School Bus Snow

Two school buses travel south on U.S. 15 during a previous years snow storm.

Snow days may no longer be something to celebrate for students of Frederick County Public Schools.

Beginning this school year, FCPS announced that in the event of inclement weather, students and staff would engage in virtual instruction from home.

What that means for the future when schools are fully reopened is unclear, but for the time being, students will continue to follow the schedule for virtual learning that is currently in effect, according to Daryl Boffman, executive director of public affairs for FCPS.

An announcement regarding in-person, small-group instruction will be made by 5 a.m. on days with inclement weather, and if needed, those students will also participate in virtual learning.

If the weather is serious enough to warrant the closure of FCPS offices, an announcement will be made that the entire school system is closed, and there will be no virtual instruction. This will officially be considered a “snow day” and will have to be made up at the end of the school year.

In an email, Boffman said FCPS felt it was the perfect time to transition into using virtual learning on snowy days since students are already engaged in that model.

“It enables us to continue instruction in a pretty seamless manner and makes for fewer makeup days in June,” he said.

In anticipation of Wednesday’s inclement weather that could bring more than a foot of snow to Frederick, FCPS’s free meal distribution schedule has also been amended.

Free meals will be available for pickup at the 34 school sites and nine community sites on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Families will be able to pick up two days worth of meals. No meals will be distributed on Wednesday or Thursday.

Meals are available for any child aged 18 or younger. Children do not have to be present for adults to obtain meals for them. Adults aged 19 or older who are enrolled in educational programs for persons with disabilities are also able to obtain meals.

Meals can be picked up from the following schools: Ballenger Creek Elementary, Brunswick Elementary, Butterfly Ridge Elementary, Centerville Elementary, Deer Crossing Elementary, Emmitsburg Elementary, Glade Elementary, Green Valley Elementary, Hillcrest Elementary, Lewistown Elementary, Liberty Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Monocacy Elementary, Myersville Elementary, New Market Elementary, North Frederick Elementary, Oakdale Elementary, Orchard Grove Elementary, Spring Ridge Elementary, Sugarloaf Elementary, Tuscarora Elementary, Twin Ridge Elementary, Valley Elementary, Waverley Elementary, Whittier Elementary, Brunswick Middle, Crestwood Middle, Gov. Thomas Johnson Middle, Thurmont Middle, Windsor Knolls Middle, Frederick High, Gov. Thomas Johnson High, Middletown High, Walkersville High.

A list of community sites can be found online at fcpsnutrition.com.

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(8) comments

BornToHula2

The kids have been at home since March without seeing friends and not much to do. Let them enjoy the snow, something different, for a day. it's not like we get a lot of snow.

Rockfish

Home since March? I've seen kids all day, all year at stores, fall festivals, fairs, parks, etc. It's made me wonder just how much "learning" is really going on at home. But, I agree, give the kids their snow days off. Heck, my kids helped me clear my driveways & walks. Don't rob the kids of the chance to make a little money shoveling people's driveways & walks.

jbbmdonald

Why are they closing VIRTUAL school if the central office closes? What possible difference does that make?

vodalone

Kind of depressing knowing when things get back to normal kids will never have normal snow days again.

TomWheatley

Do the teachers have all their classroom materials at home along with a decent camera setup, the right software on their home computer, adequate bandwidth on their Internet feed, etc, etc?

Having no children in FCPS for a long time now, is the current instruction being done from the schools that have the right equipment in place or are we expecting the teachers to shell out even more money to create a home studio?

DickD

Tom, most people have a computer. That allows you to go onlinefor Zoom meetings. If you want a larger image, connect your computer to your Smart TV, using a HDMI cord. Most 10 year olds can do it. If you need to buy a 12 foot HDMI cord they are about $25. And you can use them to play any computer display.

newspostreader

Tom, FCPS Teachers are already teaching from home for the most part.

TomWheatley

More a matter of the teacher being required to have unlimited data on his/her Internet service, tying up their personal computer for the school day and a dedicated space in their home for teaching. I was hoping that FCPS would supply some portion of that.

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