• COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

  • In January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported an outbreak of a new strain of Coronavirus, identified as COVID-19, in China. The virus spreads rapidly from person-to-person and primarily affects the respiratory system. Symptoms range from mild to severe illness and even death. The elderly and those of any age with underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more severe illness. COVID-19 was first reported in the United States in early February 2020. In early March, the WHO characterized COVID-19 as a world-wide pandemic. By mid-March, all 50 states and four U.S. territories had reported cases of COVID-19.  For more information on COVID-19, please see our resources page.

    Smart Restart Logo 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.

Weekly Data

  • COVID-19 Data Report November 20th Update:  

    The purpose of this weekly report is to share information specific to COVID-19 in Cass County and Fargo Public Schools. This data, in consideration with other factors, continues to be utilized by the FPS COVID-19 Instructional Plan Committee.

    Data from Cass County (as of 10 a.m. on 11/20/2020):

    Today’s Positivity Rate: 14.69% 
    Cumulative Positivity Rate: 19.74%

    Breakdown of number of active cases for ages 6-19:
    Ages 6-11:  71
    Ages 12-14: 52
    Ages 15-19: 118

    Source: https://www.health.nd.gov/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/north-dakota-coronavirus-cases

    Data from FPS (as of 10 a.m. on 11/20/20):
    Positive COVID-19 Test Results:  

    Students: 34 students tested positive this week.  43 students are in isolation as of 11/20/2020 due to a positive test result. The chart below shows active positive cases for students. 

     

    Total Number

    Percent of Total Population

    Elementary

    19

    0.43%

    Middle 

    7

    0.31%

    High

    17

    0.56%


    Staff:
    9 staff members tested positive this week. 14 staff members are out as of 11/20/2020 due to a positive test result.  The chart below shows positive cases for teachers and paraeducators.

     

    Total Number

    Percent of Total Population

    Elementary Teachers

    4

    0.78%

    Middle School Teachers

    2

    0.87%

    High School Teachers

    1

    0.33%

    Elementary Paraeducators

    3

    1.49%

    Middle School Paraeducators

    0

    0.00%

    High School Paraeducators

    2

    2.78%

    COVID-19-Related Quarantine: 

    Student Close Contacts: 314 students are considered close contacts as of today due to being exposed to a  positive COVID-19 case. These students could be close contacts from school cases, family cases, and community related cases. 

     

    Total Number

    Percent of Total Population

    Elementary

    231

    5.21%

    Middle 

    9

    0.4%

    High

    74

    2.4%

    Student Close Contacts Quarantined: Out of the student close contacts, 261 are quarantined due to contact without mask wearing. Per the governor’s new guidelines, close contacts in cases where the positive individual and the close contact were properly masked do not need to be quarantined. 

     

    Total Number

    Percent of Total Population

    Elementary

    195

    4.4%

    Middle 

    3

    0.13%

    High

    63

    2.08%

    Staff: The chart below shows teachers and paraeducators that are in quarantine.

     

    Total Number

    Percent of Total Population

    Elementary Teachers

    45

    8.82%

    Middle School Teachers

    12

    5.22%

    High School Teachers

    23

    7.57%

    Elementary Paraeducators

    37

    18.32%

    Middle School Paraeducators

    5

    7.81%

    High School Paraeducators

    10

    13.89%


    Substitute fill rate data:
     

    The data below reflects the percentage of days that FPS is unable to fill for teacher or paraeducator needs. 

    Week

    11/9 - 11/13

    Percent Unfilled (2020)

    Percent Unfilled (2019)

    Teachers:

       

    Elementary

    47.54%

    27.98%

    Middle School

    33.73%

    14.47%

    High School

    33.33%

    2.97%

    Total Teachers

    39.14%

    19.52%

    Paraeducators:

       

    Elementary

    72.41%

    65.47%

    Middle School

    72.13%

    55.32%

    High School

    75.86%

    22.73%

    Total Paraeducators

    71.97%

    58.65%

    Total Teachers & Paraeducators

    54.40%

    32.48%

     

    Week

    11/16 - 11/20

    Percent Unfilled (2020)

    Percent Unfilled (2019)

    Teachers:

       

    Elementary

    33.68%

    30.23%

    Middle School

    29.27%

    24.64%

    High School

    22.92%

    15.94%

    Total Teachers

    29.92%

    25.81%

    Paraeducators:

       

    Elementary

    70.49%

    63.70%

    Middle School

    73.85%

    61.22%

    High School

    71.74%

    80.33%

    Total Paraeducators

    71.43%

    67.19%

    Total Teachers & Paraeducators

    48.27%

    44.52%

     

Current Instructional Plan Level

  • On November 16, the Fargo Public Schools (FPS) COVID-19 Instructional Plan Committee met. The committee reviewed data and discussed what protocols and changes need to be made in our schools to achieve the FPS COVID-19 Instructional Plan Committee’s goal to bring students back to the classroom for full-time in-person instruction while also upholding the four guiding principles of the committee, which include ensuring the safety and well-being of all students and employees.

    Per recommended guidance from local healthcare agencies, a modified return to in-person instruction plan was presented to the committee. This plan was modified following guidance from Fargo Cass Public Health and Dr. Paul Carson, a leading expert on infectious diseases in our community. The plan keeps the current instructional model in place for all levels for the remainder of the first semester. The goal now is to return to in-person instruction for all grade levels beginning January 19, 2021. Rationale for the modified plan is provided later in this message.

    The committee adopted the modified plan. The plan includes a tentative timeline to return to in-person instruction. The timeline below is a goal but is subject to change as the committee continues to review data and guidance specific to COVID-19.

    Elementary Schools: Level 4 – In-Person Instruction (4 days per week) until January 19, 2021
    In-person instruction four days a week allows the opportunity for FPS staff to connect and support students that are quarantined or isolated during the distance learning day for all other students. Therefore, transitioning to five days a week with a significant number of students continuing to be quarantined or isolated can create additional gaps for learning loss.

    Middle Schools: Level 3 – Hybrid Learning until January 19, 2021
    Per the updated guidance, the phased-in approach for middle school students has been changed. Based on the modified plan, the goal now is to return all middle school students to in-person instruction beginning January 19, 2021.

    High Schools: Level 3 – Hybrid Learning until January 19, 2021

    Although the FPS COVID-19 Instructional Plan Committee’s adopted plan sets a goal of returning to in-person instruction for all grade levels beginning the second semester, which begins on January 19, 2021, Fargo Public Schools may need to transition one or multiple buildings to distance learning for set periods of time due to staffing shortages. Critical staffing shortages continue to create operational challenges that may lead classrooms or schools to transition to distance learning while working toward the goal established by the FPS COVID-19 Instructional Plan Committee.

    Though the committee adopted a plan with an established timeline as a goal, it is important to know that the committee will adapt and make changes based on new information or guidance, if needed. The timeline referenced above is the goal of the plan that was adopted. If guidance and data require a change or delay in this plan, the committee can exercise that option at future meetings.