Coronavirus Update – Daily Update – March 19

Coronavirus Daily Update March 19

COVID UPDATE: March 19, 2020

March 18 Update from the Fairfax County Health Department

Live Positive Cases: 2 
Total Presumptive Positive Cases: 14 

Health District includes Fairfax County, City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church and towns within the county. All confirmed cases are associated with travel or contact with a known case. 

Q and A: 

What resources are available to help families talk with their children about COVID-19?

There are a number of resources to support families in talking with children about COVID-19.

https://www.fcps.edu/blog/talking-children-about-coronavirus

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource

https://www.schoolcounselor.org/school-counselors/professional-development/learn-more/coronavirus-resources

What is happening with standardized testing? 

Virginia Department of Education will seek maximum flexibility for schools and students to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, including relief from federal and state requirements related to testing. 

The state superintendent has also directed VDOE staff to review state laws and regulations related to state graduation requirements to determine what steps must be taken to ensure that seniors who would otherwise graduate this spring are not denied diplomas. We will provide updates as soon as they are available.

What is the plan for 3rd Quarter Grades?

Instructional Services Department will work with principals associations to develop procedures and timelines. These will be communicated as soon as possible.  

Will students be able to pick up medication they have stored in the clinic? If so, what is the procedure?

Parents should contact their primary care physician if additional medications are needed. We are planning to schedule a day or days next week where students/families and staff can pick up essentials, including emergency medications.  

We are hearing concerns about AP/IB testing.  Is there an update regarding testing schedules?

FCPS staff members are working closely with officials from the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) program and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) regarding the impact of school closures on AP/IB instruction, review, and testing.  With the evolving COVID-19 health crisis, we do not yet have answers about the impact to the 2020 AP-IB testing schedules. Our current focus is providing parents and students with resources for continuity of learning.  The following links will provide ongoing updates from the AP and IB programs. 

 

We will keep parents, students, and staff members informed of updates to AP/IB instruction and testing.  As students continue their preparation for spring 2020 AP and IB examinations, they are encouraged to use resources and tools provided until direct teacher instruction and support can be provided.

COVID Web Links: 

FCPS: www.fcps.edu 

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

Food Distribution:  County food resources map. Includes FCPS distribution sites: The map can be accessed here.   Please check our website daily for food distribution locations. click here.

Other Information: 

  • We will provide families an update early next week regarding the distance learning plan.
  • We are expecting additional instruction guidance from the state and the governor’s office in the near future regarding the operating status of Virginia schools.
  • As a result, as we’ve shared previously, the first two full weeks of school closure for FCPS, which began Monday and extends through next Friday, March 27, will not include any teacher-directed instruction.
  • We are looking to schedule a MiFi distribution and reschedule the laptop distribution next week by appointment  to provide technology access to as many students as we can who are in need and do not have any home access. We will also provide for an essential/critical items pickup day.