First day of school information

Good evening Cooper Families!  We are very excited to welcome students to Cooper tomorrow!  Students will report to Block 1 and should have received an email from Ms. Derr with the teacher/room number (your bus number will be listed as well!).  Students will receive a copy of their schedule in their Block 1 classroom.  Staff will be in halls to guide students and help them find their classrooms.

Please be reminded we anticipate additional traffic due to the 495 Next Project along with a long Kiss/Ride line, and ask that you plan accordingly for drop-off so that your student can be in our classrooms by 7:30 a.m.   The Kiss/Ride line will open at 7:00 AM. 

In this NYC:

  • School Forms
  • Transportation/Bus Reminder
  • Kiss/Ride Line

School Forms

Thank you to the many parents who have already verified their students’ forms. 

  • Parent Digital Tool Permission
    • Some of the digital resources your child may use this year require parental consent. You can complete the form here. 


As a reminder, FCPS will need to increase “double back” bus runs, meaning a bus is required to run two scheduled routes back to back that would normally have been covered by two separate buses. These “double backs” may impact delivery time to schools or bus stops and may have a domino effect throughout the day, affecting after-school drop-off times.

All students who arrive to Cooper on a “double back” will be greeted and welcomed into the cafeteria to wait until 7:20 a.m. when the doors open and students report to class.  After school, these same students will report to the cafeteria to wait for any “double back” buses.

We ask families and students to have patience and flexibility at the start of the school year while we work through the issue. You can be prepared by checking the Here Comes the Bus (HCtB) app or FCPS School Bus Delays website for potential delays. Route information and transportation intent for your child is always available and current in your SIS ParentVue account. FCPS school district code 28982

Cooper Kiss and Ride Procedures 

Cooper’s Kiss and Ride plan is designed to help keep students safe, as well as maintain traffic flow during arrival/dismissal times.  Due to FCPS Department of Facilities renovations, the back of our campus is occupied with temporary Learning Cottages, referred to as “South Manor”.  Again for this year, Kiss and Ride drop-off and pick-up will occur in the back parking lot (previous tennis courts).  Please reference the map below.

It will be important to understand, follow, and adhere to the following procedures:

AM Arrival:

  • Kiss and Ride drop-off is located at the back of the school beginning at 7:00AM 
  • Cars enter from Balls Hill Road, proceed straight, bear right around the building, and onto the Tennis Courts (behind the back parking lot). 
  • There is a designated drop off zone where students disembark, walk between the B and C quads, proceed up the stairs, and enter at door number 6 (**New this year).  
    • Note: After you have made the turn in the loop, please have students exit your vehicle on the right side (see map for the drop off location)
  • Cars exit the parking lot at the location that they entered.  
  • Access road (Dead Run) is closed during arrival and departures.
  • Cars are not permitted in front of the school from 6:45 am - 7:30 am. 

PM Dismissal:

    • Cars will use the same Kiss and Ride traffic loop for pickup.   
    • Students will exit the school and meet the vehicles at the car line
  • There will be no parking or driving in the front parking lot from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm. 

We need to do everything we can to guarantee the safety of our students.  Therefore, no students should ever be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Dead Run
  • Balls Hill Rd
  • Georgetown Pike cross streets
  • Parking lots and intersections that lead into the school. 

Staff members will be available to answer questions in regards to the procedures above.

We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation as we work together to provide a safe and efficient system for dropping off and picking up students.

Kiss and Ride map