Spring Hill ES Panther Press

A Note from Principal Eck

Dear Spring Hill Families,

      It was wonderful to see so many of our Spring Hill families at Open House yesterday and can't wait to see our students on Monday for the first day of school. 

      Our doors will open on Monday at 8:35 am. School officially begins at 8:50 am, with dismissal at 3:35 pm. 

       Please be aware that we are unable to accommodate visitors for lunch at this time. We have set up the cafeteria for to maximize distancing and will have only students and staff during lunches as we start the school year. Please watch for details on when we are ready to accept volunteers and lunch visitors.  

     We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we will see our students on Monday!     


As we are planning for the first day of school we would like to make you aware of a change to our first day protocols.  As students enter the building, they will be directed and/or escorted by designated school staff to their classrooms.  In addition to our layered mitigation strategies, parents will no longer be walking students to their classrooms.  We thank you for your cooperation as we make this necessary change. 

Parents are invited to join the PTO and Administrators for a "boo-hoo" breakfast at 8:50 am in the cafeteria.  Please enter through door # 2.

Bring a water bottle.  Water fountains will not be available for students to drink from.  However, students may fill up their water bottles at classroom sinks or hydration stations. 

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

One of the most important things we do at Spring Hill is to ensure the safety of students, families, and staff during arrival and dismissal.  Below are the procedures for our school community. Please make sure to read them carefully and follow established routes for the safety of all!

During arrival and dismissal, the entrance to the bus lanes in the front of the school and the parking lot to the left of the school (by the stop light) are closed to ensure the safety of our students. 

It’s important to note that Kiss & Ride takes time. Plan thoughtfully and arrive in a timely manner to ensure your child arrives at school to begin his/her school day on time. The Kiss & Ride procedures are as follows:

Kiss and Ride arrival instructions

Enter the Kiss & Ride lane from Lewinsville Road. Loop around the school’s parking lot and follow the directions of staff. You will be directed to pull forward and a staff member will open the door for your child when it’s time to be released from the car. Your child should be seated on the passenger side of the car as they will exit from the right side only. Parents must stay in their vehicles at all times. Kiss & Ride cars will exit right onto Lewinsville Road.

Kiss and Ride dismissal instructions

Enter the Kiss & Ride lane from Lewinsville Road and loop around the school’s parking lot and follow the directions from staff. You will be directed to pull forward. Please have displayed your kiss and ride number on the passenger side front window. A staff member will call your child(ren). Students will then enter the vehicle from the passenger side of the car.

Kiss & Ride numbers are given to every family regardless of whether it is used or not. Numbers were given out during Open House and will be sent home to those families who were unable to attend. All teachers will have access to the numbers and can assist you if you don’t know your child’s number. 

Please remember to not pass cars in the Kiss & Ride lane.

Please refer to the Kiss & Ride map below:

Spring Hill Kiss and Ride


Walkers will enter Door 7 and exit the building using Doors 6, 7 & 8 at Spring HIll Elementary on the back of the building.  Kindergarten students will be dismissed from door 7 only, first grade will be released outside Door 8 and the remaining students will exit using door 6. These doors are all located in the same area.(see map). Parking is available at Spring Hill Rec center. All students must be escorted when crossing the street.

Bus Riders

Bus riders received route information directly from FCPS Transportation the week of August 16 via their Parent Vue accounts. During the first week of school, staff members will be posted in the hallways in the morning to direct students to their rooms and in the afternoon to help children find their buses at the end of the day. Please help us by ensuring that your child knows their bus number. 

Bus riders will enter and exit the building using door 1. Students will be dismissed from class upon bus arrival. 

Health and Safety Overview

  • Students and staff must wear masks indoors. Masking outdoors is not required. If you wish for your child to wear a mask outdoors, please communicate this expectation to your child and to your child’s teacher. 
  • Like last year, frequent hand sanitizing, handwashing, and surface cleaning; will be carried out.
  • We have redesigned the cafeteria and lunch plans for increased safety while students are unmasked. We have adjusted our table seating and will utilize social distancing to the extent possible. 
  • Students will be required to wear their masks as soon as they finish eating.
  • Seating charts will ensure students limit exposure to only a few classmates in class, in the cafeteria, and in specials, which will assist us in the event that contact tracing is needed.
  • There will be a cafeteria peanut-free table set up this year -- please let your child's teacher know if you want your child to sit there.
  • Screen your child’s health daily.  Parents/guardians are required to complete the daily health screening questionnaire prior to sending their student to school each morning.  The required screening must be completed for all school-aged children in the household.  If your child exhibits any symptoms, please keep your child at home. The daily health screening questionnaire will be completed on an honor basis and will not be required to be submitted to the school.

    The daily health screening questionnaire is available in the following languages: EnglishAmharicArabicChineseFarsiKoreanSpanishUrdu, and Vietnamese.

