Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Fargo Public Schools (FPS) is 100% committed to our mission to educate and empower all students – no matter our current world circumstances. We are committed to providing the safest education environment possible for our students and staff. To that end, Fargo Public Schools administration has developed a “Smart Restart” reentry plan to our schools for students and staff for the upcoming 2020 – 2021 school year. For more information, visit www.fargo.k12.nd.us/smartrestart or use the menu at the left hand side of this page.
Current Instructional Plan Level
On August 10, the Fargo Public Schools COVID-19 Instructional Plan Committee met to decide the FPS Instructional Level for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, in accordance to the FPS Smart Restart Plan. After thoughtful deliberation, the COVID-19 Instructional Plan Committee determined to open the school year under the following levels:
Elementary Schools: Level 3 – Hybrid Instruction
Middle Schools: Level 3 – Hybrid Instruction
High Schools: Level 3 – Hybrid Instruction
The goal of the Fargo Public Schools COVID-19 Instructional Plan Committee is to help Fargo Public Schools reach Level 5, where all students and staff can safely return to in-person instruction. Specific criteria used to help make this determination included, but are not limited to: guidance from the state, guidance from Fargo Cass Public Health, Cass County COVID-19 death rate, Cass County COVID-19 hospitalization rate, Cass County COVID-19 transmission rate, and considerations to the implementation of the FPS Smart Restart Plan. When considering specific Cass County data, a 14-day rolling average of COVID-19 cases was used.
The committee decided that, when possible, it will work to provide at least two-weeks’ notice prior to making a change in Level for Fargo Public Schools. However, due the changing data and the ability for the number of COVID-19 cases in our community to suddenly increase or decrease, sometimes a two-week notice may not be feasible. The 18 members of the FPS COVID-19 Instructional Plan Committee are committed to meeting every two weeks, reviewing COVID-19 specific data in Cass County and making the best decision for Fargo Public Schools using the four guiding principles stated above.