FHS Hornet News

Preparing and Educating for Success! 8/14/2020

Recent Updates

Dear FHS Families,


I hope this newsletter finds you and your family well. District administrators and staff have worked diligently throughout the summer to develop plans for the safe "Return to Learn" of all our students and staff. The CDC, local health department, and local surveys have all served as useful resources in the development of these plans.


The goal is to return to in-person learning for our students, but please know that school will look different this year. Provided below are the detailed safety precautions that have been implemented. It is important to remember that these plans and protocols may be altered or changed as new information is made available.


Information regarding the start of the school year will be shared by the district in the coming weeks. This information is evolving and fluid, which may require plans to be altered as we move forward.


Please reach out with any questions or concerns you have. This will be a unique year and will require everyone supporting each other and working together. Demonstrating understanding, patience, and grace will be our guide throughout this year.


We look forward to seeing our students and facilitating their learning.


#FultonProud

#TogetherWeCan


Kati Boland

FHS Principal

Beginning School Dates

Tuesday, August 18 at NOON: Deadline to register for Launch Virtual Schooling

Wednesday, August 19: Schedules will be available through sisk (refer to Schedules below)

Friday, August 21: Our Virtual Open House will be shared with students and parents via email

Monday, August 24: Launch Virtual Schooling begins

Monday, August 24: Virtual Freshman Orientation will be sent to students and parents via email parents

Wednesday, August 26: First day of school for in-person learning

Monday, August 31: Virtual Meet the Hornets


*Freshmen Parent Orientation Meeting TBA

Schedules

FHS student schedules can be accessed through the SISK Student 360 Portal on 8/19/20


  • Login to SISK through the Student 360 Portal
  • Select the student for which you wish to view a schedule
  • Scroll down until you see the "Student Schedule" tile
  • You can click the "GO TO STUDENT SCHEDULE" to see more viewing options


Visual Instructions: https://www.fulton58.org/vnews/display.v/SEC/Return%20to%20Learn

At the link below, there is a video tutorial on how to navigate Tyler SIS360.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H512BGKdOWE&feature=youtu.be


Schedule changes can be made by making a request using this link: 2020 Fall Schedule Changes

Fulton High School "Return to Learn" Plan

Mission/Our Why:

Our mission is to provide a safe setting for students and staff utilizing reasonable social distancing and sanitation protocols


DISTRICT "RETURN TO LEARN" PLAN

COVID-19 SCHEDULE:

The high school has adopted a block schedule for the 2020-2021 academic year. This schedule was developed to support the district’s "Return to Learn Plan" and COVID-19 concerns. This schedule:

  • Provides for fewer passing periods per day

  • Allows for five lunch shifts with fewer students per shift

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Universal Precautions

Social Distancing:
  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask or face covering when they are closer than 6 feet apart.

  • Individual partitions will be available for each student to use throughout the day

  • There will be reminders from staff for students to socially distance while in common areas

Sanitation:

  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available at building entrances, in hallways, in the cafeteria, in offices, and on buses

  • Additional sneeze guards will be installed in various areas

  • The number of visitors allowed in the building will be limited

  • Masks are strongly recommended

  • Drinking fountains will be used for bottle filling only (please remind your student to bring a bottle to school)


*Any of these protocols could be modified as needs and mandates change.

Arrival Protocol

Social Distancing:
  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask or face covering when they are closer than 6 feet apart.

  • We will be possibly utilizing two doors—the one in the circle drive for bus riders and the one at the gym entrance for car riders and drivers

  • Our morning schedule has been changed as follows:

    • Doors will open at 7:10 am

    • The bell will ring at 7:30 am to dismiss students to their classrooms and exit the common areas; only students who are eating breakfast will remain in the commons at this time

    • Students who wish to avoid using the commons area may arrive after 7:30 am, enter through the circle drive entrance, and report straight to their classrooms

    • The tardy bell will ring at 7:45 am

  • We are considering opening the gym and the theater for students to utilize prior to the 7:30 am bell to allow more social distancing upon arrival

  • Band students will report outside for band practice at 7:15 am

Sanitation:

  • All common areas will be sanitized after first hour begins

  • Hand sanitizers are located at all entrances

  • Custodial or food staff will sanitize after students leave tables

Dismissal Protocol

Social Distancing:
  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask or face covering when they are closer than 6 feet apart.

  • Bus riders will be released by bus number via intercom announcement

  • Students must ride their assigned buses

  • Walkers/drivers will be dismissed at 3:10 pm

  • Students may not congregate in the commons after dismissal

Sanitation:

  • Custodial staff will spray all rooms after school

  • Custodial staff will spray common areas after activities

Breakfast Protocol

Social Distancing:
  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask or face covering when they are closer than 6 feet apart. While a student is eating, they do not need to have a mask/face covering on.

  • Only the students who are eating will be allowed to remain in the commons

  • The number of students sitting at each table will be limited and all students are required to sit while eating

  • Teachers will allow students to bring food into their classrooms prior to the 7:45 am bell

Sanitation:

  • Food services guidelines will be followed

  • Finger prints will not be used in the food service line

  • Custodial/food staff will sanitize after students leave tables

  • Wipes will be available for student use

Lunch Protocol

Social Distancing:
  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask or face covering when they are closer than 6 feet apart. While students are eating, they may remove their masks/face coverings.

