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Friday, August 20, 2021, Edition 32
A Message from Dr. Terry Alban
In so many ways, this was a milestone week for Frederick County Public Schools:
All of these enrollment figures are unofficial. Official enrollment statistics will be available later this year. Regardless, we are thrilled to reach students wherever they are learning! Thank you to our dedicated staff for welcoming students back. You could feel the excitement building at Back to School Nights leading up to a first day filled with warm welcomes and supports for students from the moment they arrived.
I also want to thank families for your patience as we navigated new traffic patterns, new bus routes, and many new enrollments. Our FCPS family continues to grow and we appreciate your collaboration as we make necessary adjustments. Our school administrators will always be the best person to contact to respond to questions.
A few reminders during this transitionary time:
Face coverings are mandatory for students and staff inside school buildings and buses when students are present. If students do not have a face covering, they are provided one. This prevention strategy is supported by local, state and national health experts.
Quarantining of close contacts and contact tracing will remain part of our mitigation strategies against COVID-19 spread. We have shared more information online about contact tracing practices throughout FCPS in our Frequently Asked Questions posted online.
If students are asked to quarantine, they will still be able to access instructional materials on Schoology. Please contact your teacher or administrator for more specific information on how to keep your student engaged in learning during quarantine.
Let’s celebrate the return of students for the 2021-22 school year, and continue to work together to keep everyone healthy!
Photo of the Week
Blue Heron Elementary is the newest FCPS brick-and-mortar school, welcoming students for the first time this week.
In The News
Here's what everyone needs to know about face coverings.
FCPS will once again provide free meals to children in the community.
Now that classes are underway, motorists should be extra careful when approaching school buses.
FCPS names an acting executive director for Public Affairs!
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
FCPS and Battelle Announce $50,000 in STEM Challenge Grants. See our press release for details.
The FCPS Family Life Advisory Committee needs members.
Register NEW students! Read more.
Monday, September 6
Labor Day, schools and offices closed
Tuesday, September 7
Rosh Hashanah, schools closed
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
Welcome Back FCPS! See our special video!
FCPS is leaping into the new school year. We are READY!
Tweet of the Week with Dr. Eric Louers-Phillips: Click here.
Tweet of the Week (8/12): Music teacher spreading joy! Click here.
If you haven't seen the NEW Rock Creek School in-person, see here what you've been missing!