Coronavirus Update - Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

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Distance Learning

How can we get technical support for distance learning?

Your school remains your primary point of contact during this time. If you are seeking technology assistance on behalf of your student with their online access or with their FCPS device, please begin by reaching out to your student’s teacher. Contact information for your child’s school-based administration is available on the school’s websiteFind out more. 

Has SIS ParentVUE access been turned off?

No. SIS ParentVUE is still available for accessing information about your child's attendance, class performance, demographic data, and links to FCPS 24-7 information. The report card module in ParentVUE and StudentVUE will be closed from Friday, May 1, at 4 p.m. until Saturday, May 9, at 6 a.m. to allow teachers to enter grades.

How and when we are getting our daily schedule?

Your school leadership will be communicating expectations for a daily schedule and expected interactions with your teachers.

Can I opt out of receiving the printed learning packets in the mail? 

Yes, the packets are available electronically in FCPS 24/7 Learning (Blackboard) and can be printed at home. Please use this opt out link to stop receiving the printed instructional packets in the mail. You will need your student’s ID number and your e-mail address to access the opt out system. Please note that it may take up to 1 week to process your request to opt out.

Why did I receive more than one copy of the printed learning packet in the mail? 

Some families received, or will be receiving, duplicate copies of the first learning packet in the mail. This was a distribution error that has been corrected. We apologize for the error. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have questions about the learning packet.

What should I do if I did not receive a printed learning packet in the mail?

Please confirm your student’s mailing address with the school by emailing the Registrar (SIA) or Administrator. If your student did not receive a printed learning packet in the mail, please email, FCPSlearningpacket@fcps.edu and provide your student’s ID and address. We can check the master mailing list and ensure your child receives the future packets. 

What if my child has a temporary address during the COVID-19 closure, can they still get a packet? 

If your student has a temporary address during the school closure, please notify your school of the student’s temporary change of address. The school Registrar (SIA) or Administrator can update the Student Mailing Address. Schools will update the student mailing address only. After we return to school, the student mailing address will be changed back to match the home address. Your next packet will be mailed to the updated address. 

What if our permanent address changed during the closure, can my child still get a packet?

If you have moved within Fairfax County, please contact your new school to begin the registration process. Your student may finish the current year at the existing school if desired.  If you moved out of the county, your student may finish out the school year and can still receive a packet. In either case, a new mailing address needs to be listed as the Student Mailing Address to facilitate getting a packet in the mail. 

Will advanced mathematics be included in the packet?

Learning activities for Advanced Mathematics for grades 3-6 will begin in the second packet.

Where can I find information about the cable channels that are providing the instructional programming for elementary, middle and high school?

The instructional programming is available on three cable channels. Depending on your cable service provider, it may be a different channel number. View cable channels for instructional programming.

I didn’t get a laptop and I need one – how can I still get one?

Please contact your school principal directly about technology needs.

I don’t have access to the internet now, because my family is having to cut expenses. How can I get it?

Please contact your school principal directly about whether additional MiFi devices are available for distribution. There are resources also listed on our website about additional ways you can access the internet. Access to Technology

Will students be able to continue with the self-directed Economics and Personal Finance course?  

Beginning on Monday, March 30, those students who were registered 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. For students interested in completing the Self-directed Economics and Personal Finance course, registration is available online. Fairfax County Public Schools will accept registrations as they are received until we meet capacity for the summer school course.

How is Driver’s Education impacted by the school closure?

The Instructional Services Department is working to finalize guidance for finishing the 3rd quarter and fulfill the requirements for 4th quarter Driver’s Education. This will require schools to create schedules with additional synchronous hours for these classes to meet the State requirements. Additional guidance is forthcoming. Behind the Wheel, associated with this course is canceled until further notice.

Attendance, Grading and Reporting

Attendance, grading and reporting information may also be found on the Learning at Home Support for Families page (Elementary | Middle | High) and in FCPS 24-7 Learning After logging in you should see the Continuity of Learning Resources – Distance Learning Plan information. Click on the link for your grade level. On the left menu, click on the Grading and Attendance.

Attendance (PreK-12)

Will attendance be taken during synchronous (live) sessions?

Teachers will enter student’s non-participation in synchronous sessions in our Student Information System (SIS) which is visible to parents.

How will participation in asynchronous work be counted?

