FCHS Distance Learning Plan

Tips for Parents

As we embark on Distant Learning, we recognize it can present different opportunities and challenges for families and students. While our number one goal is to continue high-quality instruction, we recognize the challenges and obstacles our students and families may face in the upcoming weeks will be exciting yet apprehensive. To prepare for this new approach to learning, it is important that we help our students adjust to the new normal and begin to develop good learning habits. Here are a few tips to help students find success in this new environment:

  1. Take a deep breath
  2. Be there for your child as a parent
  3. Continue to maintain family norms and be supportive
  4. Know that you are doing the best you can
  5. Celebrate your accomplishments and progress!

For Students and Parents

FCHS students will meet with ALL teachers during the appropriate class period for synchronous instruction. There will also be opportunities for asynchronous instruction and questions outside of the assigned bell schedule time.

Asynchronous Learning

  • Students learn at different times throughout the week
  • Teachers provide materials (videos, assignments, activities, links, group work)
  • Feedback is provided to the student through collaborative tools and email
  • Communication is not live
  • Flexible and allows students to work at their own pace
  • Due dates and time frames are important

Examples: Pre-recorded video, Narrated Slide Deck, Screencasts, EdPuzzle, Flipgrid Video, Pear Deck student paced lessons, Blog or Discussion boards, Collaborative documents.

Synchronous Learning

  • Students learn at the same time, often at a scheduled class time
  • Requires students and teachers to be online at a specific time
  • Direct interaction between teachers and students
  • Allows for instant feedback and clarification
  • Checking in, Q & A, discussed and presentations occur at specific times in an online setting
  • Often requires more bandwidth

Examples: Video conferencing, Chat window, Telephone, Office Hours, Collaborative documents, Pear Deck teacher paced lessons

Learn about your new Virtual Classroom

Learn how to access your virtual classroom in Blackboard

Learn how to use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra

How to access Blackboard Collaborate in Spanish (Instructions)

Student Schedule

Please see below for the schedule for our remaining weeks of school. 


Independent or collaborative work completed by students.  Dedicated Planning Time for Instructional Staff:

  • Check-in time for administrators and faculty
  • Individual, grade level and content team planning within school or across division. Time to record, create and post assignments and presentations, respond to emails, etc.

Tuesday: Green Day

1:  9:15-10:00

3:  10:30-11:15

 Lunch Break

5:    12:15-1:00

7:    1:30-2:15


Independent or collaborative work completed by students.  Office Hours for Individualized Instruction and Support

Thursday: White Day

2: 9:15-10:00

4:  10:30-11:15 

Lunch Break

6:  12:15-1:00


Independent or collaborative work completed by students.  Office Hours for Individualized Instruction and Support

More Resources

Blackboard Collaborate Participant Guide 

FCPS Distance Learning Plan

FCPS Frequently Asked Questions Surrounding COVID-19


View the AP Exam updates and Frequently Asked Questions