Community Update on COVID-19

Community Update on COVID-19

In recent weeks, Frederick County has experienced rapid spread of COVID-19. According to local health experts, this increase is likely attributed to colder temperatures bringing people indoors and to gatherings that took place over the November holiday break. Thus, Frederick County is currently experiencing high transmission of COVID-19’s Delta and/or Omicron variants.

Frederick County Public Schools continues to work alongside the Frederick County Health Department to closely monitor the COVID-19 positivity and hospitalization rates in Frederick County. FCPS staff is in constant communication with the FCHD to determine strategies to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19. At this time, FCPS plans on resuming in-person instruction on Monday, January 3, 2022.  

Students have benefited from in-person instruction this year, and we must continue to do all we can to protect that option, to keep our community healthy and to keep our schools open. You can help by:

  1. Wearing a mask when unable to socially distance.
  2. Frequently washing your hands and covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
  3. Staying home if experiencing symptoms. Attending school or work ill could lead to the spread of COVID-19 or influenza.
  4. Getting vaccinated if you are able.
  5. Following additional recommendations for those traveling or gathering during break provided by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At this time, all scheduled athletic practices and competitions will continue through the winter break. The Return to Play committee meets each week to review local health conditions and make recommendations on mitigation measures for athletics and extracurricular activities.

Together, we must continue taking the necessary steps needed to limit the spread of COVID-19 during the winter break. A reminder that FCPS schools are closed Thursday, December 23, through Friday, December 31. We hope everyone has a safe and restful break.