Additional Back-to-School Resources
To get emergency-closing notices and school news, parents must provide a current email address to the school. The first week of school, each student is asked to deliver a personalized Student Information Card to the parent so parents can confirm or change the email address (and other information) the school has on file. Please clearly write any changes on the card before signing and returning it to the school.
Emergency TEXT messages to phones are sent only to those who have logged in to FOF and added the phone number, carrier and verification code to activate text messaging. If this was done last year, it remains active on the account. It is not necessary to repeat this annually.
Parents may log in to FOF to add topics of interest such as Special Education, calendar updates and more: www.fcps.org/fof. News group selections made last year remain in effect.
Getting to and from School
Bus routing information is available through the "Bus Stop Information Online" section. Route changes can occur any time prior to the start of school. It is important that you check your child's transportation information periodically through the start of School.
If you have any changes to your home situation that change the way your child will get to school, please complete the Transportation Information Update Form and return it to your child's school. It is very important that your child's school is aware of any transportation changes, even if your child will not be traveling by bus.
Find out about safe routes to school, "walking" school buses and more here.
The Office of the Ombuds is here to help you navigate your way through FCPS. From the Ombuds Mission Statement:
"The Ombuds partners with students, families, staff, and the community to navigate educational challenges and provide options for collaborative, fair resolutions while also identifying areas for the Board of Education to review and potentially improve."
School Cash Online
Pay for school field trips, sports fees, spirit wear and more, School Cash Online is:
- Convenient and easy to use—Available 24/7 via the Internet
- Safe—Best in Class security, avoids students carrying cash or checks, and remembering to turn them in
- Time saving—Shows your payments/order history in one place; eliminates teacher time collecting them
- No more costly than paying with cash or check
Register now: https://frederickcounty.schoolcashonline.com. Select "Get Started Today"
Student Information Cards and Health Information Cards
When you get these IMPORTANT forms from your school, personalized for your child, please review/revise, complete and return them promptly. Make sure to print clearly and include your correct email address, especially important this year in generating your FindOutFirst account!
FCPS does not have insurance coverage for students' personal property. Students are responsible for their personal property on the bus, in school and during school activities.
You may purchase limited student accident insurance through a company approved to offer the coverage through Maryland schools. Football coverage is also available.