Fulton Focus

For the parents and patrons of the Fulton School District

November 22, 2019

A message from the Superintendent

Dear Parent and Patrons,

Many suggestions are made that a late start, as other districts have implemented, might be an effective option for FPS on inclement weather days such as November 12th. Due to the potential effect on parent/caregiver work schedules, we have not arbitrarily considered a late start option. Hence, a brief survey to gather opinions from parents, faculty, and staff was sent last week. Thank you for responding to the ‘Late Start’ survey. The survey response rate was 41% with 67% indicating that a late start option should be considered.

The only Late Start Option that will be considered is a 2-hour option. If implemented all, start times will be adjusted by two hours. For example: If there is a 2-hour late start, START times would be pushed back by 2 hours with normal release times. If your child normally gets on the bus at 7:30, he/she would get on the bus at 9:30. If your child's building start time is 8:05, the start time for that building on the late start day would be 10:05. BacPac would open at 8 a.m. instead of 6 a.m. Breakfast would NOT be served.

Future inclement weather decisions will continue to be assessed based on current road conditions, the ability of various agencies clearing roads, FPS parking lot conditions, reasonably expected weather conditions and conditions of normal walkways. Our current practice of striving to make inclement weather cancellations by 5:30 a.m. will continue, when at all possible. Cancellations are announced via FPS text messaging, phone calls, and the web site. Local television news stations are also notified.

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.


Jacque A. Cowherd, Ed.D.


Suicide Awareness/Prevention

In the last 2 weeks, there have been multiple suicide attempts by students in the Fulton School District. In addition, there have been many hospitalizations due to kids having thoughts of suicide. This spans across the entire district.

The video below is the first of many informational segments you'll see because we are 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 to be normal.

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