What will a student’s schedule look like in the virtual setting?

Pre-Kindergarten 3 and 4 (PK3 and PK4): Short, small bursts of learning and individual learning activities are most effective for our youngest learners. Therefore, the PK3 and PK4 structure of the day will include lessons in small groups focusing on developing a love of learning, and individualized lessons that families can also join. The PK3 and PK4 schedule will also include asynchronous (watch videos on your own at any time) lessons for art, music and other skills so that families can access lessons when it works for their children. PK3 and PK4 students will have live learning and asynchronous lessons for an average total of about 2-3 hours per day.

Elementary Students: A strong foundation begins with a love of learning. The elementary schedule will focus on ensuring students have access weekly to English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, as well as exposure to art, music and other enriching content. These schedules will include a mixture of whole-class lessons and small group skills. On most days, elementary students will have 2-3 hours of live learning and additional asynchronous lessons.

Middle Grades: Middle grades students are exploring their passions and preparing for high school. Therefore, the middle grades schedules will focus on ensuring exposure to a wide range of topics and courses, with the support of expert teachers. A schedule will include English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Math, and Electives. On most days, middle grades students will have 4-5 hours of live learning and additional asynchronous lessons.

High School: High school students are mastering topics critical to be on track for college and career. The virtual schedule will ensure that content presented in high school remains on track and rigorous — with deep engagement in courses on a student’s path to graduation. On most days, high school students will have 4-5 hours a day of live learning and additional asynchronous lessons.

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How will virtual learning look different in School Year 2020-2021 than in Spring 2020?

In virtual learning, students will feel loved by their school community, challenged by a joyful and rigorous curriculum, and prepared to take the next steps in their learning. We spent the spring and summer working with over 200 teachers and staff to transfer our curriculum to an online learning management system, which will allow for a more user-friendly, efficient and organized approach to virtual learning.

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What will my child need to be successful in virtual learning?

All students will need the following items for successful virtual learning:

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What if I don’t understand the content that my child is working on or I have questions about lessons?

As a part of the DCPS schedules, teachers will have times they are available for individual questions and support. Each school will issue guidance on teacher communication and availability using newsletters, robocalls, and other platforms. If you have content-specific questions, contact your child’s teacher directly.

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