FCPS Covid-19 Updates

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Please see additional updates in our Reopening Plan section.

Wednesday, June 17:
Summer Meals

FCPS Announces Summer Meals-to-Go Locations. See details here.

Friday, May 15:
Wi-Fi Update:

In addition to the 27 schools previously announced offering free outdoor Wi-Fi access in their parking lots to students and staff with valid credentials to access the network, 2 schools have been added. Service is now available at Linganore and Urbana High Schools. Log in using the same credentials as if inside the school. 

Meals Update:
FCPS is closed for Memorial Day and will not distribute meals on Monday, May 25.

To ensure that children are fed, we will adjust the usual breakfast, lunch and supper meals distribution schedule at all 22 sites as follows:

Friday May 22: We will distribute meals from 11 AM-1 PM for Friday, May 22 and Monday, May 25

Monday May 25: No meals distributed at any site

Tuesday May 26: We will distribute meals from 11 AM-1 PM for Tuesday May 26 

Wednesday May 27: We return to our regular schedule and distribute meals from 11 AM-1 PM for Wednesday, May 27 and Thursday May 28

Friday May 29: We will distribute meals as usual from 11 AM-1 PM for Friday May 29

Wednesday, May 6:
In accordance with State Superintendent Dr. Karen B. Salmon's directive today, all Maryland public schools including Frederick County Public Schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. Distance learning will continue. See additional information here.

Tuesday, May 5:
School Meals:

Starting Monday, May 11, FCPS will add meals-to-go service at the Centerville Elementary parking lot, 3601 Carriage Hill Drive, Frederick, MD, and discontinue service at the Overlook Park, 501 Coralberry Court, off Himes Avenue (across from Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant), Frederick, MD. [Dates and times remain unchanged and are listed here.]

Please also note that FCPS has not required and does not require children to be present in order for an adult to obtain meals for them. The adult needs to provide name(s) of the child(ren) for whom meals are picked up.

Please also see our press release, Funds for Children's Meals.

Technology Information:
Frederick County Public Schools is offering outdoor Wi-Fi service at 27 school parking lots. Connections are only available to FCPS students and staff who have valid credentials to access the network. They will log in using the same credentials as they would if they were inside the school. See full details here.

Monday, April 27:
FCPS releases Continuity of Learning 1.0 Report to the Maryland State Department of Education, submitted to MSDE Friday, April 24, 2020.

Friday, April 17:
In accordance with State Superintendent Dr. Karen B. Salmon's directive today, all Maryland public schools including Frederick County public schools will remain closed through Friday, May 15, 2020. The Maryland State Department of Education will continue to reassess the situation to determine when schools can re-open.

Distance learning will continue. We know you have many questions, and FCPS will post updates here as soon as we have answers. We are not able to provide replies to individual emails.

We will also continue to send FindOutFirst emails. If you know parents not getting these emails, please recommend that they provide their email address to their child(ren)'s school(s). When school staff enter the parent's email address in eSchool, the FOF account is generated with correct school and grade level for each student. 

Thursday, April 16:
School Meals:

Starting Monday, April 20, FCPS will discontinue meal service at the St. John’s Catholic Prep School, 3989 Buckeystown Pike, Buckeystown, and will open a new drop off location for meals-to-go from a school bus at the Spring Ridge Elementary School parking lot. 

For complete information on meals-to-go, please see our updated press release.

Wednesday, April 15:
School Meals:

Starting Monday, April 20, all 22 meal sites will serve breakfast, lunch, and supper meals for the week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 

FCPS will no longer serve meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will no longer provide a separate service time for breakfast at the school-based (non-bus) sites.

For complete information on meals-to-go, please see our updated press release.

Thursday, April 9
Calendar Updates:

Tuesday, April 28 is now a school day since primary elections have been postponed.  Please see additional calendar information here.

Tuesday, April 7
School Meals:

Although students are on spring break from Thursday, April 9-Monday, April 13, FCPS will continue to provide meals-to-go service on Thursday, April 9, at the usual locations and times.

On Thursday, FCPS will distribute extra meals for children to take home to cover the Friday and Monday of spring break.

For pickup locations and times, please see the news release:

"FCPS reminds the community that although we are happy to provide meals to go, there is risk in traveling to pick them up," says Daryl Boffman, executive director of public affairs. "We recommend following social distance and mask guidelines and handling all materials with care including washing food containers and bags with soap and water to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus."

Wednesday, April 1
School Meals:

Effective tomorrow, Thursday, April 2, FCPS is changing the meals-to-go site at the Weis Market Store parking lot in the Festival Shopping Center at 448 Prospect Boulevard, Frederick, to the Whittier Elementary parking lot, 2400 Whittier Drive, Frederick.

Friday, March 27
Technology Devices for Students:

Elementary students who already have at home a device that can connect to the internet and open up a web page are not eligible to receive a Chromebook on loan and should not wait in line at a high school distribution center. 

The supplies FCPS is loaning are ONLY for those without access to devices in their homes and for those who do not have internet access.

We apologize for today's phone text message error -- there is no Saturday distribution scheduled.

Please see more here.

