On July 21st, Dr. Brabrand proposed, and the Fairfax County School Board approved, a full virtual start for the beginning of the upcoming school year. As we move forward in opening our school year in 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. As I have shared throughout the spring and summer, our staff has prioritized strengthening 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. I look forward to sharing these updates with you in a town hall meeting scheduled for July 30th. Here are some of the details our virtual learning model will include:
- Online learning provides four days (Tuesday through Friday) of live, synchronous instruction with teachers.
- Middle 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.
In August, we will host a virtual orientation 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 best practices in digital instruction. 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. I 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 8th preparing resources and help for parents and students. Thank you for your continued support and collaboration as we navigate these challenges together.
Mike Magliola, Principal Luther Jackson Middle School