Coronavirus Update – Daily Update – March 20

Coronavirus Update – Daily Update March 20

COVID-19 UPDATE:  March 20, 2020

March 19 Update from the Fairfax County Health Department 

  • A total of 16 cases of COVID-19 in the Fairfax Health District, which includes the City of Fairfax and the City of Falls Church and towns within the county.
  • As of March 19, public health officials have noted evidence of community transmission of the COVID-19 virus in parts of Northern Virginia.
  • Community transmission, or "community spread," is defined by the Centers for Disease Control as a "spread of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown."
  • The Health Department posted a video to address concerns about the COVID testing:

https://youtu.be/kh-aPhUN0Qo  

FCPS Event Cancellations

  • April 18                  Special Education Conference canceled
  • April 25                  All County Chorus canceled
  • April 29                  FCPS Retirement Celebration canceled
  • May 31                  Cappies canceled by organizer
  • June 10                 FCPS Honors Gala canceled

FCPS Q and A: 

What about SOL Testing?

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced today students impacted by school closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can bypass standardized testing for the 2019-20 school year.

Upon request, the U.S. Department of Education will grant a waiver to any state that is unable to assess its students due to the ongoing national emergency, providing relief from federally mandated testing requirements for this school year               

AP/IB Updates:

 College Board AP Update:

  • Today, College Board posted additional information about free remote learning resources. FCPS will make these resources available to students and staff.
  • College Board is developing an at-home testing option.
  • Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place.  
  • For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates

The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3. More information is available here: AP Updates from The College Board

FCPS expects to receive an update from the International Baccalaureate Organization by March 27. Additional IB Updates are available here: IB Updates from the International Baccalaureate Organization  

What is FCPS going to do about proms and graduation?

We recognize that proms and graduations are coming up and there are significant costs associated with these events. At this time, there are no changes to the prom and graduation schedule.

Are there timelines to reschedule discipline hearings?

All hearings that were already scheduled have been postponed until further notice. This information has been emailed out to families.

Are teachers prohibited from contacting students or providing additional learning activities during the closure?

No. Teachers are not prohibited from engaging in open communication with students or providing additional learning activities during the closure. Many teachers and administrators have been communicating with their students this week either by video or other means. As previously stated, learning activities during the closure are not required and will not be graded. Teachers may provide optional, ungraded activities to students with the caveat that they cannot be designed to teach new content. Teachers will not offer “extra credit” for completion of optional learning activities.

VDOE Q and A:

VDOE COVID-19 FAQ Update 3.18.20.pdf

COVID-19 Web Links: 

FCPS www.fcps.edu 

Fairfax County https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/covid19/ 

Food Distribution: 

We are continuing our food distribution. Please check our website daily for food distribution locations. click here.

Fairfax County

Effective immediately, Fairfax County Park Authority (indoor)Library and Neighborhood and Community Services community facilities will be closed until further notice. The impacted facilities include recreation (RECenters), nature, community, resource and teen centers, as well as golf courses, historic sites and (permitted use of) athletic fields and picnic shelters. Some of these facilities will continue to be used as meal distribution centers to serve the community as needed.

SACC will not offer any spring break services, as previously planned.

Resources

Fairfax County Department of Family Services:

https://www.fcps.edu/sites/default/files/Assistance%20from%20Distance.pdf

Other Information:

  • We will provide families an update early next week regarding the distance learning plan.
  • If FCPS schools cannot reopen as scheduled on April 14, our plan is to begin distance learning either online, or by learning packets at that time. Over the next two weeks, we will begin distance learning training for teachers and give teachers the opportunity to plan and prepare for distance instruction and reconnect with their students.
  • We are working with individual schools to distribute technology devices.
  • We will also provide for an essential/critical items pickup at individual schools. More details will follow. 
  • We know there are questions about third quarter grading. We are working with our principals to develop a plan for grading and will communicate that information to you as soon as we can. The third quarter grading book is not closed.
  • Traditional face-to-face AP exam administrations will not take place.  
  • The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3.