SCHS Distance Learning Plan

Guidance for our Families

Fairfax County Public Schools is providing information to support parents and students as they prepare to participate in distance learning beginning Tuesday, April 14. The Learning at Home - Support for Families page offers strategies for parents/caregivers to help students get ready to learn and stay engaged and focused. In addition,  this page includes links to a variety of resources that can help ease the transition to our "new normal," which are the following: social-emotional wellness supports, guidance for families without reliable access to technology, and a summary of who to contact with questions. Information regarding support for special education students and English language learners is also included.

At South County High School we use #onestallion - WE ARE FAMILY - we will embark on this Distance Learning Journey Together!

What is Distance Learning ?

From Tuesday, April 14, 2020, through June 12, 2020, students in PreK-12 will take part in distance learning. This means they will:

  • Have check-ins with teachers,
  • Engage with instructional tasks, and
  • Take part in direct virtual learning

FCPS Distance Learning = Asynchronous + Synchronous learning which consists of the following:

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

South County High School Distance Learning Schedule:


  • Independent or collaborative work completed by students 


  • Virtual Green Day Class Schedule:   
    • 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   
  • Teacher Office Hours 


  • Virtual Blue Day Schedule:   
    • 2: 9:15 - 10:00
    • 4:10:30 - 11:15
    • Lunch Break
    • 6:12:15 -1:00
    • 8: 1:30 - 2:15


  • Independent or collaborative work completed by students   
  • Teacher Office Hours organized by *Department (see table below) on Friday  
    • Office Hours Department Department
      8:00 am - 9:30 am Fine Arts Performing Arts
      9:30 am - 11:00 am Math Health/PE
      11:00 am - 12:30 pm English CTE
      12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Science World Languages
      2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Social Studies ESOL

On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, students are expected to do the following: Work independently on assigned material, email teachers or classmates for clarity, finish assignments, and check Blackboard and Google Classroom for announcements and instructions. On Wednesday and Friday, teachers' office hours will be available  for students to ask questions, receive individual support and discuss content with the teachers, 

On Tuesday and Thursday, students will meet online via Blackboard Collaborate with their teacher and classmates for class per our Green and Blue Day schedules.

Our Advisory period (4th period) will be used for individual or scheduled group time with counselors, teachers, psychologists, case managers, AP coordinators or other members of the Stallion faculty.

Tech Support for SCHS Students

FCPS has developed a support model for assisting students with technical issues.

If a student is having any technology based issues at home, they should do the following:

1.The student will report the issue to a teacher, counselor, administrator or another staff member.

2. The staff member will then route the student issue via a service ticket to the tech support team.

3. Tech Support will contact the student and/or parent/caregiver after they have received the service ticket.

 As of 4/15/20, we are no longer accepting submissions via the Tech Support Google Form.