Elementary Updates and Information

Fargo Public Elementary Schools


Hello Families,

Welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year! We are so excited to have all of our students and families back for another school year! This year will be unique and give us all the opportunity to grow and learn together. Based on the Fargo Public Schools Smart Restart Plan, we will begin the school year in Level 3--Hybrid Instruction. Please read the following information to get up to date with how school will look starting this school year.

Class rosters are being balanced to reflect close to 50% of students attending on an alternate schedule. Group 1 will be attending Mondays and Tuesdays and alternate Wednesdays. Group 2 will be attending Thursdays and Fridays and alternate Wednesdays. Please see the calendar below for the Level 3--Hybrid Instruction group schedule. Level 3--Hybrid Instruction groupings are organized by last name of the oldest student in your home.

  • Group 1 is A-K

  • Group 2 is L-Z

We will not have a Back to School Night as normal this year. We will have Back to School Assessment times for individual students and their parents. There will be a sign up for those days/times sent out next week.

We will start back to school on Wednesday, September 2nd!

School Changes

In the Level 3--Hybrid Instruction model, our school day is adjusted to support planning for students on distance learning days.

There will not be morning or after school clubs while we are in Level 3--Hybrid Instruction. Students can come to the building fifteen minutes before and will need to leave for home or daycare immediately after school.

8:15 a.m.-- Students are able to enter the building

8:30 a.m.-- School starts

1:52 p.m.-- School ends

Students will not be able to be in the building until 15 minutes before the bell and will go right to their classroom. Parents will not be allowed to walk their students in the building on the first day of school. We will have staff guiding students in the building and to their classrooms.

Student Groupings

With the announcement of student groupings, below is the calendar of when Group 1 and Group 2 will be present in the school building.

  • Group 1 is A-K

  • Group 2 is L-Z

It is attached below as a picture and PDF for your convenience.

We will follow this calendar when we are in Level 3--Hybrid Instruction.

Level 3--Hybrid Instruction groupings are organized by last name of the oldest student in your home.

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Group Transfer Request

We understand the difficulties families are facing when looking at students attending school only certain days of a week. If you feel your family has a hardship and would like to request a group transfer, please fill out the Google Form below.

This form needs to be filled out by August 17th, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

Guided Practice Center

The Fargo Public Schools Guided Practice Center will be offered to select students in grade K-5. The purpose of the Guided Practice Center will be to provide supervision and support to students in completing their distance learning assignments from their classroom teacher.

The first day of the Guided Practice Center will be October 5th for Group 1 and October 7th for group 2.

The Level 3--Hybrid Instruction model consists of a two-week cycle. Each student would attend in-person instruction on their assigned group days each week (i.e., Group 1: M, T, and alternating W). During level 3, the district will have the Guided Practice Center available to qualifying district families.

  • The number of slots available in the Guided Practice Center is limited.

  • Qualifying criteria will be utilized to determine a family’s eligibility to access the Guided Practice Center and its services. Examples of this criteria may include, but are not limited to: academic support, social emotional needs, or a family hardship.

  • Breakfast and lunch will be available for students.

  • The ratio of students to supervisors will be comparable to onsite instruction in a Level 3--Hybrid Instruction model.

  • There is no charge for the Guided Practice Center.

  • Specialized services will not be provided at the Guided Practice Center.

District Transportation will be provided each day. The pick-up and drop off times may be different than the days your child attends their home school.

  • Students who have selected the FPS Virtual Program will NOT be allowed to attend the Guided Practice Center.

A district survey will be provided to all parents to determine student needs and eligibility. The survey window for the Guided Practice Center is Thursday, August 27th to Tuesday, September 1st, 2020 at 11:59 PM. Families will be notified by Tuesday, September 8th, 2020.

Before and After School Care

Boys and Girls Club will be providing school-out programming that will complement FPS instructional schedules in Levels 2-5. (www.bgcrrv.org or 235-2147 for scheduling and registration information.)

Here are the specifics for the three phases of Level 3 beginning September 2.

    1. In-person learning in home elementary – before and after school, exactly the same as usual. After care will start at the new dismissal time at each building.
    2. Guided Learning days in (most likely) middle or high schools – afterschool care only.

The YMCA & The Boys and Girls Club may offer child care assistance and have scholarships based on family size and household income within budget allowance.

Virtual Academy

Some families have opted to attend the Virtual Academy this semester. The last day to switch from Virtual Academy back to attending school at the building is August 14th.

  • Students who have selected the FPS Virtual Program will NOT be allowed to attend the Guided Practice Center.
  • Click the link below to view the Virtual Academy Frequently Asked Questions.

School Supply List

Below you will find the 2020-2021 School Supply list. Added on the list this year are:

  1. One face mask for each student, one will also be provided by FPS
  2. A water bottle for students to use during the day

We are asking that parents do their best to get the items on the list. If there are items that cannot be found, like sanitizing wipes, we understand and know the circumstances that are going on currently.