School Starts in Six Weeks

School Starts in Six Weeks

Frederick County public schools are preparing to welcome more than 41,000 students Tuesday, September 5.

Any parent or guardian with a child not yet enrolled should contact the local school Monday-Thursday. FCPS has posted enrollment details in the newly updated back-to-school Web section at www.fcps.org/backtoschool.

The Back-to-School section is a single-stop resource for school-supply lists, back-to-school and orientation dates (coming soon), forms, meal prices, transportation updates, the new Calendar Handbook and more that’s new for the coming school year.

Look for online bus routing to go live in the back-to-school section on or about Friday, August 18. FCPS asks parents to please notify the school right away of any changes expected in transportation. Forms for reporting transportation changes are also posted online. FCPS is mapping routes, and changes can occur any time before the start of school; after August 18, parents should check their children’s transportation information periodically through the start of school. Mechanics are prepping more than 400 yellow school buses to travel more than 38,000 miles each day as drivers safely transport 30,000 kids to and from school.

Full-price breakfast and milk prices are the same as last year, but lunch will cost 10 cents more than last year. Breakfasts are $1.45 for elementary students and $1.70 for middle and high. Lunches are $2.35 for elementary students and $2.60 for middle and high. Milk, when purchased separately, is 60 cents. For prepaying and monitoring school meals, FCPS invites parents to use www.myschoolbucks.com. Cafeterias continue to offer whole-grain options, fresh vegetables and fruits, and low-fat choices daily. Families may apply for free or reduced-price student meals using a Meal Benefit Form distributed to all students when school starts.

FCPS will continue to use the Home Access Center for middle and high school grades online.

Required immunizations are posted in the back-to-school section. Students may not attend the first day of school without up-to-date immunizations.

FindOutFirst continues to offer phone-text messaging for emergency-closing notices and email for regular school communication and emergencies. Subscribers should update their grade levels of interest and school relationships if changing schools. Newcomers should sign up at www.fcps.org/fof. FindOutFirst also sends news over the summer about back-to-school events.

In addition to watching FCPS TV online at www.fcps.org/tv, the public may see school videos at the FCPSMaryland YouTube page. Comcast subscribers can tune to Channel 18 for FCPS TV broadcasts such as live Board of Education meetings, also live online.

This year, FCPS is scheduling half days off for parent-teacher conferences November 17 for elementary students only and November 20 and 21 for elementary and middle schools only. FCPS will provide students a 2017-18 Calendar Handbook on the first school day, with additional important dates and information. The Calendar at a Glance and full-color Calendar Handbook are online: www.fcps.org/calendar.

FCPS continues the School Cash Online service for paying sports fees, field trip and yearbook costs and more. Parents can sign up from the back-to-school page.

Fall sports begin Wednesday, August 9. All physicals must be dated April 1 or after and completed before August 9. Registration is open now at www.fcps.org/athletics.

The new Frederick High School building is on track to open on time, featuring the innovative LYNX—Linking Youth to New Experiences—program.

Even graduation dates for the Class of 2018 are posted. Check out the new FCPS Back-to-School page today!