2020-2021 School Year

Welcome Stratford Landing Families to the 2020-2021 school year! We are excited to start this school year with all of you. It is all about mindset. As we think about mindset, keep these things in mind:

  • “This is real school”We have learned from our spring distance learning experience and our work will look very different in September. This is not a temporary crisis response, but rather this is what school will look like for the indefinite future.

  • Relationships, significance and belonging, engagement, and FUN! This is critical for students this year. What is going to excite them and motivate them to log-in everyday? This will be at the forefront of our teachers’ planning for instruction.

  • Parents and caregivers set the tone. We encourage you to model positivity and the possibilities with our new learning model. What ideas do your students have for a fun, engaging year? We encourage you to share those with your new teacher.

 As we prepare for this new school year, we want to share some information with you. 

FCPS Guidelines and Regulations for Virtual Learning

FCPS states, “In order to achieve consistency for students and schools, schools will follow instructional guidelines to begin the school year.”

FCPS’ online learning program was driven by input from many stakeholders, including parents and caregivers. The school system's decisions are indicative of the feedback FCPS received.

All information shared the evening of August 19 is consistent county-wide.

Laptop Distribution for Students

Laptop Distribution For All Students

FCPS will provide all students with laptops to use for online learning this school year! This is great news! Parents may complete an “opt out” form to use a personal computer. If a personal device is used in place of an FCPS-issued laptop, the personal device needs a screen, keyboard, webcam and microphone. Smartphones, tablet readers, and wearable technologies are generally not acceptable substitutes for an FCPS laptop. The personally owned device must be able to run Google Apps for Education and Microsoft Office products. 

Follow this the link to opt out of receiving an FCPS-Issued laptop

Virtual Bell Schedule

View our virtual bell schedule for details about what your student's school days will look like this school year.

Daily Synchronous Learning Requirements (Tuesdays-Fridays)

Daily Requirements for Tuesday – Friday

  • Preschool - Grade 2: 150 minutes
  • Grades 3 - 6: 180 minutes

This time includes a morning meeting and 4 core subjects. This time does not include screen breaks, lunch, targeted intervention and supports for students, family choice/asynchronous learning and Specials.

Additional Daily Requirements for Tuesday – Friday

  • 30 minutes of synchronous specials (PE, Art, Music, etc.)
  • 60 minutes of specialized instruction and interventions (SPED, ESOL, AAP, targeted students)

Synchronous Learning

What is synchronous learning? 

Synchronous learning refers to live, face to face teaching, where teachers are working directly with students in whole group, small group and one-on-one settings.

Asynchronous Learning

What is asynchronous learning?

Asynchronous learning refers to when students engage (without a teacher) with resources provided by a teacher to reinforce or extend concepts taught (independent study / student choice).

  • Can include a variety of resources, such as non-screen time activities.
  • These resources will be connected to current teaching and pacing. They will also offer students practice and reinforcement of previously taught material.

Monday As A School Day

“Monday is a school day”

All students will engage in asynchronous learning provided by a grade level team of teachers. Instruction on Mondays will involve the following:  

  • 3 hours of synchronous instruction provided by teachers (AM). Most students will not have 3 full hours of synchronous instruction on Monday. This time will vary for students by need. Since the time will be decided for individual students, these individual schedules and times will be provided to each family.    

 

Some examples of Monday services include:

  • Special education students
  • ESOL students
  • Students selected based on data criteria (e.g., beginning of year assessments, ongoing assessments, etc. )
  • Level II and Level III AAP students

 

**See more information about the schedule for Mondays below under the Virtual Master Schedule section.**

Weekly Instructional Standards

School Week At A Glance

SLES school week chart

 

Students will be full time online learners with teacher-directed synchronous instruction 4 days a week (Tuesday through Friday). This will include 3.0 to 3.5 hours a day of direct/synchronous instruction and synchronous specials.

For example, a 1st grader would have 2.5 hours of synchronous instruction including a morning meeting, math, language arts, science and social studies in addition to 0.5 hours of synchronous specials which would equal 3.0 total hours of synchronous instruction.

For example, a 5th grader would have 3.0 hours of synchronous instruction including a morning meeting, math, language arts, science and social studies in addition to 0.5 synchronous specials which would equal 3.5 total hours of synchronous instruction.

