District Prepares for Upcoming School Year
In their final meeting of the 2020 - 2021 school year, the district's Return to Learn Advisory Committee overwhelmingly recommended that the district evaluate the outcome of the June 2021 health and safety protocols to determine a plan for the 2021 - 2022 school year. The June plan provided an opportunity to step back from mandatory enforcement of mask wearing and other mitigation strategies. From May 31 - July 25, there were three positive cases of COVID-19 reported amongst students and staff in the district, with zero school-related transmission recorded. Based on this data, West Fargo Public Schools will follow the plan below for the 2021 - 2022 school year:
- Face coverings are optional and no longer mandated for staff, students, and visitors to the campus.
- Since transportation services are governed by the federal government, face coverings are required for anyone that uses district-provided transportation.
- COVID-19 vaccination is not required for school attendance or participation in activities.
- The Virtual Program, as it existed last year, will not be offered this school year. Individualized instructional plans with virtual components may be created based on the identified needs of a specific student.
- Students and staff that have a loss of taste or smell should stay home for 10 days, unless they can provide a negative COVID test or an alternate diagnosis from a healthcare provider.
- Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for 10 days.
- Accommodations will be made for students that test positive to continue their learning remotely.
- The district will no longer contact trace, but exposure notifications will be provided to all families in the classroom if there is a positive case in their child’s classroom.
- The exposure notifications will encourage families to self-monitor their child and to keep them home if symptoms develop.
- School activities, events, assemblies, and gatherings allowed.
- Guidance and directives from the North Dakota High School Activities Association and other governing boards will be used to guide high school extracurricular and cocurricular activities.
We believe that students benefit from in-person instruction, which is why our priority is to safely return all students and staff to campus this fall. We will consult with Fargo Cass Public Health and Essentia Health throughout the year regarding the status of COVID-19 in our community, as well as stay up to date on the latest research from the CDC to ensure commitment to that priority. We can’t wait to see you all in a few weeks!