2020 Return to School

Fall 2020

Health Metrics for COVID-19 paused in-person instruction for our Academy students but we are now phasing those students who have chosen to return for in-person instruction back into the building 1 or 2 days per week. 

  • Cosmetology and Construction Technology programs will have in-person instruction starting February 16. 
  • Students in grades 9 and 12 return on March 2.
  • Students in grades 10 and 11 return on March 9. 
  • Students who are remaining virtual continue to join us for their classes virtually. 

For those who elected to return in person, those with last names A thru K will be coming to their Academy class on Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays, those with last names L thru Z will come to their Academy class on Thursdays and/or Fridays. 

See this page for the new Spring 2021 Bell Schedule. 

SCHOOL YEAR 2020-2021


Click on topics below to get more information and/or links to read more about each one. 

Health Screening Commitment Form for In-Person Instruction

Go here for information on the Health Screening Commitment Form that is needed for students to participate in In-Person Instruction. 

Virtual Learning Supports (Schoology & BBCU) for Fall 2020

Edison Academy is a Pilot School for Schoology for the 2020-21 School Year

For help getting to your classes in schoology follow this simple Step by Step Guide

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Students, parents, and teachers in our Edison High School and Edison Academy community will pilot Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/), FCPS’s new learning management system, to engage with learning materials and our school community during the 2020-21 school year. Schoology will be used to provide students with all independent (asynchronous) work they are to do on their own and it will also be the way they access BBCU for live class meetings with their teacher. . 

Synchronous (Live Classes) Course Access

Your teacher will use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra  (BBCU) to offer live class sessions.   You will access BBCU through Schoology.*    Check with your teacher via email (remember to use your fcpsschools.net email) if you are uncertain where to  find your class. 

BBCU will be the primary video conferencing tool for online learning or virtual meetings that include two-way audio and video, an interactive whiteboard, application and desktop sharing, rich media, breakout rooms and session recording.

(*Note: Some students in class periods which contain multiple sections may be sent links to join BBCU outside of Schoology during the first weeks of school. Ex: Auto Tech 2/3,  Electrical Construction & Eng 2/3, Culinary Arts 2/3, and combined IT courses, etc)  

Asynchronous Course (Independent Work) Course Access 

Schoology is a learning space that enhances face-to-face and distance learning through communication, collaboration, and personalized learning. With Schoology, students can submit homework assignments online, review teacher feedback, participate in interactive discussions, read announcements, take tests, and more. As a parent, you will be able to view

  • your student’s class,
  • your student’s participation,
  • teacher comments, and
  • feedback in Schoology

As a pilot school, we will be using Schoology for as many student assignments and communications as possible, including staff and classroom communication. Our teachers participated in professional development this summer to create an engaging, student-centered environment for your student. 

If you have questions or feedback regarding Schoology, please visit: https://www.fcps.edu/schoology 

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For your convenience a link to Schoology is found at the top of this website along with links to other instructional management systems that may be used by your base school. 

For an introduction to Schoology visit this FCPS site and for tech tips for using Schoology go here. 

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Technology Help - FCPS Parent and Student IT Support Portal

Go here for the Parent and Student IT Support Portal.  

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Digital Resources Parental Consent

Some of the digital resources your child may use this year require parental consent. 

For more information on this topic, and to access the digital consent form, go here. 

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Preparing For and Participating in 100% Virtual Classes


  • Log in using your First & Last Name..
  • Be ON TIME to class and plan to stay the whole time.  
  • Try to find the same quiet space at home to work. What will help you stay focused and attentive? 
  • Make sure you have all your supplies (a writing utensil, a notebook/paper/laptop, headphones, etc.)
  • Have the materials available from previous class meetings for reference 
  • Click on the settings gear in the lower right hand corner of the screen.
  • Click on the microphone icon to check your audio.
  • Silence your mobile (cell) phones and remove all other distractions.
  • If you experience problems with accessing your virtual class, try restarting your computer.  But be sure to contact your teacher right away by email. 
  • Continue to attempt logging in (don't give up).


  • Follow the S R &R and demonstrate respectful behavior to all.
  • Keep Chat comments on topic.
  • Don't share confidential personal information in the chat.
  • Do not record or take photos of your sessions. Your teacher will make a recording available to you. 
  • Show respect for the digital footprint that you and others leave. 
  • Allow others to make comments, respond with respect. 
  • Use "raise hand" to ask a question and use the positive emoji to show you are listening.
  • Mute your microphone when you are not speaking to the teacher/class to minimize feedback or use headphones if you have them. 


  • Complete assignments when not in class
  • Di not share BBCU or Schoology links for your class with others. Do not visit sessions of other classes you are not invited to join by the teacher/instructor. 
  • Watch the class recording to review the lesson if you need to. If you were absent from your live class be sure to do this but also remember to have your parent call in your absence for it to be excused. See the Attendance Topic for more information about reporting school absences.  