Thursday, March 26
Technology Devices for Students:

FCPS is pleased to announce that we will be providing Chromebooks and internet-capable Wi-Fi hotspots to students who do not have a way to access online learning during school closure. Please see detailed information here.

School Meals:
Starting today, Thursday, March 26, FCPS has added the following community-based meal distribution sites for breakfasts, lunches and dinners to go, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM. This brings the total sites where FCPS meals are distributed to 22. See the full updated list in the news release here.

St. John’s Catholic Prep School, 3989 Buckeystown Pike, Buckeystown
Overlook Park, 501 Coralberry Court, off Himes Avenue (across from Dutch’s Daughter Restaurant), Frederick
7th Street Frederick Shopping Center Parking Lot, 1305 West 7th Street, Frederick
Weis Market Store Parking Lot, Festival Shopping Center, 448 Prospect Boulevard, Frederick

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
All Maryland schools are closed through Friday, April 24, 2020. See the FindOutFirst message.

FCPS gets state approval to support continuity of learning starting Monday, March 30. Please see the FindOutFirst announcement.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
School Meals:
Starting Wednesday, March 25

FCPS is adding a cold grab-n-go breakfast to the 10 community-based drop-off sites. The pickup time will remain 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., with individuals 18 and under able to pick up all 3 meals at once. Now all 18 FCPS meal sites (the 8 at schools and the 10 community-based sites) will provide breakfasts, lunches and suppers.

Friday, March 20, 2020

FCPS has added a website with a variety of resources for families to engage in educational activities during this time away from the classroom.

We will include additional content, so please check back for updates:

School Meals:
Starting Monday, March 23:

In addition to lunches at the 10 community-based sites, FCPS will provide Grab N Go suppers to go. These sites are open 11:30 AM-12:30 PM. They are:

Brunswick - Rite Aid Parking Lot, Brunswick Heights Shopping Center, 92 Souder Road, Brunswick
Buckeystown United Methodist Church - Parking Lot, 3440 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick
Concord Mobile Homes Park Community, 4828 Pioneer Circle, Jefferson
Heather Ridge - School Parking Lot, 1445 Taney Avenue, Frederick
Jubilee Foods - Parking Lot, 515 E. Main Street, Emmitsburg
Lucas Village Community Center - 111 Pennsylvania Avenue, Frederick
Max Kehne Ball Field - Parking Lot, 1100 West 7th Street, Frederick
New Market Shopping Center - Parking Lot, PNC Bank Location, 11717 Old National Pike, New Market
Thurmont  Elementary - School Parking Lot, 805 E. Main Street, Thurmont
Walkersville - Discovery Shopping Center Parking Lot (Goodwill Store), 8425 Woodsboro Pike, Walkersville

Thursday, March 19, 2020
School Meals:

Starting Monday, March 23, FCPS adds two additional sites for lunches to go 11:30 PM - 12:30 PM weekdays:
Concord Mobile Homes Park Community, 4828 Pioneer Circle, Jefferson, MD
New Market Shopping Center Parking Lot, PNC Bank Location, 11717 Old National Pike, New Market, MD

Please see Superintendent Terry Alban's message to the community.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
School Meals:

The Emmitsburg Elementary School location is changed to Jubilee Foods Parking Lot, 515 East Main Street, Emmitsburg, beginning Thursday, March 19.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
School Meals:

FCPS continues to serve FREE meals to all children 18 years and younger and adults older than 18 years old who are enrolled in an education program for persons with disabilities as listed in the news release posted here. Beginning Wednesday, March 18,  from all locations and at all mealtimes, children must take their meals to go.

Monday, March 16, 2020
Please see Superintendent Terry Alban's message to the community.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Effective today and until further notice, all FCPS and community-group afterschool and evening activities are canceled or postponed. This includes school-based daycare programs, Parks and Recreation programs in school gyms, and use of facilities scheduled by outside user groups (indoors and outdoors).

While schools are closed Monday, March 16-Friday, March 27, schools and facilities will undergo deep cleaning and disinfecting.

K and PreK Registration
Registration for fall kindergarten and pre-k, originally scheduled to begin at schools on Monday, March 16, is postponed until further notice. FCPS will notify the public when registration re-opens.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

FCPS is following State Superintendent Dr. Karen B. Salmon's directive to close all Maryland schools Monday, March 16-Friday, March 27, 2020.

The purpose of closing schools statewide is to prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), now that Maryland has a case of community-spread COVID-19, not linked to travel or contact with someone who traveled to an area affected by the pandemic.

We recognize that our community will have many questions upon receiving this announcement.

We will follow up tomorrow (Friday, March 13, 2020) with a link to updated answers to frequently asked questions.

Meanwhile we recommend that you visit the reliable sources for information about COVID-19 symptoms, prevention and updates.

FCPS is determining how this closure will affect all staff, and we will share that information as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to questions about the respiratory illness called Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

FindOutFirst Messages and Press Releases

Informational Videos

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
COVID-19 Update to the Community
Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban

Thursday, March 12, 2020
COVID-19 Video Discussion
Superintendent Dr. Terry Alban
Frederick County Health Department Health Officer Dr. Barbara Brookmyer

Tuesday, March 9, 2020
County Executive Jan Gardner
Public Information Briefing
"Preparing the Community for COVID-19"