Parent Communication Overview

FCPS uses many communication tools to connect with parents and guardians. 

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) - 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 are about to access information about their child's:

  • attendance
  • report cards
  • class schedules
  • discipline
  • health
  • emergency contact/ physician information (updates should be made through [email protected] within SIS ParentVUE (parent account)
  • course history (middle school and high school)
  • course requests (middle school and high school)
  • gradebook (middle and high school)

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).

[email protected] 

This emergency care information system is available to FCPS parents/guardians who have a SIS ParentVUE account. Parents can enter and update their children’s medical data at their convenience online. Contact information provided automatically enrolls parents to receive eNotify communications from the district and their child’s school. eNotify is the communication tool for FCPS emergency, attendance, and essential outreach messages. eNotify messages can be sent via email, telephone, and text.

Schoology 

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 hundreds of offerings including:

  • FCPS This Week
  • advanced academic programs
  • career and technical education
  • parent resource center
  • special education
  • school psychology
  • resiliency
  • school board – individual member newsletters
  • schools – individual school

Naviance Student

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.

Social Media

The following social media platforms are used to connect with parents and students:

Cable TV

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

Contacts 

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.

Family Liaisons

Parent liaisons are available in most FCPS schools to help parents better understand the school system and advocate for their children’s education. Bilingual Community Liaisons are also available.

Parent Information Phone Lines

For parents who do not speak English as their first language, support is available. Callers can leave a message and receive a return phone call within 24 hours, Monday through Friday.

Parent Resource Center

Free workshops, confidential consultations and over 7,000 lending library materials available at the PRC 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.

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