FCPS debuts new health metrics dashboard

Frederick County Public Schools is debuting a new health metrics dashboard, which will allow the public to track COVID-19 cases by school.

The new dashboard provides updates on the following metrics:

  • COVID-19 cases by school, broken down by student and staff cases
  • Frederick County COVID-19 metrics and test positivity rate
  • Outbreaks in Maryland public and private schools

Frederick County and FCPS data is reported by the Frederick County Health Department. State data is reported by the Maryland Department of Health.

“I am pleased the community has this valuable resource for tracking health metrics in their neighborhoods,” FCPS Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban said. “We are committed to transparency and sharing the updates provided by local and state health officials.”

FCPS is prioritizing the return of students into classrooms by following strict safety protocols and with risk-mitigation strategies in place, including social distancing and mandatory face coverings.

All in-person learning decisions follow guidance from the Frederick County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Alban is in regular contact with the Frederick County Health Department, led by Health Officer Dr. Barbara Brookmyer, and representatives from the Maryland Department of Health.

Currently, all learning is virtual in FCPS.

In the current FCPS return plan, teachers will return to buildings on Wednesday, January 27, with students returning as part of an in-person hybrid model on Tuesday, February 16, with Wednesday, February 3, and Wednesday February 10, serving as asynchronous learning days.

If FCPS does not see positive trends in data by later this month, the implementation of the hybrid model will be delayed again with teachers returning Wednesday, February 10, and students returning Monday, March 1. In this scenario, Wednesday, February 17, and Wednesday, February 24, will be asynchronous learning days.

FCPS encourages everyone in the community to follow all Frederick County Health Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.