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 500-25 (Adobe PDF File, opens in new window).
Back to School
Find your back to school information here. IMPORTANT! On the first school day, students get important forms for parents to complete and return promptly. The school needs your child's updated Student Information Card to reach you anytime there is an emergency, question or concern. There is also a Confidential Health Information Form. Please keep both updated; notify the school in writing of any changes during the school year.
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)
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.
The FCPS discipline philosophy is based on the goals of fostering, teaching and acknowledging positive behavior. For details, please see Regulation 400-8 (Adobe PDF File, opens in new window).
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: www.fcps.org/fof.
Grades & Report Cards
Maryland Seal of Biliteracy - New for School Year 2018-2019
- What is the Seal of Biliteracy? Maryland Seal of Biliteracy Purpose and Eligibility
- The Maryland Seal of Biliteracy Frequently Asked Questions
- Maryland Senate Bill
- COMAR Seal of Biliteracy Regulation
- What assessments are available? What are the minimum qualifying scores? How much does an assessment cost? MSDE Approved Assessments
- How do FCPS High School Students apply for a Seal of Biliteracy? FCPS Student Application for The Maryland Seal of Biliteracy
- MD Seal of Biliteracy Brochure (English) (French) (Spanish)
- When will this award be available to FCPS Students? LHS Lance Article, October 2017
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
Parents or guardians who want their child to attend a school outside their assigned attendance area should review the 2018-19 Restricted Schools List and Regulations 400-78, Restricting Schools to Out-of-District Transfers and 400-15, Assignment and Transfer of Students.
Pursuant to these regulations, the Out of District Transfer process is available for first time applicants from April 1 - May 31, and for re-applicants from April 1 - May 1 each year for the following school year. Application information for the 2018-19 school year will be available by March 29, 2018.
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
FCPSP 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.
Register now: https://frederickcounty.schoolcashonline.com (opens in new window)
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.
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.
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 www.fcps.org/menus. Prepaying for meals is timesaving and easy: www.myschoolbucks.com (opens in new window). Families with limited ability to pay may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. See more: www.fcps.org/meals.
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.