Return to School - Concurrent Instruction

Return to School Concurrent Instruction

Tentative Date: January 26, 2021

Parent Slides Presentation 

The FCPS School Board is working to honor student and staff decisions with both in person and virtual learning, therefore, the concurrent instruction model. 

Students are divided into 3 groups

100% Virtual: Classes are Virtual, Same classes, 4 days a week of teacher led instruction

Group 1 In-Person: Last names A-K*, At Woodson Tues/ Wed, Online Thurs/Fri, 4 days teacher led instruction

Group 2 In-Person: Last names L-Z, Online Tues/Wed, At Woodson Thurs/Fri, 4 days teacher led instruction

*Alpha could change based on space - stay tuned

**SLIGHT chance to balance classes, a few schedules may need to change

Concurrent Instruction 

Students receive two days of teacher-led instruction in the school building and two days of teacher-led instruction at home. Students who select virtual learning will receive all four days of teacher-led instruction while learning at home.

  • The concurrent instruction model is currently being piloted in several schools.
  • This model maximizes teacher-led instruction (two days in person, two days virtual) by allowing in-person students to “log into” class on at-home days. 
  • Teacher-led concurrent instruction is the best instructional model for our in-person students.

All students will receive 4 days of teacher-led instruction.

Mondays: Students will have independent work day. Teachers will use for planning.

Virtual Learning

  • While at home, students will watch and engage in class as they do now
  • Students who are virtual can still participate in clubs, they will be virtual and in person
  • Students who are in-person two days a week are virtual the other two days - same class, same teacher, same students - just like now

Concurrent Instruction Schedule MS/HS

 

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Group A

Periods 1,3,5,7

In-School

Periods 2,4,6,8

In-School

Periods 1,3,5,7

Online

Periods 2,4,6,8

Online

Group B

Periods 1,3,5,7

Online

Periods 2,4,6,8

Online

Periods 1,3,5,7

In-School

Periods 2,4,6,8

In-School

Group C

(full time online)

Periods 1,3,5,7

Online

Periods 2,4,6,8

Online

Periods 1,3,5,7

Online

Periods 2,4,6,8

Online

Two days of instruction in the school and two days of virtual instruction at home – both led by the teacher.

Mondays: Teachers will use for planning. Students will have independent work day.

Cleaning Protocols

Refreshed Cleaning Methods/Processes FCPS cleaning personnel will be sanitizing and disinfecting more frequently. Their cleaning protocol will include thoroughly disinfecting and sanitizing all surfaces, doors, toilets, and handles, and ensuring that all supplies are always fully stocked. 

Increased Cleaning to High-Touch Surfaces/Points FCPS cleaning crews will be sanitizing touch surfaces/points thoroughly such as door handles, glass, elevators buttons, doors, tables, chairs, and light switches. Daytime custodians have been instructed to continuously disinfect and sanitize all touch points throughout the day. In addition, we will be increasing daytime custodian coverage where appropriate, depending on building occupancy.

 

Student Health

School Health Room

Support to students in the health room will continue to be provided by the School Health Aide. Woodson Administrators have to staff the isolation room.

Students with Individualized Health or Action Plans who require specialized care, medication administration and emergency care will be seen in the health room (Clinic)

Parents will be required to bring in medications needed to support their student during the school day prior to or on the first day of school.

Health Screening Commitment Form

Important!

Parents/guardians who chose in-school instruction for their child will be required to complete a Parent/Guardian Health Screening Commitment form as students are phased back into in-person learning. 

The document indicates the parental/guardian’s agreement and commitment to completing a daily health screening prior to sending the student to school and also to keep ill students at home. These health screenings will be done on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school each day. 

Families can complete this form in ParentVue  (starting in January) – OR – submit the form to your child(ren’s) school.

Daily Temperature Checks

FCPS will be doing daily temperature checks. Please be aware that these protocols may change based on public health guidance.

School Entry: Temperatures will be taken for all students entering the building. 

During School: Temperatures will be taken throughout the day for any student who:

  • Arrives late to school. 
  • Takes off their face mask during the day and refuses to put it back on. This requirement does not apply when students are eating and drinking, sleeping, or during exercise, under the supervision of school staff.

At any time, if the temperature of a student is greater than or equal to 100.4° Fahrenheit, the student will be taken to an isolation room for further screening. 

