• Health

    1.  What can we do to protect our children from the virus?
    There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). According to the Centers for Disease Control, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. As a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces at home using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
      • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.



    2.  How do I access mental health help NOW?
    For non-urgent mental health services, contact your health insurance provider and request a list of in-network mental health providers for your zip code and surrounding areas. 

    In an emergency, call 9-1-1 and ask for a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) deputy or officer. 

    There also are resources available 24 hours, 7 days a week for youth experiencing depression, suicidal thoughts or other behavioral crises. Through Loudoun County Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Developmental Services, help is available at 703-777-0320 for youth experiencing an immediate and severe emotional crisis.  The Crisis Intervention Team Assessment Center, located at 102 Heritage Way, Leesburg, Virginia, is open from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily, and mental health professionals are available for anyone in crisis. 

    Additionally, all Loudoun County emergency rooms can assess for suicide risk and make recommendations for appropriate follow-up care:

     

    StoneSprings Pediatric ER 
    24440 Stone Springs Blvd. 
    Dulles, VA 20166 
    571-349-4000

     

    Inova Virts Miller Family Emergency and Trauma Center 
    Inova Loudoun Hospital 
    44045 Riverside Parkway 
    Leesburg, VA 20176 
    703-858-6040 

     

    Inova Children’s Emergency Room at Loudoun Hospital 
    44045 Riverside Parkway 
    Leesburg, VA 20176 
    703-858-6048 

     

    Wheeler Family Emergency Department 
    224 Cornwall St. 
    Leesburg, VA 20176 
    703-737-7520 

     

    Inova HealthPlex – Ashburn 
    22505 Landmark Court 
    Ashburn, VA 20148 
    571-612-6400 

     

    Also, there are free, confidential 24/7 supports available: 

    PRS CrisisLink: 703-527-4077 or text "CONNECT" to 855-11 

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255) 

    SAMHSA National Helpline: 800-662-HELP (4357) 

    Children's Regional Crisis Response (CR2): 844-NCrisis (627-4747) in English and Espanol 

    Hopeline: Chat at http://www.hopeline.com or call 800-784-2433 

    (Added March 11, 2020.)


    3.  Should my children wear face masks to protect themselves?
    The Centers for Disease Control does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected.  

    4. What rules should I follow regarding “Social Distancing”? 
    On March 12, Governor Northam declared a state of emergency in response to COVID-19. Since that time, the Governor has outlined additional measures to ensure the health and safety of all Virginians. He has strongly urged the public to avoid non-essential gatherings of more than 10 people, to align with federal guidance entitled, “President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America“. To inform and reinforce social distancing, LCPS has also developed the “Loudoun County Public Schools COVID-19 Prevention – Social Distancing Guidelines”.


    5.  Where can I find substance abuse prevention information and secure emergency mental health services for my child during the school closure?
    Please visit https://www.lcps.org/Page/221002 for substance use prevention information and resources. During the school closure, please visit https://www.lcps.org/Page/220727 to secure emergency mental health services for your child. (Added March 24, 2020) 

  • Instruction

    1.  Where can I find information about LCPS’ plans for Continuity of Education?
    The LCPS Continuity of Education webpage is the best source of information about how we intend to continue to provide learning experiences for LCPS students. (Added March 27, 2020)

    2.  How will LCPS provide continuity of education for students?

    LCPS is providing continuity of education through the development of optional learning experiences that are consistent with the curriculum. Through March 27, the emphasis in these learning experiences is on reinforcing skills and knowledge that have been previously taught. The learning experiences developed and provided will also give students and teachers opportunities to go deeper into concepts, ideas, and skills with which they are already familiar. These optional learning experiences will not be graded. Learning experiences may begin including new skills and knowledge that have not been previously taught after this date. Further information will be provided. These optional resources are available for parents at www.lcps.org/continuityofeducation. (Added March 16, 2020.)

    3.  If LCPS must close schools for an extended time due to the Coronavirus, is LCPS prepared to have teachers put their materials and assignments online so that student can keep up with their studies?