Tracking asynchronous work will be determined by the teacher and team.

Is attendance in synchronous (live) sessions mandatory?

Participation in all aspects of distance learning is encouraged at all levels.

Participation in the fourth quarter learning is essential for students to complete required new course content per Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) guidelines for earning high school credit.

Will students be penalized for not participating in distance learning?

The data will not be included in student attendance history and will not be reported to the VDOE. A student’s grades will not be negatively impacted during fourth quarter.

What will teachers do if students are not engaging in distance learning?

Students who are not engaging in synchronous chats or asynchronous work will be contacted by the teacher and other staff members, such as the school counselor, until engagement is achieved.

Elementary Grading and Reporting

What will be included in the student progress report for the third quarter?

The 3rd quarter achievement report will include the effort and life skills marks on all  content taught and assessed during 3rd quarter through March 13, 2020.

All student progress reports are pre-populated with the comment: Your child’s 3rd quarter progress report reflects content taught and assessed through March 13, 2020. Continued engagement in Distance Learning opportunities will help your child retain and learn new content throughout the remainder of the academic year.

Will the third quarter progress report card be mailed?

Third quarter progress reports are mailed to all families the week of May 25, 2020.

What can we expect on the final elementary progress report?

Teachers will not issue marks for the fourth quarter. Final marks will be determined by all content taught and assessed through March 13, 2020. If a student demonstrates increased achievement or effort during Distance Learning, a student’s final mark(s) may be increased. No mark should be lowered based on Distance Learning participation.

All student progress reports are pre-populated with the comment: Your child’s Final Progress Report reflects content taught and assessed through March 13, 2020 and any progress gained through Distance Learning opportunities.

How will I know if my student will be promoted to the next grade?

Grade placement for the 20-21 school year will be based on student progress as of March 13, 2020. If the student was on track, the student should be promoted. Promotion guidelines are outlined in Regulation 2410.

How will we get our student’s final grades?

Final progress reports will be mailed. Families should receive them at the end of June.

Secondary Grading and Reporting

What is the status of third quarter grades?

The third quarter was extended until May 1, 2020. However, the third quarter grade book was closed to new assignments as of March 13, 2020. Teachers gave students the opportunity to make up as much of third quarter missing and incomplete assignments as feasible.

When will the third quarter grades be available?

Grades will be available in ParentVue on May 9, 2020. Report cards will be mailed to all families except those who have opted for paperless report cards.

How will my student be graded for work done during distance learning?

Teachers should provide feedback such as comments on quality of work and guidance for improvement. Assignment “marks” will be entered in our Student Information System (SIS) and will be:

  • Proficient
  • Attempted
  • Not Attempted

Students and families will be able to see “marks” in SIS. Weekly emails will not be sent since there will not be a fourth quarter grade.

Fourth quarter grades will be No Mark (NM).

What is the timeline for getting grades for the fourth quarter?

Fourth quarter started on Monday, May 4, 2020.

For middle school students and underclassmen, the fourth quarter ends on Friday, June 12, 2020. Grades are available in ParentVUE on June 13. Report cards will be mailed to all families except those who have opted for paperless report cards.

Will my student get credit for work done during distance learning?

Teachers have the discretion of raising a student's final grade by one grade distribution (B to B+), based on demonstrated proficiency of fourth quarter learning. A student with an F average may increase to any D grade for final mark based on fourth quarter proficiency of learning. This grade distribution increase applies to both standard and rolling gradebooks.

How will the final grades be calculated?

 A student’s final grade will be the highest of the following:

  • Avg of Qtrs 1, 2, & 3
  • Avg of Qtrs 1, 2, & 3 with 1 grade distribution increase earned during distance learning (if applicable) 
  • 1st Semester Grade
  • 1st Semester Grade with 1 grade distribution increase earned during distance learning (if applicable)
  • Quality Points as per FCPS Grading and Reporting

For a Rolling Gradebook a student’s final grade will be the highest of the following:

  • Qtr 3 Grade 
  • Qtr 3 Grade with 1 grade distribution increase (if applicable)
  • 1st Semester Grade
  • 1st Semester Grade with 1 grade distribution increase (if applicable)

Will my 12th grade student be able to graduate?

Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) flexibility makes sure that 12th graders who were expected to graduate on time as of the March 13, 2020 school closure will still graduate on time. Schools will work with all seniors to provide opportunities to meet their graduation requirements.

