2019 – 2020 Fluvanna County Public Schools
 Facts and Frequently Asked Questions during COVID-19 

Please note, this continues to be a changing situation, we will update information weekly.

VA TV Classroom- In the April 8, 2020 VDOE News Release, Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane announced that four Virginia public media stations will broadcast teacher-led classroom instruction aligned with the commonwealth’s academic standards into homes across the state beginning Monday, April 13th, 2020.  

Grading – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)-  CLICK HERE

Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing-  The Virginia Department of Education has been granted a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education for federally mandated testing for 2020.  There will be no Spring of 2020 SOL testing. Students in Grades 4 – 7 may be given an SOL test in reading and mathematics when we return to school in the fall.  The purpose of this testing would be to determine skill deficits and monitor student progress.

Dual Enrollment-  Click here for updates regarding Dual Enrollment.  For questions related to this topic, please contact: Mr. Frank Sampson, Assistant Principal at hsampson@apps.fluco.org.    

Advanced Placement Classes-  Angie Blevins, School Testing Coordinator, and the College Board have reached out to students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes regarding options for testing.  The College Board has offered an at home testing option. This is a different format than previous AP tests. The division still plans to pay for these assessments for any student who is still interested in testing.  Students are also able to opt-out of testing with no penalty. Please reach out to Ms. Blevins at ablevins@apps.fluco.org if you have further questions or need assistance.

Virtual Virginia Classes-  We are currently in conversation with Virtual Virginia about options for students who wish to continue with their instruction remotely.  Our school counseling staff is reaching out to individual students regarding access to online content to determine if this is feasible. Mr. Chris Roberson, School Counselor, is serving as the contact for this.  He may be reached at croberson@apps.fluco.org.  

Graduation-  Our outstanding Class of 2020 will be recognized for their perseverance, integrity and determination in the Fall of 2020. In the coming weeks, we will post a specific date with additional information.  

Senior Awards Ceremony–  While state/federal guidelines do not allow for an in-person, Senior awards ceremony, we are developing plans to publicly recognize and honor seniors for earning various scholarships and awards.

PreK-8–  School closure will not impact a student’s ability to progress to the next grade. Grades will be determined based upon student performance prior to school closure. Teachers are working to identify any skills not yet taught, and embed them into instruction for the next school year.

Learning Packets-  Teachers will be sharing digitally updated learning resources beginning the week of April 13th, and then every two weeks for the remainder of the school year (April 27th, May 11th and May 25th). If you are unable to access the digital learning resources, please contact your child’s school to arrange to pick up a paper copy on Wednesday, April 15th between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Just a reminder, these learning resources are designed to be opportunities for our students to be engaged while at home. These resources are not required to be completed and they will not be graded.  

Internet Access Options-  Each FCPS school building has an open public wireless network named FCPS-Public. Students that do not have Internet access at home, may use the FCPS-Public wireless from a personal vehicle in any of our school building parking lots as long as they practice social distancing. The bus loops and pick-up loops at all locations except the High School have good reliable wireless. For FHS, please refer to this map and park as close to the yellow marked areas as possible. The marked areas are directly in front of the main entrance, outside of the annex gym and at the building’s bus loop entrance. In order to use the network, one must connect to the FCPS-Public wireless network which doesn’t have a password and then install the public SSL certificate found on the www.fluco.org homepage. The certificate download and instructions for installing the certificate can be found here. Once the certificate is installed, online content will be available to the end user. All Internet traffic will be monitored and graphic, obscene and violent traffic will be blocked by the division’s content filter. If you choose this option, please remain in your vehicle.

