Fall 2021

It is our absolute pleasure to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year! We are excited to return to the FSMN we all know and love. Full days, full schedules, and full hearts.

While COVID-19 is definitely not behind us just yet, we believe we can safely return to full, in-building learning schedules for all students this September with the following practices and procedures.

 

Current COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies and Protocols

Universal masking in the building (except when eating)

Outdoor Eating 

  • This will be the default unless forced inside by inclement weather
    • Indoor eating protocols
      • Well-ventilated 
      • Added air purification
      • Assigned seating
        • Less unmasked exposure
        • Smaller potential quarantine groupings

Social distancing (whenever/wherever possible)

Weekly testing 

  • Free to ALL families
  • Goal is 100% participation

Ventilation 

  • Increased/enhanced HVAC operations
  • Windows and doors open as much as possible

Podding

  • When indoors, we will maintain the indoor student podding naturally built into our schedules and structures. (e.g. 5/6 doesn’t have classes with 7/8)

Bathrooms Separations

  • Designated bathrooms for each classroom and grade group

Enhanced Cleaning

Staff Testing and Vaccination

  • Staff will also be testing weekly
  • 100% of our eligible staff are vaccinated

Building Access

  • Families will now be allowed to enter the school, but must wear a mask while in the building.

Procedural Pieces

  • Family Self-Screening
    • Families will self-screen students each morning checking for COVID-19 symptoms
      • COVID-19 symptoms fall into two groups:
        • More common symptoms are one or more of these: 
          • Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher 
          • New cough or a cough that gets worse
          • Difficulty/hard time breathing
          • New loss of taste or smell
        • Less common symptoms are two or more of these: 
          • Sore Throat
          • Nausea
          • Vomiting
          • Diarrhea
          • Chills
          • Muscle pain
          • Extreme fatigue/feeling very tired
          • New severe/very bad headache
          • New nasal congestion/stuffy or runny nose
  • One or more of the “more common” and two or more of the “less common” symptoms and a student should stay home from school and the family should:

Student Quarantines

Students with ONE “less common” symptom will:

  • Stay home
  • Quarantine until 24 hours after symptom improves
  • No effect on actions of other members of the household 

Students with ONE “more common” or TWO “less common” symptoms will: 

  • Stay home
    • Unvaccinated siblings should also stay home
    • See healthcare provider and/or get a COVID-19 test
      • Negative test result or alternate diagnosis
        • Quarantine until 24 hours after symptom(s) improve 
        • Siblings can return to the school building
      • Positive test result
        • Quarantine for 7 days and 24 hours after symptom(s) improve whichever is longer
        • Unvaccinated siblings should quarantine for 10 days and 24 hours after symptom(s) improve whichever is longer

A student with no symptoms, but who tests positive for COVID-19 will:

  • Quarantine for 10 days and 24 hours after symptom(s) (if any develop) improve whichever is longer
  • Unvaccinated siblings should quarantine for 10 days and 24 hours after symptom(s) improve whichever is longer
  • A student is only considered a “close contact” with a student who has tested positive for COVID-19 if they have spent time unmasked and indoors with that student
    • This is a special K-12 Education Exception to the decision tree quarantine guidelines approved by the CDC
    • Vaccinated students and staff and students and staff who were always masked when indoors with a student who tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine
    • A close contact (as detailed above) will:
      • Quarantine for 10 days and 24 hours after symptom(s) (if any develop) improve whichever is longer

As recommendations evolve, we may adapt procedures as needed.

With the above protocols in place we are hopeful we can reduce COVID-19’s educational impact from disruption to inconvenience. Our community was tremendous in it’s diligence last year, with not a single viral transmission here on the school grounds. This is due to our entire community’s collective effort in keeping each other safe. 

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Our mission is to prepare children to embrace life, learning, and community with hope, skill, understanding and creativity. We are committed to the Quaker values of peace, justice, simplicity and integrity.

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Calendar

  1. Development Comm Meeting

    09/20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  2. SC

    09/21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. FSMN Soccer game (Exact Time TBD)

    09/22 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  4. Student, Faculty, and Staff COVID Testing

    09/23 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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