Can my student still get dual enrollment credit?

While the majority of our dual enrollment courses are offered through Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), we also have dual enrollment courses with George Mason University, James Madison University, and Shenandoah University. Each partner has a different methodology regarding how to finish the course, and we are working closely with each college to find the best solution for students to receive credit. Guidance has been shared directly with students through their dual enrollment teachers.  Please connect with your student’s teacher for specific dual enrollment completion information.

SOL, SAT, ACT, CTE Industry Credentials

What is going to happen with SOL testing?

With school closure through the end of the academic year, no Virginia schools will administer further SOL tests this spring. Waivers available for state graduation requirements mean that the absence of SOL tests will not negatively impact students’ ability to progress toward on-time graduation.

The U.S. Department of Education has given Virginia permission to cancel federally mandated Standards of Learning tests during the 2019-2020 school year.
Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane submitted the commonwealth’s waiver application after the federal agency informed the Virginia Department of Education that the application did not require prior approval from the state Board of Education. On March 28, the federal department gave VDOE the green light to implement the waiver pending formal approval later this spring.

The federal Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 requires states to administer annual assessments in reading and mathematics in grades 3-8 and at least once in high school. The law also requires testing in science at least once in elementary, middle and high school. On March 20, in the wake of extended school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced an expedited process for approving statewide waivers of ESSA testing mandates.
The commonwealth’s assessment system also includes tests in writing and social studies and history that are not required by the federal law. VDOE is exploring options for cancelling the administration of state-required SOL tests during the reconvened session of the General Assembly in April.

How are ACT and SAT tests impacted by school closure?

Parents and students may contact their school counselors with questions about college admissions and postsecondary preparation.

ACT and SAT Testing scheduled in FCPS locations during the 2019-20 school year have been cancelled. Students will receive information directly from the College Board and ACT regarding options for rescheduling.

Additional information about ACT is available on the ACT website.

Additional information about SAT is available on the College Board website.

What information is available about industry credentials?

At this time, all industry credential testing has been cancelled on-site and off-site as official testing centers are all currently closed.

Summer Learning

Is it too late to register for summer online campus?

Registration for online campus for summer courses ends June 12th.

What is the process for requesting transcripts and documents for scholarships, summer programs, private schools, etc.?

Students, parents and guardians may request transcripts and other documents through the student’s school counselor.

What is FCPS planning to do about summer enrichment opportunities for students such as IFTA and other camps?

Though registration has been suspended at this time, decisions about summer programs have not been made at this time.

Will there be Credit Recovery Academy?

Registration begins in late April and at this time, no decision has been made about whether or not we will be able to hold these classes.

Class of 2020 Questions

I am a senior. How can I make sure I am going to graduate? 

If you were in good standing and passing all of your required courses for graduation before schools closed, you will graduate on time. It is important that each of you stays engaged in your academics through distance learning during fourth quarter. 

The State Superintendent will provide maximum flexibility for graduation requirements. This includes waivers ensuring that the absence of SOL tests and industry certification tests this spring will not negatively impact a student’s scheduled graduation.  More information will be shared as you start Distance Learning on April 14.                                         

Even if you were not passing all of your required courses, there is still time for you to graduate this June.  Your teachers will ensure you have access to what you need to be able to complete your coursework through distance learning. Your teachers will also give you more information about what is needed to finish the third quarter and how your engagement during the fourth quarter will impact your final grade.

What about seniors who were not performing well in their classes?

Some of our students who were not passing all of their classes will need to put in extra time to demonstrate that they can meet the requirements for graduation. Our staff is ready to support them in the distance learning environment.

What is FCPS going to do about prom and graduation? 

Unfortunately, proms are canceled. Unless the governor’s order is amended, our currently scheduled graduation ceremonies will also be impacted.  We will continue to monitor requirements for social distancing and large events to see what graduation options are possible as we get closer to June.

High school principals are committed to recognizing and celebrating your accomplishments at the end of the year. With graduations in late May and June, there is still have some time to make a final decision. Please stay tuned.

AP and IB Testing Information

May 5, 2020 Press Release

IB Testing

What will happen with IB exams and students who were planning on earning an IB Diploma or Certificate? 