  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time throughout the week. 
  • Stick to the same schedule even on your Monday asynchronous day.
  • use your Schoology Calendar to plan and keep track of your assignments and other important information. Note: You may use another planning tool if you are a student from a non-Schoology pilot school. 
  • Plan your work time for your Asynchronous Mondays so that you are productive.
  • Between classes, get up stretch, go the restroom, stay hydrated with non-caffeinated beverages like water. 
  • Set up a routine that you will follow and hold yourself accountable. Do not let setbacks derail you. Pick yourself up and start again.

Talk with your teacher or counselor if you are worried.


Getting Comfortable with BBCU through Schoology for Synchronous Classes

Students, we invite you to visit this page for tips on how to fully access the features of BBCU through Schoology. 

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Attendance is important to a student's overall success in school.

Attendance is Required During Virtual and In-Person Learning School Year 2020-2021 

During Virtual Learning Return to School - Fall 2020  

  • Tuesdays - Fridays: Students are reported present by their teachers Tuesday -Friday in their synchronous (live) academy classes when they log in and attend class.
  • Mondays: Students are to follow their base high school instructions for check-ins for asynchronous Monday advisory and intervention sessions in order to be counted present on Mondays.  
  • FCPS takes a multi-tiered approach to supporting students and families during the pandemic. Absences related to technology issues, family support for younger siblings, and required quarantine for confirmed cases of illness/exposure to COVID 19 (SAR CoV-2) will be considered and excused if they are reported. 
  • See absence reporting instructions below. 

Reporting Edison Academy Absences 

Absences must always be reported to BOTH the student's base high school and to Edison Academy. Please email or call within 24 hours of the absence in order to insure accurate attendance for your student.

Whether the student is missing an asynchronous or synchronous virtual class or missing an in-person class with a small cohort group. Absences must be reported. 

Please use the Attendance e-mail to report an absence (preferred) or call the Edison Academy Office Attendance 24 Hour Phone Line to report an absence. 703-924-8137

Email and Telephone Messages must include the following information: 

  • Student School ID Number (very important) 
  • Student first name and last name
  • Reason for absence - Be specific about the reason why your child will not be attending school.
  • Please indicate whether your child has any of the following symptoms: 
    • Feeling feverish or having chills
    • Fever greater than or equal to 100.4 F
    • Headache (not due to another health condition, hunger, menstrual cramps stress, or injury)
    • A new cough (not due to another health condition)
    • Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties (not due to diagnosed respiratory condition or if different than normal pattern of chronic condition)
    • A new sore throat (not due to another health condition)
    • Congestion or runny nose (not related to allergies or health condition)
    • Fatigue (more tired than normal or sudden onset)
    • New muscle pain (not due to another health condition or that may have been caused by a specific activity such as physical exercise)
    • New loss of taste, smell, or appetite
    • Abdominal pain (not due to hunger, constipation, injury, or stress)
    • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Parent/Guardian name
  • Relationship to student
  • Daytime telephone or mobile (cell) phone number

E-Notify Calls go out each evening to the home telephone number to make parents aware of unverified and unexcused absences.

S R & R at Edison Academy

Students Rights and Responsibilities - Are in Effect 

  • Follow the SR &R 
  • Only use appropriate images 
  • Consider the language you use
  • Only use your own picture as a character icon if you are not using your camera
  • Display your BEST digital behavior. 

Academic Integrity. - There is NO TOLERANCE POLICY for cheating in any form. Cheating is giving or receiving unauthorized aid on any assignment. It is important that a student does their own work to maximize their learning.  

This is OKAY (Examples of Ethical Collaboration)

  1. Students worked together to study for a test by creating a shared study guide
  2. Student copies several good proofs down in their outline from an online padlet discussion board created by the teacher
  3. Students, tasked with discussing and answering a prompt together, came up with an answer and each wrote it in their classwork packet
  4. Student struggles  with math practice and uses online calculator to understand steps then completes remaining practice on their own. 

This NOT OKAY (Examples of Academic Integrity Violations)

  1. Students shared a google doc and worked on that single doc and turned it in as their own work
  2. Student copies classwork from another student into their graded packet 
  3. Student shares essay outline with another student and that student uses outline for their essay
  4. Students worked on a google quiz together during remote learning/shared quiz answers
  5. Student copies quotes from an online journal into his/her IA and submits without proper citations
  6. Student copies and pastes whole passages from a reading to use for an open note quiz
  7. Students uses an online calculator to complete an assessment ( such as a quiz or test) and submits it as their own work. 

Virtual College and Career Events

To see all the latest announced college and career events go to this page.