Special School Board Meeting
On Thursday, January 20, the Frederick County School Board will hold a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the FCPS Administration Building. Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases which may prevent some citizens from attending the meeting, public comments may be submitted by completing the form at https://bit.ly/FCPSPublicComments before 3:00 p.m. on January 20. Comments will be provided to Board members at the meeting and read in accordance with the Board's citizen/staff comment procedures. The meeting will be accessible via a live video stream on the FCPS YouTube Channel- https://youtu.be/ZtPIaALaBVc. View the January 20 Special Meeting Agenda.
Update on Mask Mandate
Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent David Sovine has issued a statement on the Executive Order/Order of Public Health Emergency signed by Governor Younkin on January 15 which rescinds the previous Order of Public Health Emergency which required masks to be worn in a school setting.
The FCPS Health and Safety Plan has been revised to reflect the following: School visitors are prohibited from eating lunch with students and/or staff due to the high COVID-19 transmission rates being experienced within the community and the fact that individuals do not wear face coverings while actively eating and drinking. This additional mitigation strategy will assist the school division as it works to continue to be able to offer in-person learning. This change will be reevaluated when the data suggests a revision may be advisable.
2021-22 School Calendar Changes
The Frederick County School Board has again revised the 2021-22 School Calendar to make Wednesday, February 16; Wednesday, April 6; and Wednesday, May 4; Early Release Planning Days. On those days as well as Wednesday, February 2; Wednesday, March 2; and Wednesday, March 16, high school students will be dismissed at Noon, middle school students will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. and elementary school students will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m.
Applications for admission to Mountain Vista Governor's School are available online and in the counseling office. Deadline to apply is March 4, 2022.
Inclement Weather Reminder
Frederick County Public Schools currently has no plans to use inclement weather days as virtual learning days during the 2021-22 school year. Instead, such days will be a No School Day.
Return to Learn Plan
The purpose of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act Elementary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) III Fund is to help safely reopen and sustain the safe operation of schools and address the impacts of COVID-19 on the nation's students by addressing students' academic, social, emotional and mental health needs. This plan describes how Frederick County Public Schools will maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other school and division staff during and following the return to full in-person instruction.