Internet service providers offer Internet service at a reduced rate for students who participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). These programs are provided through the FCC and are called Lifeline. Use the National Verifier to look through a list of providers and options here. In order to qualify, there will be an application process. Below are some of the local providers Lifeline options. Virginia’s CommonwealthConnect also has details about local carrier’s COVID offerings here

Centurylink’s Lifeline offers Internet service and telephone options

Comcast’s Lifeline offers Internet service and discounted computers

Verizon Wireless Lifeline provides discounts on monthly service plans

Student Computer Access-  We are working to provide computers to students that do not have access to one at home.  Please complete this survey to communicate your student’s computer needs.  Please contact your student’s school if you do not have internet access to complete this online form. Our schools will begin to reach out to coordinate the computer pick-up starting the week of April 13th for those students that fall under a priority circumstance. All other requests will be reviewed and the student’s school will be in touch when the device is available. 

Special Education and Section 504-  Fluvanna County Public Schools will continue to adhere to federal and state IDEA & 504 timelines and regulations, with schools continuing to communicate directly with parents regarding IEP meetings, Eligibility Committee meetings, Section 504 meetings, and Child Find meetings.  Meetings will not be held in person, schools will instead offer meetings via phone or video conferencing. Parents may contact building principals or the Director of Special Education, Jennifer Valentine jvalentine@apps.fluco.org with specific questions about special education and Section 504. 

Meal Distribution- There are many children in our community that rely on the free and reduced-price meals they receive at school. FCPS is offering grab and go meals free of charge to children, 18 years and under, from low-income areas. Each child will receive 5 breakfast and 5 lunch meals that meet USDA meal pattern requirements. The USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

Meals may be picked up at the Fluvanna County High School cafeteria on Tuesday, April 14 and Wednesday, April 15 from 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. If assistance is needed with transportation, call the front office at your child’s school to make arrangements for home delivery. 

The Fluvanna Christian Service Society Food Pantry is also open from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Monday through Friday to distribute non-perishable food. Recipients must have identification and be a resident of Fluvanna County. The Pantry is located at the Carysbrook Complex in Fork Union.

Monetary donations to the Fluvanna County Food Pantry may be sent to: Fluvanna Christian Service Society, PO Box 371, Fork Union, VA 23055, 434.842.2521.

Donations of non-perishable food may be made at any of the school offices or the MACCA Office in Carysbrook.

For additional information regarding meals distribution please contact:  Gwen Jones, Supervisor for Food Services at gjones@apps.fluco.org

School Office Hours-  Fluvanna County Public School buildings are open to essential staff only. If you need any assistance, please contact: Central Office, 434.589.8208; West Central Primary, 434.510.1016; Central Elementary, 434.589.8318; FMS, 434.510.1000; FCHS, 434.589.3666, Abrams Academy, 434.510.1008. FCPS School Contact Information

Item Pick Up- If there is an urgent need (i.e. medication), contact the main office of your child’s school to set up a date and time.

VHSL Sports-  All Virginia High School League (VHSL) sports and activities have been suspended until further notice.  This includes practices and conditioning. A final determination about spring events will be made in May.  Any questions regarding sports and activities should be directed to Scott Morris, Activities Director, at scmorris@apps.fluco.org.  

Here is a link to the VHSL press release- VHSL Press Release

Essential Personnel Childcare- FCPS has collaborated with the Fluvanna Department of Social Services and has a list of five local options for families needing childcare for children of essential personnel.  All of these childcare providers are currently taking new students. For additional information contact us at 434.589.8208 or email Don Stribling at dstribling@apps.fluco.org or Jennifer Valentine at jvalentine@apps.fluco.org

The Fluvanna County School Board is committed to nondiscrimination with regard to sex, gender, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, ancestry, age, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. This commitment will prevail in all of its policies and practices concerning staff, students, educational programs and services, and individuals and entities with whom the Board does business. Mr. Don Stribling, Executive Director of Human Resources/Student Services/Operations is designated as the responsible person (Compliance Officer) regarding assurances of nondiscrimination. Any complaint alleging discrimination based on a disability shall be directed to Ms. Jennifer Valentine, Director of Special Education (the Section 504 Coordinator). Both may be reached at the following address: 14455 James Madison Highway, Palmyra, VA 22963; telephone (434) 589-8208. The Fluvanna County School Board is an Equal Opportunity Employer.