Dear Parents of Rising Sixth Graders: Speaking as Virginia’s State Health Commissioner and a parent, I appreciate the many decisions you make every day to protect your child’s health. I am writing to share information about the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine that prevents forms of cancer caused by the Human Papillomavirus in both boys and girls. The Virginia Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommend this vaccine for adolescents at age 11 or 12, which is typically the time when a child is entering sixth grade. I have included information with this letter about HPV infection and the vaccine to protect against it. As your child becomes an adolescent, it is important to schedule a health check-up for him or her every year. Three vaccines including HPV, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), and Meningococcal, are recommended for children between 11 and 12 years of age. Not all vaccines recommended by medical experts are required for school attendance in Virginia. Sixth grade girls are required to receive the HPV vaccine. As the parent or guardian, you have the right to decide that your child not receive the HPV vaccine. Seventh graders are required to receive Tdap vaccine. Please remember to provide your child’s immunization record to his or her school. Should you have any questions please contact Janaye Oliver, Adolescent Immunization Coordinator, at the Virginia Department of Health by telephone at (804) 864-8073 or by email, Janaye.Oliver@vdh.virginia.gov. Sincerely, M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA State Health Commissioner
For the safety of our workers and volunteers, we are suspending the mobile nutrition program indefinitely.
Any further inquiries should made to Brian Kiernan, Food Service Director: (540) 372-1130 X 2397 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see linked letter from Dr. Catlett – bit.ly/JMCOVIDGRAD
We have been informed that five students of James Monroe High School have reported testing positive for COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019). After a preliminary investigation by the Rappahannock Area Health District (RAHD), it has been identified that these individuals attended the graduation ceremony on June 15, 2020 and may have had direct exposure with others in attendance at this event. We are writing this letter to keep all families informed and to remind them to continue to take precautions and monitor for symptoms. Though we understand this may cause some uneasiness, the overall risk of exposure to the majority of students and staff at the event is considered low. We are working closely with RAHD to identify anyone who had close contact with the individuals to determine if they might have been exposed to COVID-19. If you are identified as having been potentially exposed, RAHD will contact you and provide additional instructions. It is recommended that anyone present at this graduation monitor closely for signs of illness, including cough, shortness of breath, or a temperature higher than 100.4F. Additional symptoms may also include chills, body aches, fatigue, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, runny nose, diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting. If you experience any of these symptoms, please stay home other than to seek medical care.
On Thursday 6/18/20 we will provide extra breakfast meals. Due to the threat of lightning on Thursday and Friday, we have cancelled all other meal services.
SURVEY – bit.ly/2MT0NBH
Our students, school staff and families have experienced unprecedented change in the last several months as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to guidance from Governor Northam and the Virginia Department of Education, we traditional in-person instruction will be interrupted again in the fall as a result of the pandemic. The requirements set upon schools will require Fredericksburg City Schools to begin the 2020-2021 school year with a plan that involves distance learning for students.
Phase Guidance for Virginia Schools – bit.ly/3hkedER
A Comprehensive Plan that moves Virginia Learners and Educators (VADOE) – bit.ly/30BA6d1
In order to ensure we meet the needs of all students to the best of our ability, please take a minute to share your thoughts with us about distance learning and what believe would be in the best interest of FCPS students this fall.
Please complete one survey per child. The survey will remain open until June 19, 2020 at 12:30 PM.