Secondary Schools

  • On October 19, 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. The committee did not make any changes to the instructional model for Fargo Public Schools. Therefore, the current plans are still the following:

    Elementary Schools: Level 4 – In-Person Instruction (4 days per week) Beginning October 26
    Middle Schools: Level 3 – Hybrid Learning starting today, October 19
    High Schools: Level 3 – Hybrid Learning starting today, October 19

    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. Based on the guidance from Fargo Cass Public Health and data specific to schools and re-opening, the committee reached consensus to change the focus of future meetings. Instead of solely reviewing the data every two weeks to determine the level for instruction, the committee will now also review the data and begin discussing plans and conditions required to bring all students, Early Childhood Special Education through grade 12, back for in-person instruction in the future. At the committee’s next meeting on November 2, the committee will begin focusing on what is needed in our schools to reach Level 5 and under what conditions. Draft plans will be reviewed and discussed so the committee can vote on timelines to return to in-person instruction. Plans will be dependent upon positive cases in our schools, our ability to carry out protocols, and the ability to fill substitute positions.

Distance Learning Schedule

Secondary Instruction Schedule

  • Middle and High School Hybrid Learning (Level 3) will use a schedule that consists of four alternating days and one day of distance learning. On weeks with five days of school, this schedule will include alternating days Monday-Thursday and distance learning will occur on Friday. On weeks with fewer than five school days, an alternate calendar will be developed. Please see the calendar below for more information. 

    Teachers expected to provide instruction for:

    • in-person learners (e.g., lecture, discussion, lab, simulation...) and 
    • distance learners (e.g., recorded video of teacher, link to video online, simulation, reading, time to complete projects, ...) at minimum 25 - 30 minutes
    • Schools enforce social distancing in the classroom and in large group spaces. Visitation and field experiences are restricted.  Students and staff will be required to wear masks that adequately cover both their nose and mouth. Exceptions will be made for students with medical, behavioral, or other challenges who are unable to wear masks/face coverings.

    October Secondary School Hybrid Schedule

    Please see the schools’ websites for daily bell schedules.  

    Woodrow Wilson High School will follow its regular, daily am/pm block schedule in both on-site and distance learning formats.

COVID-19 Instructional Plan Committee

  • Fargo Public Schools has established an FPS COVID-19 Instructional Plan Committee.  The purpose of the committee is to meet every two weeks, review data regarding COVID-19 cases in our community, and make determinations for which Instructional Plan Level will be used to deliver instruction in Fargo schools.

    Smart Restart Levels

    Specific criteria used by the committee to determine which Instructional Plan Level is adopted includes:

    • Guidance from the state of North Dakota
    • Guidance from Cass County
    • Cass County Death Rate
    • Cass County hospitalization rate
    • Cass County transmission rate
    • Ability to implement social distancing
    • Staff leave data
    • Substitute fill rate

    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.

    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. 

    Click here for more information on the FPS COVID-19 Instructional Plan Committee.

Middle School Virtual Academy

  • FPS Virtual Academy for Middle School (1)
    Middle school students may choose to attend the FPS Virtual Academy for the fall semester or the full year.  The Virtual Academy will be staffed with FPS teachers. Support services such as special education and English Language services will be provided in a distance learning environment.

    Students who choose this option will participate in four courses online in synchronous (scheduled) video conference sessions and complete asynchronous (unscheduled) activities.  Virtual Academy students will have access to asynchronous activities in the Arts and Physical Education, but these courses will not be instructor led. 

    • English Language Arts
    • Math
    • Science
    • Social Studies

    Virtual Academy students will follow the Fargo Public Schools distance learning expectations as outlined in the distance learning agreement.

    Middle School Virtual Academy Schedule

     

    FPS Virtual Academy for Middle School (2)
    The number of middle school students/families who wish to be part of the Fargo Public Schools Middle School Virtual Academy is reaching or has reached the maximum student to teacher ratio.  For this reason, the Fargo Public Schools will be offering an asynchronous virtual academy experience for any new request from students/families to join the Middle School Virtual Academy.  By providing this opportunity, the student to teacher ratio in our synchronous virtual academy will not increase as more students/families take advantage of a virtual academy.  In addition, students/families will continue to have a virtual academy option.

    Registration will open on Monday, October 19.

    Registration Process:

    • Parents or Guardian contact their home building principal to discuss interest.
    • Students will be placed on a virtual academy waiting list.
      • The waiting list will be reviewed each Friday (or last work-day of the week if there is no school on Friday
    • An orientation session for new virtual academy students will occur each week
    • Students begin their virtual academy experience the Monday following the orientation session (or the first work-day of the week if there is no school on Monday)
    • Our goal is for students to begin their lessons in the FPS Virtual Academy for Middle School 2 on Monday, October 26

    How is Virtual Academy 2 different from Virtual Academy 1?

    • Edmentum coursework will be utilized 
      • Students will work on their lessons in an asynchronous mode (students complete on their own)
        • Teachers will not conduct daily synchronous (Zoom) sessions
      • Virtual academy teachers will:
        • Help the student login to Edmentum course
        • Communicate with students and families
          • Synchronous connection at least once weekly
            • Schedule 30 minutes per week for each student
          • Provide feedback and grade lessons
          • Post progress and grades for the student in PowerSchool
        • Provide communication with students’ homeschools.

    Courses:          English Language Arts / Mathematics, Science , and Social Studies 


    Click here for additional information regarding the Virtual Academy.

High School Virtual Academy

  • FPS Virtual Academy for High School  

    High school students may choose to attend the FPS Virtual Academy for the fall semester or the full year.   

    Fargo Public Schools will pay for up to six North Dakota Center for Distance Education courses (no more than two at one time) that will be included on the student’s high school transcript.  Students will consult with their school counselors to register for classes following their plan of study. 

    Virtual Academy students will follow the Fargo Public Schools distance learning expectations as outlined in the distance learning agreement. Additional information can be found on the FAQ for FPS Virtual Academy website.

    • Families should contact their building principal for questions regarding scheduling.