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September 10, 2020 
FCPS Focus is the official e-newsletter of Frederick County Public Schools.
 Opening Day
Student walkingFrederick County Public Schools welcomed students back for the start of the 2020-21 school year on September 8. Although the start of the new school year came later than expected and included new health and safety procedures, students started to engage in authentic learning experiences whether they were physically attending school or participating in distance learning.
Keeping every school community healthy and safe remains a priority now that school is back in session. Students, parents and staff are encouraged to help this effort by completing a daily symptom check and staying home if they display any COVID-19 symptoms, properly wearing a cloth face covering on the bus and at school as required, washing hands frequently, and adhering to physical distancing guidelines.
Encouragement for the New School Year
Dr. SovineJust prior to the first day of school for students, Schools Superintendent David Sovine shared his thoughts entering the 2020-21 school year.  
Teacher of the Year
Shannyn DeHavenJames Wood High School Math Teacher Shannyn DeHaven has been named the 2021 Frederick County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. The other finalists were Evendale Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Gina Carty and Armel Elementary School First Grade Teacher Samantha Willoughby.
Super Support Staff
Some valuable support staff members were recently recognized for their outstanding work. Redbud Run Elementary School Secretary Deb Bayliss received the York Award which recognizes an outstanding student support specialist, school psychologist, diagnostician, social worker, sign language interpreter, accompanists, school nurse, or member of the information technology or clerical staff. In addition, Sheila Moore was named the Frederick County Public Schools Bus Driver of the Year. Additional support staff awards will be presented in the coming weeks.
 Deb BaylissSheila Moore
School Calendar Information
Due to the 2020-21 School Calendar being revised to move the first day of school back to September 8, other dates, such as graduation dates, were also changed. The revised 2020-21 School Calendar is available online as well as the Hybrid Schedule Calendar which designates the days Hybrid A and Hybrid B students are to physically attend school.             
Attendance Procedures
Regular school attendance and participation in distance learning is essential for student success. Although some students will be physically attending classes on certain days while others are engaged in distance learning, attendance will be taken for all students each weekday with the exception of designated school holidays. According to guidance provided by the Virginia Department of Education, there must be “meaningful interaction” between a student and teacher in order for the student to be counted as present each day they are not physically in school. Examples of meaningful interaction may include a student video conferencing with a teacher, e-mail communications between a teacher and student, participation in webinars and/or class discussion boards, and/or the student engaging in online assignments. Students participating in the hybrid learning model will be counted as present on those days they are physically present at school. Those students will be counted as present on the days they are learning at home if they have meaningful interaction as explained above. Students participating in the all distance learning model are required to have meaningful interaction each day school is in session in order to be counted as present for that day.
Learning to Continue on Inclement Weather Days
Parents and students should note a significant change in inclement weather procedures this year. In the event that schools close due to inclement weather or other situations, all students (both hybrid and all distance) will be expected to participate in distance learning experiences and any online classes offered on designated school days even if schools are closed. This change will provide students with greater consistency in learning and also help the school division meet the required number of instructional hours for students without having to further alter the 2020-21 School Calendar.
School Meals Available to All Students
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the free school meals program. As a result of the extension, all students enrolled in Frederick County Public Schools are eligible to receive a free breakfast and lunch each day school is in session through December 22. The free meals are available to all students regardless of whether they are participating in hybrid or all distance learning. Students participating in the hybrid learning model will be able to receive 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 will be able to pick-up free breakfast and lunch each day school is in session (Monday-Friday) from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at any Frederick County Public School in a special drive-thru that will be set up on each school campus. Eligible families should still apply to participate in the Free and Reduced Meals Program so those students deemed eligible to receive free and reduced priced meals can do so once the free meals program ends in December.
FCPS Services Offered
Free and Reduced Meals Information/Application
Technical Support for Student Chromebooks
The FCPS Information Technology Department has reopened its Technical Triage Center to assist students who need help addressing issues with their school-issued devices. The center is open each Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The center is located in the building behind James Wood Middle School and can be reached by calling 540-545-2434 during its operating hours. 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 location of the school-based centers is determined by each school.
School Visitor Process
FCPS is continuing to limit non-essential visitors, volunteers and activities involving external groups and organizations at school facilities in order to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Parents/guardians and other visitors are asked to schedule necessary visits to school facilities in advance with the school/department. Visitors who must enter a school facility will be required to undergo a health screening according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines prior to entry. When a student needs to leave school early, parents/guardians will use the front door buzzer to state the purpose of their visit, show a photo ID to the camera and wait outside the school doors for their child to be released.  FCPS 2020-21 School Reopening Plan
FCPS Rapid Communication System Text Messages
The Frederick County Public Schools’ Rapid Communication System includes an SMS text message function. In order to receive text messages sent through the FCPS Rapid Communication System, parents must have the phone number of the device on which they want to receive text alerts included on their child’s student record. In addition, they must opt-in to receive the text messages if they have not done so previously. To opt-in, text “Y” or “Yes” to 67587 from the device on which the text messages are to be received. Once the opt-in process has been completed, a confirmation text message will be sent.
Do You Have the FCPS Mobile App?
FCPS Frederick County Public Schools Virginia News Calendar Student 360 Schools Staff Directory Rapid Com Bus Routes Menus MySchool...Facebook YouTube PeachjarFrederick County Public Schools has a custom mobile app that provides instant access to a variety of school and division information including lunch menus, the school calendar, student assignments/grades, MySchoolBucks and school news. The app is available at no cost from Apple’s App Store or Google Play and allows users to follow the school division as well as any individual schools.
MySchoolBucks Makes Payments Easy
Payments for student meals, fees, activities and other purchases can be made online at any time using MySchoolBucks. Payments can be made through MySchool Bucks using VISA, MasterCard or Discover. Parents can also view current cafeteria account balances, review recent purchases, receive low-balance alerts and setup recurring payments on a weekly or monthly basis through MySchoolBucks.

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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