Letter from Superintendent of Schools - FCPS 2020-21 School Reopening Plan

Dear FCPS Families and Staff,

Preparing for the uncertainties associated with the reopening of schools for the 2020-21 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a multitude of challenges. Thanks to our outstanding staff and support from the community, we have developed a reopening plan that that will bring students and staff back in a safe manner, provide opportunities for student learning growth, and is informed by guidance provided by the Governor, the Virginia Department of Education, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the local health department. While I recognize that no plan will satisfy everyone, I know we have done our best to address an extremely challenging situation and I sympathize with those who will face different challenges due to schools not opening this year as they would typically.

Our reopening plan was developed by a diverse group of more than 110 stakeholders who shared their time, expertise, and perspectives to develop a plan which provides a variety of options and the flexibility necessary to address scenarios that are very likely to change over the coming weeks and months. In addition to the Reopening Task Force and Focus Group members, I also want to thank the more than 4,000 students, parents, and teachers who provided feedback through a survey we conducted in June. The results of the survey, including the many comments submitted, provided the basis for the instructional portion of our reopening plan. The plan includes three models: all in-person, distance learning only, and a hybrid which includes a combination of in-person instruction and distance learning.

Frederick County Public Schools is fortunate to have a close relationship with our local health department, and I would like to extend a special thank you to Lord Fairfax Health District Director, Dr. Colin Greene, for his leadership and for his team’s support and guidance as we have developed our reopening plan. Our continued collaboration will be critical as our schools reopen and we navigate through the upcoming school year. We recognize that this public health crisis continues to be dynamic and we are committed to continuing to monitor the situation and the ever-changing guidance offered so that adjustments can be made to our reopening plan, as necessary.

Sincerely,

Dr. David T. Sovine
Superintendent of Schools