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April 2, 2020 
FCPS Focus is the official e-newsletter of Frederick County Public Schools.
COVID-19 Update
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s announcement that schools will remain closed through the end of the 2019-20 academic year has greatly impacted all of Frederick County Public Schools’ operations. During this unprecedented time, FCPS remains committed to serving the community and providing frequent, accurate communications. The FCPS website includes up-to-date information on the school division’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Information is available in both English and Spanish. Frequent updates are also shared via the FCPS Facebook page.

New Instruction to Be Offered Starting April 15
Although the educational materials and activities that have been offered to students by their teachers since schools were closed have focused on practicing and reinforcing skills that were previously taught, new instruction will begin for all students on April 15 and continue through the end of the fourth nine weeks
(June 5). Additional information on how the instruction will be provided, grading practices and other details will be shared prior to April 15. Students should routinely check their FCPS e-mail account for important information and updates from both individual teachers and/or schools.

Questions and Answers
In an effort to respond to questions efficiently, a Web page devoted to providing answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding the school division’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been created. Answers to questions on a variety of topics including the services FCPS is offering; educational opportunities; and student registration, meetings and events are included on the page. Questions and answers will be added and updated as necessary. The page is available in both English and Spanish.
Grab-N-Go Meals to Continue
Children picking up lunchesSince March 20, Frederick County Public Schools has been offering free breakfast and lunch to school-aged children each weekday. The meals are available at James Wood, Millbrook and Sherando high schools from
8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. and at a number of satellite locations throughout Frederick County from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. To date, more than 21,000 meals have been served. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s recent Stay at Home Order still allows school divisions to distribute meals and educational materials. It also allows individuals to leave their residences for the purpose of obtaining food and traveling to and from educational institutions.
Meal Pickup Times and Locations
Meal Pickup Times and Locations - Espanol 
 
Bright Futures Food Packs
Bright Futures Frederick/Winchester Connections for SuccessBright Futures Frederick-Winchester is continuing to serve the more than 900 FCPS students who typically receive Bright Futures Food Packs at school each week. Those families who receive the food packs may pick up their packs for the first two weekends in April on Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3 from 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Bright Futures Frederick-Winchester Distribution Center located at
178 Indian Hollow Road. Those picking up the food packs are asked to practice social distancing and follow the pickup instructions that will be posted at the Bright Futures Distribution Center. Information on future pickup schedules will be shared once they are determined. Individuals with questions about the food pack program should contact Bright Futures at 540-667-2490. Food and monetary donations are still being accepted to support the Bright Futures Food Pack Program.
Food Needs
Food Needs - Espanol
Parents Urged to Confirm and Update Contact Information
In order to help ensure important communications reach all FCPS families, parents/guardians with students enrolled in Frederick County Public Schools are being asked to visit Parent/Student 360 in order to verify that the contact information on their student's record is accurate. In addition, families who do not have Internet access are being asked to contact each school in which they have a child enrolled to make the school aware.
Office and Facility Closings Extended
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor’s Stay at Home Order, all school offices and the school division’s administrative offices will remain closed to the public through at least June 10. In addition, all outdoor facilities at Frederick County schools such as athletic fields, courts and playgrounds are closed due to the COVID-19 social distancing recommendations.
Tech Triage Center
Tech Triage TeamOver the past two weeks, more than 220 students have received support from the FCPS Information Technology Department’s Technical Triage Center. The center, which is located in the building behind James Wood Middle School, is open weekdays from 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m., Noon-1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. The center provides help to students and FCPS staff members who experience technical problems with their school-issued devices, including Chromebooks. Students, parents and staff who have questions about school-issued devices can also call 540-545-2434 for assistance during the hours the center is open.
FCPS Services
FCPS Services - Espanol
FCPS Wifi Access
Students and staff who need wifi access to the FCPS network are welcome to access the network outside of schools but should practice social distancing.  
Public Access to 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. In order to make the meetings accessible to the public, they will be broadcast via a live video stream on the FCPS Facebook page. The Board will continue to offer a time to receive citizen/staff comments during its regular Board meetings, but comments will have to be submitted using the Public Comment Form. Comments received prior to the deadline set for each meeting will be read during the meeting in accordance with the Board’s normal procedures for receiving public comments.  

Commencement Exercises
Although the status of graduation ceremonies scheduled for June 3-5 at James Wood, Millbrook and Sherando high schools remains unclear at the present time, the school division is committed to recognizing the accomplishments of graduating seniors in some manner at some point. There is also a desire to recognize other students for milestones they’ve achieved during the current school year. As plans are developed and finalized regarding commencement exercises and other recognitions, they will be communicated.
What’s in the FCPS Spotlight?
FCPS SpotlightIf you need to put a smile on your face while spending so much time at home, visit the FCPS YouTube Channel. Recent episodes of “FCPS Spotlight” highlighted the FCPS Equity Program, a Millbrook High School student who mentors students at Redbud Run Elementary School and Evendale Elementary School’s Caring School Community Program.
The FCPS Mobile App is Free
FCPS Frederick County Public Schools Virginia News Calendar Student 360 Schools Staff Directory Rapid Com Bus Routes Menus MySchool...Facebook YouTube PeachjarIn this time when communication is more important than ever, the Frederick County Public Schools Custom Mobile App is a valuable resource for students and parents. The app provides access to a variety of school and division information and is available at no charge through the App Store or Google Play. 

Notice of Nondiscrimination
Frederick County Public Schools shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, political
affiliation, disability or veteran status 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 non-discrimination 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 non-discrimination, 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.


1415 Amherst Street, Winchester, VA 22601 (540) 662-3888


www.frederick.k12.va.us


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