    LCPS staff is developing contingency plans that would involve distance learning experiences (digital and non-digital) in the case of an emergency situation that would require LCPS to close schools for an extended time period. This would involve students completing assignments through Google Classroom and parents continuing to have access through ParentVue, as all LCPS students and staff have a Google account and have access to Phoenix.

    Wednesday, March 18, was a work day for teachers to prepare for the possibility of distance learning and to provide educational experiences in the event of extended school closures.

    To support the possibility that schools must close for an extended time period, the School Board authorized the transfer of $5 million to potentially accelerate the completion of our 1:1 rollout of Chromebooks in grades 3 through 12.

    The Virginia Department of Education has not given guidance about distance learning experiences (digital and non-digital) as a substitute for required school attendance. This could change, and LCPS is in regular contact with VDOE to ensure we have the latest information.

    Regardless of whether learning at home can be used to fulfill state requirements, LCPS is working to be prepared to provide opportunities to support students’ continued learning during an extended school closure. (Updated March 20, 2020.)

    4.  Educational Assignments

    LCPS is developing plans for potential distance learning experiences (digital and non-digital) for the purposes of continuity of education. School administration has advised teachers to refrain from making mandatory assignments with deadlines to students. Please see item 1 above for additional, important information. (Updated March 16, 2020)

    5.  What type of learning resources are available for parents and students prior to March 30?

    LCPS is providing optional resources (LCPS Continuity of Learning) that parents may use to engage students in learning activities, if desired. These optional learning experiences are consistent with the curriculum. Currently, the emphasis in these learning experiences is on reinforcing skills and knowledge that have been previously taught. The learning experiences developed and provided will also give students and teachers opportunities to go deeper into concepts, ideas, and skills with which they are already familiar. Additionally, packets of offline resources are available to families at the “meal stops” by request.

    The work our teachers do in the classrooms with our students each day cannot be replaced. We realize that learning will look and feel differently compared to when teachers are working directly with students in the classroom environment. These activities are meant to help our students practice, review, and maintain their existing skills and knowledge. (Added March 20, 2020)

    6.  By what date will my child’s teacher(s) start providing learning opportunities specifically for my child and my child’s classmates?

    Teachers will begin providing online learning experiences specifically for their students covering previously covered skills and knowledge beginning on March 30. (Added March 20, 2020)

    7.  Starting March 30, how will my child’s teacher(s) provide learning opportunities? Will the opportunities be digital or non-digital?

    Teachers are designing learning opportunities for students and will engage students in learning experiences using Google Classroom. Teachers of some K-2 students have used a different platform this school year and so to increase consistency for our youngest learners, their teachers may choose to continue to use the platform with which their students are accustomed. Learning experiences provided by the teacher will be both digital and non-digital. Packets of offline or non-digital resources will be available to families at the “meal stops” beginning on Monday, March 23. At this time and until further notice, all learning experiences presented by teachers will provide reinforcement of previously taught content. This could change in the future. (Added March 20, 2020)

    8.  What is the focus of the learning opportunities that my child’s teacher(s) will start providing March 30?

    Learning opportunities will be provided covering previously covered skills and knowledge aligned to the curriculum of the grade level or course. This could change in the future. (Added March 20, 2020)

    9.  How and how often will teachers communicate with my child and me starting March 30?

    Some teachers have already communicated with their students. As of March 30, teachers are expected to connect with students and families regularly during the closure. Here are examples of best practices for that regular communication:

    • Communication with parents via email;
    • Communicate with students via Google Classroom on a regular basis during the closure;
    • Maintaining consistent times at which they are readily available via Google and/or regularly checking email to answer questions;
    • Acknowledging or responding to emails within 24 hours.

    The school administration at each school is available to answer specific questions related to your student’s learning experience.

    These practices may evolve and we will keep the community informed of any changes. (Added March 20, 2020)

    10.  Approximately how much time should I expect my child to spend on the learning opportunities provided by my child(s) teachers starting March 30?

    The following student work time guidelines are currently being provided to teachers for planning:

    • K-2 - Up to 60 Minutes daily
    • 3-5 - Up to 90 Minutes daily
    • 6-8 - Up to 30 minutes per class
    • 9-12 - Up to 30 minutes per class
    • AP/Dual Enrollment - Aligned to course expectations

    Art, Music, Physical Education, and Library learning opportunities will also be provided at the elementary level and these opportunities are not considered to be part of the student work time guidelines listed above. In addition to the guidelines listed above, students are encouraged to read and write daily, engage in creative pursuits, and stay physically active.

