FCPS Headlines

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


Student Transition Plan 10/2020

New School Resource Officer (SRO)

Paul Dooley, who has been the SRO at James Monroe High School for six years, has been promoted to sergeant in the Fredericksburg Police Department. Therefore, he will have new responsibilities and will not be a regular in our schools. The Police Department expects to have a replacement named in the next few weeks and is committed to having a presence in the schools until that person begins official SRO duties in early November.

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.


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Our principals are there when we need them, and now they need us. Use your voice to honor, thank, and advocate for all principals during National Principals Month! #ThankAPrincipal

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