FCPS Headlines

April 9, 2021

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FCPS Supports April as Autism Acceptance Month


This year, the Autism Society of America is celebrating with its “Celebrate Differences” campaign. Designed to build a better awareness of the signs, symptoms, and realities of autism, #CelebrateDifferences focuses on providing information and resources for communities to be more aware of autism, promote acceptance, and be more inclusive in everyday life.


To learn more about autism visit the website at Home - Autism Society (autism-society.org)

Or the VCU Autism Center for Excellence website VCU Autism Center for Excellence.

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FCPS Transportation Department

FCPS Transportation Department is committed to safety for all students.


On Wednesdays, our drivers come in to do deep cleaning. This Wednesday was the first day we had sunshine and beautiful weather. Our drivers have been out in the POURING down rain cleaning the insides of their buses. Thank you to our transportation staff for their continued hard work and dedication to our students!

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School Board : April 12, 2021 Meeting Notice

The Fredericksburg City School Board will hold its regular meeting on Monday, April 12, 2021 at the Walker-Grant Center located at 210 Ferdinand Street, Fredericksburg, VA. The meeting will begin with Closed Session at 6:30 p.m. followed by Public Session at 7:30 p.m. Citizens may address the Board in person during the Public Comment portion of the meeting or submit comments by email to be read during the meeting. If any citizen wishes to speak in person, please contact School Board Clerk Angela Wilson at fcpsspeakers@cityschools.com to be included on the agenda. Citizens are asked to provide your name, address, and topic to be presented. Citizens may also submit comments for the regular Board meeting by email to fcpsspeakers@cityschools.com or phone to Angela Wilson at 540-395-4480 up until one hour prior to the meeting. Emails may be sent prior to 5:30 p.m. on April 12, 2021. In either case, citizens who submit comments are asked to include your name and address and are advised that your comments should be limited to what may be presented or read in a three-minute time-period. Any comments received by email will be provided to all Board members and included in the meeting record.


The meeting will be broadcast live on the following channels:

Comcast - Channel 18

Verizon - Channel 41

Cox - Channel 83.


The meeting will also be live streamed on Regional WebTV at https://www.regionalwebtv.com/fredsb and on the Fredericksburg City Public Schools Facebook page.


The agenda will be made available at the following link: https://go.boarddocs.com/vsba/frcps/Board.nsf/vpublic?open


Angela C. Wilson

Assistant to the Superintendent/Clerk of the Board

April 7, 2021

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FCPS’ Dept. of Teaching and Learning Instructional Summit

FCPS Instructional Summit

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FCPS Supports Purple Up! For Military Children

FCPS Supports Purple Up! For Military Children


Throughout the Nation and Commonwealth educators and communities will take time in April to recognize the contributions of children whose parents serve in the military. Frequent moves, family separations through deployments, and reintegration following deployments can make school, home, and community-life challenging for military children. Yet, even in such circumstances, these students continually demonstrate resilience and courage.

“Purple Up! For Military Kids” Day
Wednesday April 21, 2021

“Purple Up! For Military Kids.” Is a day in April set aside for everyone around the Nation to show their support for military connected students. FCPS encourages the entire school community – teachers, principals, students, parents, bus drivers, etc. – to wear purple on April 21, 2021 to show support for our military students and appreciation for their strength and sacrifices. Purple represents the blending of the colors of the five branches of our armed forces. We are proud to be home to Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, National Guard and Reserve families.

The Virginia Department of Education and Fredericksburg City Public Schools encourages schools to share their Purple Up! and Month of the Military Child photos by using the hashtag #PurpleUpVirginia on social media.

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Kindergarten Registration FAQs

2021 K-Registration FAQs

HMES Kinder Camp!

Hugh Mercer's Kinder Camp is designed to help pre-kindergarten students prepare for their upcoming kindergarten year. Kinder Camp is filled with a variety of fun learning experiences. Breakfast, Snack, and Lunch-To-Go, as well as transportation, will be provided. Kinder Camp is also free! Our pre-K students will discover how much fun it is to be a kindergarten at Hugh Mercer Elementary School! Activities include art, music, math and literacy, and library.


Kinder Camp registration forms are available at The Walker-Grant Center/School Board office (210 Ferdinand Street). Kinder Camp Registrar: Mrs. Camm Taylor (540) 372-1130.


Parents of per-K students must have completed all registration requirements for kindergarten enrollment for the 2021 - 2022 school year at Hugh Mercer Elementary School before registering for Kinder Camp.


Questions? Contact Assistant Principal, Mrs. Kisha Frye (540) 372-1115 or kfrye@cityschools.com

2021 Kinder Camp Dates

June 14 - June 25 (students whose last name begins with letters A - M)

July 5 - July 16 (students whose last name begins with letters N - Z)

Camp Hours are 8:00 - 12:30 PM for both sessions

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Special Congratulations to Supervisor of Preschool Programs,

Laura Dove, for being recognized as a Leader of Climate and Culture Support in Region 3 for Schools!


Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication!

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JMHS Announces Date for In-Person Commencement

The recently issued guidance from the Governor’s Office addresses how graduation and commencement events could be held this spring based on revised COVID-19 restrictions.


Under the new rules, outdoor commencement events would be limited to 5,000 people or 30 percent of the venue’s capacity – whichever is less. Indoor events would be capped at 500 people or 30 percent of the venue’s capacity – whichever is less.


After reviewing this new information, Fredericksburg City Public Schools is excited to announce that James Monroe High School is planning to offer in-person commencement celebrations for its students and their families.


Commencement Exercises for the James Monroe High School- Class of 2021 will be held on May 27, 2021 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Fredericksburg Nationals Ballpark.


We ask for your patience as we continue to plan this momentous event. Further information and details will be presented at the School Board meeting to be held on Monday, April 12, 2021.


We know that this has been a challenging time and we look forward to celebrating our graduates who have worked so hard to reach this important milestone.

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FCPS has been notified that the VDSS learned of a mechanical breakdown that caused a delay in printing certain P-EBT cards. New P-EBT cards for about 105,000 households were needed for the most recent October – January P-EBT payments. As of March 31, 30,000 cards had been printed and mailed. The VDSS is working with the vendor on a solution to make the cards available more quickly, but it could take an additional four weeks.