Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

November 22, 2019

Dear Parent and Patrons,


Nobody likes me. I don’t have friends. I am going to kill myself. These are just a few statements FPS teachers, counselors, and social workers hear daily. Yes, the District has provided staff training to handle these statements and we do immediately respond with support for any child making self-harm statements.


In the last 2 weeks, there have been multiple suicide attempts by students in the Fulton School District. Since the beginning of school, there have been many hospitalizations due to kids having thoughts of suicide. Fortunately, current Social Workers and Counselors are proactively providing student support when self-harm is mentioned. This mental health support is provided by you, our community, as a result of passing the August 2018 Operating Tax Levy increase. In fact, the District is now seeking to expand the Social Work staff after the Winter Break.


However, support from the school alone is not enough. The video below is the first of many informational segments provided so you can learn the warning signs, learn appropriate responses, and help your child cope with everyday challenges and life. Your FPS faculty and staff are extremely concerned about suicide and OUR kids.


Even though some may think this is normal because of the national trend, Fulton Public Schools does NOT want this to be our normal.


As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday I trust you will be able to relax and spend time with your family and friends.


Thank you for sending great kids for us to work with.


Sincerely,


Jacque A. Cowherd, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Teen Suicide Prevention

2020-21 and 2021-22 FPS Annual Calendars

The 2020-21 Fulton Public Schools calendar was approved at the November Board of Education Meeting as well as the preliminary calendar for 2021-22.


These calendars are also available on our website at https://tinyurl.com/m8v3eqn.

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Important Dates

Wednesday, November 27 - Friday, November 29--Thanksgiving Break

Monday, December 9 --NO SCHOOL-- Professional Development Day

Wednesday, December 11-- Board of Education Meeting 7 p.m. FHS Library

Monday, December 23 -- Friday, January 3 -- Winter Break

Monday, January 6 --NO SCHOOL-- Professional Development Day

Tuesday, January 7 - Classes Resume for 2nd Semester