Service Learning and X2Vol
Making connections between the classroom and the community
Service Learning Expectations and x2VOL Instructions
Service Learning Overview
See these 2 websites for complete information:
FCPS Service Learning Google Site (students can access through FCPS email) and FCPS Public Website
- Service learning is a teaching method designed to involve students in authentic and meaningful service to their communities. The intent is to instill a sense of civic responsibility by encouraging students to be active contributors to society. It is not an FCPS graduation requirement.
- Hours are tracked by X2Vol via Naviance. See below for more information and video instructions.
- Students need a minimum of 40 approved hours to earn the service cord and 50 approved hours to earn toward the civics and science seals. See more information about FCPS diploma seals here.
- Hours begin on July 1 in the summer before freshman year and end in the spring of senior year.
Elements of Service Learning
- Authentic – meets a real community need
- Intentional – thoughtful and well-planned learning experiences
- Connects with Curriculum – brings classroom learning to life
- Reflective – supports global and ethical citizenship
- Impactful – makes a positive difference in the community
- Applicable – aligns with interests and goals
Types of Service
Service learning activities are divided into three distinct categories. Each area is listed below with a few examples of the type of service (please note that these are not the only examples).
- Direct Service: Working with youth through education / recreation programs, working with senior citizens, working with sick or disabled individuals, working with immigrant populations, preparing / serving food for others.
- Indirect Service: collecting / distributing food items or clothing, organizing fundraisers for special causes or events, engaging in neighborhood beautification projects, engaging in local conservation efforts.
- Advocacy: informing the public about a variety of issues, working with local political organizations, speaking on behalf of underrepresented segments of the community.
x2VOL is the tool that FCPS uses to support students with finding, tracking, and verifying service hours electronically. Students log in to x2VOL through Naviance.
x2Vol Student Information and Login Instructions
- Volunteer hours must be logged in x2VOL and verified by an adult point of contact (POC) before they can be approved by a CVHS administrator. Hours can NOT be verified by a parent unless there are special circumstances (ie. parent is the Scout leader, etc). State that exception in your submission.
- Students must provide a description of the service, including the date (or date range), hours, and responsibilities. A brief reflection is required sharing how the student felt and how their volunteerism impacted the intended audience/organization/community.
- If the point of contact has not verified your hours after several weeks, follow up in a timely manner. X2VOL cannot generate another email verification. It is best to communicate respectfully within a month or so to be sure your hours are verified.
- The Class of 2023 is required to submit all verified service learning hours in x2VOL by April 14, 2023 if they plan to earn the service cord and/or civics seal. Communicate with your point of contact in advance of this deadline so they are aware of the requirement to approve your hours when they are submitted.
- In addition to seeking your own volunteer opportunities or through extra-curricular or community organizations, students can explore these resources:
- Volunteer Fairfax
- Fairfax County Government Agencies
- Twitter – follow @FCPSServLearn
- FCPS Service Learning website
- College & Career Corner newsletter- available in Spanish, Korean and Chinese translations
- Local hospitals and nursing homes – become a pen pal with patients or senior citizens
What if my x2VOL hours are partially approved or denied? Follow the directions provided by the x2VOL administrator. Usually this has to do with providing a reflection and how your volunteerism aligns with the elements or types of approved service learning. Many times it is because the adult point of contact has not verified your hours. Follow up with that person and have them (or another representative from the organization) email the x2VOL administrator to approve your hours. A denial can mean that the activity does not meet the requirements of service learning as outlined above.
How do I join a group within x2VOL? This is not a necessary step when uploading hours. Please do not worry about it.
Can I use my Honor Society or Scouting hours toward x2VOL goals? Yes, hours performed in service through those organizations can be submitted. The Google site states, “Students who engage in individual projects will be allowed to submit hours earned from non-proselytizing religious activities, scouting requirements, and national society memberships.”
Which steps of the service learning process count as hours? The Google site states, “Students who are involved with planning a service learning project may count that planning time as service learning hours. For example, if a school hosts a canned food drive, students involved in the planning of the drive would earn service hours, while students who only make donations would not. Similarly, students who are performing service as part of a class assignment may count the hours they spend in class preparing for the service, as well as the time they spend in actual service. However, travel time to and from service activities is not counted.”
Can you provide examples that do NOT meet service learning criteria?
- A project or activity that benefits only the student, his or her relatives, or friends
- Attending a meeting, watching siblings, setting a goal, job shadowing
- Donating purchased or used goods (food, toys, clothes, etc.)
- Travel time to and from the activity
- Cleaning out your house and bringing bags to Goodwill
Can you provide examples that DO meet service learning criteria?
- Making an item and donating it to a non-profit organization (ie. blankets, face masks, cookies, cards, etc.). Hours should be submitted for the time it takes to make the item, NOT the number of items donated.
- Planning a drive and collecting donations (see above).
- Unpaid tutoring, babysitting, dog walking, lawn mowing, coaching
If you have any questions, please contact CVHS x2VOL Administrators -