ACCESS Testing During Distance Learning 2020-2021

  • Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State (ACCESS)

    The United States Department of Education and Virginia Department of Education are requiring the Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State (ACCESS) assessment for English Language Learners (ELL), Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, and ELP Checklists to be administered to students under secure, standardized testing conditions in the presence of school personnel. Therefore, Manassas City Public Schools (MCPS) must administer these assessments to students in person at school.

    Over the next several weeks, your child’s English Learner (EL) teacher will be contacting you about a date and time to come into school to take this assessment. MCPS will provide transportation for your child on that date.  If you prefer to transport your child yourself, please let your child’s EL teacher know when they contact you.


    COVID Safety Protocols

    As we plan for your child to take an assessment at school, we need to share with you the strategies in place to care for your child.

    • MCPS will require parents/guardians to perform daily health checks (see table below).
    • All students are required to wear a mask while on the bus and while at school.
    • MCPS will disinfect buses between each run.
    • Devices and headphones will be cleaned/disinfected between users using cleaners approved for killing COVID and other bacteria and viruses in educational environments.  
    • Students and staff will maintain 6 feet of distance.
    • Staff will wear masks. 

    BEFORE sending your child to school each and every day, you need to review and respond to these questions:

    • In the last 14 days, has your child been close to someone who has COVID-19, is being checked for COVID-19, or who has symptoms* of COVID-19?


    • Is your child sick today?
      • Did you answer, “NO,” to both questions?  You may send your child to school.
      • Did you answer, “YES,” to either question?  Do not send your child to school.  You will need to talk to your child’s healthcare provider and the school nurse about when he/she may report to school to take the ACCESS for ELLs test.


    * Symptoms of COVID-19 and/or influenza-like illness may include fever greater than 100°F degrees, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of sense of taste or smell, sore throat, nasal congestion/nasal discharge, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle ache/fatigue or headache

    If your child presents at school with COVID-19 and/or influenza-like symptoms, your child will wear a mask and will be monitored in a separate room. If your child’s symptoms are severe (shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, confusion, and/or uncontrolled fever), 911 will be called.



    MCPS encourages all EL students to participate in state and federally mandated assessments. Parents/Guardians who wish to refuse participation for their student should email their refusal to the School Testing Coordinator at their child’s school.