traditional face-to-face AP exam administrations will not take place. We expect to learn more details by April 3. 
  •  IB exams for 2020 have also been canceled.
  • We have incredible teams from Food and Nutrition Services, transportation, and other departments that are working to distribute grab and go meals to our students who are experiencing food insecurity. It is a critical function. 
  •  Last week FCPS served more than 44,000 meals and we know that number will continue to grow. 

 

Fairfax County Health Department: 

  • March 23 New Positive Cases Today: 12*
  • Total Positive Cases: 43
  • Health District includes Fairfax County, City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church and towns within the county
  • Total Deaths: 1

* Daily reported numbers as reported by the Virginia Department of Health

Instruction:

  • Resources to support continuity of learning are available on FCPS 24-7 (http://fcps.blackboard.com) and on the FCPS website
  •  Resources are organized by grade level and require minimal preparation/supplies
  • Parents/Guardians w/o FCPS 24-7 received account access via mail on 3/16
  •  Instructional video about accessing FCPS 24-7 is posted on FCPS website
  •  Instructions for families on how to use the resources are translated into top eight languages

IB Program:

  •  ·The May 2020 IB examinations for Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme students are canceled.
  •  Depending on what they registered for, the student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work.      

AP Update:

  • Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place.
  • Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home. 
  • For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates. 
  • College Board timeline for next steps:
    • March 23 – an update sent to students directly from the College Board.
    • March 25 – students will have access to College Board’s free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These optional, mobile-friendly classes are designed to be used alongside work that may be given by schools. Students can find the classes at youtube.com/advancedplacement
    • April 3 – the full exam schedule including the specific free-response question types that will comprise each AP exam will be published by the College Board.

Self-directed Economics and Personal Finance.

Beginning on Monday, March 30, 2020, those students who were registered for the self-directed Economics and Personal Finance course as of March 19, 2020 for either summer session 1 or summer session 2, will have the ability to begin the course online through Virtual Virginia. Students who are currently registered for one of the summer courses will receive an email through the summer school registration system to their fcpsschools.net email address with the information about beginning the course. All students, regardless of which summer session they registered for, will have until July 31, 2020 to complete the course.

Preparing for Distance Learning

  • Instructional Services and Information Technology staff held web conferences with elementary and secondary principals on Friday, March 20 to communicate the plan for staff training and resuming instruction.
  • Details of the distance learning plan will be shared with parents this week.
  • Learning material packets will be mailed to all families of students in preschool through grade 8 beginning the week of March 30.
  • echnology distribution begins Wednesday, March 25

 

SOLs 

·         VDOE Preparing Application for Statewide Testing Waiver.

 

MEDIA:

Families scramble to adjust to life without schools

Outbreak Voices: A Virginia Teacher (BELLE VIEW ES) On Working At A Distance

With reopening date uncertain, FCPS readying distance learning plan

 

COVID 19 Video:

What You Need to Know.

 

 SCHOOL OUTREACH

 

North Springfield ES Car parade through the neighborhood Saturday.

 Because we love and miss our students and families so much, many of our teachers did a car parade through the neighborhood this morning. We miss you! More pics to come!

 

·International Flags are popping up in the front yards of McLean Spanish 4 students who are participating in online language learning. Answer the trivia question, win the flag of your choice. Italy has been very popular.

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Beth Schinstock

@beth_schinstock

 

·@PoeMiddleSchool

I came upon this uplifting sidewalk artwork on my walk today. And to top it off it was by one of our students. We were able to briefly chat keeping a social distance and it made me so HAPPY. #wemissourkids

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Bren Mar Park ES

@BrenMarPark_ES

 

Bren Mar Park staff celebrated our regular Friday spirit day virtually... staying at home doesn’t keep our community apart! ⁦

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 Q and A:

What happens to student learning now that schools are closed for the rest of the year? 
With schools now closed for the remainder of the academic year, division leaders will be making decisions about how learning will continue and when/how students will make up the rest of the content from this year. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will issue guidance to help divisions execute plans to continue instruction.

What about third quarter grades?

Please know that third quarter grade books are not closed. We are working to ensure that students will have the opportunity to complete all assignments issued prior to the closing of schools before we close the third quarter.  We will provide maximum flexibility for our students to be sure they can get those assignments submitted.