Fairfax parents question county’s plan to address learning loss

FOX 5 is learning more about a survey of Fairfax County public schools that was recently sent to parents.

Families in the area have until Friday to complete the survey on their child’s experience this school year.

Some of the questions posed by the county are causing concern among some parents.

FOX 5’s Tisha Lewis asked Fairfax County Public Schools what they plan to do with the survey results, and they referred us to their website and went on to say each school would decide.

The email sent to parents says the information will be used along with other data to notify the school board, superintendent and leadership team of the district’s return to five days a week of in-person instruction.

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One question, in particular, asks parents if they’ve been impressed with the plans FCPS has made to help students — who had fallen behind academically during the coronavirus pandemic — catch up.

The issue has struck a chord with some FCPS parents who have taken to social media saying that the learning loss that has taken place during the pandemic cannot be solved with more virtual learning.

Part of FCPS’s plan to combat learning loss is to ensure that every student has a district-paid tutor.com account.

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A FCPS spokesperson said:Tutor.com is just one of multiple approaches FCPS is using to address learning loss and support students as we recover from the pandemic. »

FCPS parent Christy Hudson said the county spent nearly $500,000 to subscribe students to an online virtual learning platform.

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“And again, offering virtual learning to combat the learning loss gained from virtual learning is not a good idea,” Hudson said.

“I would like to see more peer-to-peer tutoring at school,” she added.

In addition to covering Tutor.com’s costs for each student, FCPS says it’s using pandemic funds to support learning initiatives, including new board games that stimulate critical thinking. They also encourage small group instruction and supplemental materials like magnetic fraction tiles.

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