Updated BF Parent Information

School Day time changes & Distance Learning Option 2021-22

Good Morning Ben Franklin Parents and Guardians!

Start and End Times Changing for the 2021-22 School Year

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) is modifying the start time and end time of all schools for the 2021-22 school year. This change aligns bus routes district-wide to accommodate the time needed to transport students, provides for supervision of students in the morning and afterschool, and meets contractual obligations with FPS teaching staff. You will receive a mailed notification and an email of bus schedule pickup up and drop off times and locations the week of August 16, 2021.

As you can see from the following schedule, Ben Franklin start and end times have been pushed back by five minutes.

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Students may enter the building at 8:00 am.

COVID-19 Related Distance Learning

Fargo Public Schools (FPS) will be offering a COVID-19 related distance learning option for students and families for the 2021-22 school year. FPS will be utilizing the North Dakota Center for Distance Education (NDCDE) to provide instruction to students who request a COVID-19 related distance learning option K-12. This will be a different model for distance learning for elementary and middle school students than what was utilized during the 2020-21 school year and be similar to the model utilized during 2020-21 for high school students. The lessons are asynchronous lessons, meaning that students can access them at any time on their device.


• Elementary students will be enrolled in Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Art, Technology and Physical Education/Health.


• Middle School students will be enrolled in Math, Science, Social Studies, English and one elective course.

o Once the student successfully completes the elective course, they will be enrolled in a new NDCDE elective course.


• High School students will be enrolled in up to four classes at one time.

o Once a student successfully completes a course, they will be enrolled in a new NDCDE course.


• Deadline to apply for Virtual Academy is Friday, September 10, 2021

o After September 10, 2021, the form may be submitted and approved depending on availability.


The form to request distance learning is below and at the end of this message.


• Once the form is completed either email your home school’s principal, drop the form off at your child’s school main office, or mail to your child’s school.


• All families must enroll through the below form for the 2021-22 school year, even if your child attended the virtual academy last year.

REQUEST FOR COVID-19 RELATED

Distance Learning Instruction – School Year 2021-22

Fargo Public Schools, 415 North 4th Street, Fargo, ND 58102

Covid-19 related Distance Learning Instruction for the 2021-22 school year will be provided through the North Dakota Center for Distance Education (NDCDE). NDCDE provides an asynchronous learning environment (various forms of digital and online learning in which students learn from instruction—such as prerecorded video lessons or game-based learning tasks that students complete on their own) aligned to the North Dakota State Standards.


Elementary

· Students can communicate with their NDCDE instructors as needed through the use of email, phone/text, and web conferencing.

· Students will schedule a weekly meeting with a NDCDE instructor one time per week to review progress and provide assistance.

· Elementary students will be enrolled in Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Art, Technology, and Physical Education/Health.

o Parents/guardians will be required to assume the responsibility of the examination administrator.

* Proctor examination (access examination and type in examination password))

* Need to be in the presence of the student during the examination


Secondary

· Students can communicate with their NDCDE instructors as needed through the use of email, phone/text, and web conferencing.

· Middle School students will be enrolled in Math, Science, Social Studies, English and one elective course.

o Once the student successfully completes the elective course, they will be enrolled in a new NDCDE elective course.

· High School students will be enrolled in up to four classes at one time.

o Once a student successfully completes a course, they will be enrolled in a new NDCDE course.

· Parents/guardians will be required to assume the responsibility of the examination administrator.

* Proctor examination (access examination and type in examination password)

* Need to be in the presence of the student during the examination


General

· Students interested in the Distance Learning Instruction who receive special education, 504 and/or English Learner services will participate in a Fargo Public Schools’ team meeting to determine delivery of these services.

· Fargo Public Schools will provide a personal learning device and technical support for students and families.

· Students/families enrolled in the Distance Learning Instruction for the 2021-22 School Year agree to complete at least one semester before re enrolling at their home building.


Parent Overview of the Elementary NDCDE Online Program

Kindergarten:

1st Grade:

2nd Grade:

3rd Grade:

4th Grade:

5th Grade:

Middle School:

High School: