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 November 12, 2020
 FCPS Focus is the official e-newsletter of Frederick County Public Schools.
Superintendent’s Update 
Dr. SovineNovember 10 marked the end of the first quarter of the 2020-21 school year. To mark the occasion, Superintendent of Schools David Sovine reflected on the successes of the first nine weeks of school, the challenges still being addressed and what the future may hold.

As the number of COVID-19 cases increase in many parts of Virginia, taking steps to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus and other respiratory illnesses is more important than ever. Students exhibiting any signs of illness should not go to school. Symptoms include a temperature of 100 degrees or higher; a sore throat, cough, chills, or shortness of breath that cannot be attributed to another health condition; and gastrointestinal issues such as diarrhea or indigestion. In addition, anyone who has had close contact with someone who has, or might have, COVID-19 is to stay home. Close contact means being within six feet of the sick person for a total of 15 minutes or longer during a 24 hour period or having contact with the individual’s respiratory secretions from the mouth or nose while they were contagious. A person with COVID-19 is considered to be contagious starting two days before they became sick or two days before they tested positive if they never had symptoms.  FCPS Health and Safety Plan

Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule
There will be no school for students November 25-27 in celebration of Thanksgiving. Monday, November 23 is a Hybrid A day. Tuesday, November 24 is a Hybrid B day.
2020-21 School Calendar
Hybrid Schedule Through December 2020
Stop for the Bus
Photo of Bus Stop SignUnfortunately, school bus drivers are reporting an increasing number of motorists who are failing to stop when buses are loading and unloading students. Under Virginia law, motorists are required to stop for a school bus when its lights are flashing unless there is a physical barrier or unpaved area between the lane in which the bus is traveling and the lane in which the vehicle is traveling. Traditionally, Route 522 south of Route 50 is an area where motorists inadvertently pass school buses. Since there are no physical barriers or unpaved areas between the northbound and southbound lanes of Route 522 in that area, all vehicles must stop for school buses loading and unloading students there. Please slow down, stop for buses when their lights are flashing and help keep our students safe.
Holiday Meals
All schools will be serving traditional holiday meals for lunch on both November 19 and 20. The menu includes roast turkey or baked ham with roll, mashed potatoes, green beans, bread stuffing, chicken gravy and a frozen treat. As a reminder, all students enrolled in Frederick County Public Schools are eligible to receive a free breakfast and lunch each day school is in session through at least December 22. Students participating in the hybrid learning model receive a free breakfast and/or lunch on the days they are physically attending school for that day as well as the days in which they will be engaged in distance learning. Students participating in the all distance learning model may receive a free breakfast and/or lunch each school day (Monday-Friday) from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at any Frederick County Public School in a special drive-thru that is set up on each school campus.             
Technical Triage Center
Students and staff who need assistance with their school-issued devices can call or visit the FCPS Technical Triage Center. The center, which is located in the building behind James Wood Middle School at 1313 Amherst Street, is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. In addition, each middle and high school is operating a Technical Triage Center Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The division’s Technical Triage Center can also be reached by calling 540-545-2434 during its operating hours.
Middle School Rezoning
The middle school rezoning committee is continuing to consider various proposals as it works to create an attendance zone for the replacement Robert E. Aylor Middle School which is scheduled to open next fall. The rezoning is only expected to impact the current middle school attendance zones and will not impact current elementary and high school attendance zones. Meanwhile, construction of the replacement Aylor Middle School is continuing with classrooms, collaborative learning spaces, administrative offices, the media center, gym and cafeteria all becoming more visible.             
FCPS Honored in Green Schools Challenge
Go Green VirginiaFor the 10th consecutive year, the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) has recognized Frederick County Public Schools as a Platinum Level Green School Division. Just nine school divisions across Virginia earned the distinction as part of the VSBA's Green Schools Challenge.             
Project SEARCH Recognized
Project SearchThe Valley Health-Project SEARCH program was recently recognized for achieving 100 percent competitive employment for the 2019 program graduates. Project SEARCH is a collaboration involving Valley Health-Winchester Medical Center, Frederick County Public Schools, Winchester Public Schools, the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services, NW Works, Inc., and Northwestern Community Services that offers students with special needs an opportunity to experience the world of work and learn a variety of skills that are vital to acquiring and retaining a job.
What’s in the FCPS Spotlight?
Cross Country RunnersThe latest episode of “FCPS Spotlight” highlights the Third Battle Invitational Cross Country Meet that has been hosted by Millbrook High School since 2010. The event, which was started by former Millbrook Cross Country Coach Kevin Shirk, has raised about $30,000 since its inception and the funds have been used to to install interpretive signs at the site of the Third Battle of Winchester.             
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MySchoolBucks Makes Payments Easy
My School BucksFamilies who need to make payments for student fees, activities and other purchases can do so at any time using MySchoolBucks. Payments can be made through MySchoolBucks using VISA, MasterCard or Discover.  

Notice of Nondiscrimination
Frederick County Public Schools shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, political affiliation, disability, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law in the education program and activities, or employment and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

Questions concerning the application of this nondiscrimination policy may be made to: Title IX Coordinator (Adults), Jennifer Rydholm, Exec. Director of Human Resources; Title IX Coordinator (Students) and Section 504 Coordinator, Teresa Ritenour, Director of Student Support Services.

For further information on notice of nondiscrimination, see list of OCR enforcement offices for the addresses and phone numbers of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

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