Fluvanna Middle School

FMS Course Requests for 2020-21 School Year

The FMS counseling department would like to share procedures for selecting courses for the coming school year.  Fifth, Six and Seventh grade students who have access to the internet will find their schedule request forms and teacher’s aide applications in their school counselor’s google classroom.

To access the google classrooms students use their fluco email to access their google account, go to google classroom and enter their current school counselor’s classroom.  If they are not already a member they should click the + in the upper right hand corner, select “join a class” and enter the appropriate code below.  Once in the classroom students will find the Schedule Request assignment. 

Students who do not have access to the internet will find a schedule request form and teacher’s aide application in the packet of educational resources prepared for pick up at FCHS.  Families may also find copies of the form at the FMS Counseling Program website under Scheduling Information.  Special note to 6th graders:  The Student Government Association (SGA) applications are currently only available in google classroom.  If you would like to apply for SGA but can’t access google classroom contact Mrs. Byam at lbyam@apps.fluco.org or 434-510-1000 ext 1639 so that she can get a paper application to you.

Mr. Carter’s current 5th graders “Grade 5” google classroom code: hdqemrt

Mrs. Byam’s current 6th grade “19-20 6th Grade” google classroom code: 4ynwo7z

Mrs. Smith’s current 7th grade “Grade 7 2019-20 Counseling Program” google classroom code: h3viehy

Please don’t hesitate to contact your grade level school counselor if you have any difficulties accessing google classroom.

Mr. Carter, 5th grade school counselor, marcusc@apps.fluco.org

Mrs. Byam, 6th grade school counselor, lbyam@apps.fluco.org

Mrs. Smith, 7th grade school counselor, julsmith@apps.fluco.org

Scheduling Information Webpage

Fluvanna County School Board Approves 2020-2021 School Calendar

PRESS RELEASE – March 18, 2020

On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, the Fluvanna County School Board adopted a school calendar for the 2020-21 school year. The school calendar was developed with input from parents and school staff.

The key elements of the 2020-2021 calendar are:

  • August 5, 2020 is Open House for FCHS/FMS families from 4 – 8 p.m.
  • August 6, 2020 is Open House for PK-4th grade families from 4 – 8 p.m.
  • August 11, 2020 is the first day for students.
  • December 18, 2020 is the last day of school for first semester and an early release dismissal for students.
  • December 21-January 4 is Winter Break for students.
  • April 5-9, 2021 is Spring Break.
  • May 21, 2021 is the last day of school and an early dismissal day for students.
  • May 21, 2021 is Fluvanna County High School Graduation at 7 p.m.

A copy of the calendar is attached to this press release. The calendar is available on the school division’s website.

PDF Version of 2020-21 Calendar

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FLUVANNA COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL’S PLAN FOR MEAL DISTRIBUTION DURING COVID-19 CLOSURE

PRESS RELEASE – March 16, 2020

As we all take precautions to protect ourselves and others from the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we can not forget that our students and children still need good food.

There are many children in our community that rely on the free and reduced-price meals they receive at school. These meals may be the only nutritious food that they will receive on a given day. Therefore, 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 meals will consist of items that families can prepare at home as well as ready to eat items. Food safety guidelines and food preparation instructions will be included with the meals.

Meals may be picked up at the Fluvanna County High School cafeteria on Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18 from 7 a.m. -4 p.m. Per USDA guidelines, an adult must be accompanied by a child in order to receive the meals.

If assistance is needed with transportation, call the front office at your child’s school between 10 a.m. -3 p.m. to make arrangements for home delivery.
The USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

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.

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World Languages Textbooks Available for Review

PRESS RELEASE – March 12, 2020

At its regular meeting on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, the Fluvanna County School Board will consider adoption of the textbook committee’s recommendation for a textbook for world languages.

The recommended textbooks and instructional materials will be on public display at the School Board Office weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from March 12, 2020, through April 1, 2020. Questions about the evaluation and adoption process should be directed to Brenda Gilliam at bgilliam@apps.fluco.org or (434) 589-8208.

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Fluvanna County Public Schools COVID-19 Preparation Plan and Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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-  We will continue to provide learning packets from our schools every two weeks (the weeks of April 13, April 27, May 11 and May 25).  These are designed to be opportunities and resources for our students to be engaged and to support our families. These packets are not required to be completed by our students. Students are not required to turn in the materials, and they will not be graded.  Please direct any questions regarding Learning Packets to your child’s school principal or classroom teacher. Paper copies of learning resources will be provided for families unable to access materials digitally. If you would like to request a paper copy, please contact the main office of your child’s school. 

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. 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.

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 exploring options to provide computers to students that do not have access to one at home. Please complete this survey to let us know what your student’s computer needs are. Please contact your student’s school if you do not have internet access to complete this online form.

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 Study 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-  As we all take precautions to protect ourselves and others from the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we can not forget that our students and children still need good food.

There are many children in our community that rely on the free and reduced-price meals they receive at school. These meals may be the only nutritious food that they will receive on a given day. Therefore, 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 meals will consist of items that families can prepare at home as well as ready to eat items. Food safety guidelines and food preparation instructions will be included with the meals.

We will temporarily stop distribution the week of Spring Break and resume on 4/14/20. 

The Weekend Feeding Program and Food 4 You will be distributing bags on Wednesday, April 8, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Fluvanna County High School cafeteria.

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. Per USDA guidelines, an adult must be accompanied by a child in order to receive the meals.

If assistance is needed with transportation, call the front office at your child’s school to make arrangements for home delivery.

The USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

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 or Don Stribling, Executive Director for Human Resources, Operations, and Student Services at dstribling@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-  Fluvanna County Public Schools will revisit options for families to pick up items located in our schools the week of 4/13/20. 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-  At this time, FCPS will not be offering childcare; however, we are continuing to work with community partnerships to assist those individuals who completed our Childcare Needs Survey.  

 

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.

Fluvanna County Public Schools Management Plan for COVID-19

PRESS RELEASE – March 10, 2020

Fluvanna County Public Schools staff have been working with the Virginia Department of Education and the Fluvanna County Emergency Management Office to review plans for COVID-19.

The division has purchased additional cleaning supplies and is working with school staff to ensure all areas of the school are cleaned thoroughly and regularly.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following for prevention of illness.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

The COVID-19 event is a rapidly evolving situation.  With that in mind, school and county staff along with local health department officials continue to work together to review practices and make plans.

Currently, Fluvanna County Public Schools has cancelled all field trips that were scheduled for locations out of state and the Northern Virginia area.  All other field trips will continue to be reviewed.  Study abroad trips planned for this summer are being reviewed and a decision will be made in late May about these activities.

Parents are encouraged to keep their children home from school when they are not feeling well.  Absences due to illness, quarantine or related restrictions will be considered excused absences.

We expect staff and families who have traveled or will travel to countries where the CDC has enacted a level 3 travel warning (currently China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea) to follow CDC guidance about self-isolation and stay home for a period of 14 days upon returning home and also seek medical attention if you experience fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

If you plan on traveling, domestic or internationally during the upcoming spring break, please take all possible precautions.  Guidance has also been issued about airline and cruise ship travel.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has a dedicated COVID-19 webpage (http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/) with information and resources.

Fluvanna County has also created a website with current information and links to resources-

https://www.fluvannacounty.org/community/page/covid-19-2019-novel-coronavirus

 

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