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Reopening Our Schools

Fort Plain schools reopened on Monday, Sept. 14 under the hybrid instruction model, an “A” day for in-person attendance at the Harry Hoag Elementary School, with grades 7-9 attending the Jr./Sr. High School. View our Back-to-School Information Guides: Harry Hoag Elementary SchoolJr./Sr. High School

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Responsibilities for Learning

Fort Plain Learning Expectations for in-person and remote learning have been designed to give students and families a clear vision for academic success.

Fort Plain students will be using Google Classroom as a consistent format to promote engagement and minimize confusion across all content areas.

It is important that students and families understand their responsibility and take ownership for their learning by engaging with academic routines on a daily basis. The expectations listed below expand on the expectations that are outlined in the Fort Plain Code of Conduct and the Attendance Policy.

Remote Learning Expectations:

  • Create a quiet space to work at home.
  • Follow your daily class schedule.
  • Arrive on time to Google Meets.
  • Camera should be set to “ON” and student should be in camera view.
  • Microphone should be set to “mute” unless otherwise directed by faculty.
  • Stay on topic (no side conversations).
  • Type your questions in the chat box.
  • Complete all assignments on time.
  • Participate and be attentive.
  • Practice appropriate online etiquette.
  • Wear appropriate attire (Dress Code still applies).
  • Exit Google Meets when dismissed.
  • Do not hesitate to reach out to school staff for help to:
    • Teachers, Counselors, Principal, etc.
  • Charge your school device nightly.
  • Please adhere to the Code of Conduct for the 2020-2021 school year.

In-person Learning Expectations:

  • Mask should be worn properly by covering the mouth and nose at all times when social distancing is not possible or when otherwise directed by your teachers.
  • Be on time and prepared for in person instruction.
  • Bring a fully charged school device everyday.
  • Please adhere to the Code of Conduct for the 2020-2021 school year.

Attendance for the Hybrid Model:

  • During this time of heightened awareness for wellness, we encourage families to keep children home if they are ill.
  • Students with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will not be allowed to attend in -person learning.
  • In order for students to be successful, it is important that they attend their classes whether in-person or remote following their hybrid schedule.
  • NYSED mandates attendance to be taken daily whether in-person or remote. For remote learning days, teachers will take attendance via Google Meet. During in-person learning days, attendance will be taken as normal.
  • If a student is sick or unable to attend their remote learning classes, an excuse or doctor’s note should be sent to the school just as you would for an absence during in-person learning.
    Please adhere to Board of Education approved Attendance Policy for the 2020-2021 school year.

ParentSquare: Our new way to communicate

The Fort Plain Central School District will begin using a new app called ParentSquare for parent notification calls and messages, to replace the district’s current emergency notification and information sharing system.

ParentSquare is a parent engagement tool that helps teachers and staff easily communicate and collaborate with parents. In the past, we have used Remind and a variety of other tools to communicate with school families.

ParentSquare will help align communications procedures from the district level to the classroom. It will give our families a single platform to receive information in their preferred method. We are excited to provide our families with a communications tool that has more robust engagement features, an app for mobile users, language translations, and more.

Families will receive a welcome text and email message from ParentSquare on Monday, Sept. 28. The message will direct users to download the FREE ParentSquare App and create an account. Once enrolled, your children will automatically be linked to your account, and you will be able to receive school communications that pertain to your children.

If you do not receive a ParentSquare welcome message by Tuesday, Sept.  29, please notify the main office at your child’s school:
Harry Hoag Elementary School 518-993-4000, ext. 3059
Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School 518-993-4000, ext. 2124

During the 2020-2021 school year, ParentSquare will be used for communications from administrators, principals and teachers. We believe you will find ParentSquare to be an effective, user-friendly communication tool. Please stay tuned for those offerings as we begin using this service throughout the school district.

Resources for families
ParentSquare webpage
Parent 101 and video English/Spanish

Times change Monday, 9/28, for doors open, Google Meet at Harry Hoag

September 24, 2020

Greetings Families of Harry Hoag,

I trust that my letter finds you and yours doing well this September! I want to thank each of you for your ongoing support of the reopening of Harry Hoag. Our team has truly enjoyed the reunion with our learners and I proudly report that our academic year is off to a great start!

As we continue to reflect on the many changes that we have made to our routines, I want to share with you some adjustments that we will make starting on Monday, 9/28.

chart with information

Our students have adjusted well to the new ‘norms’, but we are seeing many tired faces each morning. I encourage you to remain committed to early bedtime routines to ensure that your child is well rested for the weekdays.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns, my door is always open!

Proud to be your Principal,
Mrs. Crisman

Surveying 7-12th grade students

Following recommendations by the New York State Education Department (SED), we are planning to administer a brief school-wide survey to identify the social-emotional needs of grades 7-12 students in the Fort Plain Junior-Senior High School.

