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Fredericksburg City Public Schools (FCPS) is monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We are working closely with the Rappahannock Area Health District and following the guidance of public health professionals on steps we must take to protect the health and safety of our students, staff and community.

Dr. Catlett, Superintendent
March 23- COVID-19 Message

Governor Northam Orders Statewide Closure of Certain Non-Essential Businesses, K-12 Schools-
Effective March 23, 2020
Official Release

A Note to Seniors and Their Families 3-26-2020

Medication Pick-Up

Fredericksburg City Schools has scheduled a time at each building on Friday, March 27, 2020 for medication pick-up. Parents should pull up to the building (staying in your car) and someone will come to you to assist. Please make sure you have your ID with you since we will ask to see it before handing any medication over.

The times for each building are listed below:
Walker-Grant Center: 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Hugh Mercer Elementary: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Lafayette Upper Elementary: 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Walker-Grant Middle: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
James Monroe High School: 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Mobile Feeding Program will begin 3/23/2020

Activities and Events

All activities and events have been cancelled or postponed for the 2019-2020 school year.

Important Messages from Dr. Marceline R. Catlett, Superintendent

Fact Sheets:

What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019
Hand Washing Steps

Federal and State Resources:

Virginia Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
VA Governor Northam

Frequently Asked Questions:

FAQ’s provided by the CDC
Prevention Tips
Rappahannock Area Health District (RAHD) Handout
VDOE Frequently Asked Questions- March 23, 2020

Resources for Families:

NPR for Kids: Exploring the Coronavirus
Tips for Discussing Coronavirus with Children
Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus
NBC: How to Talk to Children and Students About the Coronavirus Outbreak

March 12, 2020- Update

As we continue to navigate this global health crisis (COVID-19) the health and well-being of our students and staff is a top priority for Fredericksburg City Public Schools (FCPS). 

Administrative leadership are making decisions based on the best available information provided through local emergency management and state/federal health agencies.  

At this time there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 linked to our schools or the City of Fredericksburg.  We are continuing to receive updates from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Virginia Department of Health (VDH), Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and numerous other agencies. 

The following actions have been put into place throughout the division to date:

  • Beginning, Friday, March 13, 2020 through March 22, 2020 schools will be closed for students and staff.  Twelve-month employees will operate under a Code Red.  Administrative offices will be closed until March 22, 2020. 
  • During the week of Spring Break our facilities will be sanitized and disinfected. Other preventative measures have also recently been deployed to help prevent the spread of germs.
  • Beginning March 13, 2020 through the end of Spring Break, all school activities, athletic practices, games, extracurricular activities and events have been cancelled. 
  • All facility usage by outside organizations has been suspended until April 1, 2020.  Staff will reassess the situation at that time. 
  • The Annual FCPS Parent/Staff Basketball Tournament games on March 12, 2020 and March 26, 2020 have been postponed. 
  • Also, donations to the Giving Tree- JMHS & Giving Tree – LUES will not be accepting new donations until further notice.  The stores will continue operation as usual, with the spring reveal happening at JMHS on April 1st.

Staff will reassess over Spring Break as additional information is available to guide both school closures and extracurricular activities.  School administrators will be providing communications specific to school events.

Have a Happy and Safe Spring Break!

March 9, 2020- Update

Fredericksburg City Public Schools (FCPS) is aware of the recent developments that Virginia has multiple presumptive positive cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

While there are no reports of COVID-19 in the City of Fredericksburg, we have heard from families who are seeking guidance and expressing concerns. FCPS continues to work closely with the Rappahannock Area Health District (RAHD), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in monitoring the status of the virus. 

According to the CDC, risk to the general American public remains low. FCPS does not plan on any making changes to the operating status of schools or events related to this situation.  However, any future decision to change operations or close one or more schools due to COVID-19 or other health risks, would be made in close collaboration with the RAHD based on CDC guidance.

We would like to remind individuals of the several precautions from the CDC to keep you and your family healthy:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue
  • Stay home if you are sick

Staff throughout the division are ensuring our schools are healthy learning environments. Several measures have been taken to help minimize the spread of germs in our facilities and on our school buses.   

FCPS will post updated information and recommendations on the division website.  The health and well-being of our students and staff is a top priority for FCPS. 

Thank you for your continued support in keeping our students and employees safe. 

March 8, 2020

Press Conference Announcing Two Presumptive Positive
COVID-19 Cases
Fairfax County Press Conference

February 28, 2020- Update

In coordination with the Rappahannock Area Health District (Virginia Department of Health), Fredericksburg City Public Schools is closely monitoring the health pandemic in China and any impact it may have locally. According to the Virginia Department of Health, “the potential public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, both globally and to the United States. But individual risk is dependent on exposure. For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to this virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.” The Fredericksburg City Health Department is coordinating with state and local public health and safety partners to be prepared to take additional public health actions, as necessary, to keep the community safe.

Also, the most up-to-date information about the novel coronavirus outbreak and additional resources can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website

During the winter season, other viruses that cause respiratory illness are common. Precautions that are recommended for avoiding colds, flu and other respiratory illnesses include good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene: covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands frequently, and staying home when sick.  If you have questions about your child’s attendance at school, please contact the school directly.

This is an evolving situation and is constantly being reassessed. If the situation in Fredericksburg City changes, additional information will be shared with the FCPS community. 
Thank you for your cooperation.