FHS Back to School 2021-22

FHS Back to School 2021-22
Posted on 08/10/2021
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We hope that you and your family have been enjoying the summer. Once August comes we start to kick it into high gear in preparing for the upcoming school year.  At FHS, we are looking forward to a wonderful school year.  Here you will find important information for the 2021-22 school year as well as some links that will help you and your student prepare for the school year.


The Farmington Area Public Schools Strategic Plan is a guiding document created by staff and community stakeholders to help the school district successfully serve the needs of our community now and in the future. 


Through the flexible use of time and varying instructional practices, incorporated by our staff, we believe our students will walk out of FHS not only prepared academically, but equipped with the skills needed to be successful in all postsecondary options available to FHS students. 



FHS Picture & iPad Pick-Up Days - Required for all students to attend one (including Seniors for Student ID’s)

FHS Schedule Pick-Up days are on Tuesday, August 17 from 9am– 4pm and August 25 from 12:30pm–7:30pm


At FHS picture and iPad pick-up days ALL students must get their picture taken before they can pick up their ipad or parking pass.  This is especially important now that we have our new check-in/out system for students that requires them to carry their student ID badge everyday.  


iPads must also be picked up during any of the FHS Schedule Pick-Up days in the FHS Media Center.  Prior to picking up the iPad, parents must complete the iPad loan agreement if they did not do it in the Spring.  Students that participated in this summer's optional iPad checkout have already completed and agreed to the terms of the district 2021-22 iPad Loan Agreement using our RevTrak system. These students are set for the 2021-22 school year and may simply bring their issued iPad with them for the first day of school.


If you need to complete the iPad Loan Agreement, you can do that HERE.


NO FORMS NEEDED FOR PICTURES!  All ordering is now done digitally on the Jostens site and pictures are shipped to your home.  Visit jostenspix.com to explore options.  You can also see this information on their ordering flyer here: JostensPIX - Picture Day Announcement (ES).png


Questions about picture day, please email Laura Pierce, Assistant Principal at [email protected]



FHS Open House

Open House is also on Wednesday, August 25, from 3:30–7:30 pm.  


During open house teachers will be in their classrooms and available to meet with students and families.  


Ninth Graders will be able to explore FHS with their families and the Link Leaders will be available to assist them.  We will have a table in the Commons with Link Leaders at the ready to answer questions.  We will also have Link Leaders throughout the school (hallways, locker bays, etc) to help students find their classrooms, lockers, teachers. 



Student Schedules


Student schedules will be available on Campus Portal starting Tuesday, August 17th at 9:00am.  We will not be making any schedule changes this year unless it was our error and your child has a missing class, 2 classes in 1 hour, or something like that.  If there is an error on your student’s schedule, please stop by the 3rd floor office during our picture days or contact your counselor via email or phone.  


Now might also be a good time to mention a change in our counseling department.  We have hired a new counselor and also made some adjustments to the alpha split.   Here is an updated breakdown of which counselor supports which students:

  • Barbara Walker: Last names A-BL
  • Nathan Yager: Last names Bo-F
  • Katie Kelly: Last names G-KL
  • Alyssa Belko: Last names Km-N
  • Jerry Pfau: Last names O-Si
  • Chelsy Newman: Sk-Z

Family Web Access/Campus Portal


Campus portal is an essential tool for you to use as a parent to keep our school records accurate so that we can communicate with you and also keep up to date with your students' progress in school.  If you don’t have access to Campus Portal please see the following link for more information to set up an Infinite Campus account: https://www.farmington.k12.mn.us/for_parents/infinite_campus


You will need to use this account to view your students schedule, attendance, bus route information, etc.  We do not hand out hard copies of these things anymore.  We cannot stress enough how important it is for you to have your account set up and know how to use it.  


Here is a direct link to Campus Portal: https://campus.farmington.k12.mn.us/campus/portal/farmington.jsp


Student Lockers


All 9th and 10th graders will be assigned a school locker.  Students in 11th or 12th grade who wish to use a school locker can get one assigned by stopping into the 3rd floor office or contact Kim Chambers at 651-252-2517.


FHS Student Parking


As in the past, we are issuing EAST lot permits to all juniors and seniors who pay to park on campus regardless of when they pay for their parking permit.  


Parking in the east lot each day will be on a first come first serve basis until the lot is full, with all overflow going to the West lot.  All sophomores will be issued a west lot permit and cannot park in the east lot.  


To order and pay for your parking permit, either for 1 trimester ($55) or the full year ($130), use this link: https://farmington-k12.revtrak.net/rw-parking-hs-farmington


All vehicles must be registered and display their permit in order to park on campus other than the grace period of the first week of school.  


Students may pick up parking passes during the FHS Schedule Pick-Up Days.  


Complete FHS parking regulations can be found on the FHS Website.


Any questions about parking can be directed to Jon Lund, Assistant Principal: jlund@farmington.k12.mn.us



School Supply List


One other important note for 9th grade families is that FHS does not have a supply list for students at the High School.  We recommend that you send your student with all of the normal school stuff (pencils, notebooks, folders, etc.).  Your student will come home with syllabi for classes after the first day of school. If there is anything special they need for a particular class it will be listed there.  


Student Transportation & Busing (Including DCTC)


ALL students in grades 11 and 12 that require busing (this includes students needing transportation to DCTC for their first hour class) MUST contact Marschall Lines by phone at 651-463-8689 or email at [email protected] to request being added to a route as soon as possible.  


