Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

November 13, 2020

A message from the Superintendent

Dear FPS Families,


We hope this finds you safe and well during this difficult time. Please review all of the new information/updates below and reach out to your child's building of attendance if you have any questions.


Thank you for your support!


Ty Crain

Superintendent

Food Pick-up Begins Monday 11-16

Fulton Public Schools is happy to announce that there will be food pick-up opportunities at several locations beginning Monday, November 16th and running through Tuesday, November 24th. Each day, students will receive a hot lunch and breakfast for the next day. The menu is posted at https://www.fulton58.org/vimages/shared/vnews/stories/517ad10c34ecd/November%202020%20Grab%20and%20Go.pdf and will be the same for all locations.


There will be an FPS school bus at each location from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm.


Please fill out this form https://forms.gle/E9iB5sf9tFUGpT3E6 and let us know which location you would like to pick up and how many meals you'll need.


*Food will be served until noon, or we run out - whichever comes first
**Monday - Friday only
***Please stick to the location you choose so we have accurate numbers

Technology Assistance

For any technology concerns during distance learning, please fill out the form at https://forms.gle/fR5Emu9NBTPimZtQ9

Please Continue to Report

Please continue to report positive COVID-19 cases and/or the need to quarantine to the COVID Hotline at 573-590-8070. Continuing to report to FPS will allow for accurate data to be used to assess the current status of our schools.
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Newly Approved School Calendars

Please find newly approved 2021-22 and preliminarily approved 2022-23 school calendars at the link below.


https://www.fulton58.org/vnews/display.v/ART/56cb8112d3f2a

GOVERNOR PARSON ANNOUNCES CHANGES IN STATE’S K-12 SCHOOL QUARANTINE GUIDANCE

The Departments of Health and Senior Services and Elementary and Secondary Education have modified shared guidance for determining close contacts and assessing exposures in school settings. Under the updated guidance, proper mask-wearing may now prevent individuals from being identified as close contacts in K-12 schools that have implemented a mask mandate. This means that if both individuals at school – the person diagnosed with COVID-19 and the person exposed to the positive case – have masks on and are wearing them correctly, the individual exposed does not need to quarantine.


FPS is aware of the Governor's new guidance and will be reviewing the information. Unfortunately, this doesn't change the current pivot to distance learning. This temporary move to distance learning was due mainly to the number of staff who were unable to work for various reasons.


For more information on this guidance, please click on the link below.


https://governor.mo.gov/press-releases/archive/governor-parson-announces-changes-states-k-12-school-quarantine-guidance

2020 Winter Spectator Information Fulton School District 58

In an effort to provide the opportunity for students to participate in activities and create the safest environment for our students and their families, Fulton Public Schools has implemented the following guidelines for the Fall activities season.

  • Live streaming of games/contests/performances will be used when possible to reduce attendance at events to allow spectators to view events if they are unable to attend in person.

  • Fans are expected to sit with their families during contests and social distance from other fans.

  • Fans are expected to wear face coverings while in attendance.

  • Fans are not allowed to leave and re-enter the event venues.

  • Concessions available but prepackaged items only.

The gyms will be limited to 25-30% capacity for spectators.

  • Fulton High School Gymnasium

    • Limited to 3 spectators per participant with FHS tickets

      • Boys Blue FHS Tickets with punch dates

      • Girls Pink FHS Tickets with punch dates

      • Cheerleaders FHS Red Tickets with punch dates

      • Wrestling FHS Green Tickets with punch dates

    • No student sections or pep band at this time

  • Fulton Middle School Gymnasium

    • Limited to 2 spectators per participant with FMS tickets

      • Boys Blue FMS Tickets with punch dates

      • Girls Pink FMS Tickets with punch dates

      • Cheerleaders FMS Red Tickets with punch dates

      • Wrestling Green FMS Tickets with punch dates

    • No student sections or pep band at this time

Participants include: competitors, cheerleaders, and coaches

* 2 years and under no ticket required

* If Fulton School Employee, no ticket required with School ID

* Discounted or free entry (ie. senior citizen) still requires a ticket

Winter Tickets and Restrictions Explained

Information to Keep in Mind

Launch for 2nd Semester

Current in-seat students who would like to be considered for virtual instruction for 2nd semester, please complete the attached form. Students will be considered based on best educational interest. Please note: virtual instruction will require the student to log in daily to all of their classes and turn in completed work at least weekly in order to be successful.