    The student work time guidelines may evolve and we will keep the community informed of any changes. (Added March 20, 2020)

    11.  Will teachers provide grades or other feedback regarding student work? Why or Why not?

    At this time, teachers will not be assigning grades to student work. Teachers will be providing formative feedback (ungraded and to promote student learning) regarding student work through Google Classroom.

    VDOE provided the following statement in their COVID-19 FAQs:

    Schools should thoughtfully evaluate their approach, understand their legal obligations, and maintain the standards for delivery of instruction and student supports. Services, programs and activities online must be accessible to persons, including individuals with disabilities unless equally effective alternative access is provided in another manner (U. S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 2020) . . .  we do not recommend grading work completed during the closures since schools are closed 

    The Departments of Instruction and Pupil Services continue to explore options for ensuring equitable access to all students and will provide updates as they are available. Until that time teachers may not require students to complete make-up work, teach new content, or assign grades.

    High School Advanced Placement (AP) and dual enrollment (DE) courses are the only exception to this rule. LCPS works with external organizations for both AP and DE enrollment courses that impact specific guidance for these courses. Specific guidance will be shared with principals from the Department of Instruction.

    We will keep the community informed of any changes in terms of grading and feedback on student work. (Added March 20, 2020)

    12.  What steps are being taken by the Virginia Department of Education to support seniors graduating?

    The Virginia Department of Education is currently seeking waivers related to the COVID-19 closures.  This includes requirements related to graduation. Updated information will be released as available.

    Per a press release from the VDOE, Dr. James Lane, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, stated,

    “VDOE has advised school divisions of the flexibility they already have to delay Standards of Learning testing, but it is clear that we now have to take additional steps to ensure that schools and students — especially seniors completing their graduation requirements — are not adversely impacted by circumstances beyond their control.”

    He also stated, “I want students and parents to know that Governor Northam and I are committed to taking every step possible to minimize the impact of coronavirus on students and to ensure that our seniors are able to graduate.” (Added March 20, 2020)

    13.  How will LCPS celebrate the strengths, talents, and accomplishments of the Class of 2020?

    As Superintendent Eric Williams commented in the update he provided to the Board of Supervisors on March 17, 2020,

    As I think back to my own time in school as a student but also as a parent and as a high school principal, obviously senior year is a big deal. It’s a year many students have been waiting for their entire academic career and so even thinking about the possibility of not playing in or singing in their last concert, or not taking the field for their final spring sport . . . or not receiving the awards that you’ve worked hard for, that’s not easy. But really, you know we are in this together. I am committed to working with principals and staff to ensure that seniors do not feel forgotten or overlooked. We’re committed to thinking of creative ways of recognizing our seniors, their hard work, and their accomplishments. Is it still going to be difficult? Absolutely, and we want to acknowledge that difficulty. It’s a big deal and for someone who would say (to a senior), “Oh, just be happy you have your health” you know, I respectfully disagree. Yes, we need to all focus on our health and be grateful for that, but I also understand the perspective of seniors who are experiencing some anxiety now and so we’re committed to celebrating the excellence of our seniors.(Adde d March 20, 2020)

    14.  SATs Scheduled for March 14 & 15
    Loudoun County Public Schools is postponing the SAT examinations scheduled for Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15. SAT sites included: Briar Woods, John Champe, Dominion, Freedom, Heritage, Independence, Riverside and Woodgrove high schools. Dates and locations for makeup offerings of the SAT are currently being scheduled by LCPS and the College Board, which administers the test. The College Board will notify students who signed up for the March 14 or 15 test sessions about new locations, dates and times as soon as information is available. (Added March 12, 2020) 

    15.  Where can I find updated information regarding college scholarship applications and their deadlines? 

    Please visit https://sites.google.com/lcps.org/lcps-scholarship-site/home/list-of-scholarships

    16.  Will instruction be provided to English Learners?
    The LCPS Office for English Learners continues to be in contact with the U.S. and Virginia Departments of Education related to expectations around Federal Requirements for Serving English Learners. It is important to know that, during this unprecedented time of school closure, LCPS and other divisions across the nation may not be able to provide all services in the same manner they were typically provided in the traditional school setting.

