Update about In-Person Learning

By Katy Richman
December 10, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is planning to bring additional student groups back to school for in-person instruction in the near future. We will follow strict safety and health protocols to minimize health risks for students and staff.

The following groups of students will be returning to in-person instruction at Woodburn. Start dates are to be determined:

Group 5:

  • Kindergarten
  • Intensive Support Needs (students instructed with a modified curriculum for at least 50% of their core courses and instructed in special education settings 50% or more of their instructional day)

Group 6:

  • Grades 1 and 2

Group 7: 

  • Grades 3 through 6

Family Information Sessions

Updating Your Preference for In-Person or Virtual Instruction

We will honor the choice you made in the FCPS July survey to determine the setting for instruction. If you chose in-person instruction, we will assume your child(ren) will return to in-person instruction in accordance with the schedule above. If you chose all-virtual instruction we will assume you will continue in that format. 

If your circumstances have changed, we will try to accommodate your request based on the availability of staff and space.  Should you want to change your preference please email Katy Richman at @email or call 703-641-8200.  he deadlines to submit a change in preference are outlined by grade level below. 

  • Kindergarten:  Preference must be updated by October 30th 
  • Gr. 1 and 2:  Preference must be updated by November 6th
  • Gr. 3 - 6:  Preference must be updated by December 11th. 

During this transition we will strive to minimize impacts to student scheduling and teacher assignments, however some students may experience a change in schedule or class assignment as we work to accommodate everyone’s preferences. 

Instructional Model and Schedule

The Intensive Support Needs special education group will receive in-person instruction four days per week (Tuesday-Friday).  

We will be using concurrent instruction for students who receive in-person instruction. This means that students who elect in-person instruction will receive two days of teacher-led instruction in the school building and two days of teacher-led instruction at home. Students who elect all-virtual learning will continue to receive four days of teacher-led instruction at home. In either format, Mondays will become a full day of independent learning for students to give our teachers more time to prepare and plan the week’s lessons.

Some schools are already piloting concurrent instruction. The Superintendent will report his findings on the pilot program at the November 12 School Board work session. 

The video below is a sample demonstration of how a concurrent classroom will look.

Thank you for your support and cooperation as we continue on this journey to deliver the best instruction for all FCPS students. 


Katy Richman


Woodburn School for the Fine and Communicative Arts