The survey will be administered during an in-person school day the week of Sept. 28, and it will help us to better provide our students with the supports, services and resources they may need.

Parents or guardians who do not want their child to participate in the survey, or who have questions, should please contact the guidance office at 518-993-4000, ext. #2131, by Friday, Sept. 25.

Board of Education next meets Oct. 14

The Fort Plain Board of Education will next meet on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Board meetings are held at 6 p.m. in the Ronald H. Thibodeau Conference Room in the District Office, unless otherwise noted. Meeting agendas and minutes are available on BoardDocs.

We’re happy to be back!

student eating lunch

Fort Plain Junior-Senior High School and Harry Hoag Elementary School faculty, administration and staff welcomed back students on Monday, Sept. 14, and our students were happy to be here, too. In fact, before the new school year even started, many students said they were looking forward to returning to campus: A short survey of 7th-12th grade students on the Friday before the new school year found nearly all replying they wanted to be back. Here are just a few photos from the start of school. View more in our Facebook album.

staff holding banner Welcome Back The Dish Dogs Missed You

teacher reading a book to students

student coloring with crayons at desk

teacher instructing in front of seated students in classroom



WAC moves forward with low-risk fall sports

The Western Athletic Conference  (WAC) has decided to move forward with the low risk sports of cross country, golf and tennis at the varsity level for the fall season.

The moderate risk sport of soccer will be moved to the Fall Sports Season II, which will begin in March and run through April. The Fall Sport Season II also includes high risk sports such as football, cheerleading and volleyball.

The decision to focus on low-risk play was made with the health and safety of students, staff and our school communities as our primary concern. In addition, logistical issues dealing with transportation, field maintenance, supervision and cleaning and disinfecting were taken into consideration.

After reviewing various sets of guidance and weighing the risks and benefits each sport presents, it was determined by the WAC that this decision was the most reasonable way for our schools to provide athletic opportunities to our students without jeopardizing the safe return of students to their respective schools.

This decision still allows all students a possible opportunity to participate in athletics during the school year. Finally, it allows each district to allocate as many resources as possible to ensure the reopening plans are being implemented with regard to the academic needs of our students. In closing, we hope that all of the sports teams are able to play this school year, but it is a very fluid and ever changing situation.

Jr./Sr. High School Chromebook pickup

Each student will receive a student email account and will be issued a Chromebook. Chromebooks will be distributed for the Jr./Sr. High School on Thursday, Sept. 10. One parent must accompany their child when picking up devices. Social distancing and mask protocols will be in effect. Families with students in multiple grades can choose one time to pick up all items.

Pick-up schedule on Thursday, Sept. 10

  • 7th Grade: will receive Chromebooks at 7th grade orientation
  • 8th Grade: 9-10 a.m.
  • 9th Grade: 10-11 a.m.
  • 10th Grade: 11 a.m.-noon
  • 11th Grade: Noon-1 p.m.
  • 12th Grade: 1-2 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to noon will be the alternate pick up date.

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Board of Education will meet Sept. 16

The Fort Plain Central School District’s monthly board meeting has been rescheduled to take place at 6 p.m. on Sept. 16 in the Harry Hoag Elementary School. The meeting will be held in-person and is open to the public. Social distancing guidelines and safety precautions will be adhered to, including the wearing of masks. Meeting materials are available on BoardDocs.

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Seventh grade orientation scheduled Sept. 9

Greetings to our 7th grade students and their families:

We are excited to welcome you to the Fort Plain Junior-Senior High School. Ensuring that our new seventh grade families have a smooth transition to a new building  is a very high priority for us. Your seventh grade teachers have been working extremely hard to prepare both their physical classroom and virtual classrooms for you! They have been working non-stop to make sure everything is ready for your arrival.

Your teachers have planned 7th grade orientation on Wednesday, Sept. 9 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Orientation will include opportunities to discuss the upcoming school year, a tour of the building, distribution of Chromebooks, and meeting your teachers. 

To maintain social distancing guidelines we ask that only one parent or guardian accompany their student and that siblings not attend. Please do not send your child alone, since we will need a parent present when assigning Chromebooks. Masks will be required when entering the building. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided.

Please see room assignments below. Families will stay in assigned rooms, with the exception of the tour, and teachers will come to you.

7th Grade Orientation Schedule Wednesday, September 9

  • Student LAST Name Adams – Euler: Report to Room 111
  • Student LAST Name Fonda -Kersey: Report to Room 103
  • Student LAST Name Kimmel – Ragoo: Report to Auditorium     
  • Student LAST Name Rathbun – Wood: Report to Cafeteria

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Main Office, (518) 993-4000 ext. 2125 or email me at We look forward to seeing you!

Best regards,

Deborah Larrabee, Ed.D.

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