Welcome From Dr. Sovine

August 15, 2019

Dear Students and Parents,

I extend a warm welcome to you as we begin the 2019–20 school year. I am looking forward to another year of opportunities to engage with you and to collaborate with teachers, administrators, school staff, and our community partners to ensure all students an excellent education.

Frederick County Public Schools is the 22nd largest of 134 school divisions in Virginia. We serve nearly 14,000 students at our 18 schools and two learning centers. All of our schools are accredited by the Virginia Department of Education. We place a great deal of focus on academic rigor and career readiness skills. In order for our students to be successful learners, our schools must be safe and free from distractions that interfere with teaching and learning.

The Student and Parent handbook sets forth the school division rules and expectations for student conduct in our schools, as well as other helpful information necessary for students to reach the ultimate goal of high school graduation. Although we tried to cover all of our policies, regulations, and procedures in this handbook, there may be times when an administrator will be required to use his or her best professional judgment to address a situation or issue that is not clearly defined in this handbook. In addition, school board policies and regulations may be added, deleted, or amended after the printing of this handbook and the changes will not be reflected in this document. The changes will, however, be reflected in the online version of the Frederick County Public Schools Policy Manual.

I encourage you to review this material together and to discuss it with school personnel if you require clarification. Our staff is devoted to creating an environment of respect and acceptance where teachers and students can focus on teaching and learning.

I look forward to working with you to make this a successful school year.


Dr. David T. Sovine