Ed Clapp Elementary

EXPLORER BULLETIN - DECEMBER 2019

The mission of Ed Clapp Elementary School

Achieving excellence by educating and empowering all students to succeed.

Upcoming Events

December 5: 4/5 Choir from Lincoln coming to perform

December 11: Hochhalter/Kolle to Plains Art

December 12: George/Schneider to Plains Art

December 12: PTA Game Night

December 17: Winter Music Concert

December 23: Start of Winter Break - NO SCHOOL - Dec. 23-Jan 1

State of the Schools Address & Public Focus Group

The Fargo Public Schools will hold the 2019-20 State of the Schools Address & Public Focus Group on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:15 p.m. at South High School, 1840 South 15th Avenue, Fargo. Parents, staff and community members are invited to participate and are encouraged to pre-register by 4:00 p.m. on December 18, 2020 by calling 701.446.1005 or signing up online at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/focusgroup. Attendees will receive reading materials electronically in advance of the event. For more information, visit www.fargo.k12.nd.us/focusgroup.

District Annual Report


As evidence of Fargo Public Schools’ commitment to our patrons, the FPS 2018-19 Annual Report is now available, and it showcases the qualities and services of our school district. The publication provides a wide array of information to familiarize families and the community with Fargo Public Schools. Report details include enrollment, staffing, and budget numbers, and overviews student services and student assessment data. Thank you for your continued support as we serve the citizens of Fargo by providing its students an excellent educational experience. Access the full document at www.fargo.k12.nd.us/AnnualReport.

Safety Information

Traffic Safety:



  • Do not leave vehicle unattended.
  • If you are coming in the building use the visitor parking spots or the Bethel lot.
  • Be patient—traffic clears out quickly.
  • Never double park or have children run between cars.



Student Safety


  • Student safety will always be our number one priority. At Ed Clapp, we conduct drills in accordance with the North Dakota Century Code and the Fargo City ordinances. This includes at least three Shelter in Place/Tornado drills, three lockdown drills, and monthly fire drills (weather permitting).
  • We also request your assistance with keeping our students safe before, during and after school. If you child walks, encourage him/her to ALWAYS use sidewalks and avoid cutting through parking lots of businesses.
  • Due to the extensive traffic on 25th Street and 32nd avenue, make use of the bus routes.
  • Always call the office if your child is going to be absent from school. When we have not been informed that a child is going to be absent, the office staff spends time making phone calls to verify the absence.


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Winter Is Here!

With the winter weather here to stay, please be sure to send warm winter clothes to school with your child. The district policy is students go out for recess unless the temperature or wind chill reaches 15 below. Students need warm coats, hats and gloves.


All students need to wear boots. Our Kindergarten through second grade students also need snowpants in order to play in the snow. Snowpants are optional for grades 3 through 5. If you need any assistance with getting your child warm winter clothes, please contact our office.

Tardies/Absences/Appointments


  • Tardies: Our first bell rings at 8:10. This is the time when students are allowed to go to their lockers and inside their classrooms. Students must be in their classrooms by 8:20. The time from 8:10 to 8:20 is important for organizing and preparing for the day. It is important for all of our students to be on time…meaning in the classroom and ready to learn at 8:20.
  • Absences: If your child office staff at 446-2900. If we do not hear from you or office will be calling to check the whereabouts of your child....your child's safety is always our number one concern. Being on time and having good attendance is crucial for learning. When a child is habitually absent/tardy, there is a negative impact on learning. If you are ever having trouble with getting your child to school, please call our or your child is feeling sick to often, please call the office. Our school counselor, Nancy Tisor, would be happy to work with you and offer support and suggestions.
  • If you need to pick up your child during the day, please come to the office to sign he/she out. The office will call your child out of his/her classroom. Due to district policy, we are unable to call your child out of the classroom before you have arrived at the school.

Head Lice

HEAD LICE…..Never a topic we want to discuss, but something that we need to be informed about.

The Fargo Public Schools policy regarding head lice (AP 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. (Note: Cass Public Health philosophy differs from that of Fargo Schools.)


Due to the low risk of transmitting head lice at school and to maintain confidentiality, letters will NOT be sent to parents of classmates and classrooms will NOT be checked


What do I Need to Know? Head Lice (Pediculosis Capitis)


What are head lice?

Head lice are small insects (less than 1/8 inch long). They range in color from red 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 known to spread disease.

Who is at risk for head lice?

Head lice infestations occur in all socioeconomic groups, are not an indication of poor hygiene, and can affect anyone.

What are the symptoms of head lice?

Most people who have head lice do not have symptoms at all. When symptoms do occur, 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 also my cause swollen lymph nodes.

How soon do symptoms appear?

Symptoms appear when a live louse is present.

How are head lice spread?

Head lice are spread most commonly by direct contact with hair. Additionally, infested people can also spread head lice by sharing combs, brushes, hats, blankets or sheets with others, but this is not very common. It can be spread only by live lice and not nits.

When and for how long is a person able to spread head lice?

Head lice will spread until they are treated with a chemical that kills lice and until the eggs have been killed or removed. Research has shown that removal of nits may not be necessary.

How is a person diagnosed?

Diagnosing head lice is done by identifying the presence of live lice or nits within 1/4 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 eggs 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.

Does past infection make a person immune?

No. A person who previously had head lice may get it again.

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.

· Combs and brushes should be washed in hot water (130 °) for 10 minutes.

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

· Provide separate storage areas for clothing so that the 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.

Additional Information

For additional information about head lice, head lice removal, school exclusions, etc., contact the ND Department of Health, Division of Family Health at 800-472-2286.

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