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 June 4, 2020
FCPS Focus is the official e-newsletter of Frederick County Public Schools.
Planning Underway to Reopen Schools in August
School Superintendent David Sovine distributed a letter to parents yesterday which included information on the planning that’s underway to reopen schools for the 2020-21 school year. In the letter, Dr. Sovine noted the current plan is to start the 2020-21 school year on August 17, but added it’s very likely the reopening will be different than in years past and will require patience and flexibility.  
Superintendent Speaks About Equity
Dr. Sovine with StudentsSchool Superintendent David Sovine commented earlier this week on what has been occurring across the country over the past week. He stated, “What’s happening across the U.S. shows the importance of our equity focus. The purpose of Frederick County Public Schools’ equity work is to increase awareness of inequities, promote civility, address areas requiring change and to create structures that accelerate opportunities for all.” The FCPS Equity Program was featured earlier this year on FCPS Spotlight.
Share Your Thoughts
Parents with students enrolled in Frederick County Public Schools, students in grades 6-12 and all FCPS teachers are being asked to complete a brief, anonymous survey about the distance learning that was offered after schools were closed due to the pandemic as well as the overall purpose and value of education. On June 1, parents were sent an e-mail through the FCPS Rapid Communication System that included a link to the survey. Copies of the survey were also mailed to those families for whom FCPS doesn't have an e-mail address. Students and teachers received a link to the survey through their FCPS e-mail account. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey before June 8. The feedback received will be used to help improve instruction and other services in the future.
Senior Ceremonies and Awards
Virtual commencement exercises for seniors receiving their diplomas from James Wood, Millbrook and Sherando high schools are being made available on each school’s Facebook page, the school division’s YouTube channel and Comcast Cable Channel 18 this week. Sherando’s ceremony was held last night, but can still be viewed on the school’s Facebook page and the FCPS YouTube Channel. James Wood’s virtual commencement will be made available at 7:00 p.m. tonight while Millbrook’s virtual graduation ceremony virtual graduation ceremony will occur at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow. Each school’s senior awards programs will be made available on their respective Facebook pages, the FCPS YouTube Channel and Comcast Cable Channel 18 next week. Sherando’s will air beginning on June 9. James Wood’s will air beginning June 10 and Millbrook’s will on be made available June 11. Each Senior Awards program will premiere at 7 p.m. on the designated dates.
 FCPS Graduates
Celebrate the Class of 2020
James Wood High School Proud of my 2020 Graduate Millbrook High School Proud of my 2020 graduate Sherando High School Proud of my 2020 GraduateTo help recognize the members of the Class of 2020 from James Wood, Millbrook and Sherando high schools, the school division developed custom Facebook frames that can be used to recognize this year’s graduating seniors. The frames are available for each of Frederick County’s high schools.
Seniors Earn Millions in Scholarships
Funding the Future Frederick County Educational FoundationAlthough a final figure is not yet available, members of the Class of 2020 at James Wood, Millbrook and Sherando high schools earned millions of dollars in scholarships again this year. The Frederick County Educational Foundation provided graduating seniors with 42 scholarships worth nearly $54,000. 
Free Breakfast and Lunch to be Offered Through June
The Grab-n-Go Meals Program has been extended through June 30 with a few changes to the menu and schedule. Beginning on June 8, any school-aged child will be able to receive a free breakfast and lunch Monday through Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at James Wood, Millbrook or Sherando high schools. The meals will also be available for pickup at several satellite locations throughout Frederick County between 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. Since March 20, more than 100,000 meals have been served through the program.             
Summer Schedule
Frederick County Public Schools will be utilizing a four-day work week from
June 8-July 31 with all facilities closed on Fridays. Due to the pandemic, school facilities will remain closed to the public Monday through Thursday as well. As a reminder, all outdoor facilities at Frederick County schools such as athletic fields, courts and playgrounds remain closed to the public. In addition, the public is prohibited from entering the sites where Jordan Springs Elementary School and the replacement Robert E. Aylor Middle School are being constructed. Both sites remain in control of the contractor and visiting them without permission constitutes trespassing. Only authorized personnel are permitted on these construction sites after checking in with the Construction Superintendent.
Phase II Security Upgrades Near Completion
By the end of this month, the second phase of security upgrades being made at several schools as well as the Frederick County Public Schools Administration Building are scheduled to be substantially complete. The schools whose entrances are being enhanced to be made more secure include Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School; James Wood, Millbrook and Sherando high schools; the Dowell J. Howard Center and NREP at Senseny Road School. When the projects are completed, all of Frederick County’s public schools will have buzz-in entry systems and secure visitor entrances. 
 FCPS Building Security Enhancements
Technical Triage Center to Close
With the school year coming to an end, the FCPS Technical Triage Center will be closed starting June 5. From the time the center opened in March through its closing this week, hundreds of students and staff members received assistance with technology issues and problems with Chromebooks and other devices from the team that staffed the center.
COVID-19 Information Updates
Throughout the summer, information will continue to be made available regarding the school division’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and plans for the 2020-21 school year. Information on the school division’s overall response to the pandemic, the services being offered to students and their families as well as responses to frequently asked questions is available in both English and Spanish.
Jordan Springs and Aylor Construction
The final stages of the construction of Jordan Springs Elementary School are taking place as the school prepares to welcome students for the start of the upcoming school year. Meanwhile, crews are making great progress on the replacement Robert E. Aylor Middle School which is scheduled to open for the start of the 2021-22 school year.  
 JSEM Photo   Replacement Robert E. Aylor Middle School Construction
Upcoming School Board Meetings
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Frederick County Public Schools' commitment to adhering to current public health and safety recommendations such as social distancing, members of the general public will not be allowed to attend upcoming School Board meetings in person until further notice. The Board meetings scheduled for June 16 and July 21 will be streamed on the FCPS Facebook page. The meetings will open with a Closed Session followed by a Public Session beginning at 7:00 p.m.  

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