Principal's Update

From Dr. Duffy, James Monroe High School

Week of November 8, 2021

Early Dismissal Wednesday Nov. 10th

Please note that on Wednesday, November 10th, we will be following an early dismissal schedule.


Also, please note that the building opens at 7:00 am.

Principal's Advisory Committee

Please contact Mrs. Laskowski, the Principals Secretary, if you have an interest in joining the Principal’s Advisory Committee (372-1100). We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm.

Welcome Mr. Hopkins

Please join us in welcoming Mr. Rickie Hopkins, our school improvement consultant. He comes to us with a wealth of experience and is collaborating with school administration and staff.
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Student Expectations

Here are reminders we are sharing with students:

  1. Halls must be clear at the tardy bell.Though the weather has turned colder, students may not wear blankets or hoods in the school building.
  2. Students must wear traditional surgical style masks or gators properly properly fitted. Students may not wear ski mask style masks.Lunch expectations—students must choose a table and have a seat, sitting in every other seat.
  3. Senior with open blocks in their schedule must attend assigned study halls during 2nd and 3rd blocks. Students may use the library during 1st and 4th blocks. Senior may not use the Commons during empty blocks in their schedule.

Mask Reminders

Here are reminders about proper mask wearing. Students may not wear ski mask style masks because they are single layer. Students may wear gaiter style masks, but they should be gathered on the face to improve effectiveness.

Vaccination Required for Winter/Spring Athletics

Beginning November 8, Fredericksburg City Public Schools students will need to show proof of full vaccination in order to participate in athletics, out-of-season practices, and workouts.


  • This requirement involves Virginia High School League winter and spring sports. It does not impact fall student-athletes.
  • Students who refuse will not be allowed to participate in sports.
  • Students who are not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to religious reasons will be exempt from the requirement. They will need to provide the reason for their religious exemption to the school in writing. Students who are not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to documented health or medical reasons will be exempt from the requirement. They will need to provide documentation of a medical exemption from their physician. Students can do this through a letter from the doctor stating the student has a medical condition that prevents them from receiving the vaccine on the doctor's office letterhead.
  • These students must submit negative test results on a weekly basis. Also, unvaccinated students will be required to submit a negative test before returning to play after exposure to a positive COVID-19 case.


All athletes should bring proof of vaccination to their respective coaches. For questions, please contact Mr. Kenton Griffin, Athletic Director.


For more on FCPS policies, visit the COVID and FCPS Information Hub at https://www.fxbgschools.us/resources/covid-info

Vaccine Now Available to Children Ages 5-11

Beginning Thursday, November 4, 2021, the Rappahannock Health District will offer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

Because the Virginia Department of Health has been planning for the expansion of vaccine eligibility and availability, families will have many options for where to get their children the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination sites may include:

  • Pediatric offices
  • Family practice offices
  • Community Vaccination Centers (CVC)
  • Retail pharmacies

Those wishing to get their children vaccinated at the CVC in Central Park, located at 1877 Carl D. Silver Pkwy, Fredericksburg, can make appointments beginning Wednesday, November 3, 2021 for available openings at https://vase.vdh.virginia.gov, using the zip code “22401.” The CVC currently operates Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Parents may sign up at for other locations at vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682). TTY users can call 711. Assistance is available in English, Spanish, and more than 100 other languages. Appointments are required at this time and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

Everyone 5 years and older is eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and the Rappahannock Area Health District encourages all Virginians to get their vaccination if they haven’t already done so. For more information on COVID-19 in Virginia, visit vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus.

Swim Team Update

Unfortunately, we had difficulty securing access to a swimming facility this year, so we apologize for this late update. JM swimmers will be using the Butler Road YMCA from 6:00am-7:30 am, Monday-Friday. The first practice will be held on November 8th. Swimmer should bring water and a snack.


For more information, you may access the more detailed Coach's note.

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