Even though the May 2020 exam session has been cancelled, IB scores (1-7) will still be awarded based on internal and external assessments. These scores awarded by IB will be sent to universities and colleges for potential college recognition. In addition, DP diploma candidates and CP candidates will be expected to fulfill the Core program requirements.

When are the internal and external assessments due to teachers?

Due to the closure of the Virginia public schools for the remainder of the school year, FCPS requested extended deadlines for submission of required components. Moving forward, IB coordinators and teachers will communicate directly with students and families regarding these deadlines to ensure students complete and submit all required coursework.

When will IB exam scores be released?

The IB intends to release results to universities/colleges and schools as planned on July 5. Due to extensions requested by FCPS, there may be a delay in the release of results.

Will universities/colleges accept IB exam scores for credit and/or placement?

IB will provide universities/colleges with clear information about the assessments that have been conducted during the student’s participation in the two years of the DP and CP, and the process by which final marks were determined in this unusual year. The IB will continue to ensure the validity and the reliability of assessment protocols.


Each university/college will be able to make informed decisions as they have done in the past about their IB policies regarding admissions, credit granting, advanced standing, and scholarship awards. Students should communicate directly with universities/colleges to learn about their policies.  Universities/colleges will be best prepared to support any IB specific queries you might have after that time.

AP Exam Preparation

What should students do to ensure their device is ready for test day?

The College Board has released the 2020 AP Exam Day Checklist and an Exam Day Experience Demonstration. Please note, it is important that AP students review the checklist and immediately complete the AP exam demo to confirm that their testing device and browser will be able to access the AP exam on test day. If a student cannot complete the AP Exam demo, contact the school’s AP testing coordinator for assistance. The following resources from the College Board are now available

How will FCPS students prepare to take the AP exam(s) this year?

FCPS students are encouraged to use resources in the Middle School and High School Continuity of Learning site in FCPS 24-7 Learning and on the Advanced Placement YouTube channel to review. FCPS AP teachers are providing distance learning instruction and the College Board is providing AP students with additional practice free-response questions (FRQs), available to all registered AP students, including students in exam-only sections.

How will FCPS AP teachers help students prepare for AP exams during distance learning?

AP teachers are providing opportunities for students to review for the AP exam using synchronous and asynchronous instructional approaches. In addition to teacher-created resources, teachers can make all Personal Progress Checks available on MyAP and set those to allow students to check their own progress. Also, teachers can assign practice timed FRQs, Topic Questions and Test Bank questions to cover material they want students to review to complement the College Board resources.

Is it necessary for students to make sure they are using a personal email in their College Board account?

Yes. In order to continue to receive communication from the College Board about this year’s online exams and to receive communication from the College Board after graduation from FCPS, it is important for students to use a personal email (and not their @fcpsschools.net email) in their College Board account.

The College Board continues to email each AP student relevant testing information. If a student has not received email communications from the College Board, they should immediately contact their school’s AP testing coordinator or AP teacher(s) for instructions on how to verify the email address associated with their student account.

How can students update their email in their College Board account to delete an @fcpsschools.net email address and add a personal email address?

Students should login to their College Board account and change their email in their AP profile. Students may need to update their personal email account settings to allow messages from collegeboard@e.collegeboard.org.

For step-by-step instructions on how to verify your student account email address:

  • Contact your school’s AP testing coordinator or your AP teacher.
  • Reference the instructions on FCPS 24-7 Learning in the High School Continuity of Learning Resources - Distance Learning  Plan course. After logging in, click on AP & IBDP on the left menu. 

Where can students find tips on how to prepare for the online, open-book AP exams?

Please visit Tips for Success on Open Book/Open Note Exams on the AP website.

What does it mean that this year’s AP Exams are open book/open note?

Please visit the College Board’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

What open book/open note resources are allowed for AP subject exams?

Please visit the College Board’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

How does a student indicate which university/college should receive their AP score(s)?

In their College Board account on the AP profile, students can indicate the university/college where they want their cumulative AP scores sent by June 20, 2020. Seniors may send their AP score(s) to one university/college at no cost. Additional score reports can be requested through the College Board for a fee.

What should students do about missing synchronous online distance learning instruction due to taking their AP exam(s)?

The AP testing coordinators will communicate the AP exam schedule to school staff so that teachers can allow flexibility for AP students who are testing. Students are encouraged to inform their teachers if they will miss online synchronous instruction. Synchronous classes will be recorded so that students can access and view at a later time to catch up on missed instruction.

