FSPS Weekly

A weekly publication for the Fort Smith Public Schools Team

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UPDATE: STUDENTS MAY NOW PARTICIPATE IN BINAX RAPID TESTING AT NORTHSIDE


Students who may be asymptomatic for COVID-19 may now participate in Binax Rapid Testing to determine if they can return to school and activities. Earlier this school year, the Arkansas Department of Health and the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) provided testing opportunities for students and staff using the BD Veritor system. The state provided the Binax system for educators and staff who voluntarily participated in weekly screenings for COVID-19. At this time, FSPS will also provide this voluntary testing opportunity for FSPS students who wish to return to school and activities following a shortened quarantine period.





Families may contact Nurse Meagen Bayless by calling 479-222-5648 for their student to participate in this voluntary testing opportunity.


We encourage you to share this information with your students and their families as needed.

March 8 Called Board Meeting Recognitions

Arkansas weather prevented us from celebrating in February but you can visit the FSPS YouTube channel to watch the recognitions from March 8 and join us on March 29 at 5:30 PM to watch the live-stream of the March Superintendent's Stars and other exciting recognitions!
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Requirements for Flex Day on March 19, 2021

The Flex Day requirements are different this year than in the past. If you are a staff member with the Flex Day built-in to your contract (ie: teachers), you may qualify for the Flex Day. The qualifier to be exempt on the Flex Day is the completion of the three levels of the Virtual/Blended Teaching and Learning Academy, not any amount of off-contract PD.


FLEX DAY FORM TO SUBMIT TO YOUR SUPERVISOR


PD GUIDELINES FOR THIS YEAR


VIRTUAL ACADEMY INFORMATION


The deadline to submit all three levels for the spring stipend is Friday, March 12, 2021.


Employees that Started at Mid-year PD Requirements:


  • Employees starting in January will be responsible for half of the required hours and Level 1 of the Virtual Academy.

  • The required PD hours go from 54 to 27 hours.

  • Part of the 27 hours will include the required Level 1 Academy which is 11 hours.

  • The requirement for Flex Day is to complete all Levels of the Virtual Academy. If a certified staff were to finish all three levels, they could be absent on the Flex Day. If they do not they will report for PD on Friday, March 19.

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