FECC Return to Learn
August 14th, 2020
Updated August 14th, 2020 with mask, water bottle, and school supply information
Hello FECC Families!
Our district plan can be accessed here:
We will be working very hard to keep your children safe, and will continue to provide the safest, most loving environment for your child to learn in. Thank you so much for sending your child to us. Welcome back to all of our returning students and welcome to all of our new families!
Please call or email me with any questions or concerns. My contact information is below! Also please follow our Facebook page "FEC Hornets" for more information!! Also, this document will be updated as we learn more and as things change, so that you can always come to one place for information. When that happens, I will update the date at the top and re-share with you.
We will be keeping all of this very positive and upbeat, and teaching children the why and how of masks. Building staff will be wearing masks at all times that they are not six feet away from others. We will be wearing mask and shields at arrival and dismissal to further protect you and your children.
Thank you so much for your understanding! Our hope is that wearing masks will enable us to stay in school and stay healthy this year.
We won't be asking students to come with a backpack in the fall. We feel this is just one more way to cut down on germ spread. Also, our students don't take a lot of things back and forth. If your child rests at school, their items will stay at school and be washed in hot water weekly. We will send a large bag with a handle home with each child every Friday. This bag will hold their folders, buddy pacs if needed, and anything else that needs to go home over the weekend. Please send this bag back each Monday so that we can sanitize it and store until the next Friday. Thank you!!
School Supply Drop-off
Since we will not be having an in person Open House, we will have two afternoons for school supply drop off, August 24th and 25th from 4:00 - 6:00.
You will be able to look up your child's teacher on August 19th. Schedule for drop off is below:
August 24th - Love, Quick, Thomas, Higgenbotham
August 25th - Forbis, Poss, Nardi, Wilkerson, Gorsky
Please stay in your car during drop-off. You can pull up to the sidewalk in front of the building. You will be able to meet your child's teacher, hand them your child's school supplies, and we will have a packet for you with name tags for your child and car hang tags for pickup.
Prek classes - 7:45
ECSE classes - 8:00
Please pull up to the end of our sidewalk in front of the building. Staff will come to each car and help your child out. We will have staff to walk students into the building and to classrooms. Please wait until the car in front of you is finished to leave, and keep traffic flowing in a counterclockwise direction, according to the chart below. There will be cones and guides to help guide you. Our goal will be to unload all cars between 7:45 and 8:00, in time for our half day student buses to arrive. If you arrive after buses, and staff has gone inside, please walk your child to the door and someone will meet you outside to take them in.
Please stay in your car with your child until our staff comes out. Please do not drop off children. There will be no one outside until 7:45 and with children at this young age, we need to take each child in individually and make sure all children are supervised at all times.
Due to temporary safety measures, we are asking that no adults enter the building that are not staff. We know that your children are young, and that for most this is their first experience at school. We will do our very best to make sure your child feels safe and welcome.
When students (and staff) enter the building, thermal cameras will automatically scan them for their temperature. For any body temperature reading above 100.4, the cameras will send a notification to the office so that we are able to further assess individuals for symptoms of Covid-19.
Students will report immediately to their classroom upon entering the building. Full day students will be participating in the free breakfast program. Carts with breakfast will be inside each classroom.
Staff members will be expected to wear a mask and/or face covering in any instance where social distance cannot be maintained, including arrival and dismissal time.
ECSE classes - 3:00
Prek classes - 3:15
If a prek parent arrives before 3:10, or buses are still loading when you arrive, please pull up to our Helping Hive and start the line there.
Parents and guardians will be given a hang tag to put their student(s) name on to speed up the process of loading vehicles.
ECSE students will come outside at 3:00. Teachers will bring ECSE students to cars and help them in, but we ask parents to hook children into car seats once they are in their cars.
Pre k car riders will come outside at 3:15, lining up by class and socially distanced. Staff will watch car tags and call students names to come to cars. Staff will help students into cars, but we ask parents to hook children into car seats once they are inside.
We are asking that, unless you have business with the office, to please utilize the car-rider lanes to pick up your student, and not leave your car, except to buckle your child in.
Staff members will be expected to wear a mask and/or face covering in any instance where social distance cannot be maintained including arrival and dismissal time.
Custodians will have a schedule in which each bathroom is shut down and sanitized during the day. Classrooms and work spaces will be sanitized every evening by the custodial staff.
During school hours, custodians will thoroughly clean high touch surfaces throughout the building on an ongoing rotation throughout the day, including bathrooms, water bottle fill stations, doorknobs, entrance/exit handles, handrails, walls, etc.
Teachers will sanitize surfaces:
Before and after breakfast/lunch/snack.
Before students arrive and after students leave.
Before and after students sit at tables.
Dress up clothes will be rotated out daily and washed before the next use. Rest time materials will be washed weekly (see classroom notes).
Students and staff will wash hands:
When entering any classroom.
Before and after breakfast/lunch/snack.
Before and after recess.
Before and after sensory play.
After blowing/wiping nose or sneezing/coughing.
After use of the restroom.
Cleaning materials will be placed in every classroom. Staff will support cleaning and disinfecting of classroom surfaces and supplies as needed. While we don’t use hand sanitizer with our students due to their young age, we teach hand washing skills, and wash hands often (see above).