AP Exam Schedule and Formats

When will the AP exams for the 2019-2020 school year take place?

Please visit AP Exam Schedule 2020 – AP Coronavirus Updates on the AP website.

Are students allowed to register for an AP exam at this point in time? If a student in an AP course opted-out of the AP exam this fall, are they allowed to opt-in now?

No. AP exam ordering is closed for the 2019- 2020 school year.

What are the 2020 AP exam formats?

Please visit AP Exam Schedule 2020 – AP Coronavirus Updates on the AP website and scroll to specific courses for format information.

What happens if a student is unable to take the AP exam as scheduled May 11-May 22, 2020?

On April 14, College Board changed the makeup exam date for some subjects to remove conflicts with religious observances. Please visit AP Exam Schedule 2020 – AP Coronavirus Updates on the AP website.

AP Testing and Technology Details

What are the technology requirements to take an AP online test?

The College Board has released the 2020 AP Exam Day Checklist and an Exam Day Experience Demonstration. Please note, it is important that AP students review the checklist and immediately complete the AP exam demo to confirm that their testing device and browser will be able to access the AP exam on test day. If a student cannot complete the AP Exam demo, contact the school’s AP testing coordinator for assistance. The following resources from the College Board are now available

What technology do I need to complete a spoken AP World Language & Culture Exams?

Students need an iOS or Android device to complete these exams and will need to download the WLEA app, which will be available for free beginning May 11, 2020. For details, check the Taking AP World Language & Culture Exams AP web page. If a student does not have access to this technology, they should contact the school AP testing coordinator for assistance.

What technology do I need to complete the Music Theory Exam?

In order to take the 2020 Music Theory Exam students need a device that has both

  • An audio recording app such as Recorder, Voice Memos, Garage Band (or Audacity if using a computer) to record in .m4a, .mp3, .wav, .ogg formats.
  • The ability to take and submit a photo of the written answer sheet.

The College Board suggests the best device to take the AP Music Theory exam is a Smartphone or Tablet; however, if necessary the exam can be taken on a computer. For details, check the Taking the AP Music Theory Exam web page. If a student does not have access to this technology, they should contact the school AP testing coordinator for assistance.

How will students without access to technology take their AP exam(s)?

If needed, students should contact their school to determine how to access an FCPS laptop and MiFi device.

How will the College Board ensure that 2020 AP exams are secure and fair to all students?

AP Exam Security information is available on the AP Coronavirus Updates page.

Do students need a calculator to test?

Please visit the College Board’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

Will students be able to test with approved accommodations?

Yes, students will be able to take online AP exams with College Board approved accommodations. Please visit the Accommodations for 2020 AP Exams page for details.

AP Subject Specific Questions

What additional information is needed for students taking AP World Language & Culture exams?

Visit the Course Specific Exam Information page on the AP website and click on the plus (right side of the screen) to expand that section and find more information.

When are portfolios due for AP Computer Science Principles, AP Seminar and AP Art courses?

Visit the Course Specific Exam Information page on the AP website and click on the plus (right side of the screen) to expand that section and find more information.

When is the due date for the AP Research Paper?

Visit the Course Specific Exam Information page on the AP website and click on the plus (right side of the screen) to expand that section and find more information.

How will the AP Computer Science Principles score be computed?

Visit the Course Specific Exam Information page on the AP website and click on the plus (right side of the screen) to expand that section and find more information.

How will the AP Capstone (Seminar and Research) scores be computed?

Visit the Course Specific Exam Information page on the AP website and click on the plus (right side of the screen) to expand that section and find more information.

Will Calculus BC students receive AB sub scores for the 2020 AP exam administration? Can students take both the Calculus AB and BC exams?

No, students who take the Calculus BC exam will not receive AB subscores due to the online exam format. Students may not take both the Calculus AB and BC exams in the 2020 AP exam administration. Read the next question to change the AP exam from Calculus BC to AB.

A student is registered for an AP exam and wants to switch to take a different exam. Is switching AP exams allowed?

A change is only allowed in AP Calculus and AP Art.

  • For AP Calculus and AP Art students only, a registered student may request to switch from taking an Art and Design portfolio to another AP Art and vice versa at no charge.
  • A registered student may switch from taking the AP Calculus BC to Calculus AB and vice versa at no charge.

