Back to School 2020-21: FAQ

  • How will you keep my child safe?

    Our conversations and preparation for the 2020-21 school year were rooted in health and safety, which is our top priority in getting ready to welcome students, educators, administrators, and support staff back into our buildings. While our return to school will look different given the new health and safety measures in place, our commitment to ensuring all students have a safe, welcoming, and fun environment to learn and thrive remains the same. We are prioritizing health and safety measures such as hand sanitizer and hand washing, face coverings, and physical distancing to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus. We are sensitive to the health concerns of our students and families and will offer alternative options for those who are not ready to return to campus.

    What if a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19?

    FCPS will work with the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department to determine the appropriate next steps and will follow all guidance on contact tracing, closure, testing, and self-quarantine. The response to an individual case will depend largely on the circumstances surrounding the case and contact(s) the individual had within the school setting.

    How or why will you decide whether to close a classroom or school?

    Our district monitors attendance trends multiple times a day and will work in partnership with the Lexington Fayette County Health Department to stay abreast of developments regarding cases, exposures, and hospitalizations that might require a change in school operating status. FCPS will be prepared to shift to Non-Traditional Instruction as a result of an increase in the spread of COVID-19.

    How can I enroll my child in the virtual school?

    Families were able to select an instructional model preference for the fall during the registration period; the application window for the Virtual Learning Academy closed Aug. 18. The selected preference will be for the entire semester. However, if a family needs to change its selection, there will be a process for doing so.