Frederick County Public Schools has announced it is suspending all small group instruction and winter sports practices beginning Monday, Jan. 4, given the worsening COVID-19 health metrics in the county. All instruction will be conducted virtually until further notice, according to an FCPS news release.
FCPS officials stated that during the last three days, COVID-19 metrics provided by the Frederick County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have shown increases or all-time highs in COVID-19 cases. As FCPS continues to monitor these health metrics, it is working with the Frederick County Health Department to determine when small groups could return to classrooms and when winter sports practices can resume.
During this period of virtual instruction, teachers will still be permitted to use classrooms to offer instruction. Students who need internet access to attend remote classes will be allowed to enter school buildings.
FCPS plans to share details regarding the transition to a hybrid model of instruction later this week. The hybrid model, which would bring groups of students back to the classrooms for in-person instruction on designated days, was set to begin at the start of the second semester on Jan. 28.
Look for more updates on the Frederick County Public Schools website.