THANK YOU for your patience in this unprecedented time in public education and in our nation. First and foremost, we hope that you and your families are remaining safe and well during the school closure. We miss our students!
Mindful that school systems around the nation may be faced with an extended closure and not knowing whether schools in Maryland will be closed longer than two weeks, FCPS continues to plan for this possibility.
We know you have many questions about “continuity of instruction,” as we practice social distancing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff in Central Office have been working diligently to prepare distance learning opportunities under our continuity of instruction plan for FCPS students.
FCPS teachers are preparing to engage students in distance learning starting Monday, March 30 if the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) approves plans for continuity of instruction and if schools remain closed beyond March 27.
There is no expectation of distance learning this week or next week, as schools remain closed for students and staff through Friday, March 27. FCPS is continuing to treat this school closure as though we were closed for inclement weather, though it is possible this designation could change. If it does, we will let you know.
IMPORTANT! Schools need to know if students do not have internet access. Please contact your school if your child does not have internet access so the school can ensure continuity of instruction. If you know parents who may not get this message and whose children may not have internet access, please urge them to contact the school as soon as possible and to leave a clear message with their name, phone number and their child’s name. Someone from the school will contact them.
We recommend that families communicate and develop a routine for children.
- It is important to have open and honest communication with children regarding COVID-19, but it is also important to be measured and reassuring in what you choose to discuss. Below* are some websites with excellent tips and suggestions for having these conversations.
- While it is a best practice anyway, closely monitor and limit your child’s screen time, especially when it comes to news coverage and social media.
- Create as much routine and structure in your child’s daily life as you can. We all do better when we have a daily routine and structure in our lives.
We cannot reiterate enough how important it is for you to practice social distancing and to take care of yourselves and your families, physically, mentally and emotionally. Navigating through the next several weeks will take communication, adaptability and patience.
FCPS will do everything we can to support our students and families through this adversity, and together we will be the positive change, working collaboratively to get through this challenging time.
We will continue to post resources and the newest school-related information, including locations where FCPS provides free meals, at www.fcps.org/update. Please check it daily. We will also continue to use emails, social media platforms, FCPS TV, YouTube video links and other communication tools to provide you with timely updates.