Curriculum and Distance Learning

The academic year begins with all students participating in distance learning while planning continues for small groups to return to the classroom.


Students will receive virtual instruction 5 days per week. The week will include 4 days of live, face-to-face online instruction with teachers Tuesday through Friday. Mondays will be used for independent learning with some students identified for teacher-directed specialized instruction/intervention.

  • At the elementary level, students will receive real-time, interactive instruction Tuesday through Friday.
  • The elementary day will also consist of additional small group instruction, intervention supports, and independent learning activities assigned to students.
  • Middle and high school students will follow an A/B block schedule. 
  • Student work will be graded, and attendance is required.
  • Teachers will have planning time on Mondays and will provide intervention supports for selected students that we hope can be provided in-person.

Individual schools will communicate with parents regarding schedules and other information to prepare for online learning.  Sample schedules are available. 

Students and parents will notice a more rigorous and engaging virtual-learning program with greater connections for all students at all grade levels.  Parents will be supported with additional resources to assist their online learning. A help desk that parents can contact when they need technical assistance will also be available.

The staff at each school will continue to work together to ensure that each student has consistent, reliable technology in order to access instruction each and every day. Laptops, mifis, and other resources will be available to support every student.

Essential Standards for the 2020-21 School Year

The essential standards are the most critical content chosen for the Return to School plan for the unique 2020-21 school year. Focusing on these essential standards allows teachers to make the most out of the time they have with your student.

Learning Platforms

Teachers may choose to use FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard) or Google Classroom as their Learning Management System (LMS). There are seventeen schools who will be piloting Schoology during SY2020-21. Teachers at those schools will use Schoology as their LMS and may choose to integrate Google within that system.

Online campus

The Online Campus currently has 1,200 students enrolled for fall and the plan is to honor those registrations. As in normal operating conditions, the online campus will provide potential solutions for students who have schedule conflicts.


At the elementary level, general music, band, and strings will be offered.  Chorus will not be offered first semester but will be reconsidered during the second semester.  All music programs will be available at the middle and high school level. 

Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment opportunities continue to be incredibly valuable for our students. We are working closely with NOVA and other dual enrollment partners to ensure our dual enrollment courses will be available to students, even in a 100% virtual environment. In the last three years, the number of students participating in dual enrollment courses has tripled. We will continue to work with our FCPS high schools and dual enrollment partners to ensure these classes are promoted and offered to our students.