    The Office of English Learners has added instructional resources to the LCPS Continuity of Education website.  English Learners are to utilize the resources at the appropriate grade level.  English Learner teachers will continue to collaborate with general education teachers and providing support and accommodations for EL students where reasonably feasible. Secondary English Learners enrolled in Sheltered EL Courses will receive assignments and instruction directly from their English Learner teacher. 

    Parents or guardians may contact their student’s English Learner teacher or school counselor if they have any questions.  The English Learner Office is also available to assist families with any questions.

     

    17.  Will Adult Education classes continue?
    Adult Education classes including the GED prep classes, Adult High School courses, and Young Adult English Learner program are continuing and have transitioned to an online environment. All of our current EL classes (Level 1 – 6) have been transferred to an online format and are currently in session and will be continuing in that format until further notice.

    The only classes that have been canceled are the enrichment classes. These are optional recreational courses for any Loudoun County resident 18 years or older (i.e. sewing, photography, etc.).

  • Facilities

    1.  Can LCPS Outdoor Facilities Be Used During the Shutdown?
    All Virginia K-12 schools will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year, by order of Governor Ralph Northam on March 23, 2020.  As a result, all Loudoun County Public School (LCPS) campuses and facilities (including all playgrounds, athletic fields and courts) are closed to the public at this time.

    Signs pertaining to the closures have been posted on LCPS campuses and residents must adhere to all such notices. In addition, county park features that include playgrounds and athletic courts are closed. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) may charge individuals or groups with trespass if they are improperly or illegally on county-owned property or facilities where “No Trespassing” signs are properly posted. 

    LCPS strongly urges the public to closely adhere to these restrictions, in the interest of protecting the community from the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. (Added March 25, 2020)

    2.  Can the virus be transmitted by touching contaminated surfaces? How does LCPS protect against those risks?
    The Centers for Disease Control says “It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.” 

    The CDC and the Loudoun County Health Department recommend frequent handwashing, shielding coughs and sneezes, staying home if feeling unwell and other routine protective measures, such as avoiding close contact with people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, frequent handwashing and regularly cleaning “high touch” surfaces, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses. 

    LCPS custodial personnel clean schools and facilities nightly, with special focus on “high touch” surfaces such as doors, door knobs, push plates on doors, and desks, to maintain a clean, safe environment.

    In addition, if a particular class or school suffers higher-than-average absenteeism due to illness, LCPS’ custodial teams are prepared to disinfect large indoor areas, as part of our effort to safeguard students.

     

    3.  Should students and staff bring their own cleaning materials to school? 
    LCPS school custodial teams are staffed, trained and equipped to handle the CDC’s recommended cleaning standards to address the COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses. LCPS requests that school staff and parents NOT bring in household cleaners for use in schools. Multiple cleaning products are effective against the COVID-19 virus, but many of these cleaning chemicals are not safe for use around sensitive groups and could chemically react with other cleaning chemicals, creating a greater hazard. Many household cleaners have strong smells that can cause respiratory distress for sensitive staff and students, while the smell and chemical residue can remain for long periods of time after the cleaning product has been used. (Added March 11, 2020.)

    4.  What can I do to help keep LCPS schools clean? 
    LCPS appreciates that staff and families may wish to assist in maintaining the cleanliness of schools. LCPS school custodial teams are staffed, trained and equipped to handle the CDC’s recommended cleaning standards to address the COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses. There are some measures that can assist custodians in being efficient, such as:

    • Clear all desks, tables and other work surfaces and chairs at the end of the day. Custodians are trained to only clean surfaces that are clear of personal items and papers. If items are left on top of the desk, the custodial team may not be able to clean it.
    • Encourage students to pick up trash, pencils, crayons, and personal items that may have fallen to the floor during the school day. Custodians often spend several minutes in each room picking up debris, which could have been placed in a trash receptacle, before they can start the cleaning regimen.
    • Place trash and recycling containers just inside the classroom door or in the hallway adjacent to the classroom door at the end of the day.
    • Do not stack chairs on top of the desks or tables. The chairs have to be taken down before the work surfaces and chairs can be cleaned.