  • There will be five lunch shifts instead of our usual three shifts

  • There will be a limited number of students allowed at each table

  • Students must sit at the same table each day

  • It is possible that partitions will be added to each table

Sanitation:

  • Food services guidelines will be followed

  • Finger prints will not be used in the food service line

  • Custodial/food staff will sanitize after students leave tables

  • Wipes will be available for student use

Hallway Protocol

Social Distancing:

  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask or face covering during passing periods.
  • Block scheduling will reduce our normal eight passing periods to four passing periods per day

  • We strongly suggest students wear masks during passing periods

  • One-way traffic patterns will be established in the hallways around the library during passing periods

  • E-hall passes will be set to limit the number of students at each of our various building locations

Sanitation:

  • Every hallway will have a wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispenser

  • Our staff will sanitize after each passing period

  • Custodians will sanitize common areas throughout the day

PE Protocol

Social Distancing:


  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask or face covering when they are closer than 6 feet apart or strenuous activities are taking place.
  • Outside activities will be scheduled as often as possible

  • Activities will allow students to be socially distanced whenever possible

  • Locker rooms will remain closed, and students will not dress out for classes

  • Students are encouraged to use a hallway locker for their backpacks

  • Students will be assigned to small groups in strength and conditioning classes

  • We will follow the guidelines established for activities in the 5-tiered system

Sanitation:

  • Equipment will be regularly sanitized by teachers and custodians

  • Hand sanitizer dispensers are located by the gym and locker room doors

Band/Choir/Guitar/Piano Protocols

Social Distancing:
  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask or face covering when they are closer than 6 feet apart.

  • We will follow the MSHSAA guidelines established for activities in the 5-tiered system

  • Students will be outdoors whenever possible to allow for social distancing.

  • OUTSIDE: Band students can remove masks/face coverings while playing instruments outside and remaining 6 feet apart.

  • OUTSIDE: Choir students can remove masks/face coverings while singing outside and remaining 6 feet apart.

  • INSIDE: Band students can remove masks ONLY when they are spaced 6 feet apart and playing their instrument

  • INSIDE: Choir students can sing ONLY when masks/face coverings are being worn and remaining 6 feet apart.

  • Appropriate spacing of students will be provided in piano and guitar classes

Sanitation:

  • Teachers/students will sanitize instruments regularly

  • Guitars and piano keyboards will be sanitized between classes

Art Protocol

Social Distancing:
  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask or face covering when they are closer than 6 feet apart.

  • Tables will be spaced away from each other and the number of students sitting at each table will be limited

  • Students will have partitions at their tables

  • Tape markings will be placed on the floor in the sink areas to indicate social distancing guidelines

Sanitation:

  • There will be separate sets of supplies for Fulton Days and for Hornet Days

  • Students will place used supplies in a tub to be sanitized at the end of class

  • Students will be asked to use the classroom sinks to wash their hands

Tech/Computer Lab Protocols

Social Distancing:
  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask or face covering when they are closer than 6 feet apart.
  • Seating options will allow for more space between students

Sanitation:

  • There will be extra sanitizing wipes available at each computer

  • Students will use their ChromeBooks whenever possible (certain programs are only available on the desktop computers)

Library Protocol

Social Distancing:
  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask or face covering when they are closer than 6 feet apart.

  • E-hall Pass will be used to limit the number of students allowed in the library at any given time

  • Classroom teachers will schedule library usage through Mrs. DeFily

Sanitation:

  • Books will be deposited into a tub upon their return and will remain there for two days before being re-shelved

Classroom Protocol

Social Distancing:
  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask or face covering when they are closer than 6 feet apart.

  • Desks and tables will be spaced as far apart as possible

  • The number of students seated at each table will be limited

  • Seating charts will be utilized in each class

  • Students will be provided with individual partitions

Sanitation:

  • Disinfectant spray will be used to sanitize classrooms nightly

  • Each classroom will have a refillable hand sanitizer dispenser

  • There will be no rugs or upholstered furniture options

Restroom Protocol

Social Distancing:
  • Everyone will be required to wear a mask or face covering when they are closer than 6 feet apart.

  • E-hall Pass will be set to limit the number of students allowed in the hallways at any given time

  • E-hall Pass will be set to limit the number of students in each restroom at any given time

Sanitation:

  • Custodians will sanitize the restrooms throughout the day

  • Hand washing reminder signs will be posted in each restroom

Possible Exposure Protocol

Individuals who come into contact with persons who have been tested and are awaiting their results or with persons who have tested positive, must follow the high risk or medium risk categories of this protocol:

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*The County Health Department and our district administrators will determine if and when any groups within the building or district need to quarantine.

Return to School after a Non-COVID-19 Diagnosis

The return to school guidelines below will be used to allow for a student/staff member’s re-admittance to school in the ABSENCE of a diagnosis related to COVID-19 (issues such as allergies, strep throat, ear infection, pink eye, etc.).
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Return to School after a Positive COVID-19 Test

In the event that a student or staff member has a positive COVID-19 test or is diagnosed as presumptive COVID-19 positive by their provider, FPS will follow the CDC and MDOHSS guidelines for return to school, which are as follows:
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FPS will follow state guidelines for attendance reporting. If a student is required to quarantine for 14 days, that will be noted on their record of attendance. Attendance for virtual learning while a group of students is quarantined or during a district closure will be monitored based on student engagement in distance learning activities.


Procedures have been developed to maintain the continuity of learning for students who are required to quarantine at home. Information about distance learning will be released in mid-August.


A task force of teachers and administrators has been working this summer to develop plans for online learning for intermittent or extended school closures. Goals of the task force were to maintain the continuity of instruction for all students during the transition from in-person learning to remote learning, minimize the detrimental impact of a school closure, and to develop professional development and guidance for staff to support teaching and learning. Teachers will receive specialized training related to blended and online learning during their back-to-school meetings. Additional details, including expectations for distance learning, will be released in mid-August.


In the event of a school closure, the district plans to distribute ChromeBooks to all students, pre-K-12th grades. Students in grades 6-12 will continue to take their ChromeBooks home during in-person learning as they have in the past.

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