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Friday, June 11, 2021, Edition 27
A Message from Dr. Terry Alban
The end of the 2020-21 school year is almost upon us! The last day of school for students is Thursday, June 17. The last day of school for teachers is Friday, June 18. I hope everyone enjoys a restful summer!
Meanwhile, plans are underway for the 2021-22 school year. We are looking forward to welcoming students back for face-to-face learning, five days per week. A virtual option is available for families who choose it. At this week’s Board of Education meeting, we shared more details about our K-12 Virtual Program.
The FCPS Blended Virtual Program is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. This program will incorporate the best practices identified by research and experiences of our FCPS staff. Students in the Blended Virtual Program will attend synchronous sessions daily via Google Meet and will utilize asynchronous activities and assignments. Students will be taught by teachers focusing exclusively on remote learning and will have the opportunity to take part in extracurricular activities at their home schools.
Kathleen (Kate) Krietz and Frank Vetter have been named the co-principals of the Blended Virtual Program at elementary and middle school, respectively. In addition, Mike Watson, principal of Frederick County Virtual School, will lead the FCPS Blended Virtual Program for high school students. These talented administrators and assigned teachers will be welcoming nearly 1,500 students to this new program.
So while I cannot wait to visit schools on August 18 and hear the joyous sound of student voices resonating through the hallways, I am equally excited to greet students in our Blended Virtual Program, which will offer an innovative path for students who have thrived in this learning environment.
Next week, I will preview additional plans for the 2021-22 school year!
Photo of the week
Graduates at Tuscarora High kept their eyes on the prize! Congratulations once again, to all members of the FCPS Class of 2021!
In The News
In Case You Missed It:
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
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: What's for lunch? Dinosaur nuggets!
FCPS In A Minute: Click here for the video.