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Wednesday, December 2, 2020

FCPS announces start of winter athletics season. See the FindOutFirst.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
School Meals-to-Go

Due to the FCPS Winter Break, the schedule for FCPS Food and Nutrition Services meals distribution will be different for Wednesday, December 23 through Sunday, January 3. See the FindOutFirst.

Monday, November 16, 2020
Superintendent's Letter

Read the Superintendent's letter to the community here.

Thursday, November 12, 2020
Academics and Athletics

BOE Approves Hybrid Model for 2nd Semester and Passes Return to Play Schedule. See the press release.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
School Meals-to-Go

FCPS changes meals distribution schedule for Thanksgiving break. See the FindOutFirst.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

FCPS to Continue Virtual Learning Model. See the press release.

Board Approves Return-to-Play Recommendations. See the press release.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Election Day November 3 Is a Non-School Day. See the press release.

Monday, October 5, 2020
School Meals-to-Go

Starting Monday, October 12, 2020, FCPS will add 4 new community drop-off sites for to-go meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 AM-1 PM from a school bus. The new sites will follow the same meal distribution pattern as the other school and community sites listed at www.fcps.org/meals.

The 4 new sites are:

*Golden Mile Giant Eagle Shopping Center Parking Lot, 1275 W Patrick Street, Frederick
*Liberty Road/Kingfisher Drive Giant Shopping Center Parking Lot, 1700 Kingfisher Drive, Frederick
*Westview Promenade Parking Lot, 5223 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick
*Thomas Johnson Drive Weis Shopping Center Parking Lot, 199 Thomas Johnson Drive, Frederick

As of October 12, in addition to breakfast and lunch, FCPS will also offer supper meals at all school and community sites. Due to USDA regulations, supper is only offered on school days.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

The following orders regarding athletics were released:
Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Announces Local School Systems May Officially Start High School Fall Sports Beginning October 7, 2020
Amended Directive and Order Regarding Community, Recreational, Leisure, Cultural and Sporting Gatherings and Events, Pursuant to Executive Order No. 20-09-18-01, No. MDH 2020-09-24-01

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
School Meals-to-Go

FCPS adds Meals-to-Go service in Walkersville. See the press release.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
School Meals-to-Go

FCPS extends free meal service through December 2020, for all children 18 and younger. See the press release.

Thursday, August 20, 2020
School Meals-to-Go

FCPS released information on School Meals-to-Go beginning Monday, August 31, 2020.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
School Supplies

FCPS published school supply lists for the 2020-2021 school year. More details here.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 (Updated Monday, August 10, 2020)
Virtual Opening Overview

FCPS has posted the Virtual Opening Overview documents in English and Spanish:

Monday, August 3, 2020

MPSSAA Preparing Hybrid 2-Semester Plan for Athletics. More information here.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Reopening Decision

At today’s Board of Education meeting, the Board decided that student instruction for the first semester of the 2020-21 school year, which begins Monday, August 31, will occur in a full virtual format for students enrolled in Frederick County Public Schools as our county and state continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. See more.

BOE suspends Athletics and extracurricular activities. See more.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Parent Survey on Draft Reopening Plan. Survey closes Thursday, July 23,2020.

Town Hall Meeting
To our Spanish-speaking community: A los miembros de la Comunidad Hispanohablante de FCPS

Voluntary Summer Conditioning and Re-Acclimatization Activities Set to Begin on Monday, July 20, 2020. See full details here.*
* Corrected link:  FCPS COVID-19 Parent-Student-Athlete Participation Acknowledgement Statement form

Thursday, July 9, 2020
Town Hall Meeting

FCPS is hosting a virtual Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 6 - 8 PM on reopening schools. Send questions to FCPSReopens@fcps.org. See full meeting details here.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Reopening Plan

Please see the revised MSDE recovery plan, Maryland Together: Maryland's Recovery Plan for Education June 2020.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Reopening Plan

The COVID-19 pandemic crisis will continue to impact the operation of schools and educational programs during the 2020-2021 school year. As we plan for the reopening of our schools, FCPS is committed to:

  • Prioritizing the safety and health of students, employees, and families.
  • Making all decisions through an equity lens.
  • Providing high quality instruction and maximizing face-to-face interaction to the greatest extent possible.
  • Supporting the social-emotional well-being of students and staff.
  • Communicating concisely, accurately, and frequently.
  • Engaging stakeholders in the decision-making process as appropriate.
  • Deploying resources strategically while adapting to ever-changing conditions and requirements.
  • Returning to full operational status as quickly as possible when safe health conditions exist.

