October 12 School Board Decision & Next Steps
At their regularly scheduled meeting on October 12, the West Fargo School Board authorized a change to the district’s Return to Learn Plan that allows up to 100% of students to be onsite while the county is in blue, green, or yellow risk levels.
The district’s medical partners are in support of beginning the transition of PK-5 students to additional onsite instruction, so district administration will be engaging building-level administrators, school leadership teams, and the Return to Learn Advisory Committee to discuss the timeline and strategies for returning students to additional days of onsite instruction, with the following critical understandings:
- Changes to the instructional model would occur under the continued guidance and with approval of public health experts, including FCPH, ND DoH, and Essentia Health.
- District administration will work collaboratively with building level administration and the R2L Advisory Committee, which includes educators and families, to define a timeline and plan for phasing in instructional groups and/or grade bands, starting with PK-5.
- Building level administration will work collaboratively with site-based leadership teams, ensuring communication and input into the planning.
- District and building leadership teams will explore personalization of learning and flexible scheduling.
- Once families and staff are notified of a change to the learning model, they will have a minimum of two weeks to prepare for the transition.
Decisions on reentry will be made on a building-by-building basis (led by building principals and site-based leadership teams) with support from district leadership; these decisions will be communicated to all building staff and families at least two weeks before the new instructional model would be implemented. It is imperative for each building to have the autonomy to make their own plans, so they can personalize the return of their students and staff based on total enrollment, staffing levels and needs, class sizes, size of their facility, etc.. Initial transition planning is underway; we hope to have a timeline next week for the transition of PK-5 students to an increased onsite instructional model for those that choose onsite learning. WFPS will continue to offer the Virtual Program as an option for families that would prefer to not participate in an increased onsite learning model.
District administration is committed to ensuring safety for our students and staff and will continue to adhere to the guidance we receive from our health care partners, as we have done since the beginning of the pandemic.