FCPS Will Begin School Year on September 8th Virtually

July 02, 2020

On Tuesday, July 21st Dr. Brabrand proposed and the Fairfax County School Board approved a full virtual start for the beginning of the upcoming school year. In the communication Dr. Brabrand sent out to the community he shared the following:

The online instruction model will be the same one offered to families in our recent survey.  For distance learning, our first priority is to provide access and equity in the learning experience for each of our students.  We understand that there are significant academic and social/emotional challenges to our students learning remotely.  We have strengthened our digital learning model so that we can provide an even more rigorous and engaging virtual learning program with greater connections for all students at all grade levels.   

  • Online learning provides four days (Tuesday through Friday) of live, face-to-face instruction with teachers. 
  • Middle and high school students will follow an A/B block schedule.  
  • Student work will be graded and attendance is required. 
  • Mondays will remain a teacher planning day with intervention supports for selected students that we hope can be provided in-person.

At South County Middle School, we are committed to supporting the entire community in starting the school year virtually. We are developing a website for students and parents that will focus on the transition back to school. In August, we will host a virtual orientation week that will include synchronous and asynchronous transition activities and supports, as well as opportunities for students to connect with each other. In addition, our staff is engaging in professional learning throughout the summer focused on digital teaching. As we prepare for a virtual start, we are also keeping in mind the need to be able to pivot to in-person learning when FCPS determines we can safely bring students back to the building. 

We know this is a very challenging time and there are many emotions around the start of the school year. We are committed to spending the weeks before September 8 preparing resources and help for parents and students. I will continue to communicate with the South County Middle School Community to keep you informed with the most up to date information.