Assigned seats (with required seating charts) will be given within classrooms. We will have clear dividers between each child for times they are seated at tables. As we know there is limited space in classrooms. These seating charts will help provide the best social distancing possible in that space. Tables and seating will be spaced out as far as possible within classrooms. In spaces that do not allow for distancing, the district is looking to have plexiglass shields installed.
The practice of students sharing supplies such as scissors, crayons, markers, pencils, etc. will no longer be permitted.
Non-essential furniture and other soft surfaces such as carpets and seating will be removed for sanitation purposes. Plastic covers or slips can be added to create an easily cleanable surface. All classroom rugs have been replaced with rubberized mats.
All small toys will be sanitized as needed, as well as given a weekly deep cleaning. Rest time (for full day classes) blankets, sheets, and pillows will be washed in hot water weekly. Please leave stuffed animals at home. Dress up clothes will be limited, and washed after student use.
For full day classes, there will be rest time. Our cots are off of the floor and made of easy to clean materials. Every child will have a cover sheet. We ask parents to send in a small travel sized pillow and blanket. These will be washed at school in hot water on a weekly basis. Cots will be 6 feet apart during rest time, and when stacked, blankets will not touch each other. Students will have labeled cots and materials, and will only use their own supplies.
Early Childhood Special Education
Annual IEPs will be held at the time they are due according to the IEP timeline. IEP meetings can be held virtually or in-person, according to need.
In order to minimize the exposure of all students and staff to those outside their assigned small groups, non-essential visitors and parents will not be permitted beyond the entrances at school buildings. Due to these restrictions, traditional Open House events will not be held at Fulton Public Schools this fall.
Any essential visitors who do enter the building will be required to enter through the main entrance, provided with a mask while in the building, scanned by the thermal temperature cameras, and will be tracked in a visitor log to include symptom screening questions, date and time of visit, where in the building they travel to, and which, if any, students or staff they have contact with.
Full day students will eat lunch in their classrooms. Lunches will be delivered to each classroom. Students will wash hands before eating, and lunches will be served in individual boxes with lids, and with clear dividers between each child. Teachers will eat lunch with their classes. Students will wash hands after lunch.
Other Building Notes
We are working to limit student movement in the building, as well as limiting student to student contact outside of “family classes”. Each class will go to recess with two other classes. These classes will not mix with classes other than their family classes at any time.
Until further notice, FECC will not be able to have in-person assemblies or family nights.
Hand washing stations with soap will be available in every classroom, commonly used areas, and at the front entrances/exits of all buildings.
Drinking fountains with refillable water bottle stations have been installed to be used for individual drinking containers such as cups or bottles. Students will not be able to drink directly from the fountain. It is encouraged for a student to bring their own bottle with their name on it that they can refill at this station.
Students or staff who display symptoms of COVID-19 while at school will be moved to a designated area within the school building to minimize contact with others until they go home.
At this time there will be no field trips scheduled for the 20/21 school year.
All students will be encouraged to wear a mask in any instance where social distancing (6 feet) cannot be maintained including arrival, dismissal and while riding the bus (half day classes). A limited supply of disposable face masks for students will be available if a student forgets, misplaces, or damages their mask throughout the day. We understand that our students are young and will always take this into account.
The instructional task force is finalizing guidance on distance learning for teachers and parents to guide the district if a shutdown becomes necessary. The complete plan will be released mid-August.
Video tutorials are being developed for both teachers and parents on Google Classroom for any time that virtual learning takes place.
First Day of School Notes
Due to Open House being cancelled, and visitors not being permitted in the building, we will have extra staff on hand to assist students coming in the building the first week, and to guide them to their classrooms. We will be giving you name tags for your child to wear for the first 6 days of school so that we can get to know them, and to assist with arrival and dismissal. Please send your child wearing the name tag during this time.
During dismissal, staff will pass out hang tags to vehicles for future use. Please use a marker to write your student(s) name in large print to speed up the process in the future.
Protocol for Possible Exposure
Individuals who come in contact with persons who have been tested and are awaiting their results, or with persons who have tested positive, must follow the high risk or medium risk categories of this protocol:
The County Health Department and District Administration will determine if and when any groups within the building or district need to quarantine.
The return to school guidelines below will be used to allow for a student/staff member’s re-admittance to school in the ABSENCE of a diagnosis related to COVID-19 such as allergies, strep throat, ear infection, pink eye, etc.
Return to school guidelines if a student or staff member subsequently has a positive COVID-19 test or is diagnosed as presumptive COVID-19 positive by their provider. FPS will follow the CDC and MDOHSS guidelines for return to school, which are as follows:
FPS will follow state guidelines for attendance reporting. If a student is required to quarantine for 14 days that will be noted on their record of attendance. Attendance for virtual learning while a group of students are quarantined, or during a district closure, will be monitored based on student engagement in distance learning activities.
Procedures have been developed to maintain the continuity of learning for students who are required to quarantine at home. Information about distance learning will be released in mid-August.
A task force of teachers and administrators has been working this summer to develop plans for online learning for intermittent or extended school closures. Goals of the task force were to maintain the continuity of instruction from in-person learning to remote learning for all students, minimize the detrimental impact of school closure, and to develop professional development and guidance for staff to support teaching and learning. Teachers will receive specialized training during back to school meetings related to blended and online learning. Additional details, including expectations for distance learning, will be released in mid-August.
In the event of a school closure, the District has a plan to distribute Chromebooks to all students, PreK-12. 6-12 graders will continue to take their Chromebooks home during in person learning as in the past.