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Friday, February 19, 2021, Edition 12
A Message from Dr. Terry Alban
A closer look at our hybrid return
During a visit to Tuscarora Elementary Tuesday, I observed Kelly O’Brien’s enthusiastic Pre-K classroom. Her young students were learning and having fun while following basic health protocols.
The positive classroom energy made me smile. It was one of many hopeful moments this week as we started our first week with the Frederick County Public Schools hybrid learning model.
Thanks to the determined efforts of our dedicated employees, we are welcoming 57 percent of our students for in-person hybrid learning while continuing to provide virtual education for 43 percent of students. We have been planning for months for the hybrid model. This moment is a sign of hope that brighter days are coming for our community.
Thank you to everyone who shared how the hybrid learning model kicked off via Twitter! Here are some of the updates, which gives you a glimpse at how learning is happening in our buildings.
@UMSHawks: At Urbana Middle, Grade 6 students were invited for in-building tours before they arrived for in-person learning. A great way to acclimate students to their new building!
@THS_biomed: Tuscarora High students in Cohort A got started in lab right away with a bacterial transformation on the first day of hybrid.
@FCPS_Stein: Ballenger Creek Elementary principal Megan Stein shared that the first day of hybrid learning was successful and Tweeted some images from throughout the school.
@MBaiseyFCPS: At Thurmont Primary, 107 students returned as part of Cohort A. Second-grade students got to work with letter tile boards on day one. Here’s a look at how classrooms are set up social distancing.
@PrincipalMPS: At Middletown Primary, students were excited to return into the building as part of the hybrid model.
@BrandonFCPS: Urbana Elementary Hawks were greeted by this cheery welcome sign outside the school’s main entrance. Similar signs were set up throughout the county outside school buildings. The image at the top of this week's newsletter is from Waverley Elementary.
@FCPS_Poquette: North Frederick Elementary Falcons students were surprised by the school mascot as they arrived for in-person learning.
I appreciate the updates!
Update: #FCPSReconnects - Video/Hybrid instruction is underway
Update: Superintendent's message regarding FCPS Hybrid Model Implementation
Update: Board approves memorandum of understanding with FCPS unions
Update: FCPS announces resumption of high school winter sports
Update: Board issues statement regarding hybrid reopening plan
Video: A day in the life of a high school student during hybrid learning
Video: A day in the life of a middle school student during hybrid learning
Video: A day in the life of an elementary school student during hybrid learning
Update: Air purifiers headed to FCPS classrooms
Update: Free Meals program
Monday, March 1:
Thursday, March 11:
Wear a Face Covering:
Video: The COVID Cover Up
FCPS Face Covering Guidance in School Buildings
Video: Safe Schools: Cleaning and Disinfecting
Video: Safe Schools: Ventilation and More
Video: Concurrent Teaching Model
Coronavirus data tracking
FCPS debuts health metrics dashboard
Maryland Department of Health Coronavirus Dashboard
- Schools Data
MD COVID Alert Service
Mental health resources
FCPS Mental Health Matters
Tweet of the Week:
2/16 Adapted PE Teacher Katie Smith
2/9 Urbana High School Student Hailey Smith, an amazing wheelchair basketball player
Release: FCPS Teacher Wins National Award
Release: FCPS Partners With AARCH
Release: FCPS to Host 40th Science and Engineering Fair
FCPS In a Minute for February 12: Rock the Red, FCPS Science Fair & more
2/5: Counselors go above the call of duty, UMS artist, live streaming of high school sports
Release: Nominate an FCPS School Counselor for FCPS School Counselor of the Year
Frederick County Public Schools
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Frederick, MD 21701