West Fargo Public Schools release plan for fall learning

Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 10:22 AM CDT
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WEST FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - The West Fargo School District announced their proposal for the upcoming school year this morning delaying the first day of school to September third, with plans to start off learning in a hybrid model as long as covid-19 cases in the county remain similar to what they are now.

“Nothing would make us happier than to have all of our students and staff back on our campuses this fall, but that is not our current reality,” West Fargo Superintendent Beth Slette said.

Slette says West Fargo Schools will bring students back full-time as soon as it is safe to do so, but in the meantime students will be taking turns learning in-person based on their last name.

“‘A’ through ‘K’ will attend school on-site on Mondays and Tuesdays, while cohort ‘L’ through ‘Z’ will attend school on-site Thursdays and Fridays,” Slette said.

The 92-page ‘Return to Learn’ plan asks staff and students to check their temperatures before school daily and asks you to pay attention to health symptoms before coming to school, as well.

The plan also states masks will be considered part of the dress code. Students will be able to remove their masks in the classroom if given permission by a teacher and if six feet of physical distancing is possible. The plan says further guidance is being developed for P.E., music, and other specialty courses, and states mask exceptions will be made for those with a doctor certified medical exemption or certain special needs.

The plan goes on to say students will not be issued lockers this school year, and instead will be able to carry their backpacks from class to class. Water fountains will be turned off throughout the schools due to CDC guidelines, therefore students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles to school.

Slette says while she understands the proposal won’t work perfectly for every family, she asks you to be respectful of the difficult decisions made.

As for breakfast and lunch, students will eat in cafeterias, classrooms, or common spaces when on hybrid attendance plan using physical distancing for breakfast and lunch. Grab-n-go meals will be available on online learning days for students; families will be able to pre-order and pick up meals for online learning students. Distance learning students may pick up meals; families will be able to pre-order and pick up at select sites.

The proposal will go to the West Fargo School Board on Aug. 10.

A full copy of the district’s plan can be found below.

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