Message to All Employees on Virtual Start

By Office of Communication and Community Relations
August 17, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Our goal is to keep our FCPS family 100 percent intact as we prepare for the virtual start to the school year. Understandably, we have had concerns about employment from our bus drivers and Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) employees. We have also had inquiries of concern from many other staff members who are anxious about the future for their colleagues. For that reason, I am sharing this information with all staff.

There are no plans to furlough any bus drivers during the 2020-21 school year. Drivers are scheduled to return to work on August 25. Many of you may be asked to deliver meals to specific locations or along designated bus routes. For drivers not involved in food delivery, we will provide alternative work assignments such as light facilities maintenance, student support, or delivering books and supplies to schools. Human Resources will work with you to find a suitable job match. You will be paid for your regular scheduled hours as long as you perform the duties as assigned to you.  

There are also no plans to furlough any food service workers during the 2020-21 school year. As you know, the FNS Fund relies on revenue from sales of food products to operate. FNS revenues are down significantly due to the school closures. However, we are working on an alternative plan that we believe can keep all food service workers employed throughout the 2020-21 school year. FNS managers and drivers will return to work August 20 and FNS workers return August 26. As with our transportation employees, FNS staff not assigned to prepare or assist in the distribution of grab and go meals will be asked to perform other job duties.   

I’d like to thank our food service employees for your heroic efforts to provide grab and go meals for our families since our schools shut down in March. More than 2 million meals have been served so far. Food distribution will continue through the rest of summer break and once the school year begins.   

 We are surveying FCPS families to determine meal demand during the school year. The results may lead to revisions to the food distribution schedule and will help us plan assignments for food service and transportation employees. Other school-based operational staff such as security specialists and office staff may also be asked to work in different capacities to support virtual learning.

I hope this update will ease any concerns about your job. We truly value the work you do for our students, families, and community. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Scott Brabrand, Superintendent