Classrooms

    • Desks will be arranged to maximize space between students.  If the physical space in the school does not allow for spacing students’ desks 6 feet apart, desks will be arranged to leave as much space as possible between desks. All desks will be arranged so students face the same direction.
      • Tables: If classroom furniture includes tables designed to be used by multiple students or small groups of students, schools should order desk shields through the warehouse PPE ordering system. Desk shields are also available for preschool, kindergarten and special education classrooms and students who have a mask exemption.
    • Assigned seating and seating charts will be developed for every classroom and followed at all times. When creating seating charts, teachers are encouraged to strategically place students to support small group instruction for differentiation. Suggested seating plans are included in the Office of Academic Services Instructional Guidance for Return to In-Person Learning (Appendix H)
    • Fabrics and soft surfaces including throw rugs, area rugs and beanbags are not allowed, with the exception of items needed according to individual education programs.
    • Masks: All students K-12 and staff are required to wear a mask at all times, with the exception of those who have a medical or ARC-directed exemption. Detailed mask and PPE guidance and protocols are provided in Appendix B.
    • Student movement should be minimized to maintain social distancing. This requires teachers to develop protocols that limit movement of students for distribution of materials, sharpening pencils, and student work collection, as well as other classroom procedures.
    • Transitioning: When lining up in the classroom to leave for a common area, students will line up in the same order each time and space themselves to maximize distance.

In-Person Instruction

    • The master schedule has been revised to allow each content teacher to teach one remote section to meet the needs of remote students and all other sections will be pure in-person sections.
    • A few content classes may be a mix of remote and in-person.
    • Teachers will continue teaching from the adapted pacing guides provided by FCPS.
    • Students may have a change in teacher, however they may have a change in the hour of a particular class.
    • In-person schedule will allow a time to meet the SEL requirements.
    • Planning times for teachers have not changed, therefore dedicated time for PLC meetings will continue each week.
    • Teachers will have a room set-up that allows for the most distance between students as well as maintain distance between themselves and students.
    • Teachers will be expected to continue the use of Canvas for all in-person and remote instruction.
    • Teachers will be required to record one session of instruction per day and post on their Canvas page.  This will allow for any student who might suddenly be placed in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19 to access teaching.
    • All work will be submitted digitally by students through Canvas or from the specific curriculum platform (Amplify, enVision, Collections)
    • Teachers will not collect paper copies of any materials
    • Students will not be allowed to use a locker during the school day.  They may carry a backpack during the day.
    • All rooms will utilize plastic barriers, since social distancing will not be possible in our classrooms.
    • Students will follow our regular 7-period class schedule for in-person and remote learning.

Instructional Materials

    • Teachers will be instructed to limit the amount of materials students will be required to have for classes as lockers will not be available at this time for storage of materials.
    • Students will maintain their own set of school supplies (glue, scissors, etc.).  
    • Students should not share materials, books, or manipulatives. Individual kits or bags of materials will be assembled for each student.
    • Individual whiteboards and markers will be needed for each student.
    • In circumstances where students may need to share desks, materials or resources (e.g. texts with limited copies, science equipment), sanitize between student use and have students wash or sanitize hands before and after using the materials.
    • Teachers may handle student materials to demonstrate or model instruction. Frequent hand washing or hand sanitizing is expected.
    • When students return materials from home, sanitization must happen before and after the materials are used by another student.

Band and Orchestra

    • Schools will ensure that band and orchestra instruction follows the FCPS In-Person Guidance for Band, Orchestra, and Chorus. (Appendix J)
    • Students will have assigned seats and must wear a mask until time to play their instrument.  Percussion players must wear their mask at all times.
    • Rehearsals are limited to 30 minutes of sound production in class
    • Students will face the same direction, sitting or standing in rows instead of the traditional arch 
    • Sheet music and music stands can be shared however music stands will be disinfected after each class
    • If an instrument has to be shared in different classes, the director will disinfect after each class
    • Percussion mallets will be properly disinfected between uses
    • Students must practice social distancing as much as possible given the space in the classroom

Chorus and Vocal Music

    • Schools will ensure that vocal music instruction follows the FCPS In-Person Guidance for Band, Orchestra, and Chorus. (Appendix J)
    • Students will have assigned seats and must wear their mask until they begin singing.
    • If pianos are used for General Music class they will be disinfected after each use
    • rehearsals are limited to 30 minutes of sound production in class
    • students will face the same direction, sitting or standing in rows instead of the traditional arch 
    • sheet music and music stands can be shared however music stands will be disinfected after each class
    • Students must practice social distancing as much as possible given the space in the classroom

Physical Education

    • Schools will ensure that physical education instruction follows the FCPS Physical Education COVID-19 Guidance for In-Person Instruction. (Appendix K) 
    • Students must wear a mask during transition and when the teacher is walking around to pass out equipment to students
    • Students may remove masks during strenuous physical activity. Masks need to be readily accessible. 
    • Gym is marked off into social distancing squares. 
    • Each square has equipment for the day. Equipment will be sanitized between every class. 
    • Teachers will limit the use of physical education equipment and eliminate the use of equipment that would be passed between or shared by multiple students throughout a class period.
    • For equipment that will be touched or handled by students, assign each student their own piece of equipment for that class period. Teachers are responsible for cleaning and disinfecting equipment between classes. If there is not equitable access to equipment for all students or if equipment cannot be properly cleaned and disinfected between classes, avoid the use of equipment altogether.

Career and Technical Education

    • When applicable, schools will ensure that career and technical education follows the FCPS Career and Technical Education COVID-19 Guidance for In-Person Instruction. (Appendix L)
    • Students must wear a mask at all times
    • Social distancing of lab stations will be a priority
    • Any materials that must be shared will be properly disinfected after each use, however we will try to limit sharing of materials
    • Tables will be arranged so that students only face one direction
    • Cameras, Mics, etc. will be limited to one person at a time and will be disinfected between each use.  A sign out of camera equipment will be kept to ensure safety of use

Library/Media Center

    • Schools will develop procedures and safety protocols for the usage of the library/media center that answer the following questions and follow the COVID-19 Considerations for Reopening Schools – Library Media Center guidance (Appendix M):
    • The library will not be open to students outside of class time.  However, in-person and remote students will have access to a Google Form to request books and other library resources.  
      • The librarian will gather resources and deliver the student prior to the end of the school day.  
      • Remote students will need to pick up items at the time designated by the media specialist.
    • Staff shall follow the guidance on checking-out and returning items to the library.
    • Teachers will not be able to bring classes to the library to eliminate hallway transitions and excessive touching of books and materials.  The media specialist may go to classrooms to promote and encourage student reading.
    • Bins will be placed in each social studies classroom for book return.  Media specialist will follow guidance for disinfecting and reshelving of books and materials set by the American Library Association
    • Materials will be held out of circulation for seven days to allow for disinfection per American Library Association guidelines.

Specialized Services