All students will receive some additional synchronous time with teachers based on their needs (e.g., special education, ESOL, AAP, teacher small groups, etc.).

Virtual Master Schedule

A virtual master schedule for each grade level has been provided. Families can view the master schedule by grade level below. As you view the master schedule, we encourage you to also keep these following things in mind:

  • Our Specialists will be offering optional lunch bunches for students to participate in during their assigned lunch time. We will share more information regarding this at a later date.
  • Your classroom teacher will share Monday schedules and focuses. Please keep in mind these are subject to change based on student needs and interests. These changes will be communicated in advance so families may have time to plan and prepare.
  • “Teacher Table” refers to small group instruction, intervention and enrichment. Classroom teachers will communicate these schedules to families. These schedules will change throughout the year with students participating in teacher table activities at different times, depending on needs, teacher focuses and objectives.
  • Closing Circle is an opportunity for students to connect together at the end of the day, reflect on learning and engage in social emotional learning.

Kindergarten Weekly Schedule

Monday

8:40 - 11:40 Synchronous Intervention and Enrichment Time

11:40 - 3:55 Asynchronous Learning – Check Google Classroom for Tasks and Assignments

 

Tuesday – Friday

9:10 – 9:30 Morning Meeting

9:30 – 9:40 Student Break

9:40 – 10:40 Language Arts

10:40 – 12:10 Lunch/Asynchronous Learning

12:10 – 1:10 Math

1:10 – 1:20 Student Break

1:20 – 1:50 Specials

1:50 – 2:00 Student Break

2:00 – 2:30 Science or SS

2:30 – 2:40 Student Break

2:40 – 3:45 Teacher Table

3:45 – 3:55 Closing Circle 

First Grade Weekly Schedule

Monday

8:40 - 11:40 Synchronous Intervention and Enrichment Time

11:40 - 3:55 Asynchronous Learning – Check Google Classroom for Tasks and Assignments

 

Tuesday – Friday

9:10 – 9:30 Morning Meeting

9:30 – 9:40 Student Break

9:40 – 10:40 Language Arts

10:40 – 10:50 Student Break

10:50 – 11:20 Specials

11:20 – 12:50 Lunch/Asynchronous Learning

12:50 – 1:50 Math

1:50 – 2:00 Student Break

2:00 – 3:00 Teacher Table

3:00 – 3:10 Student Break

3:10 – 3:45 Science or SS

3:45 – 3:55 Closing Circle 

Second Grade Weekly Schedule

Monday

8:40 - 11:40  Synchronous Intervention and Enrichment Time

11:40 - 3:55 Asynchronous Learning – Check Google Classroom for Tasks and Assignments

 

Tuesday – Friday

9:10 – 9:30 Morning Meeting

9:30 – 9:35 Student Break

9:35 – 10:05 Science or Social Studies

10:05 – 10:15 Student Break

10:15 – 10:45 Specials

10:45 – 12:15 Lunch/Asynchronous Learning

12:15 – 1:15 Math

1:15 – 1:25 Student Break

1:25 – 2:25 Teacher Table

2:25 – 2:35 Student Break

2:35 – 3:45 Language Arts

3:45 – 3:55 Closing Circle 

Third Grade Weekly Schedule

Monday

8:40 - 11:40  Synchronous Intervention and Enrichment Time

11:40 - 3:55 Asynchronous Learning – Check Google Classroom for Tasks and Assignments

 

Tuesday – Friday

9:10 – 9:30 Morning Meeting

9:30 – 9:35 Student Break

9:35 – 10:35 Math

10:35 – 12:05 Lunch/Asynchronous Learning

12:05 – 12:35 Specials

12:35 – 12:45 Student Break

12:45 – 1:30 Science or SS

1:30 – 1:35 Student Break

1:35 – 2:40 Teacher Table

2:40 – 2:45 Student Break

2:45 – 3:45 Language Arts

3:45 – 3:55 Closing Circle 

Fourth Grade Weekly Schedule

Monday

8:40 - 11:40  Synchronous Intervention and Enrichment Time

11:40 - 3:55 Asynchronous Learning – Check Google Classroom for Tasks and Assignments

