October 9, 2020
Message from the Superintendent
I want to thank you for your continued support, positive comments, and suggestions on ways we can improve. As a team we are moving forward and upward, leading @ the speed of change; committed to Equity, Empowerment, and Excellence in Education for all!
Superintendent's Parent Advisory Committee
This week the first Superintendent's Parent Advisory Committee for the 2020-21 school year was held virtually. This advisory group will meet once a month to discuss a variety of topics related to the school division. I look forward to working with this committee to ensure that we are moving forward to be responsive to the needs of our families and the greater community.
National Bullying Prevention Month
Childhood bullying is a significant problem nationwide. Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, lower academic achievement, and dropping out of school. Bullying can also happen online. Reports of cyberbullying among public school attending students are highest for middle school (33%), followed by high school (30%), combined schools (20%) and primary schools (5%). School Board members, superintendents, teachers, and parents play a critical role in creating a climate where bullying is not tolerated. It has been proven when adults and children stand together, bullying ends.
During the October School Board Meeting the School Board joined organizations around the nation in recognizing the effects of bullying and the need for bullying prevention programs.
Student Transition Plan
COVID-19 has certainly changed the way the world works. Over the next few months, our school system will be working diligently to prepare for our next transition.
During the October School Board Meeting held on Monday, the FCPS Student Transition Plan was presented. That plan outlines a phased approach to begin in January 2021 with face-to-face instruction for all students who want it, through a hybrid model and as we respect the families who want to continue in distance learning. Attached below is a video of that presentation.
Dr. Marceline Catlett
New School Resource Officer (SRO)
Special congratulations to Sergeant Dooley for his dedicated service to Fredericksburg City Public Schools.
Enrollment, Capacity, and Expansion (ECE) Committee
The ECE Committee met last week for the first time since March 2020 when COVID stopped our important work. The committee is tasked with studying data, hearing from the community, and making recommendations. Four elected officials are on the committee: School Board members Jennifer Boyd and Katie Pomeroy; and, City Council members Kerry Devine and Jason Graham. Also included are Dr. Catlett and Dr. Eberhardt as well as City Manager Tim Baroody and Assistant City Manager Mark Whitley. The ECE will meet again November 5 to review a draft of the statement of needs.
NATIONAL PRINCIPALS MONTH
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