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2020 – 2021 Fluvanna County Public Schools
Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs) for the Fall Reopening
Fluvanna County Public Schools (FCPS) will begin the option for the Hybrid Plan on November 5, 2020. Our goal is to safely provide in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible, give parents a virtual option, and to be prepared to go fully remote/virtual as a district should the need arise.
FCPS PK-12 students and families will be able to choose between two options for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year:
Option 1: The hybrid instructional model is a combination of in-person and at-home learning. Students will be assigned to one of two groups. Students on the A schedule, last names A-K, will attend in-person on Mondays and Tuesdays. Students on the B schedule, last names L-Z, will attend in-person on Thursdays and Fridays. All students will have virtual/remote learning activities on the days they are at home.
Option 2: The virtual instruction model in which students will participate in virtual-only learning with instruction and materials provided by FCPS staff.
It is our goal that this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document provides you with additional information about our plans. Please understand these may change as we receive additional questions, information, and guidance.
Additional and updated information about our plans will be available at www.fluco.org.
Updated Details about Hybrid
Under a revised hybrid model, students will continue to receive 5 days of instruction through in-person and/or virtual/remote. Wednesdays will now be a virtual/remote learning day at home for both “A” and “B” students to maintain 5 days of instruction each week. Every effort will be made to keep your student’s teachers the same; however, please know this will heavily depend upon the overall response we receive from parents. Schools will communicate directly with families regarding any changes in teacher assignments.
The following schedules are samples for in-person hybrid instruction. These are samples. Your child’s school and teachers will be communicating updated schedules directly with families prior to November 2nd.
Virtual instruction will continue on a modified schedule in order to reduce the amount of screentime for students. Your child’s school and teachers will be communicating updated schedules directly with families prior to November 2nd.
We are requesting that you please complete this intent form for each student in your household by October 20th regarding your instructional choice to move to a hybrid in-person instructional model, or remain virtual. A commitment of your choice for the remainder of the school year is needed in order to make preparations necessary to support family choice and the implementations of our health mitigation plan.
If you are choosing to return to in-person instruction under the hybrid model, please contact your child’s school if there have been any changes to emergency contacts or medical information.
1. What does the Hybrid Learning Plan look like?
Hybrid learning will involve two days of in-person instruction and three days of at-home learning.
- Unlike this past Spring, this work will be monitored by the teacher and graded.
- Students will have a combination of assignments/materials to continue learning that will provide independent practice. These assignments will consist of both more “traditional” materials the teachers send home with the students, as well as other content that can be accessed on their Chromebooks either on the internet or through a district-provided flash drive.
- Students will have the flexibility with at-home learning to work on the given assignments at their own pace to best accommodate individual family schedules.
2. What happens if our family would need a different schedule than what we are supposed to follow? For example, our last name is Smith so we should be on the B schedule, but we need the A schedule for child care reasons?
Please contact your child’s building principal to request a schedule change.
3. What are the expectations on Wednesdays?
All students have virtual learning on Wednesdays.
4. With the Hybrid model, what will happen for the students when we have a day off during the week? (i.e, holidays, weather-related closings, etc.)
The weekly schedule will remain the same, regardless if a day is missed.
5. How soon can we get back to in-person instruction 5 days a week?
We will continue to monitor the situation weekly, with the goal to bring all of our students back full time as soon as safely possible.
Updated Details About Virtual Instruction
1. How will my children’s schedules change as far as class times – what are the start/end times for each period (elementary/middle/high school)?
Virtual instruction will continue similar to current instructional time. Virtual Instruction will be on a modified schedule in comparison to the hybrid schedule in order to reduce the amount of screentime for students. Your child’s school and teachers will be communicating updated schedules directly with families prior to November 2nd.
2. Will Wednesdays be asynchronous days for virtual children as well as hybrid children?
Wednesdays will be a virtual/remote instructional day for all students, both hybrid and virtual, and will follow a modified schedule in order to reduce the amount of screentime for students.
3. Will my children’s teachers still be available for 1-on-1 time for virtual learners?
Teachers who are teaching virtual students will be expected to continue to offer 1-on-1 times or office hours for virtual students.
4. How can you ensure that the virtual students will receive the same content as the in-person hybrid students?
The course expectations and pacing will be the same for hybrid and virtual students. Teachers may provide different kinds of resources and delivery of instruction based on individual student needs and levels of mastery.
5. What does the Virtual Learning Plan look like?
Students will be able to participate in direct and indirect instruction virtually with teachers using Google Classroom, Canvas, Google Meet, and/or Zoom as the platforms depending on the grade level and specific course. Additional technology tools to assist with instructional delivery and student engagement will vary by grade span (i.e. SeeSaw K-1, Nearpod 2-4, and PearDeck for Middle and High School).
- There will be a combination of opportunities for the student to participate “live” with the teacher and classmates at scheduled times throughout the week, as well as self-paced lessons the student can access on their own.
- The virtual option will also include self-paced lessons the student can access on their own, with teacher check-ins and due dates of assignments throughout the week.
- There will be independent assignments (readings, powerpoints, videos, etc.) for students to prepare for online “classes”, as well as for independent practice.
- There will be virtual teacher office hours and additional support will be provided as appropriate.
6. Can my child choose the Virtual Learning Plan, and still participate in extracurricular activities (i.e. band, athletics)?
7. Will students and families have the option for in-school learning (the Hybrid Learning Plan option), if they decide that virtual is not working for them?
Please contact your child’s building principal to discuss any needed changes to your child’s learning plan.
8. Will students and families be able to continue with the Virtual Learning Plan, even if the Governor declares Phase 4?
Yes; however, for now we can only commit to this being an option for the 2020-2021 school year.
9. Additional information about the options:
- We do not expect a student to be in front of a screen continuously for six hours a day.
- We are working on opportunities and a structure to provide electives to students.
- At this time, individual teachers will conduct both in-person and virtual classes in the majority of settings.
- This situation is fluid and could change and will need to be adjusted based on updated information.