The Fulton Flier

Week of November 29th

Dear Fulton Families,


I hope that you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are excited to have our students join us today. Please ensure that you send your children in layers, as students will be playing outside and participating in outdoor eating.


For those of you celebrating, I want to wish each of you a Happy Hanukkah!


Warmly,

Dr. Burks

Vaccination Clinics for Children 5-11

The Maryland Vaccine Equity Task Force will be hosting Covid-19 vaccine clinics for 5-11 year-olds next week in Howard County. The clinics will be held Monday, November 29 in the Wilde Lake Middle School gym from 4:00pm - 7:00pm; and Tuesday, November 30 in the Ellicott Mills Middle School gym, also from 4:00pm-7:00pm. No pre-registration or insurance required. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The PTA Perch

Holiday Shop

Beginning Monday December 6

An optional shop set-up in school for students to buy gifts for family members. Items are $2 each. Each class has an assigned day and time to shop.


Volunteers are needed to staff the shop! https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c054cada62da3f85-fulton/72733977 Volunteers must submit the proper paperwork and upload vaccination card.


Food Drive
If you are inclined, please send your student to school with non-perishable and canned food items to be donated from Monday 11/29- Friday 12/3.
Your child may deposit the donation in the box that will be set-up near the front office.
Alternatively, please bring donations to the Reservoir High School Bus Loop on Monday 12/6, 5-7:30PM.
FES is teaming up with other local schools again for a Food Drive. Please bring non-perishable and canned food items to be donated to low-income older adults living in Howard County.


FINAL DAY for Poofy Cotton Candy orders
11/15 – 11/29 Place your orders for the delicious, gourmet cotton candy, benefiting FES! Crafted using all natural ingredients and certified organic cane sugar, free of food coloring dyes.
Visit POOFYCOTTONCANDY.COM
Choose pick-up for 12/4 or 12/5 between 12-2pm
Shop Away!
Click Checkout
Apply coupon code: FES
Enter payment and Submit your order


Book Fair Chair Needed

FES PTA is looking for a bookfair chairperson! We are planning to host the Book Fair at Futon Elementary this spring and we need an AMAZING parent volunteer (or two) in order to do so. The Chair(s) will be responsible for promoting and organizing the Book Fair, coordinating and recruiting volunteers, supervising the book fair set-up/break down, being responsible for the register and available to open and close the book fair on a daily basis during the week of the fair.

Upcoming Dates

Please visit or subscribe to the FES Calendar Webpage to view important upcoming dates:

  • December 6th: Beginning of PTA Holiday Shop; PTA Food Drive @ RHS

  • December 8th: Kindergarten Field Trip to Library Central Branch

  • December 9th: Kindergarten Field Trip to Library Central Branch

  • December 14th: PTA Virtual Meeting; 5:00-9:00 PTA Chipotle Restaurant Night

  • December 15th: School Closes 3 hours early

  • December 21st: Yearbook clubs & Group Picture Day

  • December 23rd-31st: Winter Break

Happenings around our Fulton Community

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Phenomenal Fulton Staff

Do you know a Fulton staff member who is:


Providing your family with resources?

Teaching engaging lessons?

Reaching out to check in?

Making your family feel welcome and apart of our Fulton family?

Helping your child feel safe and comfortable?

Making your child feel supported?

Going above and beyond?


Our staff works so hard every day to make sure students and families are happy and successful. Please take a moment to recognize any staff member who has built a relationship with you and your child by completing this form. We will share your message with them to brighten their day!


Thank you for taking the time to make our staff feel appreciated! It will mean so much to them!!

A message from our Health Team...

Covid-19 Self-Screening Symptoms:

Parents/guardians should keep their children home if they are experiencing symptom(s) associated with any communicable disease, including COVID-19. In addition, parents/guardians are to perform the following COVID-19 health check every day before the student leaves home.


A student should NOT come to school with any of these symptoms:

  • fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • diarrhea or vomiting
  • new onset of severe headache (especially with fever), or
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • For persons with chronic conditions such as asthma, the symptoms should represent a change from baseline.


Contact Tracing and Quarantining

Contact tracing is handled by Ameridial, please see more detailed information regarding this below.


Only unvaccinated students and adults who are identified as close contacts must quarantine. Vaccinated students and staff will not be required to quarantine unless they receive a positive test or are displaying symptoms, however they will be expected to monitor their symptoms closely for 14 days. It also is recommended that both vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals get tested 5-7 days after exposure, regardless of whether they are exhibiting symptoms.


For unvaccinated students and staff members, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to recommend a 14-day quarantine, however, based on local circumstances and resources, the following options to shorten quarantine are acceptable alternatives (this does not apply to children aged five and under):


  • An unvaccinated student or staff member determined to be a close contact with a person with verified COVID-19 may end quarantine after Day 10 without testing as long as the student or staff member has remained symptom-free and continues to monitor for symptoms through the full 14-day period. They must agree to immediately isolate and get tested if symptoms appear within that 14-day period.
  • An unvaccinated student or staff member determined to be a close contact with a person with verified COVID-19 may end quarantine after Day 7 with a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid test on or after Day 5, if they remain symptom-free and agree to immediately isolate if symptoms appear within that 14-day period.
  • Unvaccinated or vaccinated students or staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 should isolate and not return to school until they have been out at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms or positive test without symptoms, remain fever-free for 24 hours, and show a consistent improvement of symptoms.


If you are having your student vaccinated for Covid, please email a copy of their vaccination record to the FES health room team (christina_toler@hcpss.org and kathleen_wurstner@hcpss.org)

HCPSS Contact Tracing Procedures

This message is to remind families of a change to HCPSS contact tracing procedures In an effort to increase efficiency at notifying families, and to ease the burden on school nurses, health assistants and other school staff who had been handling contact tracing, HCPSS has contracted with Ameridial to manage contact tracing.


If your child is identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will receive a phone call and follow up email from Ameridial. Parents/guardians who do not answer the call will be left a voicemail and provided with a return call number. Please do not return the call to our school. We ask that you return the call to Ameridial at 888-984-3953, which will provide you with necessary information.


Additionally, if your child tests positive for COVID-19, please call Ameridail at 888-984-3953 to begin the contact tracing process. Ameridial is available to take calls from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Calls received outside of those times will be directed to a voicemail.


Ameridial deploys a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant infrastructure to protect student’s/family’s medical records and other personal health information. Details on Ameridial’s privacy policy (Links to an external site.) can be found online.


More information on HCPSS contact tracing and additional health and safety details (Links to an external site.) can be found online.

Accessing MAP Test Results

Please note that parents/guardians can access MAP test results in Synergy:

Detailed PDF home reports are available. To access home reports:

  1. Log in to HCPSS Connect.
  2. Select More Options from the left panel.
  3. Select Report Cards from the middle.
  4. Select the applicable report from the Student's MAP Reports section.