Students must notify their AP Testing Coordinator and ask them to process this change. The deadline to make this change was April 20, 2020.

AP Exam Scores

Will colleges accept the AP exam score(s) for credit and placement?

Please visit the College Board’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

When will exam scores be released? 

Please visit the College Board’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

For the first time, AP teachers will receive their students’ 2020 AP exam responses (unscored) in late May.  As part of quarter 4 distance learning, can AP teachers evaluate and use a student’s exam response as demonstrated proficiency to positively influence the student’s final course grade?

Due to the uncertain timing of the arrival of students’ 2020 AP exam responses and inequities in access to the AP exam, it is not recommended teachers use a student’s exam response when considering the student’s final course grade. The College Board does not guarantee the arrival of exam responses prior to FCPS grading deadlines, especially deadlines for senior grades. Additionally, students may have opted out of the AP exam earlier in the year with the understanding that the AP exam could not impact their grade; for a variety of reasons, some students may decide not to take the online test; and some students may not be able to test until the June makeup window.

AP Exam Cancellation and Refund Requests

If a student does not want to test this year, can they cancel at no charge?

Please visit the College Board’s Frequently Asked Questions page.

How does a student cancel an AP exam if they do not wish to take an online exam?

All students should review the resources in the Middle School and High School Continuity of Learning site in FCPS 24-7 Learning and on the Advanced Placement YouTube channel before making a decision about whether or not to take an AP exam. No staff action is necessary to cancel an AP exam. If a student does not take the exam it is automatically cancelled and the $40 cancellation fee will not be assessed.

Can a current AP student choose not to take their exam this year and take the AP exam next year without penalty?

For the 2019-2020 school year, the student can choose not to take their exam without penalty. They can take the AP exam next year as a non-enrolled student and the student will pay the $94 test fee.

Will homeschool students, non-enrolled students, and students with AP exam counts over the six FCPS-funded exams who have paid the $94 AP exam fee and choose to not take their exam(s) be refunded the AP exam fee?

Yes. No action is necessary to request a refund. After all AP exams have been administered, the parents, guardians, or students that are due a refund will be identified by Financial Services. Refunds will be processed after June 8, 2020. If you are unsure whether or not you are due a refund, contact your school's AP testing coordinator. 

Will refunds be processed for students who were assessed a $40 late order fee for ordering an AP exam after the November 15, 2019 deadline?

The College Board will assess the $40 late order exam fee if the student takes the exam during the 2020 testing window. If the student decides to not take that exam, the late order fee will not be assessed. If the parent, guardian, or student already paid a late order fee for an AP exam not taken, no actions are necessary to request a refund. After all AP exams have been administered the parent, guardian, or student due a refund will be identified by Financial Services. Refunds will be processed after June 8, 2020. If you are unsure whether or not you are due a refund, contact your school's AP testing coordinator. 

Special Education

FCPS has developed a plan for distance learning supports for students with disabilities.

Answers to common questions about Child Find, evaluations, reevaluations, eligibility, IEPs, 504 Plans, and special education instruction.

Find out more

Access to School Buildings and Grounds

Will parents or students be allowed into schools to retrieve their belongings? 

At this time families and students have not been given approvals for pick-up of nonessential items.  

We are following guidance from the health department in an effort to stop the virus from spreading and keep everyone safe. We are only considering pick-up of ESSENTIAL items only. Those would include medications that cannot be obtained from a family physician, special education equipment needed for distance learning or another resource or tool that is REQUIRED for distance learning.

Will parents be able to pick up their children’s medication stored in the clinic? If so, what is the procedure? 

Parents should contact their primary care physician if additional medications are needed. However, in an emergency situation, a student may need controlled substances or life-saving medications such as insulin. If it is an emergency, parents should contact the principal to make arrangements.

Can community members continue to access athletic fields, playgrounds, and other outdoor facilities?

Fields and grounds are closed until further notice.

Mental Health and Wellness 

What are the symptoms of Covid-19?

The symptoms of COVID-19 are on the CDC website and include: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html

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

What mental health resources are available to support students and families during the school closure? 

School counselors are the first point of contact for any academic, personal, or social-emotional concerns. Any FCPS parent may schedule a 30-minute phone consultation with a school psychologist or school social worker, for either themselves or their middle or high school student. To schedule a phone consultation, parents should click the following link: https://forms.gle/WKchwGnv4LkezQwG8 This consultation provides an opportunity for parents to receive guidance on how to support their student’s emotional well-being during their time away from school. 