    These simple steps may not seem like a lot of time in one classroom, but when combined across 20-30 classrooms in a school they can have a tremendous impact on the amount of time a custodian has available for proper cleaning and disinfecting of all the high-priority common touch surfaces.(Added March 11, 2020.)

    5.  Can staff perform extra cleaning in their work areas? 
    LCPS school custodial teams are staffed, trained and equipped to handle the CDC’s recommended cleaning standards to address the COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses. LCPS has been working with custodial teams to emphasize the cleaning of “high touch” surfaces each evening. We believe that our standard cleaning schedule and use of disinfectants, including Virex II 256 (a high quality, hospital grade disinfectant that has been approved by the EPA to use against Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19), meet the current CDC recommendations for cleaning in schools. School instructional staff are not expected to disinfect their rooms, but some staff members have requested access to approved cleaning supplies. Facilities Services will provide properly labeled spray bottles filled with an LCPS approved disinfectant, Virex II 256, for use by staff in the classrooms and offices as needed during the school day.  Staff members should contact their principal for more information about how to obtain a spray bottle. (Added March 11, 2020.)

  • Schedule Changes

    1. How long will LCPS schools and facilities be closed?
    On March 23, Governor Ralph Northam ordered all K-12 schools in Virginia to close for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year in response to the continued spread of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.  

    Effective at the close of business on March 20, all LCPS worksites, including the Administration Building, were closed for employees, aside from specifically approved exceptions. 

    2.  Will the Loudoun County School Board Continue to meet during the closure?
    The Loudoun County School Board is now meeting virtually to ensure it complies with the Governor’s order discouraging gatherings of more than 10 people. School Board meetings will be available for public viewing through the live-stream telecast on LCPS.org, and live on Comcast channel 18 and Verizon FIOS channel 43. 

    Written public comment to the School Board concerning items on the board’s agenda  will be accepted electronically via an online form up to 10 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.

     

    3.  Which district events have been canceled or postponed? 
    The following events have been canceled or postponed. In some cases make-up dates have tentatively been set. 

    Regional Science & Engineering Fair Cancelled
    Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS), in response to the rapidly changing public health situation and the need to prepare for distance-learning experiences (digital and non-digital) has decided to cancel the Loudoun County Virtual Regional Science & Engineering Fair (RSEF).

     

    Outstanding Teacher Recognition Dinner Postponed
    The Loudoun Education Foundation has rescheduled the Outstanding Teacher Recognition Dinner from May 1 to Friday, August 21. This event will be taking place at the Washington Dulles Marriott at 6:30 p.m.

     
     

  • Operations

    1.  Continuing Meal Service
    Loudoun County School Nutrition Services (SNS) is supporting families by continuing to provide meal service in our school communities while schools are closed. SNS staff will serve free breakfast and lunch daily (both meals will be available for pick-up at the same time) between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

     

    Meals will be available for pick-up at 28 schools:

    Briar Woods High School
    Broad Run High School
    Dominion High School
    Frederick Douglass Elementary School
    Freedom High School
    Guilford Elementary School
    Harper Park Middle School
    Heritage High School
    Hutchison Farm Elementary School
    Independence High School
    John Champe High School
    Leesburg Elementary School
    Loudoun County High School
    Loudoun Valley High School
    Lovettsville Elementary School
    Park View High School
    Potomac Falls High School
    Riverside High School
    Rock Ridge High School
    Rolling Ridge Elementary School
    Round Hill Elementary School
    Sterling Elementary School
    Sterling Middle School
    Stone Bridge High School
    Sugarland Elementary School
    Sully Elementary School
    Tuscarora High School
    Woodgrove High School

     

    2.  Food Deliveries
    LCPS is using its school bus fleet to increase the availability of meal service to students that rely on schools for meal support. Each day, 57 buses cover routes totaling 699 miles making 266 stops. An average of more than 5,000 meals per day are delivered. The sites for the delivery of meals to locations throughout the county may be found on this interactive map. Please arrive at the meal stops early to ensure buses can remain on schedule. 

