General Info for Parents


FCPS students have a 180-day school year in keeping with Maryland law. Generally, high schools have a 7:30 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. schedule, and most middle school students attend 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. With a few exceptions, elementary schools start at 9 a.m. and dismiss around 3:30 p.m. Check with your school for exact times.

Students should arrive at school no earlier than 30 minutes before instruction begins and leave the grounds within 30 minutes after instruction ends, except when participating in school-sponsored activities.

Regular daily attendance is expected and critical to a child's academic success. Parents' support of regular daily attendance is essential. Parents are encouraged to notify the school on the day their child is absent. A note stating the reason for absence or lateness is required upon students' return, or the absence is automatically classified as unlawful until an approved note is provided. Students who were absent from school have the responsibility to request make-up work within two days of their return. For details, please see Regulation 400-98.

Attendance Areas

Find out where your child will attend school.

Bad Weather and Emergencies

Occasionally, inclement weather or other safety or health conditions require us to close or delay all or some schools. FCPS posts details about procedures here.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Find out more about the FCPS policy on students bringing devices to school.

Classroom Observations

An overview of the process, requirements, and procedures for classroom observations by parents, service providers, and others.

College and Career Readiness

Apart from the Maryland State Department of Education's graduation assessment requirements, Maryland law requires all students to take an assessment by the end of 11th grade to determine if they are "College and Career Ready." This section contains all our current information on College and Career Readiness.

Community Agency School Services (CASS)

An FCPS Student Services Department program, CASS promotes school success by providing support services to middle school students experiencing social, emotional or behavioral challenges. Licensed certified social workers provide clinical case management to assist students and their families. Please review the CASS Resource Guide for additional information.

County-Wide High School College and Career Programs

See information on county-wide high school college and career programs

Digital Tools

Find information about the Digital Tools used in FCPS here.


The FCPS discipline philosophy is based on the goals of fostering, teaching and acknowledging positive behavior. For details, please see Regulation 400-8.

Distance Learning

See all information pertaining to Schoology and distance learning here.

Enrolling a New Student

Parents can find enrollment information, including links to our online registration portal, here.

Foreign Exchange Students

Frederick County Public Schools value the benefits of welcoming foreign exchange students through the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET), as these experiences contribute to the diversity of our classrooms and schools. However, given the current global pandemic, the safety and well-being of our students, teachers, and staff must remain our priority at this time. Further, providing FCPS resident students with the best educational supports must also be a priority as we enter the 2021-2022 school year. As a result, we will not be accepting foreign exchange students for the 2021- 2022 school year.


Find athletics, transportation, medication, bullying, and other commonly used forms here.

Get School News

FCPS uses FindOutFirst to send important email from the district and your child's school. You may add a phone number for text messaegs, sent only when a school is unexpectedly closing. Be sure your school, grade level and news options are updated for the school year:

Graduation Requirements

Find information on graduation requirements and graduation dates here.

Grades & Report Cards

Information about grades, report cards and student promotion is located here.

Home Instruction (Home Schooling)

Find all information needed for home instruction here.

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Students are encouraged not to take medication during the school day. If it is necessary for a student to do so, the parent/guardian must provide a written order from the student's healthcare provider for all prescription and over-the-counter medications. Medications must be transported by an adult and provided to the school in the pharmacy bottle, correctly and completely labeled. Over-the-counter medication must be in the original, unopened container. Find out more.

Out of District Transfers - K-12th Grades ONLY

(For Pre-K contact 240-236-8835)

Parents or guardians who want their child to attend a school outside their assigned attendance area should review the Final 2022-23 Closed Schools List and Regulation 400-15, Assignment and Transfer of Students.

Pursuant to these regulations, the Out of District Transfer process is available for all applicants from February 1 - March 1 each year for the following school year. You can complete your request using the Out of District Transfer Request Form, available in English and Spanish through March 1.

Please Note: Your Out of District Application Form MUST be signed, either electronically or printed, signed and scanned, prior to returning to Please email applications in PDF Format ONLY, no photos/pictures. You can also send the application via fax to 240-236-2480 or via US mail to Department of Student Services, Orchard Grove Elementary School, 5898 Hannover Drive, Frederick, MD 21703.

Please contact MaryAnn Gomez for K-12 Out of District Transfers only at (240) 236-2493 or if you have any questions.

K-12 Out of District Appeal Form

Restraint and/or Exclusion Complaint Form

Restraint and/or Exclusion Complaints may be submitted orally or in writing by any student, parent, guardian, staff member, or other individual. To facilitate the filing of a written complaint, individuals can complete the Restraint and/or Exclusion Complaint Form. This complaint procedure is intended to provide prompt and equitable resolution of complaints related to restraint and/or exclusion practices in accordance with Regulation 400-44 Restraint and Exclusion Practices.  

Parent-Teacher Conferences

FCPS invites elementary and middle school parents to schedule a parent-teacher conference to talk with your child’s teachers, ask questions and share insights and concerns. Learn more about conference dates and other helpful information here.

SAT School Day

FCPS will offer a free administration of the SAT to all 11th grade students. Learn more about the SAT School Day.

School Cash Online

The way to pay for field trips, sports fees, spirit wear and more, School Cash Online is convenient, safe, time saving and no more costly than paying with cash or check.
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Sign Language Interpreting Request Process

FCPS provides Sign Language Interpreting Services for those requiring it for school-related events. Find out more about the services, and how to request an interpreter.

Special Education Parent Resources

FCPS has collected a wealth of resources for parents of children with special needs. Browse the Special Education Parent Resources.

Testing Programs

Learn about the tests and assessments FCPS uses, test dates and helpful resources.


FCPS's 430 yellow buses cover more than 38,000 miles every school day, transporting about 31,000 students. School system responsibility for students begins when they enter the school bus and ends when they step off the bus at the end of the school day. Students may ride only their assigned bus and must provide their own transportation if they are enrolled at a school outside their attendance area. For details, please see our Transportation section.

Virtual Tutoring Services

Virtual tutoring services are available for grades 6-12.

What's on the Menu?

All schools offer breakfast, lunch and a la carte items approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To find out what's on the menu, visit Prepaying for meals is timesaving and easy: (opens in new window). Families with limited ability to pay may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. See more:

Youth Apprentice Program

Frederick County Public Schools was selected as one of two counties in Maryland to pilot the brand new first youth apprenticeship program in the state. Apprenticeship Maryland provides high school juniors and seniors with academic and occupational skills leading to both a high school diploma and a State Skill Certificate.