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There will be NO SCHOOL on November 25, 26, and 27 as our nation celebrates Thanksgiving. School will resume as scheduled on Monday, November 30.

Instructional Level Update

The Fargo Public Schools COVID-19 Instructional Plan Committee has modified the timeline for elementary and secondary students to return to in-person learning.

Elementary Schools:

Level 4 – In-Person Instruction (4 days per week) until January 19, 2021

Middle Schools:

Level 3 – Hybrid Learning until January 19, 2021

High Schools:

Level 3 – Hybrid Learning until January 19, 2021

To learn the rationale for the modification to the instructional plan, read this letter from Superintendent Dr. Rupak Gandhi.


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The Bennett gear online store is back!!

Orders are being taken NOW through December 6th and will arrive in time for the holidays! Online ordering is the only option this year.

You can access the "store" through the link below.


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Head Lice…never a topic we like to discuss, but something about which we need to be informed.

The Fargo Public Schools policy regarding head lice (Administrative Policy 4780): Exclude from school until treated and determined to be non-communicable (no nits). Children should be treated for lice as soon as possible. Close contacts should be checked frequently for two weeks. Head to head contact with other children should be discouraged.

Due to the low risk of transmitting head lice at school and to maintain confidentiality, notification letters will NOT be sent to parents of classmates and classrooms will NOT be checked. Head lice is considered a nuisance, but not life threatening. Current guidelines from the ND Department of Health: Recommend children not be excluded immediately from school when head lice is found. Our school nurses are contracted through Fargo Cass Public Health, who follow the guidelines from the ND Department of Health.

Fargo Public Schools has chosen to continue to enforce a “no nit” policy, which is more stringent than the guidelines followed by Fargo Cass Public Health.

What do I need to know? Head Lice (Pediculosis Capitis) is transmitted through prolonged close head to head contact. Transmission is more likely to occur between family members, overnight guests, and playmates that spend a lot of time together.

What are head lice? Head lice are small insects (less than 1/8 inch long). They range in color from read to brown, black, yellow-tan, or gray-white. Head lice live on blood they draw from the scalp and lay tiny, gray/white eggs (known as nits) on a hair shaft near the scalp. The warmth from the scalp is needed for the eggs to hatch. Head lice are not know to spread disease.

Who is at risk for head lice? Head lice infestations occur in all socio-economic groups and are not an indication of poor hygiene. They can affect anyone.

What are the symptoms of head ice? Many people who have head lice do not have symptoms at all. The most common signs include itching of the skin on the scalp or neck where lice feed. Nits are glued to hair, commonly behind ears and at, or near, the nape of the neck. Scratching, especially behind and around ears and at the nape of the neck, may lead to open sores and a bacterial infection that may cause swollen lymph nodes.

How soon do symptoms occur? Symptoms appear when a live louse is present.

How are lead lice spread? Head lice are spread most commonly by direct head to head contact. Additionally, people can spread head lice by sharing combs, brushes, hats, blankets, or sheets with others. It can be spread only by live lice and not nits.

When and for how long is a person able to spread head lice? Nits (head lice eggs) can live for up to 10 days without a host, adult head lice can live for two to four days without a human host.

How is a person diagnosed? Diagnosing head lice is done by identifying the presence of live lice or nits within ¼ inch of the scalp. Identification of eggs and lice with the naked eye is possible; however, the use of a hand lens or microscope may help to confirm the identification.

What is the treatment? Over-the-counter treatments and prescriptions that kill lice and most viable nits are available. Follow the directions on the label. Re-treat nine days after initial treatment if not otherwise specified on the product label. Contact your health-care provider or local public health unit for more information.

What can be done to prevent the spread of head lice?

Follow these steps to prevent the spread of head lice:

• Avoid sharing headgear, coats, hats, hair ornaments, helmets, headphones, combs, brushes, towels, and bedding.

• Coombs and brushes should be washed in hot water (130 degrees) for 10 minutes.

• Items that cannot be washed should be bagged and stored for two weeks.

• Provide separate storage areas for clothing so that personal articles of one person do not touch the personal articles of another.

• When an infestation is found, check the hair and scalp of all household members and treat only those who have lice and those who share the same bed with the infested person.

Parents are encouraged to check their child periodically for head lice. If you are concerned your child may be infected or you need help in identifying head lice, please contact a health care professional, school nurse, or public health department.

Please contact your school nurse with any questions.

For additional information about head lice, head lice removal, school exclusions, etc., contact the ND Department of Health, Division of Family Health at 800-472-286 or

Resources: American academy of Pediatrics, [Pediculosis Capitis]. In: Pickering LK, ed. Red Book: 2009 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. 28th ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2009: [495-497] North Dakota Department of Health, (2012). Head Lice: A Lousy Problem. Division of Family Health. pp 1-30.