     

    3.  Will employees receive pay on their regular schedule if central administrative offices are closed?
    As part of its continuity of operations plan, LCPS has contingency plans in place to continue payroll operations in the event of disruption to normal operating procedures. LCPS will deploy those protocols if necessary so that employees are paid on schedule. (Added March 11, 2020.) 

  • Travel

    1.  What should students who have traveled recently do?
    Public health recommendations for travelers have recently changed and guidance depends on when the travel occurred and whether they feel ill.  The most up to date information on risks and recommendations is available from the Centers for Disease Control.
     
    The CDC currently recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China, Iran, South Korea and the following 29 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City.
     
    The CDC guidelines say travelers returning from any of these countries must stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.
     
    While these recommendations are in place, any current student or staff member returning from the listed countries will not be allowed to attend school for 14 days from the date of their departure from those countries. Any student from the listed countries that wishes to enroll in LCPS, will not be allowed to enroll for 14 days from the date of their departure from those countries. These precautions are being taken to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our schools.
     
    LCPS recommends that families who have made plans for non-school-sponsored trips through booster clubs, PTA/PTO organizations and others, should review the terms and conditions of their agreements with those groups to understand the risks and costs associated with changes. In addition, families should be aware that CDC could issue new or different guidance while students are traveling, potentially resulting in delayed returns to the U.S. or other schedule impacts.
     
    Our highest priority is the well-being of students and staff, and we will continue to update our plans, processes, and guidance to families based on the latest information available. (Updated March 14, 2020.)
     

    2.  Will LCPS cancel foreign study trips, or visits to schools from foreign students?
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued travel warnings regarding China, Iran, South Korea and Italy. On March 11, travel was suspended from 26 European nations.

    Based on these actions and the continued spread of the virus to other parts of the world, LCPS at has decided to suspend all LCPS-sponsored international travel through June 30, and to cancel the upcoming Loudoun International Youth Leadership Summit (LIYLS), which was scheduled to begin on March 20. We are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution, and in keeping with recent guidance from the Virginia Department of Health that school divisions should reconsider their travel plans. (Updated March 12, 2020)
     

    3.  Is LCPS cancelling or rescheduling local field trips?
    Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) is working closely with the Loudoun County Health Department to be sure we have access to the latest information and recommendations from federal, state, regional, and local authorities. LCPS is also following U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations regarding travel.

    On March 11, LCPS announced that any trips scheduled to New York state, including day trips, are canceled.

    The CDC has not issued any specific guidance about limiting domestic travel. Participation in instructional field trips, athletic trips and other student activity trips is optional, and schools will provide an appropriate alternative for students who do not participate in an instructional field trip. LCPS will continue to collaborate with local and state officials and will modify plans as appropriate in the future. (Updated March 11, 2020)

    4.  Is LCPS cancelling overnight trips?
    Out of an abundance of caution for our students, staff and families, LCPS canceled all in-state and out-of-state overnight field trips, effective March 11.  Any overnight trips scheduled from March 11 through April 30, 2020, are canceled. Any trips scheduled to New York state, including day trips, are also canceled. All other day trips will proceed as scheduled. Participation in instructional field trips, athletic trips and other student activity trips is optional, and schools will provide an appropriate alternative for students who do not participate in an instructional field trip. LCPS will continue to collaborate with local and state officials and will modify plans as appropriate in the future. (Added March 11, 2020.)  

    5.  My family or student is traveling for Spring Break on a trip that is not sponsored by LCPS. What do I need to know? 
    Out of an abundance of caution, Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) suspended all school-sponsored international travel through June 30, 2020. That decision does not affect non-LCPS-sponsored travel, including trips run through booster clubs or PTA/PTO organizations, as well as individual or family trips and other independently organized activities. For travel guidance, LCPS is working closely with the Loudoun County Health Department and is also following U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations. The CDC has not issued any specific guidance regarding isolation of healthy travelers from countries where no travel alert has been issued, or about domestic travel.

    The CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China, Iran, South Korea and the following 29 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City.
     
    The CDC guidelines say travelers returning from any of these countries must stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.
     
