Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

August 31, 2018

A message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents and Patrons,

The week started out very hot creating concerns with student safety and is ending with providing support to students and faculty due to the untimely passing of a seventh-grade student. Your staff has worked diligently to provide age-appropriate information to classmates; have allowed and encouraged students to contact their parents if they wished; increased the number of building counselors and notified all parents of the challenges your students might face in the coming days with this tragedy. The parent mailing on Thursday also included tips for parents; you may access those tips at this link https://tinyurl.com/ybnszh73. If you feel your student(s) would benefit from counseling assistance during this period please call a counselor in the building your student(s) attends.

Student safety extends to the safety precautions needed for challenging weather. With the extended heat, your student(s) have been carefully monitored on all outside activities. Almost all recess periods, athletics and general activities have been adjusted. Those with student-athletes most likely are aware of the Missouri State High School Activities Association Guidelines regarding heat. As suggested, the Activities Director monitors the heat/humidity/air flow by using a Wet Bulb Thermometer, WBT, values. Note a WBT value is not the same as ambient air temperature. The WBT scale can be found at https://tinyurl.com/ya7h3khy.

Obviously, we strive for the safety of all students. However, we will always defer to a parent’s judgment if you feel the weather is too severe for your student(s) to participate in outdoor activities.

Looking ahead, Monday, September 10, 2018, is a faculty and staff Professional Development Day. Faculty and staff will be participating in ‘active shooter training’ and a communications seminar. Consequently, all offices will be closed Monday, September 10, 2018.

The first few weeks of school have been positive. Take a few minutes and explore your student(s) school activities, help them get ready for next week and enjoy your family this three-day weekend!

Thanks for sending great kids for us to work with!


Jacque A. Cowherd, Ed.D.


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Important Dates

Monday, September 3--No School, Labor Day

Monday, September 10--No School, Teacher PD Day

Friday, September 28--Dismiss 90 minutes early, Homecoming

Monday, October 8--No School, Teacher PD Day

Friday, October 26--No School

Monday, November 12--No School, Teacher PD Day

Wednesday, November 21-Friday, November 23--No School, Thanksgiving Break

Monday, December 10--No School, Teacher PD Day

Monday, December 24-Wednesday, January 2--No School, Winter Break