Services Offered by FCPS During School Closures

Food Services

Breakfast and Lunch Distribution

The Grab-N-Go Meals program that has been offered since March 20 will continue on its current schedule through June 5. Any school-aged child will be able to pick up a free breakfast and lunch each weekday between 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at either James Wood, Millbrook or Sherando high schools. In addition, a free breakfast and lunch will be made available for pickup between 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at several satellite locations throughout Frederick County. Beginning June 8, any school-aged child will be able to pick up a free breakfast and lunch Monday through Thursday between 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at either James Wood, Millbrook or Sherando high schools. Free breakfast and lunch will also be made available Monday through Thursday between 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at several satellite locations. Beginning June 8, there will also be several menu changes. Please view the menus to make note of those changes. View breakfast and lunch menus and meal pickup locations and times. The meals are only being made available to school-aged children and each child must present themselves at one of the high schools or satellite pickup locations in order to receive their meals each day.

Bright Futures Food Packs

In coordination with Bright Futures Frederick-Winchester, food packs will be distributed throughout the school closure. Food and monetary donations are being accepted. View a list of food items needed. Food donations can be dropped off at the Bright Futures Distribution Center, located at 178 Indian Hollow Road, at any time and should be placed in the bins located at the entrance to the center. Or, make a monetary donation via MySchoolBucks.

Information Technology Services

The FCPS Information Technology Department will be operating a Technical Triage Center until further notice. Students and staff can get technical support for their school-issued devices by visiting the center each weekday between Noon and 4 p.m. or by calling the center at 540-545-2434 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. The center is located in the building behind James Wood Middle School and can help with broken Chromebooks and laptops, locked user accounts and forgotten passwords as well as lost chargers and other equipment.

Instructional Services

From March 30 through April 9, teachers provided materials and activities to students that could be completed at home and allow students to practice and reinforce skills they were previously taught. Any student work that was completed during that time was not graded and didn’t result in any extra credit being awarded.

From April 15-June 5, teachers will be providing new instruction to students. The new learning will be provided in three units- April 15-30, May 4-22 and May 26-June 5. In order to accommodate students who do not have Internet access, hard copy materials will be made available for families to pick up at schools. It is also possible that a plan may be implemented that would allow the hard copy materials to be mailed to families who do not have Internet access.

The new learning offered from April 15-June 5 will be designed to inspire curiosity, make real world connections, reflect student voice and choice, and enable students to learn by thinking and doing. Rather than addressing particular standards, the new learning will focus on big ideas, concepts and major skills with the competencies of the Frederick County Public Schools Portrait of a Graduate being blended into the content and concepts being taught. Teachers are expected to maintain frequent contact with students throughout the learning process. The Special Instructional Services Department will be connecting with the families of students with disabilities to ensure instructional and service needs (speech, occupational therapy, etc.) are met.

Although it is important for students to continue to practice the skills they were taught prior to schools being closed and to engage in the new learning that will be provided through June 5, there is no requirement for students to submit assignments or complete the lessons and activities being provided. Final grades for the 2019-20 school year will be based upon grades received in the first through third nine-week grading periods. Students will be provided feedback on work they complete in the fourth nine-week grading period, but will not be assigned a numeric or letter grade. The report card for the fourth nine-week grading period will include a “P” for pass or “NG” for no grade given.

Standards of Learning tests (SOLs) are not going to be administered this year. Thanks to flexibility being provided by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), students enrolled in high school courses that would normally require them to pass the corresponding end-of-course SOL in order to receive a verified credit for the course will have other means by which they can earn the verified credit. Specifically, students who were in good academic standing (passing the course) at the time of the school closure will receive a verified credit for the course. In addition, the process for receiving a locally-awarded verified credit will be applied and students who were on track to earn a standard credit in a course will also be awarded a verified credit. Specific questions regarding course credits should be directed to the student’s school counselor. The VDOE has also provided guidance on graduation requirements, awarding of credits and continuity of learning.

View the Spring 2020 Continuous Learning Plan for more details.
View Special Education Virtual Learning Resources for parents.

Student Registration

Families who have moved into Frederick County and not yet enrolled their student(s) in Frederick County Public Schools for the 2019-20 school year should contact Central Registrar Carrie Vivas at 540-409-7293 for information on how to register their student(s).

Registration is open for students who will be entering Frederick County Public Schools in the 2020-21 school year as first through 12th graders. This includes students residing in Frederick County who are currently homeschooled or enrolled in a private school and plan to enroll in FCPS next year. Central Registrar Carrie Vivas should be contacted at 540-409-7293 for information on how to complete the registration process.

Preliminary applications for the 2020-21 FCPS preschool program are being accepted from the families of eligible students residing in the Apple Pie Ridge, Gainesboro, Indian Hollow, Jordan Springs, Redbud Run and Stonewall elementary school attendance zones.

All children who will be five years of age on or before September 30, 2020, must be registered for kindergarten for the 2020-21 school year. Parents wishing to delay their child’s attendance for one year must submit a written request to the Superintendent. Parents with children who will begin kindergarten in the 2020-21 school year must register their child for kindergarten by contacting the registrar at the school their child will attend. The registrar will assist them in completing the registration process.