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Friday, March 26, 2021, Edition 17
A Message from Dr. Terry Alban
As we have transitioned into hybrid learning, we have consistently used #FCPSTogether in our communications and for good reason.
A successful hybrid learning model requires a commitment from everyone in the community.
Part of that commitment is sharing the latest information with you. It’s why we started publishing this newsletter weekly and will continue to do so.
During Wednesday night’s Board of Education of Frederick County meeting, staff shared an update on our hybrid learning model and our plan for moving forward.
In case you missed it, we announced that we are planning for in-person instruction, five days per week, for the 2021-22 school year, with virtual options still available for families who choose that option. We know this will be welcome news for our community. And we will keep providing updates.
When we started hybrid learning in February, 57 percent of students were part of in-person instruction. That number continues to grow as more families choose the in-person model.
Our administrators are doing a wonderful job of planning and taking advantage of available building space to ensure as many students as possible can utilize in-person learning and follow social distancing and health guidelines. More than 80 percent of FCPS schools will have more than 50 percent of students learning in person.
We have also made excellent progress in FCPS staff getting vaccinated. Of our 6,841 employees, just 578 were still seeking a vaccine as of March 18. We are working with those employees to help schedule vaccine appointments. With limited vaccine supply, it was a great challenge to get FCPS staff vaccinated. Thank you to the good Samaritans throughout the community who worked tirelessly, night and day, to assist educators with appointments.
Spring Break is next week. I wanted to remind the community that the global health crisis is unfortunately still with us. Please make sure to follow all health guidelines. Students and staff exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms or who had exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 should stay home per the health department’s guidance.
Have a great break!
In Case You Missed It:
Monday, March 29 - Monday, April 5
Friday, April 2 - Monday, April 5
Community Foundation applications are due next Wednesday, March 31.
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
News release: History Day winners advance to a statewide contest.
News release: FCPS announces Science & Engineering Fair winners!
FCPS In A Minute (3/26): click here for the video!
Tweet of the Week (3/19): A first grader in training who's learning to code!
Frederick County Public Schools
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Frederick, MD 21701