Frederick County Public School students will receive their final assignments for the 2019-2020 school year by Friday, June 5. 

In a letter to FCPS teachers, obtained by the News-Post, Superintendent Terry Alban laid out what the final weeks/days of the school year will look like. 

"I want to share with you [teachers] a special schedule we have designed for the end of the 19-20 school year." Alban wrote in the letter. "FCPS leaders have found a way to ensure we provide you with the opportunity for ample training and building proficiency for the next chapter."

This special schedule comes after the state Board of Education denied a request from the county Board of Education to end school on June 5. Alban said the schedule was implemented after receiving feedback from parents, staff, and the Board. 

According to the letter, on June 5 teachers will give out final assignments for the fourth academic quarter. Students will be expected to complete these and other remaining assignments by June 9.

On June 10 students will complete a "reflection activity" that will ask them questions about their distance learning experience and provide the opportunity for feedback and suggestions for teachers. 

On June 11 students and families will be able to view progress and grades assigned during the fourth quarter. According to the letter, "this will be the final opportunity to communicate with the teacher if [students] wish to receive a grade instead of pass/incomplete for fourth quarter."

From June 12 to June 17, which is the last day of school and last working day for teachers, a program entitled "Springboard for Summer and Beyond" will be launched. 

Students and families can access distance learning sessions provided by the program to continue their learning and emotional well-being over the summer. 

Alban said in the letter that students will be able to access resources to keep academic skills fresh, explore virtual field trip options and learn strategies to combat stress, among others. 

During these final days of the school year, teachers will be able to participate in professional learning and reflection opportunities, Alban said.

Although final assignments will be completed almost a week before the last day of school, Alban said in an email that this is not atypical. 

"In a "typical" year, schools will schedule special events and ceremonies at the end of the year. Our systemic days are a sort of substitute for those types of activities," she said.

However, while Continuity of Learning through distance learning will end for most students on June 9, students with disabilities will continue their education through June 17 based on their Distance Learning Plans, according to Alban's letter.

"These services are mandated by federal law, and we have worked hard to provide the support students need as it relates to their IEPs," Alban said. "These services can continue, even as teachers have the opportunities to participate in professional learning."

She added that since professional learning will be completed virtually, special education teachers and other staff will have flexibility on when to partake.

Alban also addressed the uncertain future of the 2020-2021 school year in her letter.

"Later this week, we will share a message with staff and the community about work groups that will begin to develop our recovery and reopening plan," Alban said. "There will be many opportunities for input into these plans during the month of July."

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(8) comments

Lancers2021

Let's be real. Teachers stopped teaching two months ago. Who's alban think she's fooling?

Kc4532

My child’s teacher is only available 1 hour a day but expects us parents to be available at all hours, Hoping the next school year has the teachers better organized and trained on the software.

wouldn't you like to know

This is great, however... how is this fair for special education teacher that will need to work 2+ more weeks than the general education teacher. What about my childs IEP that state "general education teacher" as their primary provider on their IEP? Who helps them then?

Thewheelone

If your son or daughter is in an included class, he or she should get the same assignment from the general ed teacher as everyone else.

cbyounger

Agree with LuckyKitty. As a parent of a first grader going through the program, I applaud this decision and I thank FCPS staff for everything they are doing in this crazy time. My tax dollars are hard at work.

gorillagusto

The state BoE is out of touch with reality, and Alban deserves a lot of credit for taking a stand here. After the sorry showing from the state during the quarantine, our local school board should be demanding more local control.

LuckyKitty

As a parent of a second grader going through the program, I applaud this decision and I thank FCPS staff for everything they are doing in this crazy time. My tax dollars are hard at work.

benedictus

Your tax dollars at work. Pathetic.

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