Get FindOutFirst email and emergency-closing phone-text messages from Frederick County, Maryland, public schools based on the areas of interest you select. Parent/guardian FindOutFirst (FOF) accounts are created from the email address provided on the Student Information Form they complete for the school; their usernames are typically the email address they provided. The primary FOF email address for parents can ONLY be updated by contacting the school; if changed in this account they will revert each night to the address on file in the FCPS Student Information System. To log in for the first time, use the Forgot Password feature to receive a link to re-set the password.
You will often get news from FindOutFirst before other sources, but in emergencies please check any reliable source. FindOutFirst posts to FCPS Maryland Facebook and Twitter; these are good sources for quick snow-closing information. FCPS Television on Comcast cable channel 18, radio and TV stations we contact, www.fcps.org and FindOutFirst phone-text messages typically deliver emergency closing status faster than Internet Service Providers deliver email.*
IMPORTANT: If you forgot your username or password, click "Forgot Password" or "Forgot Username" to have information sent to the primary email address registered.
FCPS is committed to providing you the information you need. If you have questions about this service or need assistance, please view our FindOutFirst FAQs.
To view ARCHIVED messages click the menu icon at the top of the page that looks like this:
UPDATING AND UNSUBSCRIBING: When people continue to get email from a school or news selection they have removed or after they have unsubscribed, it is most often because they have opened more than one account and only changed one. When parents or employees continue to get information for prior schools/grade levels, it is typically because they added a Community Member account or a school/grade-level news group; FCPS updates parent/staff relationships to schools and parent grade level relationships, not news groups when a parent also selects those. For help: FindOutFirst@fcps.org
SMS TEXT MESSAGES: FCPS only uses text messaging when unexpectedly closing. All other FindOutFirst messaging is via email.
*Free email services such as gmail deliver our emergency notices, whereas cable TV companies serving as Internet Service Providers (ISPs) may block emergency email from ezcommunicator.com because it goes to so many subscribers. Some ISPs accept delivery but don't forward the message to the user's inbox; in this case we recommend that you take steps to "whitelist" the domain ezcommunicator.com. Here's how.
You may register up to 2 email addresses for each FindOutFirst account.