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.
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.
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 9/25/2020):
14-Day Rolling Average of POSITIVES per 10,000 people = 51.01
Today’s Positivity Rate: 5.16%
Cumulative Positivity Rate: 9.65%
Breakdown of number of cases for ages 6-19:
Ages 6-11: 13
Ages 12-14: 15
Ages 15-19: 86
Data from FPS (as of 10 a.m. on 9/25/20):
Positive COVID-19 Test Result: 24 students and 5 staff out
COVID-19-Related Quarantine (related to a positive case known to FPS): 116 students and 57 staff out
This data does not include students who are out because they were identified as a household contact.
Substitute fill rate data:
The data below reflects the percentage of days that FPS is unable to fill for teacher or paraeducator needs.
Percent Unfilled (2020)
Percent Unfilled (2019)
Thank you for practicing social distancing and helping us #maskupND to help minimize the impact of COVID-19. The FPS COVID-19 Instructional Plan committee will continue to work towards their goal of returning to in-person instruction (Level 5) for all students while upholding the FPS Smart Restart Plan guiding principles.
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. The 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.
For updates on decisions of the committee, visit the FPS Instructional Plan Committee page.