Distance Learning Resources for Parents and Students

Coronovirus Update - Academics and Continuity of Learning Plan

The following information and resources are available to help parents and students during school closure.

For Parents

Accessing and Using Your FCPS Parent View Account for 24-7 Learning

During school closure, student learning activities will be made available through FCPS 24-7 Learning (Blackboard).

Parents can prepare by ensuring they have a Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account and are able to login to FCPS 24-7 Learning Parent View.

View video instructions about accessing and using FCPS 24-7 Learning Parent View.

Forgot your password? To recover a forgotten password or change your password, visit the password management page.

FCPS 24-7 Learning Parent View Help Documentation: Tips for Parents and Frequently Asked Questions.

FCPS 24-7 Learning Parent View Support Request: This online tool provides an alternative to in-person school support.

Creating an FCPS Parent View Account for 24-7 Learning

If you do not have an FCPS 24-7 Learning Parent View account, follow the FCPS instructions for creating one. 

View video instructions about accessing Parent View.

Digital Learning At Home - How Can Parents Help

Setting up a Workspace at Home:

  • Gather Supplies (Pens, pencils, tablets, books, etc.) 

  • Establish a comfortable workspace 

  • Provide adequate lighting 

  • Ensure a safe electrical outlet nearby 

  • Provide comfortable seating to support posture   

The Basics:

Learning Opportunities for Parents:

Additional Supports:

How to Support Your Child with Blackboard and G Suite

Supporting Your Student in Blackboard 

  1. Login to Blackboard http://fcps.blackboard.com with your Parent View account

  2. Click on your student’s name to view their courses.

  3. Open each course to see assignments

  4. Parents will be able to view most materials that have been posted in your child’s classes.  If you click on something and can’t access it, ask your student to log in to view that resource or assignment.  

  5. Teachers will likely use a combination of Blackboard and G Suite (Google Classroom, etc.).  Students will need to log into G Suite/ Google Classroom for you to view their work.

  6. Contacting the teacher: In Blackboard, the teacher should have their contact information, which includes their preferred e-mail.

Supporting Your Student in G Suite 

In collaboration with your student, ask them to login to G Suite with you daily at the beginning and end of the day.  The account username is your student’s studentID@fcpsschools.net and your student will have their password. 

Google Drive

  1. Go to your student’s Google Drive http://drive.google.com 
  2. On the left-hand side, you‘ll see Recent.  
  3. Recent will allow you to see all Recent documents your child has been working on. 
  4. Check the documents listed on a daily basis. 

Google email 

  1. Go to your student’s Gmail  http://gmail.google.com to view email messages your child has sent or received. 

Google Classroom 

  1. Go to: http://classroom.google.com. Each box on this screen represents a class your child is enrolled in. 

  1. Click a box to open a Google Classroom.  Once a classroom is opened, at the top of the screen click Stream and Classwork to view both areas.  Stream is for announcements and class discussion/Q&A.  Classwork will list class assignments. This view may be much easier for students to read what the individual assignments are, and allows the teacher to separate them into Units which make it much easier for students to differentiate between assignments.

Google Classroom Calendar 

  1. Your child’s Google Classroom Calendar will list assignments from all of your child’s Google Classroom classes in one convenient location.  This is an easy place to see what has been assigned and when it is due. 
  2. To find the calendar, click the three lines in the upper left corner of the Classroom. 
  3. Then select Calendar from the menu.  
  4. The nine dots in the upper right corner will open the Google App menu that allows the student to further open several tools such as the Google Drive, Calendar, and Documents all from one location. Clicking on them will open the programs in their own tabs.

          Google App menu

Keeping Your Children Occupied While Schools are Closed

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For Students

  • Channel 99 - Has high school-level programming. For your planning, a program guide is available. The videos are streamed online. Additional videos are being developed/recorded and will be added into the lineup as they are available. Note: Channel 25 has middle school programming; Channel 21 for elementary schools.
  • FCPS Technology Resources - Explore these quick and easy school-based resources that can facilitate online learning. 
  • PhET Interactive Simulations - from the University of Colorado, there are many Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Science/Geosystems simulations, plus a variety of Math Concepts and Applications.
  • Khan Academy - Provides video lessons with examples drawn in a variety of high school science, math, and other topics through the Courses menu.
  • EdHelper - Great links to high school worksheets by subject area.

FCPS High School Continuity of Learning Resources

Additional Learning/Exploration Opportunities

  • NASA.gov Topics - Earth Topics contains a variety of Earth issues, while Missions covers ongoing space exploration. Plus more...
  • Zooniverse - Gives students the opportunity to participate in projects involving real research in the sciences, humanities, etc. Simple registration is required, so parents should be involved, but a thorough description and background of each project can be explored, first. No cost.