    While these recommendations are in place, any current student or staff member returning from the listed countries will not be allowed to attend school for 14 days from the date of their departure from those countries. Any student from the listed countries that wishes to enroll in LCPS, will not be allowed to enroll for 14 days from the date of their departure from those countries. These precautions are being taken to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our schools.
     
    LCPS recommends that families who have made plans for non-school-sponsored trips through booster clubs, PTA/PTO organizations and others, should review the terms and conditions of their agreements with those groups to understand the risks and costs associated with changes. In addition, families should be aware that CDC could issue new or different guidance while students are traveling, potentially resulting in delayed returns to the U.S. or other schedule impacts.
     
    Our highest priority is the well-being of students and staff, and we will continue to update our plans, processes, and guidance to families based on the latest information available. (Updated March 14, 2020.)
     
     

  • Family Resources

    1.  The National Association of School Psychologists has created a webpage with useful information for parents to use in communicating with their children about the COVID-19 virus. Please visit Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource for more information. Downloadable PDF

     
    2. Contact Us Email Link and Hotline: 571-252-6499

    Community members with questions are encouraged to review the responses to Frequently Asked Questions on the FAQ page. If the responses to Frequently Asked Questions don’t provide the information community members seek, they are welcome to submit questions via the Contact Us function on the FAQ page, as well.

    LCPS will launch a COVID-19 telephone “hotline” at 1 p.m. Monday, March 16 to provide another option for information. The hotline number is 571-252-6499.  Community members should feel free to call with any questions about the status of school operations, current schedules, and the latest information on other topics. Calls will be answered until 5 p.m. on Monday. Beginning Tuesday, March 17, the hotline will operate between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. (Updated March 13, 2020)

    3.  My child does not have access to a laptop or other device with internet connectivity. Is there a way for my child to gain access to a laptop or other device with internet connectivity?

    Chromebooks

    Plans are being developed to ensure all students enrolled in LCPS in grades 3-12 are assigned a Chromebook.  There are no plans to distribute devices to students in grades K-2.  Additional details about the rollout plan are forthcoming and will be subject to the latest guidance from health officials.

    Mobile Internet Hotspots

    LCPS has made an initial purchase of mobile internet hotspots to help with continuity of access to internet-based instructional resources for students and staff during an extended closure. LCPS is prioritizing the distribution of hotspots to students in grades 3-12 in households with the greatest needs, with a limit of one hotspot per household. Hotspot devices could be available for distribution as early as the week of March 23.

    Families and staff will need to formally request a mobile hotspot via the described process. To request a device, families/staff must:

    • Complete the online form or
    • Call the LCPS Technology Support Center at 571-252-2112 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Translation services are available.

    Each hotspot supports up to 15 device connections. The hotspots come with pre-configured internet content filtering, meeting the requirements set forth by the Children’s Internet Protection Act. Submitting a request does not guarantee access to a hotspot.

    The LCPS hotspots are configured to operate on the T-Mobile cellular network. For a hotspot to work T-Mobile cellular coverage must exist in your area. T-Mobile cellular coverage is not available in all areas of Loudoun County, though most of our high need areas in Loudoun do have T-Mobile cellular coverage. LCPS continues to explore options for connectivity in areas of Loudoun without T-Mobile cellular coverage; identifying a solution for these other areas may take several weeks.

    LCPS is planning for the pickup of the hotspots by parents and guardians at locations throughout the community. The distribution will be subject to ongoing guidance from the Loudoun County Department of Health and other experts to ensure appropriate measures are in place to meet public-health recommendations. Each household receiving a hotspot will be required to sign a hotspot usage agreement before a hotspot can be taken home.

    Please note that many commercial vendors have made available increased services to support schools and the community.  We recognize that people without connectivity may not be able to access the following links, and are including the information for broader community awareness.

    Verizon offers unlimited data on hotspots and cell phones

    4.  Where can I find substance abuse prevention information and secure emergency mental health services for my child during the school closure?
    Please visit https://www.lcps.org/Page/221002 for substance use prevention information and resources. During the school closure, please visit https://www.lcps.org/Page/220727 to secure emergency mental health services for your child. (Added March 24, 2020)

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    LCPS will update this page as more information becomes available.

    Updated March 30, 2020

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