Superintendent Update - January 7, 2021

Posted on 01/07/2021
January 7, 2021 - Superintendent Update


Dear FHSD staff and families:

Please watch the latest update from FHSD Superintendent Dr. Nathan Hoven

Though this important communication about course registration was already scheduled, we would be remiss if we failed to mention the events that transpired yesterday at our nation’s Capitol. We know that these uncertain times leave many in our community with emotions they need and want to process. At FHSD, we believe it’s important to provide students space and support to navigate such events, and you have our commitment that we will serve your students well today and every day.
You may find these resources from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) helpful as you engage in conversations at home:

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A breakdown of important topics in the video include:

VIRTUAL LEARNING

FHSD will offer a virtual learning option for the 2021-2022 school year.

COURSE REGISTRATION

Registration for high school students begins January 8 and closes January 21. Registration for middle school students will open in February. (Elementary students (K-4) do not need to complete the online course registration process).

Only families who would like their child to attend school virtually next school year regardless of the COVID situation should register for virtual courses during the registration period. Families who would only choose virtual if COVID is still a concern this fall should register for in-person courses. All families will have an opportunity to adjust those decisions closer to the start of the school year.

MODIFIED QUARANTINES

The Modified Quarantine protocols took effect on November 30, and we continue to see consistent trends in the data. The majority of positive cases among FHSD students and staff continue to be connected with known exposures outside of school. Additionally, the percentage of students testing positive for COVID after being identified as a close contact at school has remained steady at approximately 1%.

As a reminder – students and staff can be placed on Modified Quarantine if exposure happens in the K-12 school setting and both parties are properly masked at the time of exposure. As always, known positive cases are not allowed to attend school until cleared. In addition, students and staff who are exposed to COVID outside of school, or at any point during the school day when masks are off (such as at lunch), are placed in Standard Quarantine and are not allowed to attend school until cleared. 

COVID-19 VACCINE

Most school personnel are included in Phase 1B for vaccine deployment. While we do not have an exact timeline, we are working closely with the St. Charles County Department of Public Health to ensure that FHSD staff have access to the vaccine just as soon as it becomes available.


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