FCPS Returns Group 4 Students to All Virtual Instruction

November 23, 2020

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) administrators have notified parents of students in Group 4 that their children will return to all virtual instruction because health metrics have reached a threshold based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) due to rising cases of COVID-19. 

The return to all virtual instruction begins on Monday, November 23.

Group 4 students comprise the following classes: 

  • Culinary, Cyber Comp Tech, Dance, Music and Computer Technology, Musical Theater, Professional Photo, Bio-Tech, Exploring Health Sciences, Criminal Justice (Level 2), TV Media, JROTC, Fashion Careers, and TJ Senior Research Labs.
  • 911 Dispatch, Dental Careers, Medical Assistant, Patient Care Technician, Pharmacy Tech, PT-OT, Veterinary Sciences, Engineering Systems, Robotics, Auto Collision, Auto Technology, Electrical Engineering, and HVAC.
  • Burke School elementary students.

FCPS uses two core health indicators suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): the total number of COVID cases per 100,000 county residents over the last 14 days and the percentage of positive COVID tests over seven consecutive days.

The number of cases per 100,000 must be equal to or less than 200 and the positivity rate must remain at, or equal to, 10 percent. When either one of these metrics exceeds the threshold for seven consecutive days, students will temporarily return to all virtual instruction. 

As of Sunday, November 22, the district has reached seven consecutive days of cases exceeding the threshold and administrators have made the decision to pause in-person instruction for Group 4.
As soon as these metrics indicate that it is safe to return to in-person instruction, Group 4 students will be phased back into schools. This would happen when both metrics have been at or below the threshold for seven consecutive days. 

This information is updated daily on the FCPS website and tweeted on the FCPS Twitter account.