April 16, 2021
FCPS Widens Opportunities for In-Person Instruction
Fredericksburg City Public Schools (FCPS) announced plans at the April School Board meeting that it will be expanding opportunities to return students to four days of in-person learning for identified Pre K-12 students.
Based on updated guidance, FCPS students who are currently participating in the hybrid learning model may choose to return to school four days a week at three-foot spacing with continued face-covering requirements. This option is being implemented following a staggered schedule in order to allow each school time to prepare classes and make the necessary adjustments for safety such as changing room assignments and adding furniture.
James Monroe High School hybrid students may start reporting to school four days a week this week, Thursday April 15.
Lafayette hybrid students may begin returning to school four days a week next week on Monday, April 19.
Walker-Grant hybrid students may begin attending school four days-a-week on Monday, April 26, and Hugh Mercer hybrid students may choose to begin their four day-a-week return on Monday, May 3.
Please note that hybrid students are not required to return to school four days-a-week. They may continue two days synchronous, off-site and two days in-person, at school.
Also, all students will continue to participate in asynchronous instruction on Wednesdays for the remainder of the school year in order for distance-learning students to complete state assessments by appointment on Wednesdays.
The safety guidance for bus transport of students has not changed, and it has drastically reduced the number of students that can be transported on school buses each day. Although we are excited to increase face-to-face instructional time and frequency for hybrid students, we do not have enough buses to transport all hybrid students to school each day in a timely manner while following current safety protocols. Therefore, we are asking for community support with transportation. Any family who can provide transportation for their hybrid students on their child’s “off zone” days are asked to do so. Please contact your child’s school for drop-off and pick-up times if you are unsure.
Hybrid students who wish to return to school four days-a-week but are unable to provide their own transportation are asked to contact their child’s teacher. We will be able to provide transportation to some students who can not get to school without bus transport. However, we can not provide transportation to all students on their “off zone” days. It is important to note that it may take a few weeks to get those bus routes up and running because “off zone” routes will be different than the normal routes.
Therefore, please contact your child’s teacher as soon as possible if you wish for your hybrid student to return to school four days a week but need transportation assistance to do so.
We appreciate the community’s support in assisting us with the safe transport of their students whenever possible.
*Hybrid students may return for in-person instruction or remain distance on these days.
FCPS Announces End of Year Event Schedule
James Monroe High School
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Fredericksburg Nationals Baseball Stadium
The following schools will have drive-up events for their end-of-year send-off celebrations:
Walker-Grant Middle School
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Lafayette Upper Elementary School
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Hugh Mercer Elementary
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Tuesday, May 20, 2021
JMHS- Reach Team
There is a team of JMHS teachers headed to your neighborhood! Do you have questions about school? Do you need support completing the year successfully? Be on the lookout for the Bus from JMHS that is coming to your street with support for parents and students alike. Are you interested in supporting our outreach efforts, please contact Mrs. Delia Clayton-Fulcher (email@example.com)or Mr. Tony Lewis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
150th Drive-Through Celebration
May 25, 2021
Preschool, HMES & LUES
W-GMS & JMHS
42 Jackie Robinson Way
Cars will start at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center, 2371 Carl Dr. Silver Parkway. During the drive-through around the stadium, all will be greeted by our school mascots and Gus (FredNats’ mascot)! Anyone who wishes to visit the FredNats’ Team Store or view the ballpark up close must park after their drive-through.
*All ballpark visitors must wear masks and follow social distancing.
Fredericksburg Alliance for Student Achievement
Fredericksburg Alliance for Student Achievement (FASA) was an initiative that originated over 20 years ago by Fredericksburg City Public Schools (FCPS) as a way to involve families in our at-risk neighborhoods, (particularly, students of color) to become more involved with their child(ren’s) school experiences and academic performance.
The initiative began as an afterschool program. With the primary focus to meet the needs of students and families in their own neighborhoods, local sites were chosen to participate in the program; Hazel Hill Community Center, Boys and Girls’ Club of the Rappahannock Region, Bragg Hill Family Life Center, Heritage Park Community Center, Mayfield Community Center and The Thurman Brisben Center. As a connection to the community sites, FCPS has six community liaisons who are assigned to organize and manage each of the locations. The liaison works with the community site coordinators to provide academic support 2-4 days a week at 1-2 hours each day. The goal of the program is to assist students with homework and SOL preparation. The liaisons recruit FCPS teachers to tutor students at the locations on the designated dates. Monthly meetings are scheduled by FASA liaisons to discuss details with the local community site coordinators regarding school information and instructional needs. All children from the local neighborhoods are welcome to participate.
This year, FASA has only been able to offer tutoring at the Mayfield Community Center, for one day a week, for the last six weeks of school. The 10 students that are participating were required to submit an application and have been offered transportation. All Covid protocol are being followed by the students and the tutors. The FASA liaisons and 2-3 FCPS staff members will be at the location each week to assist the students with instructional needs as well as technology support.
Fredericksburg City Public Schools is pleased to announce that Mrs. Sue Keffer, Director of Human Resources, has been accepted as a member of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) Professional Education Community.
Mrs. Keffer is enrolled to participate in the Women in Leadership program. The Women in Leadership program is designed to empower women to lead through adversity, and it provides a unique opportunity for growth and renewal among diverse groups of women.
This year, the program will be offered as a virtual institute and will maintain the intensity and rigor of the learning experience and also give participants the flexibility to attend to personal and professional responsibilities.
Mrs. Keffer joins colleagues Dr. Marceline Catlett, Superintendent and Mrs. Lori Bridi, Chief Academic Officer who have also completed the program.