Last week, Frederick County Public Schools shared in-person instruction remains our top priority. Despite high transmission of COVID-19 in our community, we continue to have significantly lower case rates in our schools. We continue to provide in-person instruction while closely monitoring the current conditions in schools.
In this update, we will share with you information regarding school bus transportation cancellations and updated quarantining guidance for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those who are listed as close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
This week, due to driver shortage, service for some bus routes could not be provided. We have shared updates with the community daily about the cancelled routes and will continue to do so as needed via FindOutFirst. We also post the cancelled routes atop FCPS.org.
While our goal is to provide service for all routes, this is fully dependent on having enough staff coverage for them.
Additionally, we encourage the community to check our Bus Status webpage, which is updated regularly with the latest information about delayed and cancelled routes.
COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Guidance Changes
In the past two weeks, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) have released new guidance on isolation and quarantining for positive cases of COVID-19. When new guidance is released, FCPS and the Frederick County Health Department (FCHD) collaborate on how to apply the guidance to schools. For our response to COVID-19, this process involves adjusting all currently published guidance, editing communication tools, and sharing with staff to ensure consistency on when and how the new guidance is applied in all schools. FCPS responds as fast as possible to current guidance while ensuring that the impact does not disrupt instruction and operations in schools.
The guidance below will go into effect on January 12, 2022. Students that are currently impacted by the change in guidance will receive a communication from their school with a new return date.
Updated List of Primary COVID-19 Symptoms
Updated Quarantine and Isolation Guidance
Persons Who Have Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 (Those who need to Isolate)
All persons who test positive for COVID-19 or have suspected COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, must complete isolation as follows:
Persons Who Are Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Those who need to Quarantine)
The following information applies to:
* If the person tests positive or develops symptoms, they need to stay home and follow recommendations for isolation above.
The individuals listed above, must quarantine after exposure as follows:
More updates to come
FCPS appreciates the partnership with our school communities as we work together to confront and overcome the challenges presented by the pandemic. FCPS is committed to keeping our community informed when any changes occur in our response to COVID-19. We will continue to meet regularly with our FCHD partners and adjust our practices as circumstances change.