Distance Learning

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 & Parents

JHS 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.

CPS Distance Learning = Asynchronous Learning + Synchronous Learning

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

Student Schedule

Justice High School will follow the distance learning schedule below.   We will follow this schedule for the remainder of the school year.  The schedule and an organizer for links to student classes is also available here: Student schedule and graphic organizer


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.

Student Schedule:

Tuesday - Red Days


Thursday - Blue Days


Period 1:  9:15-10:00

Period 3:  10:30 -11:15

Lunch Break

Period 5:  12:15 - 1:00

Period 7: 1:30 - 2:15  


Independent Work and Office Hours

Office Hours for Classroom Teachers

Period 2:  9:15-10:00

Period 4:  10:30 -11:15

Lunch Break

Period 6:  12:15 - 1:00

Period 8: 1:30 - 2:15  

Independent Work and Office Hours

Office Hours for Classroom Teachers

Office Hours

Teachers will be available for support and additional help during office hours.  (See this link for the Office Hours Schedule)

Tips for Students

Need help getting started with Distance Learning?  See the "Everything You Need to Know" link below for resources for distance learning success!  

Student Services Support

Counselors and the Justice clinical team are available every day by email.  For a mental health emergency, please see the list of contacts below.  For general academic questions and academic and emotional support, please email your counselor (linked below).  Please note:  all counselors and clinical team members will be checking their fcsp.edu email.  Please ensure you are sending communications to their fcps.edu emails.  


Phone Number

CrisisLink Regional Hotline



Text NEEDHELP to 85511

Dominion Hospital Emergency


INOVA Emergency


Merrifield Center Emergency

703-573-5979 / TTY dial 711

Life Threatening