Protocols for Potential Temporary COVID-19 Closure

Plans for 2021-22 school year

Virginia public schools are required under SB 1303 to provide five days a week of in-person instruction, as directed by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam

FCPS is committed to continuity of learning during the 2021-22 school year and the school division is using layered prevention strategies to do everything possible to ensure our schools remain safe, healthy and open. Our plan is to remain open using these strategies unless directed otherwise by health officials or Executive Order.

FCPS has the following plans in place to ensure continuity of learning in the event health authorities or an Executive Order require a temporary closure to protect the health of students, staff, and the community.

For the 2021-22 school year FCPS will not be using county metrics or transmission rates to adjust operating status. All decisions regarding closure of schools will be made at the direction of the county and state health officials and/or an Executive Order. 

Note: Our goal is always to keep our school buildings open. However, FCPS, in consultation with the Fairfax County Health Department, may be required to provide full virtual instruction or a combination of in-person and virtual instruction in the event transmission of COVID-19 within a school building is at a high level.

In-Person Closure Type

Threshold to Initiate In-Person Closure

Student Support During Closure

Individual Student(s)

Student(s) is directed by their health provider or local health department to quarantine or isolate; or FCPS is directed by the local health department to pause a student’s access to in-person instruction while contact tracing is implemented as a matter of public health, but their school and class remain open for all other students.

AND

The student’s school and class remain open for all other students

Students will complete asynchronous assignments made by their teacher(s).  Assignments will be accessed through the Learning Management System (e.g. Schoology) or be available for pick up at the school. 
Individual Teacher

Teacher is directed by their health provider or local health department to quarantine or isolate; or FCPS is directed by the local health department to pause a teacher’s access to in-person teaching while contact tracing is implemented as a matter of public health;

AND

The teacher’s school and class remain open for students.

Schools will secure a substitute / alternate coverage for continuity of in-person instruction for the teacher’s class(es).

Class

FCPS is directed by the local health department to temporarily close the class as a matter of public health while  contact tracing and case investigation is conducted, respond to an outbreak, or to address other health matters

All students and staff in the impacted class will  transition to synchronous virtual learning for that class (period for secondary students) until the class can reopen.

During such time, secondary students in the impacted class would access work for their other classes via asynchronous assignments made by their teacher(s).

Assignments will be accessed through the Learning Management System (e.g. Schoology) or be available for pick up at the school.  
 

School

FCPS is directed by the local health department to temporarily close the entire school as a matter of public health to conduct contact tracing and case investigation, respond to an outbreak, or address other public health matters.

All students and staff at the school will transition to synchronous virtual learning to ensure continuity of learning until in-person instruction can resume
Division

FCPS is directed by the local or state health officials, or Executive Order to temporarily close the division as a matter of public health.

All students and staff  will transition to synchronous virtual learning to ensure continuity of learning until in-person instruction can resume. All students already have access to the technology should this transition be needed.