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Friday, May 28, 2021, Edition 25
A Message from Dr. Terry Alban
Frederick County Public Schools will offer in-person instruction five days per week with a virtual option for families who choose it next year.
Last week, our schools sent Find Out First messages asking families to complete intent forms for all students for the 2021-22 school year. A reminder the intent forms are due Friday, June 4. We understand this may be a difficult decision, especially more than two months before the first day of school.
The intent form will tell us how many teachers and staff members we will need for virtual learning. Next year, virtual learners will be led by teachers focused only on that option. Students taking part in virtual learning will have the ability to take part in extracurricular activities at their home schools.
Earlier this week we posted answers to commonly asked questions for the upcoming school year. We hope it helps inform families as they choose what is best for their children.
This month, we have been pleased to welcome an additional 1,200 students for face-to-face learning. During the week of May 17, 71 percent of elementary school students were part of in-person learning. This is yet another positive sign of progress as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.
During Wednesday night’s Board of Education of Frederick County meeting, staff presented more details on the comprehensive summer offerings available to students. Whether a student wants to complete a Career and Technology Education course, or simply needs extra classroom time, we will be there to provide those opportunities. Thank you to all who are leading summer learning opportunities! Families interested in summer learning opportunities can contact their school.
I am looking forward to celebrating the Class of 2021 next week at graduation ceremonies taking place Tuesday, June 1, through Friday, June 4. Graduations will be held outdoors at each high school. Graduates can invite four guests. For those who cannot make it, we will be livestreaming graduation ceremonies. Check out our schedule for how guests can tune in.
I hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend. Schools and offices will be closed Monday, May 31. When we return, I look forward to greeting graduates. Congratulations, FCPS Class of 2021!
Photo of the week
Superintendent Dr. Alban congratulates a student at the SUCCESS graduation.
In The News
In Case You Missed It:
Monday, May 31: Schools and Offices closed for Memorial Day
Wednesday, June 16: 2-hour early dismissal for elementary school students
Thursday, June 17:
Friday, June 18: Last day of school for teachers
Tuesday, June 29: Middle and High school report cards issued
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
FCPS In A Minute: Click here for the video.
Tweet of the Week: Two budding student entrepreneurs!
FCPS All-Stars blog: Mia Martinez, student representative on the Board of Education shares her parting message.