 

Tuesday – Friday

9:10 – 9:30 Morning Meeting

9:30 – 9:35 Student Break

9:35 – 10:35 Language Arts

10:35 – 12:05 Lunch/Asynchronous Learning

12:05 – 12:50 Science or SS

12:50 – 1:00 Student Break

1:00 – 2:00 Teacher Table

2:00 – 2:05 Student Break

2:05 – 2:35 Specials

2:35 – 2:45 Student Break

2:45 – 3:45 Math

3:45 – 3:55 Closing Circle 

Fifth Grade Weekly Schedule

Monday

8:40 - 11:40  Synchronous Intervention and Enrichment Time

11:40 - 3:55 Asynchronous Learning – Check Google Classroom for Tasks and Assignments

 

Tuesday – Friday

9:10 – 9:30 Morning Meeting

9:30 – 9:35 Student Break

9:35 – 10:35 Math

10:35 – 10:45 Student Break

10:45 – 11:30 Science or SS

11:30 – 1:00 Lunch/Asynchronous Learning

1:00 – 2:00 Language Arts

2:00 – 3:05 Teacher Table

3:05 – 3:15 Student Break

3:15 – 3:45 Specials

3:45 – 3:55 Closing Circle 

Sixth Grade Weekly Schedule

Monday

8:40 - 11:40  Synchronous Intervention and Enrichment Time

11:40 - 3:55 Asynchronous Learning – Check Google Classroom for Tasks and Assignments

 

Tuesday – Friday

9:10 – 9:30 Morning Meeting

9:30 – 9:35 Student Break

9:35 – 10:05 Specials

10:05 – 10:15 Student Break

10:15 – 11:15 Instructional Block 1

11:15 – 12:45 Lunch/Asynchronous Learning

12:45 – 1:45 Instructional Block 2

1:45 – 1:50 Student Break

1:50 – 2:50 Teacher Table

2:50 – 3:45 Instructional Block 3

3:45 – 3:55 Closing Circle 

Monday Schedule - Synchronous Intervention and Enrichment Time

All instructional staff (SPED, ESOL, IA, Classroom Teachers) and specialists lead student learning on Mondays. 

Per FCPS Return to School Plan, Monday mornings will consist of synchronous instruction for students, in small groups, to support: Intervention, Enrichment, Remediation, and Social Emotional Learning (SEL).

8:40am - 9:10am

All Students

Learning Focus: “Before School Clubs”, Optional Student Activities and Student Choice Fun! 

 

9:10am - 9:30am

Student Break

9:30am - 12:30pm

Intervention and Enrichment Blocks for identified targeted students (e.g., IEP, 504, ESOL, AAP Level II & III, assessment criteria). Based on your student’s needs, he/she may be participating in one or all three of these intervention blocks.

9:30am - 10:30am Intervention and Enrichment Block 1

10:30am - 11:30am Intervention and Enrichment Block 2

11:30am - 12:30pm Intervention and Enrichment Block 3

 

Learning Focus: 

*Reading, Writing and Math groups 

*Review and Spiraling small groups

*Stretch and Challenge groups

*PBL / POG (Project Based Learning/Portrait of a Graduate)

 

In some instances, our instructional staff may work with your student with parent support through virtual conferences. Please note that student breaks will be provided throughout these three hours.

12:30pm - 3:55pm

Students break for Asynchronous Learning. They will need to check Google Classroom for tasks and assignments. If your student has not been identified in needing all three intervention and enrichment blocks, they will begin asynchronous learning prior to 12:30pm. 

Grade Level Consistency and Organization

In order to maximize support for our families, grade levels will create asynchronous resources collaboratively and all students at the grade level will engage with the same resources independently.

  • Asynchronous materials: These materials for Level IV AAP (Advanced Academic Program) classes and General Education classes may differ. However, there will still be consistency (for example, all Level IV 5th graders will engage with the same asynchronous resources).
  • Sharing materials: Teachers will be expected to share the same materials with families and grade level expectations will be consistent.
  • Educational software: Teachers will use the same educational software and have the same expectations for students turning in assignments, managing online resources, etc.

School Calendar 2020-2021