FCPS Focus Newsletter - January 20, 2021

Middle School Rezoning Plan Adopted

During its meeting on January 19, the Frederick County School Board adopted a Middle School Rezoning Plan that will take effect at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year. The rezoning will coincide with the opening of the replacement Robert E. Aylor Middle School and help alleviate overcrowding at Admiral Richard E. Byrd and James Wood middle schools. 2021-22 Middle Schools Attendance Zones

Remain Vigilant in Fighting COVID-19

As of January 15, there have been a total of 387 positive cases of COVID-19 reported among the nearly 2,900 Frederick County Public Schools employees (including substitutes) and more than 13,600 students. As the region continues to see an increase in cases, it’s important for students and staff to stay home if they are exhibiting any signs of illness. Symptoms include a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher; a sore throat, cough, chills, or shortness of breath that cannot be attributed to another health condition; and gastrointestinal issues. In addition, anyone who has had close contact with someone who has, or might have, COVID-19 is to stay home. Close contact means being within six feet of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period with or without a face covering, or having contact with the individual’s respiratory secretions from the mouth or nose while they were contagious. A person with COVID-19 is considered to be contagious starting two days before they became sick or two days before they tested positive if they never had symptoms. FCPS Health and Safety Plan

Superintendent’s Proposed Budget

Schools Superintendent David Sovine will present his proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year at the School Board meeting to be held on Tuesday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting, including Dr. Sovine’s presentation, will be streamed live on the FCPS YouTube Channel.

2021 Niche Rankings

Frederick County Public Schools ranks 40th out of Virginia’s 132 school divisions on the 2021 Niche list of the Best School Districts in Virginia. In addition, FCPS ranks 17th on the list of Districts with the Best Teachers in Virginia and 29th on the list of Best Places to Teach in Virginia.

2021-22 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year will be held in two phases this year. Early bird registration for families with a student already enrolled in Frederick County Public Schools will be held February 8-26. Parents who have no children currently enrolled in FCPS are to register their child for kindergarten from March 1-31.

Ten FCPS Students Named to Virginia Seniors Honor Choir

Congratulations to James Wood High School students Abby Bowen, Julia Watts, Brennon Putt and Emma Brooks; Millbrook High School students Amari Smith, Meghan McAndrew, Logan Sandefur and Nathan Hershberger; and Sherando High School students Kayleigh Barrios and Isaac Jensen who have all been selected as members of the 2020-21 Virginia Seniors Honor Choir. The ten students participating in the choir this year represent the highest number of students from FCPS to ever be selected for the choir.

General Assembly Session Underway

Bills requiring Virginia to compensate teachers at a rate at or above the national average, excusing middle and high school students for absences associated with engaging in a civic or political event, and increasing the number of reading and math SOL tests students in grades 3-8 must take annually have been introduced in this year’s General Assembly. To help members of the community become more informed about the bills being considered by the state legislature, FCPS has launched a Web page devoted to the 2021 General Assembly session.

Teacher Career Fair

Frederick County Public Schools is hosting a Virtual Teacher Career Fair on February 24 and March 3. The fair is open to individuals who are eligible for, or hold, a Virginia teaching license. Anyone wishing to participate must submit the FCPS Virtual Teacher Career Fair Registration Form. As part of the registration process, individuals will be asked to submit their resume.

The FCPS Mobile App is Free

The Frederick County Public Schools mobile app provides access to a variety of school and division information including lunch menus, the school calendar, student assignments/grades, MySchoolBucks and school news such as delays and cancellations due to inclement weather. The app is free and available in Apple’s App Store or Google Play.