Marschall Lines does not route 11th or 12th graders unless families contact them directly.  If you have further questions regarding transportation please contact Marschall Lines directly.


CTE Classes at DCTC (Dakota County Technical College)


FHS students in a CTE class at DCTC will attend that class everyday.  Students have the option of driving themselves or riding the FHS bus out to DCTC.  If riding the bus, they must contact Marshall Lines by phone at 651-463-8689, or by email at [email protected] to let them know.  The bus going to DCTC each day will depart after 1st hour and drop off the end of  3rd hour at door29 at the High School.  Exact pick-up and drop off times will be communicated soon. Wonderful aspect of taking the bus is your student will always be on time for their classes at both locations.


Any further questions about DCTC and their programming can be directed toward Jerry Pfau, School Counselor ([email protected]) or Dan Pickens, Principal ([email protected]).


Parent Contact Information, Consent to Publish, and Emergency Contact Form


Prior to coming to one of the schedule pick up days please check Family Web Access and verify that all contact information is correct.  If you need to make any changes you can do that now online.  It is important that FHS has up to date phone numbers and email addresses in order to stay connected with families.  All FHS information will be pushed out via email to families so please make sure this is updated.  


Parents who would like to deny their consent to publish their student’s work must also complete an online form.  This form only needs to be completed if you don’t want your students picture or work to be used publicly. 


Deny Consent to Publish


Emergency Contact Information can now also be updated online using your Family Web Access account.


First Day of School


The first day of school will be Monday, August 30th for ALL 9th GRADERS ONLY.

The first day of school for ALL STUDENTS will be Tuesday, August 31st.  


For the 9th Graders first day, on the 30th, the FHS Link Crew will plan a day of fun activities, orientation, school tours,  and much more.  Buses will run their regular routes and times.  9th graders will start their day at the normal starting time of 8:10 am.  


The first day of school for ALL STUDENTS, on the 31st, will experience a normal daily schedule and teachers will mostly be running through what to expect from their classes, communicating specific materials needed, and also allow for time and space to get to know their new students.


Students enrolled in the DCTC program will attend classes starting on Tuesday, August 31st.



FHS Daily & Weekly Schedule


Our FHS Daily Schedule will look a little different this year.  We had planned on rolling this new schedule out last year, but COVID got in the way.  We are very excited that we were able to make these adjustments based on student and teacher feedback.  There will be a lot more communication about the details of the schedule and how we use certain times, but for now here is what to expect.


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday will all have the same daily schedule with Tiger Connections at the end of the day.  Wednesday we have teacher collaboration time at the beginning of the day and Tiger News at the end of the day so the schedule will look a bit different.  We have also adjusted our start and end times to 8:10am - 2:55pm.  Here is a copy of the FHS Daily Schedule



Other important events happening will be communicated via weekly emails by the Principal and also on the FHS Website.



Other Back to School Safety Information


Maintaining learners’ safety is our primary concern each and every day.  As we welcome students back into the building, this continues to be our focus.  Please trust that we are actively creating procedures and outlining expectations for all members of the FHS community in order to provide everyone a safe, hygienic, learning experience.  These procedures and expectations include, but are not limited to, movement throughout the building, sanitation practices, visuals to support social distancing, classroom setup, minimization of shared materials, and contact tracing.  We are grateful for your patience and support as we iron out details and are able to present our vision in a coherent manner at a later date.  We are confident that this year, though unique, will be an exceptional learning experience for all.   


Face Coverings

  • Face coverings are required on all district provided transportation in accordance with federal guidelines.

  • Face coverings are optional in district buildings. CDC guidelines recommend face coverings should be worn in school settings.

  • Symptomatic people will be required to wear a face covering and isolate while waiting to go home or visiting the nurse.

 

Physical Distancing

  • All learners will attend school in person five days a week. 

  • We will maximize physical distancing in learning spaces to the extent possible.

 

Cleaning and Sanitizing Protocols

  • Cleaning and sanitizing protocols from the 2020-21 school year will continue. 

  • Hand washing routines will continue. 

  • Hand sanitizer will continue to be available.

 

Daily Health Screening

 

Isolation

  • Isolation protocols from the 2020-21 school year will continue for any learner or staff member who is displaying COVID-19 like symptoms. 

 

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

  • Confirmed COVID-19 cases will continue to be reported to the Minnesota Department of Health. 

 

Quarantine

  • Quarantine due to a COVID-19 exposure is not required if

    • Individual(s) are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms.

    • Individual(s) have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days and do not have symptoms.

  • Learners or staff are required to quarantine, following the duration guidance specified in the MDH Decision Tree, if they:  

    • Test positive for COVID-19 or

    • Have COVID-19 like symptoms or

    • Who live with someone who tests positive/displays COVID-19 like symptoms unless: 

      • Individual(s) are fully vaccinated and do not have symptoms.

      • Individual(s) have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days and do not have symptoms.

  • Families and staff will be notified of an exposure in an ISD 192 setting and recommended to quarantine for 10-Days (may shorten to 7-day with negative PCR test on or after day 5).

    • Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19.

 

Transportation

  • Masks are required on all district provided transportation in accordance with federal guidelines. 

  • 6 feet of physical distance will be maintained between drivers and riders.


Thank you very much for your support in Farmington High School.  There will no doubt be more information pushed out in the coming weeks about the beginning of school, but this will get you started.  If you do not find your answer here, please do not hesitate to reach out anytime.  


Have a great last few weeks of summer, and we are looking forward to a great start of the 2021-22 school year!!