    For more information about FCPS' Health and Safety Guidance for 2021-2022, click here.

Bus Routes

As we prepare for children to come to school and go home on buses this fall, we ask you to be aware of possible adjustments to routes and scheduling. A national bus driver shortage is impacting FCPS and some routes may be longer or occasionally delayed as we work through the situation. Spring Hill will keep you informed of changes as soon as information is available. Your patience and understanding as we make adjustments is appreciated. Spring Hill and FCPS is working hard to address the need for drivers and plan for transportation in a way that has the least impact on students. 

You may consider driving, walking, or biking to school while we work through the driver shortage and adjust routes. Car pools or group walks and bikes are also encouraged for those who are able to help relieve pressure on buses. If you plan to walk or bike to school, watch this short video on pedestrian safety with your child.

Find out more about bus routes on our website and download the Here Comes the Bus mobile app.

No-Cost Breakfast/Lunch

Every student is eligible for one no-cost breakfast and one no-cost lunch each school day. However, if your student would like to purchase additional meals or a la carte items, they will need to pay. The best way to purchase items this year is to use MySchoolBucks. Set up your student’s MySchoolBucks account and help them memorize their pin. If you have questions about MySchoolBucks, Spring Hill’s front office staff can help.

Setting up a MySchoolBucks account for your student is especially helpful during the current nationwide coin shortage. FCPS cash registers will have limited coins available at the start of the school year to provide change for cash purchases. Purchases made with MySchoolBucks also keeps lines moving quickly.

Your child may choose to bring their meals and snacks to school this year. Spring Hill encourages this practice for students who have specific dietary requirements or are particularly picky. Bringing food from home ensures your child will have the meals and snacks they enjoy to fuel their day of learning.

Student Laptops

Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd Grades: Students will be assigned a device that stays in school. If devices are needed for schoolwork or projects, or in the event of an extended absence or temporary closure, devices will be sent home with students so they can continue to participate in their classwork.

Grades 3 - 6: Students will be issued an FCPS device for school use. Your child will take their device home with them each day, and should come to school each day with their device fully charged.

Summer Reading

Panthers, have you been reading this summer? Don't forget to fill out your Summer Reading "Shelfie" and bring it to your teacher by Thursday, September 2. The library has some fun prizes for all who participate! More information and a digital copy of the form is available on the Summer Reading Website (students must be logged in to their fcpsschools.net account to view). Hard copies can be picked up during the first week of school. Please contact Mrs. DeVylder (lfdevylder@fcps.edu) with any questions. Happy reading!


Students, families, and staff throughout FCPS and in our school community will use Schoology (pronounced /SKOO-luh-jee/) as our learning management system. 

Here is what you need to know now:

  • New to County Families should have received their ParentVUE activation code August 11th through the 13th.  If you do not receive the code by then please contact the main office.
  • You need a SIS/ParentVUE account to login to Schoology: http://bit.ly/FCPSSIS
  • Use your SIS/ParentVUE login information to login to Schoology: https://lms.fcps.edu. Look for the FCPS logo to make sure you are on the right login page.

Beginning of Year Forms

Our beginning of the year forms will be going home in our first-day folder. However, below are the links for your information.  You are welcome to bring hard copies to open house on 8/19, drop them off at the front office or send them to school during the first week.

Emergency Care Form 

Complete Emergency Care Card now Electronically in weCare

In ParentVUE, on August 19th, you can access the weCare module to update emergency care information and health information.  Each school year parents need to verify the information in weCare for each student.  We are required to have this completed at the start of each school year to meet regulations. Forms are due the week of August 23, 2021.

ParentVUE Access for New Families: We will work with new families this week to ensure ParentVUE access.  Contact Asma Sarwary in our front office if you need assistance obtaining a ParentVUE account.

Other Beginning of the Year Forms 

If completing opt out forms, you may drop them off at the school or send via email to Asma Sarwary at asarwary@fcps.edu.

Digital Consent Form

At Spring Hill, our teachers will use a variety of digital resources to support student learning and promote communication and collaboration with students and families. Some of the digital resources your child may use this year will require your consent before they can be used. You can find our school’s list of the resources that require parental consent here: Digital Resources at Spring Hill . The tools have been carefully reviewed to ensure that they align with the FCPS Learning Model and FCPS conducts the same technical evaluations for all products that use student information. 

You can find more information about FCPS’ commitment to student privacy at Digital Privacy in FCPS and a list of all approved digital tools is viewable online in the FCPS Digital Ecosystem Library which has links to the vendors’ privacy notices and other useful information.

Included on our digital page is also a link to a form where the enrolling parent or guardian will need to indicate whether or not their student is allowed to use the list of digital resources this year. This is form must be filled out electronically. No hard copy will be sent home.

Important Dates

August 23 - First Day of School

September 3 - 6 - Labor Day Break - Student Holiday

September 14 - Back to School Night (6 PM and 7 PM)