Frederick County Public Schools Plans to Provide In-Person Learning Five Days a Week in 2021-22

Frederick County Public Schools Plans to Provide In-Person Learning Five Days a Week in 2021-22
Posted on 04/20/2021
Plans for 2021-2022 School YearFor Immediate Release
April 20, 2021
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235

Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent David Sovine has announced the school division plans to return to a regular schedule for the 2021-22 school year and provide students with in-person learning five days each week. He says, “After having the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are looking forward to returning to a more normal school year in 2021-22 in which students are able to attend school in person, five days each week. Although it’s very likely there will be a number of COVID-19 mitigation strategies that will remain in place as we begin the 2021-22 school year, I’m certain we will be able to provide in-person learning on a regular schedule for all students in the upcoming school year while continuing to protect the health and safety of our school communities.”

Throughout the 2020-21 school year, Frederick County Public Schools has offered students in pre-kindergarten through first grade the option of attending school in person four days each week or participating in an all virtual learning model. From September 8 through April 11, students in grades two through 12 had the option of participating in a hybrid learning model in which they attended school in person two days each week and engaged in online learning experiences on the days in which they were not physically attending school. Second through 12th grade students could also opt for an all virtual learning model. Beginning on April 12, the school division successfully expanded its hybrid learning model to allow students in grades two through 12 to attend school in person four days each week instead of two.

Sovine says, “Throughout the pandemic, Frederick County Public Schools has been a leader in providing students with in-person learning experiences. When the current school year began on September 8, 2020, our division was one of just 36 out of the 132 in Virginia to offer partial in-person instruction to students. Thanks to the dedication, hard work, patience and flexibility exhibited by teachers, administrators and support staff as well as our students and their families, we successfully expanded in-person learning to four days a week for all students on the hybrid schedule and are positioned well to return to a more normal schedule in August.”

Sovine adds, “Concurrently teaching students in person and virtually has been extremely challenging and stressful for staff. While virtual learning may be appropriate for some learners, it’s not the best instructional format for all learners. With this in mind, and due to staffing constraints and challenges associated with FCPS providing all distance learning, there are no plans to offer an all-virtual option using FCPS teachers and staff next year. Instead, consideration is being given to using a third party provider for distance learning who has been approved by the Virginia Department of Education.”

August 23 is the first day of the 2021-22 school year for students attending Frederick County Public Schools.