Becoming Ill While At School

Students will be sent home if they demonstrate: 

  • fever greater than or equal to 100.4 Fahrenheit     - new chills
  • new cough                                                                   - new sore throat
  • new muscle aches                                                       - new loss of taste or smell 
  • nausea, or diarrhea 

Parents/guardians will be notified and are expected to pick up their child within one hour of notification. **No Uber

FCPS follows protocols provided by the Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD). Each case will be handled individually in accordance with the FCHD established communicable disease and contact tracing protocols. 

Student Illness at Home

If a student becomes ill at home, STAY HOME.

Parents need to contact the school and report the reason for their child’s absence. 

Parents will need to follow established procedures when contacting the school regarding student illness. 

Parents/guardians will be required to complete and return the Permission to Return to School/Child Care Form when the student returns.  (Link will be put in the chat)

The form will be completed by the health care provider and will indicate to the school when the student may safely return.

Returning to School After Illness

Families will receive guidance from the FCHD Public Health Nurses (PHNs) and School Health Aides (SHAs), identified as the school health team as to when their student can return to in-person learning.

Students who are showing signs of COVID Like Illness may not return to school until:

• Student has tested negative for COVID-19   OR

• A healthcare provider has seen the student and documented a reason for the symptoms other than COVID-19   OR 

• All of these are true: 

1) at least 10 days since the start of symptoms   AND 

2) fever free off anti-fever medicines for 24 hours   AND

3) symptoms are getting better

Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, may not return until:

• At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started 

• The student has had no fever or anti-fever medicines (ex: Tylenol, Ibuprofen) for 24 hours   AND

• The student’s symptoms are getting better 

Students who have been exposed to COVID-19:

If someone in the household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or the student is exposed, the student must remain home for 14 days after their last exposure to the household member.

 

Response to COVID in a Classroom

With one confirmed case of COVID, the classroom will transition to 100% virtual learning for up to 14 days from the date of onset. 

The school health team, will support the contact tracing process in our schools. 

Individuals who are identified during the contact tracing will receive notification, as directed by the FCHD. The community will also be notified that a COVID case has occurred in a cohort and the contact tracing process has been initiated.

Upon the conclusion of contact tracing, cleaning and disinfecting, students and staff in the cohort will be notified as to when they will return to in-person learning. 

The length of time for this process may be shorter than 14 days based on results of contact investigation and tracing by the FCHD. The community will also be notified that the contacting tracing has been completed and of any further recommendations.

Two or More Cases in a School

As related to school closure, FCPS will work closely with the FCHD to make the determination as to whether or not an entire school will be required to transition to distance learning based on contact tracing. 

Should multiple linked cases occur, the community will receive immediate communication of an outbreak and all students would be transitioned to distance learning for a period of time. 

A follow up communication will go out to the community when in-person learning may resume, as recommended by the FCHD.

 

Communal Items in a Classroom

Students will be required to label and maintain their own personal set of required supplies. Keep them in their backpack and take them to and from school each day.

Students will not be allowed to share electronic devices, books, games or learning aids unless they can be cleaned or disinfected.

Students should bring their own water bottle for use during the day. 

Water fountains can be used to refill water bottles if practical, but students and staff should not be drinking directly from any water fixtures; individual water bottles should be used instead. 

Whenever possible, and when developmentally appropriate, supplies/school materials should be placed directly into backpacks by students.

No lockers

 

Visitors to FCPS Facilities

When possible (unless an emergency) visitors must schedule appointments prior to visiting a school by contacting the main office. 

All visitors will be required to complete a health screening questionnaire and must submit to a temperature check prior to entering the building. 

All visitors are required to wear a face covering (cloth or disposable) while on school property and inside FCPS facilities.

Visitors who do not have face coverings will be provided a disposable mask upon entering a school. 

Visitor access should be limited to essential activities.

 

 

Mental Health and Wellness

All children and youth face challenges from time to time managing emotions such as feeling depressed, anxious, or worried. 

As students prepare to return to in-person learning, these emotions may be heightened. 

Our school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers are available to support all students as they transition back to their school buildings. 

If you or someone you care about is experiencing a mental health crisis, or if you believe there may be a mental health emergency, call 911. Additional resources are available at www.fcps.edu and search Mental Health Emergency Services.

 

FCPS Building Ventilation Report

Metrics for Return to School

Please see page 8 and beyond from this School Board document.

https://go.boarddocs.com/vsba/fairfax/Board.nsf/files/BUEMCE5A1525/$fil…