General Updates

FMCSD Update 2/12/21

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. 

Inclement Weather:

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.

Sincerely,

Dr. Erin M. Slater

Return to Learn Update 11/24/2020

The Fort Madison Community School District staff and students will return to 100% face to face learning on 12/1. This is the model the board voted on effective November 2 – December 23rd.

The school board, administration, and nursing staff will continue to monitor the staff, student and community data daily and will communicate with families with any necessary shifts  Any necessary shifts would be based upon the following data:  

  • county positivity rates
  • staff absenteeism rates
  • student absenteeism rates.  

These are the same data points used throughout the state for schools’ learning models.

All previously implemented cleaning and mask protocols as well as mitigation expectations remain in place.  

Important Reminder

Please do not send students to school if they are ill or a member of the household is ill and being tested.  Please practice CDC recommended guidelines for mask wearing and washing hands. 

You can find the document outlining the protocols & procedures here

Staff & Student Masks – Required:

○ In classrooms when physical distancing (6 feet) is not possible.
○ Hallways at all times.
○ Lunch lines when physical distancing (6 feet) is not possible.
○ Bus stops and on buses.

Staff & Student Face Masks Are Highly Recommended When:

○ In classrooms even when physical distancing (6 feet) can be
achieved.
○ Recess (grades K-5)

The FMCSD will continue to communicate with families as we work together to continue to provide learning while practicing health and safety guidelines.

Activity / Athletics Updates

2020 Homecoming Update

2020 Homecoming Activities & Events- (week of 9/14/20)

As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the district and FMHS continue to collaborate and process recommendations from the Lee County Health Department, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and CDC.

Homecoming dress up weeks and homecoming court candidates will continue as stated below.  

Homecoming dress up weeks will last two weeks to give A week & B week students an opportunity to participate in the celebrations. 

  • A week students’ dress up week will be next week- Sept. 8 – Sept. 11
  • B week students’ dress up week will be the following week- Sept. 14 – Sept. 18
  • Online students are encouraged to submit dressup photos through Instagram #FMHoco2020

Homecoming court candidates will be announced on our website and social media Friday September 11th. King & Queen will be announced Thursday September 17th. 

Based on the current restrictions and recommendations from LCHD, IDPH, and CDC, the following activities will not take at this time:

  • FMHS Homecoming Dance
  • Parade and Central Park Coronation
  • Powderpuff (football & volleyball) and Bonfire

Please understand that the health and safety of our students is one of our top priorities. We hope our students, families, and the community share this priority and encourage everyone to stay safe while we wait for future guidance on upcoming events. 

FMCSD Administration

#GoBloodhounds

To view the homecoming dress up days, click here: https://www.fmcsd.org/2020/09/03/high-school-newsletter-09-2020/

In addition, follow us on Facebook for more updates: https://www.facebook.com/fmcsd

Follow the district on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fmcsd_bloodhounds/

We are on Tik Tok, follow us: @fmcsdbloodhounds

Food Service Updates

Free School Meals for FMCSD 100% Online Learners & Community Kids

The USDA has extended FREE school meals to ensure that children continue to receive the nutritious breakfasts and lunches they count on during the school year wherever they are, and however they are learning. Therefore, the Fort Madison Community School District is able to offer FREE meals to all kids 18 and younger through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. This unprecedented move is part of USDA unwavering commitment to ensuring all children across America have access to nutritious food as the nation recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students learning in school can enjoy their FREE meals during the scheduled Breakfast and Lunch times at each building.

For students learning online, FREE meals will be available at Door 4 on the backside of the Middle School off Bluff Road, on Monday and Thursday mornings from 9:30-10:00.

Please complete the order form posted below.

Ordering ahead will help the food service staff prepare an accurate number of meals to hand out.

Whether you are learning online or in school, we would love to see you!

If you have any questions, please call Tiffany Fullhart, Director of Food Services at 319-372-7252 ext. 1017 or email at tiffany.fullhart@fmcsd.org

Technology Updates

Technology Update 8/28/2020

How To Get Help With Technology While At Home

If your student is experiencing technical difficulties with his or her online learning materials please refer to the following resources to get assistance. 

We have set up a website that covers the basics and may be all you need to get answers. Please visit https://www.fmcsd.org/home-tech-support/ to get started. 


If you need your student’s password reset please 


If you cannot sign into Canvas or don’t have classes listed after you sign in remember to visit https://fmcsd.instructure.com and sign in with Google. Students on school issued Chromebooks will automatically get signed into Canvas. 

If you still cannot sign in to Canvas please


If you cannot sign into SeeSaw please reach out to your student’s teacher directly. A list of teachers and their email addresses can be found on our staff directory page


For general information about online learning please email Linda Hardy at linda.hardy@fmcsd.org.


If you signed up for a HotSpot you will need to pick it up at the High School after making an appointment. Call the High School office (319.372.1862) to schedule a pick up time.

We try to get to every call and email as soon as possible but it may take a few hours before we can respond to voicemail or emails. If you are emailing on behalf of your student, please be sure to include your child’s name(s) and your contact information.  You do not need to submit a second ticket for the same issue. 


For all other remote learning technology help please


Chromebook / iPad Care and Policy Guide

We encourage all parents and students to revisit the Chromebook / iPad Care and Policy Guide which was also available during registration. Remember to take good care of the device on loan to you from the district.


Chromebook / iPad Voluntary Insurance

The Fort Madison Community School District is offering a voluntary insurance plan to parents/students. Read more here 

Please note that parents have until September 4th to decide if they would like to purchase insurance. Insurance will only be offered to new students after 9/4/2020.