Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Per executive order of North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, Fargo Public Schools will remain closed due to COVID-19 for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. This closure is inclusive of all schools, programs, activities, trainings, meetings and building rentals. The governor has waived the need to make up a total of 12 days of closure due to COVID-19.
Distance Learning - Started April 1
Fargo Public Schools submitted its distance learning plan to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction for approval on Tuesday, March 24; the plan was approved on March 27. Fargo Public Schools began distance learning with students on Wednesday, April 1. View the videos below for additional information on the plans by program level. If you have any questions regarding the Fargo Public Schools plan, please submit them through the form available at this link. A Frequently Asked Questions document has been developed as a resource for parents and students.
For FPS staff members, the essential personnel list is fluid and may change on a daily basis as needed during this time of closure. Employees needing to report to work will be contacted directly by their principal or supervisor with further instructions. All other employees should not report to work. The District Office is closed to everyone other than essential personnel; other staff members may contact a department via email if an appointment needs to be arranged. The public may find contact information for departments or employees using our staff directory.
We know this closure decision is extremely impactful to our community. These decisions have not been made lightly by state and local leaders. Working together as a community, we can mitigate the spread and impact of COVID-19 in our community and North Dakota.
Meal Distribution Summer Schedule
Beginning Friday, May 29, Fargo Public Schools will provide free grab and go meals to all children on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays until Monday, June 29 as part of a summer meal schedule. Note: meal distribution locations and times have changed; see list below. Meals will be provided using a drive-through or walk-up meal pick-up process. There will be no distribution on Tuesday or Thursday as meals on Monday will include two days and Wednesday will include three meals. Breakfast and lunch meals for Saturday and Sunday will be provided at Friday’s meal pickup.
Free meals will be available for any child up to the age of 18 (up to 21 if receiving special education services). The free meal distribution will be solely for the pick-up of meals; meals will not be consumed at the site. Families may go to any location to receive a meal and are asked to watch for the yellow school bus.
Children do not need to be present to receive a meal as long as an approved form of identification is presented at the meal pick-up site. Approved forms of identification are:
- K-12 Student ID card from any school/school district
- A bus bag tag from any K-12 school/school district
- Student’s name or lunch account/Student ID number (subject to verification at time of pick-up)
9:50—10:15 a.m. Distribution Time
Longfellow Elementary School, Bus Loop
Cash Wise Parking Lot, 34th St & 13th Ave.
10:15—11:00 a.m. Distribution Time
Bennett Elementary School, Bus Loop
10:35—10:55 a.m. Distribution Time
North High School, South Parking Lot
Madison Elementary School, Bus Loop
11:15—11:35 a.m. Distribution Time
Horace Mann Elementary School, Parking Lot
Jefferson Elementary School, Bus Loop
11:45 a.m.—12:15 p.m. Distribution Time
Centennial Elementary School, Parent Loop
11:55 a.m.—12:15 p.m. Distribution Time
Clara Barton Elementary School, West Parking Lot
South High School, South Parking Lot
12:30—1:00 p.m. Distribution Time
Kennedy Elementary School, Parent Loop
Courts Plus (Eagles Elementary School), South Parking Lot
Ed Clapp Elementary School, Parent Loop
Meals will be distributed for the time periods outlined above, or until all meals have been distributed, whichever occurs first. Households may request meals to accommodate diet restrictions by contacting the Nutrition Services Department (701-446-154 or e-mail email@example.com) by 5:00 p.m. for the following day. Medical documentation will be required if not already on file with the Nutrition Services Department.
As of Thursday, May 21, all Fargo area playgrounds will be reopening for community use, including playgrounds located on school grounds. This decision was jointly made by the Fargo Park District and Fargo Public Schools. We look forward to families using these community spaces again. Community members are strongly encouraged to social distance while using playgrounds and surrounding fields, and properly hand wash/sanitize after visiting a communal playground. Taking these simple steps will help slow the spread of COVID-19.
At its board meeting on May 1, the North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA) directors voted to cancel North Dakota's winter and spring activities due to COVID-19. For more information on the decision, please visit the NDHSAA website.