  1. Complete the attached form no later than November 18th at noon.

  2. Middle and high school students need to talk to their counselor to determine the courses to be enrolled in.

  3. Approval will be based on best educational interest.

    1. Student’s current grades

    2. Student’s work ethic

    3. Student’s ability to work independently

    4. Student’s ability to log-in daily and complete assignments

  4. Parents will be notified by the building principal/counselor regarding the status of the application.

  5. If students are enrolled for 2nd semester, they will have until January 12th to drop from Launch and return to in-seat instruction. After the 12th, the understanding is students will remain with Launch until May 27th.

  6. All 2nd-semester virtual students are required to take state assessments in April. Buildings will be in touch with you about dates and times in late March or early April. Students will be required to come into the buildings to complete all assessments.

  7. Launch teachers along with Fulton Public Schools staff will be monitoring student progress. Students who are not making progress and/or participating in their classes will be dropped.

Whether We Like It or Not, Winter Weather is on the Way!

School Closing Information
Winter weather will be here before we know it, and the Fulton Public Schools are preparing for the inevitable snow day. Officials consider many things when making decisions on inclement weather days; however, the final decision is always determined by what is best for the students. Student safety is the top priority of our school district.


Cancellation of School

As soon as the decision is made to cancel school, the district will launch the School Messenger phone messaging system to call the home or cell number you have provided the school upon enrollment of your child (if during the school day, an email and text message will be sent--not a phone call.) Please make sure this information is correct in our system. The district will also notify TV stations KOMU - channel 8, KRCG - channel 13, and KMIZ - channel 17. THE SCHOOL DISTRICT ASKS PARENTS OR GUARDIANS NOT TO CALL SCHOOLS OR TELEVISION STATIONS ABOUT THE CANCELLATION OF SCHOOL. The website address – www.fulton58.org - will be updated with early dismissal and cancellation notices as well as Facebook--Fulton Public Schools and Twitter-- @FPSHornets.


Early Dismissal

Occasionally, school will be dismissed early due to bad weather. If an early dismissal is required, an announcement will be made that school will be dismissed a specific number of hours early from the building’s normal dismissal time. School buses will run beginning at the dismissal time announced on those days school is canceled in midday.


Buses Running on Snow Routes
Snow routes will be updated in the next couple of weeks. Information will be sent home with all bus riders.

Be in the Know!

Please be sure to check your information in the Parent Portal for accuracy. In order to receive important messages via text from FPS, you MUST opt-in if you haven't already done so. You can do this by texting Y or Yes to 67587 on your mobile device. FPS does not have permission to use text messages without your permission.

FPS NEEDS YOU!!!

Do you have extra time and need extra money??? We've got the job for you!


Join OUR team by serving as a substitute teacher (through Kelly Services) for Fulton Public Schools!


To apply: Go to https://www.kellyeducationalstaffing.us/ or call 1-800-Kelly-01


Pay Rate: $85 per day for a teacher substitute

$10.66 per hour for a para substitute

$110 per day for a long term teacher substitute


Requirements:

60 College Credit Hours OR


A Content Substitute certificate may also be granted to an individual who has a high school diploma, General Education Diploma (GED) or High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) and has successfully completed a minimum of twenty (20) clock hours of department-approved substitute teacher training that includes professionalism, honoring diversity, engaging students, foundational classroom management techniques, basic instructional strategies, supporting students with special needs, and working with at-risk youth. Approved training is available here:


Want or Need more information?


Call FPS at 573-590-8000 TODAY!

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Important Dates

NO School - Wednesday - Friday, November 25 - 27 - Thanksgiving Holiday

Students scheduled to return to in-person instruction - November 30, 2020

NO School - Monday, December 7 - Professional Development

Wednesday, December 9 - Board of Education Meeting - 7 pm Fulton High School Commons

NO School - December 21 - January 1 - Winter Break

NO School - Monday, January 4 - Professional Development