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Reopening Our Schools & Important Updates

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Fort Plain schools reopened on Monday, Sept. 14 under the hybrid instruction model. View our Back-to-School Information Guides: Harry Hoag Elementary SchoolJr./Sr. High School

Student physicals are still required

This is a friendly reminder for all Fort Plain parents and guardians that physical health exams are mandated by New York State for all students who are newly enrolled in a school district or who are in grades pre-k or kindergarten, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11. This includes students who are enrolled as in person, hybrid or remote learners.

Please return completed physicals to the school nurse’s office as soon as possible. More information on physicals is posted on our health services webpage, under Health Screenings.

Remote instruction through Nov. 24; in person learning resumes Nov. 30

Dear Members of the Fort Plain School Community,

On Thursday, November 12, 2020, the district was informed that a member of the school community had tested positive for COVID-19. Fort Plain Schools were closed on November 13 for deep cleaning and disinfection of any potentially impacted areas. Instruction was provided remotely for all students.

In working with Public Health we are implementing our Short-term remote learning plans through November 24. The health and safety of the students and employees of the Fort Plain School District are our highest priorities. In person classes will resume on November 30, 2020.

During the remote learning period, transportation will continue to be provided for all out-of-district programs, including special education, career and technical education, PTech, AgTech, and Adirondack Academy. Meals will be provided for students of both schools and may be picked up at either Harry Hoag or in the Village Office parking lot in downtown, between 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon. The main offices will remain open.

Fort Plain School District has been working in conjunction with Montgomery County Public Health to review policy and procedure for COVID-19 exposure, and is following their guidance. Montgomery County has provided the district with additional PPE and cleaning supplies. Students and staff who have been identified as close contacts will be contacted by the local health department in the county where they reside.

We ask that our community remain diligent with wearing masks and washing hands frequently. Please note that if you do not receive a call from the health department, you have not been identified as a close contact. Also keep in mind, this is one positive confirmed case at this time and does not rise to the level of an outbreak or cluster.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we move forward.

John Bishop
Superintendent of Schools

All students to learn remotely Nov. 13; campuses are closed

The district has been informed that a member of the school community has tested positive for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, Fort Plain Schools will be closed on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, for deep cleaning and disinfection of any potentially impacted areas.

Please note that instruction will continue to be provided, remotely, for all students at both schools, according to schedules posted on our website’s Important Updates webpage (direct link to schedules.)

The district is working closely with the County Department of Health and is following their guidance. They are taking the lead role in any further steps that may be necessary, such as additional testing of individuals, contact tracing and quarantine.

Under federal and state laws and regulations, we cannot identify the individual who tested positive. We will continue to monitor this situation and keep you informed. Thank you for your understanding.

Harry Hoag students honor veterans with letters, artwork

student letters to and artwork for veterans

While Harry Hoag School can’t welcome veterans to campus for a recognition assembly this year, due to limits on gatherings because of the pandemic, the students are still making sure that they are honored. Harry Hoag students are celebrating veterans and the sacrifices they’ve made to honor our freedom and serve our country with artwork and letters of appreciation they’ve created for display at local Fort Plain businesses.

How instruction will continue if school is closed due to COVID-19

In the interest of planning ahead, the district would like to inform Fort Plain families about how instruction will continue to be provided if one or both of our schools are required to close due to COVID-19.

If school is closed, instruction will continue to be provided remotely/virtually to students according to a schedule set specifically for the Jr./Sr. High School and a schedule set specifically for Harry Hoag School. Information about these schedules follows below.

At Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School, instruction will continue to follow the same schedule as when school is open, but will be provided remotely to all students. This will occur regardless of the length of the school closure.

Letter from High School Principal Dr. Deborah Larrabee, November 2020:

Dear FP Junior-Senior High School Families,

We are happy to have students in our classrooms and cherish the in-person learning days we have with them. We continue practicing social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands and learning to support each other so that our blended learning model may continue. However, if we need to switch to Remote Learning we want you to be prepared. We have created a schedule to ensure continuity of learning for our students. Please see the schedules below.

For a short term closure (24 hours to two weeks), students will follow their regular classroom schedule of periods one through eight daily with classes beginning at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 2:38 p.m. Teachers will provide content and instruction to students daily via Google Classroom.

For a long term closure (beyond two weeks), students will follow their regular classroom schedule of periods one through eight, but times will be shortened to help limit daily screen time. Classes will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m. Instruction will be provided daily by teachers via Google Classroom. Office hours and extended class time will be 1:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Junior- Senior High School Shortened Schedule:
Period 1: 8:00-8:33
Period 2: 8:35-9:08
Period 3: 9:10-9:43
Period 4: 9:45-10:18
Brunch Break: 10:19-10:49
Period 5: 10:50-11:23
Period 6: 11:25-11:58
Period 7: 12:00-12:33
Period 8: 12:35-1:08
1:15- 3:15: Office Hours, Extended Class, Meetings

Our students are accustomed to having a daily schedule that they can refer to throughout the day. The remote learning schedules were created to provide predictability and grounding for your child during a time that feels very different to them and us. To help support your child, we recommend that you:

• Make sure your child has a consistent physical space for work
• Make sure that your child keeps their Chromebook charged
• Encourage your child to contact their teachers with questions
• Check Google Classrooms daily for each day’s assignments
• Observe work hours for teachers; they will respond to your emails within 24 hours
• Think about how to manage technology at home, to minimize distractions and maximize learning

The home-school partnership is essential to making this a successful year for your children. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions. Thank you for your continued support during these uncertain times.

Best regards,
Deborah Larrabee, Ed.

At Harry Hoag School, instruction will be provided remotely according to one of two schedules: a schedule for short-term closures lasting 24 hours to one week, or a schedule for long-term closures lasting beyond one week.

Letter from Harry Hoag Principal Lauren Crisman, November 2020:

Hello Families of Harry Hoag!

This letter serves to give you information regarding Harry Hoag’s intentions for instruction should we be asked to transition to an all remote (virtual) model for any period of time throughout the school year. If the District transitions to an all remote model for any amount of time, the hybrid Day A/ Day B cycle will not apply to elementary students. All elementary students should plan to attend remotely as outlined below.

Harry Hoag schedule part oneHarry Hoag schedule part twoPlease feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your ongoing interest and investment in your child’s academic success!

Proud to be your Principal,
Mrs. Crisman

Local heroes teach fire safety

Fort Plain fire fighters teach Harry Hoag students prevention and safety

Members of the Fort Plain Fire Department visited primary students at Harry Hoag to talk about fire prevention and fire safety. In addition to learning many great safety tips, the students were excited to use the fire hose. Thank you to our local heroes for the visit!

Student learning how to use a fire hose

View more photos on the Fort Plain Central Schools Facebook page.

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