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CONGRATULATIONS 5TH GRADERS!
Dear FPS Families,
This message is about school start and dismissal times for the 2022-23 school year. The start and dismissal times for all elementary buildings will be adjusted and the secondary buildings will remain the same for the fall of 2022. The amount of time between the elementary bus routes and secondary bus routes needs to be expanded to ensure that all students can arrive at school at appropriate times in a safe manner. This also assists Valley Bus to adjust routes when driver shortages occur. Currently, when there is a driver shortage the available drivers may drive two different routes. This delays the secondary bus route and has resulted in many secondary students being dropped off later than the school start time. The length of the elementary school day does not change; elementary students will start and end their day seven minutes earlier than the 2021-22 school year.
FPS and Valley Bus will make the following adjustments to elementary start times and bus routes starting Thursday, August 25, 2022 (first day of school for the 2021-22 school year).
- Each elementary bus route will be running seven to 10 minutes earlier each day beginning Thursday, August 25, 2022.
- Elementary students are allowed in the building 15 minutes before school starts each day. They will have the option to pick up breakfast and then report to their classroom.
- Secondary students should be at their bus stops at the times posted at the beginning of the year. The affected routes should no longer be late.
Parents can check their child’s pick-up time using the “Bus Route by Address” option on the FPS Transportation website at this link, beginning in August of 2022.
Although the 2021-22 school year has been challenging, the transportation department and staff at Valley Bus are responding to these challenges and working hard to keep students safe.
Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions.
Bob Grosz & Missy Eidsness
Associate Superintendents of Fargo Public Schools.
Virtual Academy 2022-2023
Recently, Fargo Public Schools made the decision to continue its Virtual Academy for the 2022-2023 school year. For planning purposes, we need to gather information regarding interest for next year.
Elementary (grades K-5): The elementary model will stay the same through the North Dakota Center for Distance Education (NDCDE).
Secondary (grades 6-12): Secondary students will utilize a program called Edgenuity for core classes. This program, currently used at the high schools for credit recovery coursework, provides greater flexibility to meet students’ academic needs. In addition, secondary students will have the opportunity to meet via Zoom with an FPS instructor at scheduled times throughout the day. Elective courses will be offered through NDCDE at the secondary level.
Please complete the survey linked below to indicate your interest in attending the Fargo Public Schools Virtual Academy for the 2022-2023 school year: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfFZEu1-qzxbzL7xn_Pq_txT2LnKXhJfURO9Kkx76Y7OtGGyg/viewform?usp=sf_link
More information on the Fargo Public Schools Virtual Academy can be found on our webpage: https://www.fargo.k12.nd.us/virtualacademy.
If you have questions, please contact the Virtual Academy administrators listed below:
Lori Nappe (Grades K-5)
Holly Fiechtner (Grades 6-12)
FREE SCHOOL MEALS EXPIRING JUNE 2022
A waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has enabled schools across the nation, including Fargo Public Schools, to provide all students free meals since the COVID-19 pandemic first disrupted K – 12 education in March of 2020. The free school meal benefits will expire after the last school day of the 2021 – 2022 school year.
What does this mean for families? In the fall of 2022, meals will return to paid-for status. Families will need to pay full price for student meals or fill out an application to qualify for free or reduced price meals. Applications for the 2022-2023 school year will be available starting July 1, 2022. Applications will be available on the Nutrition Services Department website after that date and will be shared at the start of the 2022-23 school year with families.
Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2022 is open online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/registration on February 1, 2022. Your child must be age 5 by July 31, 2022 to attend school in the fall.
Registration is a two-step process:
STEP ONE: REGISTER ONLINE
Complete online registration forms at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/registration. For assistance, please contact your child’s school to schedule an appointment to complete in-person. Masks are required for all visitors.
STEP TWO: SUBMIT DOCUMENTATION
Upload or bring the following documents to your child’s school by August 25 to finalize registration.
- Child’s certified birth certificate
- Child’s immunization record with 5-year shots
- Document (i.e. current city utility bill or bank statement) that includes parent/guardian name and current address for verification
If you do not know which school your child will attend, call 701.446.1043 or check online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/boundarymaps.
If you need help in PowerSchool (Fargo Public Schools online registration software), please call 701.446.1006
School counselors and staff are available during the school day to assist students. After hours and during weekends and holiday breaks, families need to utilize community supports. If you are in need of assistance for yourself or someone else, please contact the following resources:
FirstLink: Dial 2-1-1
(24/7 hour help line for community resources and emotional support)
Suicide Lifeline (answered locally): 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Red River Regional Dispatch: 701-451-7660
If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1
Enrichment Summer School
The Fargo Public Schools Elementary Enrichment program offers a wide variety of classes for children who have completed grades 2-5. The summer enrichment courses are intended to strengthen students’ self-esteem, learn new abilities, and encourage lifelong learning through creative and enriching activities. You can register online for courses by clicking the following link:
June 6th to June 17th
8:00AM – 10:30AM
10:30AM – 1:00PM
All Classes held at Lewis and Clark Elementary School
1729 16th St. S. Fargo, ND 58103
Please contact Lori Nappe, Summer School Director, with any questions at email@example.com.