Reopening in Stages: 100% Distance Learning Models
August 6, 2020
The Loudoun County School Board on July 21 endorsed the LCPS recommendation to begin the 2020-2021 school year in the 100% distance learning model of instruction with very limited exceptions. Superintendent Dr. Eric Williams announced this decision to families July 22 in a detailed letter.
The document below provides detailed information regarding current plans for 100% distance learning in elementary, middle and high schools. Those plans include students interacting synchronously (live, online) with their teachers Tuesday through Friday, and also have designated independent work times for asynchronous learning (independent, without live interaction).
The plan includes sample bell schedules for each school level during the 100% distance learning stage, as well as sample learning time expectations for a hybrid learning phase that represents our general expectations for the structure of the learning day when we are able to return more students to schools.
While these are representative of what students will experience, the sample schedules and the synchronous and asynchronous learning-time expectations outlined in this document are subject to change as staff continues to finalize plans for the 2020-2021 school year.
The document also outlines expectations for students in the 100% distance learning environment, including attendance, participation, assessment and grading, and the Code of Conduct in the Virtual Learning Environment. Additional information about distance learning for students with disabilities, English learners, gifted learners, interactions with teachers and other staff members, discipline and more is also included.
LCPS is continuing to refine these plans, and principals and their teams at each school in the division are deep in the process of applying these plans to each of their communities. As plans are refined and we move closer to the first day of school, more information will be provided from the central administration and individual school principals.