Student consultations will provide support and strategies to students who may be experiencing difficulties with anxiety, mood, behavior, or peer or family interactions during this unprecedented and challenging time. Information about community resources will also be made available.  

This service is not intended for mental health emergencies and if an emergency is suspected or indicated, please call 911. Additionally, students and families can access mental health support if there is a crisis of emergency during the time of the closure through the following link: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/student-safety-and-wellness/school-psychology-services/mental-health-resources-and

Will parents be able to pick up their children’s medication stored in the clinic? If so, what is the procedure? 

Parents should contact their primary care physician if additional medications are needed. However, in an emergency situation, a student may need controlled substances or life-saving medications such as insulin. If it is an emergency, parents should contact the principal to make arrangements. 

Food Distribution Sites

Which schools or sites are set up as curbside pickup locations for meals and is there a plan to expand sites? 

FCPS is providing grab and go meals at school sites and several locations in Fairfax County. Locations can be found on the Food Resources page. 

Meals are available at pop-up locations at specific times in neighborhoods or at community centers. Curbside pick up is available at some school sites. Both breakfast and lunch are available to be picked up at the same time. 

FCPS buses are also distributing meals to several school neighborhoods. View bus routes and times.

Who is eligible for the Grab and Go meals?

All FCPS students (regardless of age) are eligible for free grab and go breakfast and lunch, as well as other county children, under the age of 18. Adults picking up meals for children should let staff know how many children meals they need. Adults may pay $2 for the meals as well.

Do I need to bring my child to get the breakfast and lunch?

No, students no longer need to be present to pick up a meal. A parent or guardian may do so based on newly released guidance. Beginning on April 6, all curbside pick up and FCPS sites will distribute meals from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Can I help distribute food at the school sites?

Due to the regulations with the Free or Reduced Meals program, only certain FCPS staff may prepare or distribute meals to students. 

Monetary donations are the best way to support families in need. Members of the community can go to https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources to find ways to support local organizations. 

Fairfax County provides a map of services available to help families find the help they need. https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-support

If I want to help in some way, who can I contact?

At this time with all schools closed, we are encouraging those interested in helping to donate their time and efforts to our community partners. These community partners are in continuous support of our FCPS families and are coordinating with the larger effort of food assistance with Fairfax County. Each organization has coordinated volunteer efforts, are trained in food safety and have distribution methods in place. More information is available online. 

Budget

How will the crisis impact the FCPS budget this year and next?  

COVID-19 has impacted the county and state finances significantly. 

As a result, what had been expected to be another fully funded budget will result in the County and Schools redoing our budgets. 

On April 7, the County Executive released his new budget proposal

The School Board held a meeting on April 9th to discuss the revised plan of the County and the Superintendent’s initial thoughts on how our budget may have to be adjusted.  The presentation is available

Other Events and Programs

What is the status of FCPS sponsored travel for staff and students?

All FCPS travel is canceled until further notice. Schools and staff will be notified once it is safe to resume travel and trips may be rescheduled at that time.  

Has FCPS canceled any events? 

Due to schools being closed for the remainder of the academic year and the current restrictions on social distancing, FCPS has made the decision to cancel the following events:   

April 18 Special Education Conference

April 25 All County Chorus

April 29 FCPS Retirement Celebration

April/May/June      All proms

May 31 Cappies (canceled by organizer)

June 6 Chantilly Pyramid Minority Student Achievement Committee Awards 

June 10 FCPS Honors Gala

What is the status of the SACC program? 

FCPS has been notified that the School Age Child Care (SACC) program plans to provide families with a refund or credit, depending on the current SACC account balance, for payments received for the period SACC is closed, for the following: 

Before- and After-School services – ½ month of March

Before- and After-School services –full  month of April

Full-Day Spring Break Program

SACC has received guidance from the State regarding the provision of child care services for essential personnel, and is reviewing this information to assess its ability to provide services and future program operations during this health crisis. If SACC is able to re-open, we will bill accordingly. Families currently enrolled will be automatically re-enrolled for the same services and programs for next school year. Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

Will the 2020-21 calendar be changed in response to school closures? 

There are currently no plans to change the 2020-2021 calendar.