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News Release 1-15-21

________ Fosston Public Schools_______

INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 601 – 301 First Street East, Fosston, MN 56542

SUPERINTENDENT Sue Richards-Chase – 218-435-6335 FAX 218-435-1663

MAGELSSEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – 218-435-6036 FAX 218-435-6414

FOSSTON HIGH SCHOOL 218-435-1909 FAX 218-435-6340

PRINCIPALS: Daniel Boushee, Elementary Dominic Krump, High School Principal

News Release 01/15/21

ISD 601 Fosston Public Schools is pleased to announce that our high school students

will be returning for full in person learning commencing Monday, January 25, 2021.

Families may choose to continue distance learning if there is concern for their child’s

safety. As required by MDE, high school staff will have two planning days to prepare for

this transition – January 21 and 22. High school students will not be in session those two

days; Google Meets will be set up to provide work completion support to end semester 1.

Magelssen Elementary students will maintain their current schedule. Both buildings will

continue the Flex Friday instructional plan.

In making this decision, the district took into account a number of factors. We have

always maintained that the county numbers were ONE part of that decision – and county

numbers have trended lower. We also take into account our ability to provide adequate

staffing. We looked at the containment strategies that we use when school is in session,

as well as the layers of mitigation strategies (masking, distancing, hand washing). We

looked at transmission within our walls. We have adjusted locations for certain larger

classes to increase distance between students and between students and staff. We know

that for most students, there is no replacement for in-person learning.

The state requires that additional weekly preparation time be given to staff who are

teaching both distance learners and in person learners. Given the number of distance

learners in both buildings, all of our teachers are teaching in this fashion. District staff

have used this time to set up one-to-one and small group social/emotional support

sessions for students, as we know the pandemic has had a negative impact on children’s

mental health. Staff have also used this time to provide targeted support to those students

who continue in distance learning. In order to provide meaningful time for staff to

prepare, AND to ensure sufficient one-to-one support for students, we will continue to

provide Flex Friday learning. That means all students will learn from home,

asynchronously on Fridays. Staff will also work with individual students – both in

person and using Meets – to provide support. Some students are dealing with significant

learning loss stemming from the forced shut down in March, 2020 and then having to do

distance learning this year. Flex Fridays provide staff the time and space needed to

address some of this.

We know that returning the high school to full in person comes with some risks. We

want our community to know – to be prepared for – pivots to other models that might

have to occur due to quarantining and/or increased virus spread. We asked you, over the

holidays, to limit gatherings and to follow CDC guidelines so we could return to inperson

learning. And you stepped up and did that. To help us keep this going, we ask

that you continue to be vigilant. Especially important is keeping your children home

from school when sick, and calling our COVID coordinator at the high school, or

elementary school health aide to let us know. We need you, our community, to keep

wearing masks, to maintain that physical distance, and limit the size of gatherings. We

are all eagerly awaiting the time when COVID19 is gone, and we must remain vigilant

until it is.

If you wish to continue using distance learning for your child(ren) at Fosston High

School, please call the high school office at (218) 435-1909 by Thursday, 01/21/21.

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