Coronavirus Update - Daily Update - March 25

Coronavirus Update - Daily Update - March 25

Fairfax County Health Department

March 24 

New Positive Cases Today: 31*

Total Positive Cases: 77

Total Deaths: 1

Health District includes Fairfax County, City of Fairfax, City of Falls Church and towns within the county

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

 

Instruction

  • Learning activities continue to be available on FCPS 24/7 Learning (Blackboard), the FCPS website and on Red Apple 21, Channel 25 and Channel 99. New instructional videos begin streaming this week.

         Distance Learning Plan:

  • Details of the  Distance Learning Plan will be shared with parents this week.
  • Launching a distance learning plan to reach 189,000 students that engages nearly 16,000 classroom teachers is a complex challenge.
  • We acknowledge that distance learning cannot reasonably replace daily in-person instructional programs, and we will not be trying to replicate the regular school day.
  • Our Distance Learning Plan provides for students to continue learning in developmentally appropriate ways, while being mindful of their health and wellness.

 

Food Distribution

Day Date Total Meals
 Friday 3/13/20 1,536
 Monday 3/16/20 3,670
 Tuesday 3/17/20 6,230
 Wednesday 3/18/20 8,203
 Thursday 3/19/20 10,199
 Friday 3/20/20 14,174
 Monday 3/23/20 11,518
 Tuesday 3/24/20 14,423
 Wednesday  3/25/20 13,561

Media

Oakton HS students bring daily routine to Instagram to connect with classmates

https://wtop.com/fairfax-county/2020/03/virginia-student-brings-daily-routine-to-instagram-to-connect-with-classmates/

High School Experience Ends Early for Seniors

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/high-school-experience-ends-early-for-virginia-seniors/2251672/

Virginia Parents Grasp Reality of School Closures

https://wtop.com/virginia/2020/03/virginia-parents-grasp-reality-ramifications-of-school-closures/

 

School Outreach

Centreville HS Principal Chad Lehman’s message to seniors:

Superintendent

Telemundo and other media outlets conducted virtual interviews with Dr. Brabrand. Below is the Telemundo story. 

https://www.telemundowashingtondc.com/noticias/local/reacciones-tras-anuncio-de-cierre-de-escuelas-por-resto-del-ano-escolar-en-virginia/1979577/

 

Fairfax County

  • Some specific public services may continue to be provided in-person as determined necessary by county agencies and employees will continue to be able to access these facilities.

  • The County extended the deadline to pay the first installment of real estate taxes until Friday, Aug. 28.  Normally, the first installment is due by July 28.

Q and A

Please explain the distance learning plan timeline:

Please know that we have been working very hard since the initial closure to implement a plan. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) provided guidance to school systems not to require any new instruction during the past two weeks. As a result, FCPS quickly developed parent resources to support continuity of learning. Tens of thousands of people have utilized the tools in Blackboard, our FCPS website as well as the programming available on our cable channels.

It is a complex challenge to begin a distance learning plan that engages nearly 16,000 teachers to reach 189,000 students.

Here are the key factors:

  • Technology infrastructure availability for all students
  • The diverse learning needs of our students
  • Appropriate teacher training to ensure fidelity of implementation
  • Laptop distribution to approximately 15,000 middle school and elementary school students in accordance with health department guidelines, one student at a time.
  • Printing and mailing of 125,000 learning packets weekly to homes across Fairfax County

This distance learning plan also recognizes the challenges of FCPS staff members working from home trying to take care of loved ones while ensuring their own health and safety. This transition time ensures basic needs are taken care of before staff is asked to transition back into their instructional responsibilities.

While the governor’s decision to close schools for the remainder of the academic year caused a lot of emotions for us as educational leaders, the safety of our students, staff and community is always the top priority  This transition time to implement our distance learning plan will provide our students meaningful learning experiences in the best way possible under these challenging conditions.

COVID-19 Web Links

Fairfax County Public Schools

Fairfax County Government