Family Communication Resources
FCPS Communications for Families
FCPS is committed to providing families with regular news and information to support student learning and to promote family involvement. FCPS communicates in many ways, such as:
Student Information System (SIS) - SIS ParentVUE
The Student Information System (SIS) provides secure online access to student information for parents and middle/high schoolers.
After obtaining a SIS ParentVUE account, parents can access information about their child's attendance, report cards, class schedules, discipline, health, and emergency contact/ physician information. In addition, parents of middle and high school student can access course histories, course requests, and gradebooks.
Your SIS ParentVUE login credentials can also be used to access Schoology (see more below).
All parents/guardians of middle school and high students, who have registered for a SIS Parent Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS, receive Weekly Progress Reports.
Students also have access to the Student Information System through SIS StudentVUE.
FCPS Text Messaging for Parents
Parent cell phone numbers that are listed in the SIS are automatically enrolled to receive text messages. Text messaging is an additional way to quickly and efficiently contact parents when your child’s school or district needs to notify you in cases of emergency, attendance, and essential communications related to your student(s) education. Note that the text messaging option is not meant to replace primary modes of communication (email, phone message, school website, or backpack letters).
TalkingPoints is an easy and safe way families can communicate in their home languages with their child’s teachers for free. There are two ways families can use TalkingPoints.
- School and teacher messages will come directly to the phone number that is registered in our system as a SMS text or through the TalkingPoints Parent App.
- You can reply by text or through the app.
Schoology helps students stay organized. Teachers use Schoology to post their classroom materials online; to provide a safe forum for students to discuss their ideas and collaborate on projects; and to assign and collect homework electronically.
Your SIS ParentVUE (parent account) login credentials can also be used to access Schoology. Parents can use Schoology to see a child's classes, assignments, and announcements.
News You Choose
This subscription-based, email communication tool is used for the distribution of non-critical communications such as newsletters, events, news updates, and other topics. Parents can subscribe to newsletters on hundreds of topics including:
- School newsletters
- FCPS This Week (division news)
- School Board members
- Family Resource Center (webinars, events, and other parent resources)
- Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities
- Family and School Partnerships
- And more!
Naviance Student is a comprehensive website designed for parents of middle school and high school students who are making decisions about academic plans, colleges, and careers.
The following social media platforms are used to connect with parents and students:
- Facebook | Facebook en Español | Facebook in Korean
- Twitter | Twitter en Español
- YouTube | YouTube en Español | YouTube in Korean | YouTube Multilingual
FCPS produces award-winning programming that is used in schools and broadcast on three open cable TV channels: Channel 21, Channel 25 and Channel 99. Check out our Cable TV Guide to learn about what is happening.
Questions, comments, and suggestions are welcome. If your communication involves a specific student, the first step should be to reach out to someone at your child’s school, such as the teacher or principal. Other communications can be directed to regional offices or FCPS departments. Check out our contact page for a directory and information commonly needed through the year.
Parent Information Phone Lines
For parents who do not speak English as their first language, support is available through our parent information phone lines. Callers can leave a message and receive a return phone call within 24 hours, Monday through Friday.
Family Resource Center
Free workshops, confidential consultations, and over 7,000 lending library materials available at the Family Resource Center help ensure that ALL students are inspired, engaged, and thriving.
Multilingual Family Podcast: Arabic, Korean, Spanish
The FCPS Multilingual Family Podcast offers timely, important information related to school news. The podcasts are produced in conjunction with the Office for ESOL Services and the Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement.
FCPS Communications in Many Languages
You may wish to read FCPS messages in a language other than English. Read more about the ways you can receive or view our communications in a different language.