Superintendent Message on Expanded Opportunities for In-person Learning
Plan to return some students for four days of in-person learning
Dear FCPS Community,
I hope that all of you had a relaxing and peaceful spring break last week. We are excited to resume instruction this week and I want to share good news with you. We are continuing to work hard to return as many students as possible for four days of in-person learning for identified PreK-12 students during the month of April.
These expanded opportunities are based on two factors:
- Updated CDC guidance as of March 12, 2021, which allows schools the opportunity to transition from 6 feet to 3 feet of social distancing in some circumstances, and within certain community transmission rates.
- Each school’s available space (classrooms, hallways, cafeterias, etc.) and staffing capacity.
Starting the weeks of April 6 and April 13, FCPS will:
- Offer four days of in-person instruction to PreK-12 students who are experiencing the greatest learning challenges, as identified by school personnel using the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) with consideration of the school’s capacity, staffing, and associated current level of community transmission.
- Continue to provide bus transportation for these students as needed.
Starting the week of April 20, FCPS will:
- Offer four days of in-person instruction to PreK-12 students whose families identified a preference for in-person instruction since fall and are already attending two-days in-person with consideration of the school’s capacity, staffing, and associated current level of community transmission.
- Contact families of students eligible to return under this scenario during the week of April 13.
- Expand bus transportation for those already attending in-person starting the week of April 20.
Individual schools will provide families/caregivers with additional details pertaining to these opportunities.
The transition will undoubtedly look somewhat different in every school and vary widely as each school has varying in-person attendance. There are also space and staffing challenges at each school, and in each classroom, and these are factors that impact the ability for each school to welcome back additional students to in-person opportunities.
For more information, please visit the FCPS website.
Please continue to check this web page as information is changing rapidly in line with public health guidance and community transmission rates. We will continue to update this page with information as we receive it.
I sincerely thank each of you for your continued support and patience as we move ahead with the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.
Scott S. Brabrand, Superintendent
Fairfax County Public Schools