Families who paid Student Activity Fees for the Spring of 2020 can request a refund, a transfer of the fee to a lunch account or select to donate the fee by completing an online form. If a form is not completed by the close of the school year, the fee balance will be transferred to the student's lunch account. For graduating seniors or students transferring out of the district, remaining funds may be transferred to a sibling, refunded, or donated to a fund used to financially assist low-income student athletes.
Trollwood Performing Arts School Summer Program Cancellation
After careful consideration, Trollwood Performing Arts School has cancelled its 2020 season in response to the COVID-19 crisis. This includes all arts educational programming held at Bluestem Center for the Arts and other Fargo Public School locations. Programs affected by this cancellation include Trollwood Academy, Totally Trollwood Academy, Totally Trollwood Musical, Trollwood Conservatory, Mainstage Musical, ArtSpark, Trollwood Players, Trollwood Student Leadership program, and all performances of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, scheduled for July, 2020. This cancellation announcement is only for Trollwood programs and is not related to other events scheduled to take place at Bluestem Center for the Arts.
Many factors were considered before making this difficult decision, including the unknown length and impact of social distancing requirements, shelter in place orders, quarantine regulations, and more. The health of students, volunteers, staff, and audiences is of utmost priority.
The Trollwood office will contact patrons who have purchased group sales for Cinderella with further details. All registered students will be contacted regarding registration logistics.
Further announcements will be forthcoming regarding future performances and arts educational opportunities as plans are finalized.
Fargo Davies, Fargo North, and Fargo South will continue their support of the #BeTheLight movement with other schools from across the country. The lights will be on in each stadium on the 20th of each month starting on April 20 at 9:00 p.m. for 20 minutes and 20 seconds until schools are open again.
The stadium lights at the three Fargo Public high schools will be turned on as a sign of hope to the students and community of the time when we will be back to a level of normalcy with events in stadiums, gyms, theaters, fields, courses, and on ice. For now, we need to support one another by following guidelines given by local, state, and federal authorities in hopes of slowing the spread of COVID-19. The dates and duration of the lights being on is to recognize the class of 2020 and the events they are missing out on due to COVID-19. Students and community members are asked to not gather, but to enjoy the lights from afar.
The movement was started to show support of students, schools, and communities with a sign of hope. The movement was reported to have started with a school in Texas and has spread across the country over the course of the last couple of weeks.
Due to COVID-19, all North Dakota state-wide assessments for accountability have been canceled for the 2019-20 school year. This includes NDSA, NDAA and ACT.
Additionally, all ACT makeup testing dates have been canceled by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) for spring 2020. ACT has provided North Dakota 11th graders who were not able to test on the initial test date of March 3, 2020, the opportunity to take the ACT with Writing on either the June or July national test date at no cost to them. NDDPI will provide vouchers for these tests. Students will need to go to ACT’s Website to register for the national June or July test date, using the voucher. On this registration site, students will be able to choose an available test center nearest to them. More information will be coming concerning the voucher request process.
College Board has provided information on their website regarding AP exams this spring. Through College Board, students have access to free resources through the exam day. Students also have the ability to cancel at no charge
Enrolling/Exiting School During Closure
Per the executive order of North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, all Fargo Public Schools are closed indefinitely due to COVID-19. During this time, families may need to enroll or exit their student(s) to or from the Fargo Public Schools. This will occur through appointment at the school building. Parents should contact the building principal to set up their appointment.
Information for Staff
The essential personnel list is fluid and may change on a daily basis as needed. Employees needing to report to work will be contacted directly by their principal or supervisor with further instructions. All other employees should not report to work. All standing Fargo Public Schools committee meetings are canceled until further notice.
The District Office is closed to everyone other than essential personnel; other staff members may contact a department via email if an appointment needs to be arranged. Please use the Employee Portal to look up employee or department contact information.
Staff members are asked to check their email daily for important announcements and updates regarding COVID-19. Additionally, a FAQ page has been developed for staff members and will be updated as needed.
The Fargo School Board authorized administration to continue to pay all staff their regularly scheduled days or hours during the 2019-2020 school year due to COVID-19 related closure and not require the use of leave during this time.
Wondering what to do if you are or someone you live with is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms? View this guide for direction.
The state of North Dakota has issued travel quarantine orders for those who have traveled internationally. For more information, click here. Also on the website is a brief travel questionnaire for those who have recently traveled and an assessment you can take if you are feeling unwell.
Additional information related to travel is available at this link.