FCPS has convened four work groups of key stakeholders to develop components of the reopening plan that align with the guidance provided by the Maryland State Department of Education and the Center for Disease Control.  That guidance can be accessed through the links below: 

http://marylandpublicschools.org/newsroom/Documents/MSDERecoveryPlan.pdf [please see above for the latest plan]


The Logistics Work Group is focusing on safe operational procedures for transportation, meals, and use of the buildings. The Instructional Work Group is examining scheduling options, instructional options, and the effective use of resources to support learning. The Special Services and Student Support Work Group is identifying strategies necessary to ensure each and every student receives the support needed to be successful for the school year. The Employee Relations and Communications Work Group is focusing on changes in policy and regulation due to the pandemic crisis that impact staff and students as well as developing a communication plan to keep all stakeholders informed. In addition to these work groups, a Parent Advisory Group has been formed to provide feedback to each work group as plans are developed.

In July, we will share opportunities for the community to provide feedback on the draft Reopening Plan. This pandemic crisis has taught us that conditions can rapidly change and our plans must be fluid so that we can adapt to changing guidance and mandates to ensure public health and safety. We will post the draft plan and additional resources on the FCPS website. Please continue to check in frequently for the latest updates.

FCPS Resumen de apertura virtual

BORRADOR Plan de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Frederick para reabrir y avanzar

Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) and Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)

FCPS Communications

Incoming freshmen, students new to FCPS, and students who did not participate in a sport last school year must provide documentation of a sports physical dated April 1, 2020 or after.

*All students will be required to have a sports physical dated April 1, 2020 or after to participate in 2020-2021 fall, winter and spring sports. Fall sports are scheduled to begin on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

Return to Play Committee

RTP Committee's Guiding Principle:  The health and safety of FCPS student-athletes, coaches and all other athletic-related stakeholders will drive all decision-making of the RTP committee.

  • *Mr. Kevin Kendro, Supervisor of Athletics & Extracurricular Activities, FCPS
  • Dr. Daniel Lippy, Director of School Management, FCPS
  • Mrs. Kathleen Schlappal, Instructional Director of High Schools, FCPS
  • Dr. Randall Culpepper, Deputy Health Officer & Director of HCC, Frederick County Health Department
  • *Dr. Nima Hendi, Pediatrician, The Pediatric Center of Frederick
  • *Ms. Jenifer Waters, Health Service Specialist, FCPS
  • Mrs. Tracey Kibler, Principal, Governor Thomas Johnson High School
  • Mr. Fred Punturiero, Transportation Director, FCPS
  • Ms. Deb Huffman, Use of Facilities Coordinator, FCPS
  • Mrs. Kimberly Hirshmann, (Secondary) Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum Specialist, FCPS
  • Mr. John Karos, Marching Band Director, Tuscarora High School
  • Mr. Larry Phillips, Custodial Services Manager, FCPS
  • *Mr. Preston Anderson, Lead FCPS Athletic Trainer, Pivot Physical Therapy
  • Mr. Howie Putterman, Athletic Director, Tuscarora High School
  • Mr. Keith Bruck, Athletic Director, Catoctin High School
  • Mr. Mike Chavez, Coordinator of Athletics, Extracurricular Activities, Facilities and Campus Improvement, Gov. Thomas Johnson High School
  • Mr. Kurt Stein, Head Football Coach, Oakdale High School
  • Mrs. AJ Stuart, Head Field Hockey and Girls Tennis Coach, Urbana High School
  • Mr. Emonte Hill, Head Boys Basketball Coach, Frederick High School
  • Mr. CJ Ecalono, Head Girls Cross Country, Girls Indoor Track and Field and Girls Outdoor Track and Field Coach, Urbana High School
  • Mrs. Michelle Hill, Special Olympics MD Unified Sports Coordinator, Frederick County
  • *Mrs. Theresa Wisner, Administrative Secretary, Athletics & Extracurricular Activities, FCPS

* Member of FCPS’ Sports Medicine Advisory Committee

Town Hall Meeting, Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions were raised during the FCPS Town Hall meeting held on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. See below to read questions that were asked in Spanish through email during the meeting.

Frequently Asked Questions - Translations

The following questions were asked in Spanish through email during the FCPS Town Hall meeting held on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

Transcripción en español de la reunión (Town Hall) de FCPS

A continuación, encontrará la transcripción en español de la reunión de FCPS celebrada el miércoles 15 de julio de 2020.

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