FMCSD Update 2/12/2021
Hello, FMCSD Community:
I wanted to take a moment to provide you with some updates related to the district.
Return to Learn Protocols: Mask Wearing
The FMCSD continues to operate on the board adopted Return to Learn protocols. Specifically regarding mask wearing, the following continues to be expected by our staff, students and any visitors to our buildings.
- Masks are required for all staff and students when 6 feet of social distancing is not possible. This includes hallways, lunch lines, bus stops and on buses.
- Masks are required for all visitors to any FMCSD building including all events and games. Spectators are encouraged to socially distance with members outside of their group and no food or drink is allowed in the gym during events.
We will continue to operate virtually for snow days. This decision to move to a virtual snow day or even a late start or early release due to weather and road conditions is made as a team approach for student safety first using the best information available at the time the decision must be made.
Input from the District’s Transportation Director is received after they have driven various roadways including town, blacktops and gravel roads in the school district firsthand. This procedure normally begins at 4:30 a.m. so that a decision can be made if a delay or cancellation seems warranted. The Superintendent may also consult with other area school districts. The final decision is generally reached around 6:00 a.m. to inform parents, personnel and local media. Each decision regarding inclement weather is made on a case-by-case basis, and again, safety is the primary consideration in the decision. If parents remain concerned about the safety of their children after the District’s decision is made, they are encouraged to use their own judgment and to request an excused absence for their child when necessary.
School delays or a move to a virtual learning day due to dangerously cold weather will be based on the current weather forecasts which take into consideration temperatures, wind chill factors, and gusty winds. As a guide, if the real feel temperature is minus 20 degrees or colder, a delay may be scheduled. If the forecast calls for brutal temperatures not to significantly improve, then Fort Madison Community School District would likely call for a virtual learning day.
Thank you for continuing to be wonderful partners in working with your child.
Dr. Erin M. Slater