Virtual Program for School Year 2021-22

Limited Enrollment Based on Health/Medical Need

At Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), we are looking forward to students returning to in-person learning for five days this fall. However, we understand some students, in very limited circumstances, may have a documented health or medical need for virtual instruction. 

What Will Virtual Learning Look Like? View Flyer

Take a look at a virtual learning flyer with key facts for parents about what virtual learning will look like in the fall. Flyer translations are available below: 

Program Overview

  • Enrollment in the division’s Virtual Program will be limited to students with documented COVID-19 related health/medical needs.
  • Division-level virtual programs will be created at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
  • Students will be co-enrolled with the base school. 
  • Classes will be offered in a 100% virtual format and match the five days per week in-person school schedule as much as possible.
  • Students will be virtual for ALL classes.
  • Students approved for the Virtual Program will be enrolled for the entire school year. However, the enrolling parent/guardian may contact their base school to request a return to in-person learning at the semester break, January 25.

Student Eligibility

  • Eligibility for the Virtual Program is LIMITED and will be based on a documented COVID-19 related health/medical need. This eligibility is not extended to siblings or other students in a household. 
  • Families will be required to submit a COVID-19 Health Eligibility Form that includes the healthcare provider’s documentation of the student’s health/medical diagnosis that requires accommodations for learning in a virtual environment. 
  • If a parent/guardian has a hardship and is unable to access a medical provider, school staff (social workers or school counselor) will work with the family to connect them with the appropriate resources.

Athletics and Activities

  • Options for students enrolled in the Virtual Program to participate in activities or athletics will be made on a case-by-case basis following a review of medical appropriateness and safety.
  • Marching Band will not be available to virtual students.  

Course Availability

  • Course offerings will be subject to student enrollment and staffing availability.     
  • Some specialized programs and courses will NOT be available in the Virtual Program.
  • In order to meet graduation requirements, some limited sections of concurrent instruction may be provided at the division level in the Virtual Program.
  • Fine and performing arts courses and programs will be limited in the Virtual Program.
  • The following courses and programs will not be available in the Virtual Program:
    • Immersion
    • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math)
    • Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) Level II
    • Specialized Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses 
    • Select Fine Arts courses
    • Select Dual Enrollment courses
    • Marching Band

High School Courses NOT Available in the Virtual Program

Dual Enrollment Courses

  • AP Biology DE
  • AP Environmental Science DE
  • Auto Collision DE
  • Auto Technology DE
  • Chemistry 2 DE
  • HVAC DE (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) 
  • Culinary Arts 1, 2, 3 DE
  • Early Childhood Careers DE
  • Emergency Medical Technician DE
  • IB Environmental Science DE
  • Music Computer Technology DE
  • Teacher for Tomorrow DE

Career and Technical Education Courses

  • Intro to Culinary Arts 
  • Culinary 1, 2, & 3
  • Fashion Careers 1 & 2
  • Firefighting 
  • EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) 
  • LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse)
  • Intro to Nursing
  • 911 Dispatch
  • Dental Careers
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Pharmacy Tech
  • PT/OT (Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy)
  • Veterinary Sciences
  • Medical Assistant
  • Global STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
  • Auto Collision
  • Auto Technology
  • Student Auto Sales
  • Carpentry
  • Construction Technology
  • Cosmetology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning)
  • TV Media
  • JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps)

Fine Arts Courses

  • Academy Theatre Arts
  • Academy Musical Theatre
  • Academy Actors Studio
  • Academy Dance
  • Hip Hop Dance
  • Broadway Dance
  • Ceramics 1-4
  • Marching Band

In-Person Learning

Fairfax County Public Schools believes that in-person learning is best for students. Learn more about how we are welcoming students back to school buildings for five days a week of instruction for the 2021-22 school year. 

FCPS Virtual Program Staff

Are you a current FCPS teacher, instructional assistant, or public health training assistant interested in transferring to the FCPS Virtual Program for the 2021-22 school year? Learn about opportunities, requirements, and process on the Employee Hub.