FPS SMART RESTART PLAN
School Districts are operating with unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 World Pandemic. Districts are expected to continue to deliver accessible education opportunities to all students while dealing with public health challenges, evolving understanding of COVID-19 and shifting guidelines, shifting circumstances, compressed timelines, and dramatic changes in practice – all while under intense scrutiny.
Fargo Public Schools (FPS) is 100% committed to our mission to educate and empower all students to succeed – 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, working with local, city, and state health officials, and utilizing recommendations from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create the structure for the plan.
Guiding Principles for reopening FPS Schools:
- Ensure the safety and well-being of all students and employees.
- Promote equity and accessibility to learning for all students.
- Provide instructional delivery systems to meet the needs of all students
- Foster positive relationships and interactions
Components for crafting the final version of the FPS Smart Restart Plan:
- Research by FPS administration regarding safe school restart plan components
- Staff, parent, and student responses to online surveys
- Staff work sessions to refine FPS Smart Restart Plan
- Parent and public input meetings to inform and further refine FPS Smart Restart Pan
It is important to keep in mind that the FPS Smart Restart Plan is subject to revision at any time based upon updated information and mandates from city, state, and national health and government officials.
Winter Weather Procedures
With distance learning as an option during the 2020-21 school year, Fargo Public Schools administration has considered all options on how to handle a snow day, including cancelling school and making up the day on the days noted in the school calendar (April 30 and May 17), learning from home through distance learning, or cancelling the day and considering not making up the day if our school calendar exceeds North Dakota requirements for instructional hours.
For the 2020-21 school year, Fargo Public Schools will do the following if our weather prevents us from having school:
- School will be cancelled for the first one to two snow days that fall Monday through Thursday. If there is a snow day on a preplanned Friday distance learning day, distance learning will occur. If one to two snow days occur, we will make up the days on either April 30 and or May 17.
- Any additional snow days after two days will either be a distance learning day at home or will be cancelled and the makeup requirement waived.
When our winter weather hits, Fargo Public Schools will continue to communicate about our snow days and if any changes are needed. Please pay close attention to our District newsletter, SchoolTalk¸ and be ready for announcements on days when our winter weather hits.