In District Announcement

April 9, 2021

Dear FAPS Families,

During the Governor’s press conference this morning, Governor Whitmer recommended that high schools go virtual for two weeks and athletics should be suspended for two weeks.  This is not a mandate, rather a recommendation based on statewide data and would be a voluntary decision made at the local level.  Fenton High School, along with our other buildings, will remain open for in person learning at this time.  Aside from continuing to assess the five focus areas listed below, we continue to work with the local health department and follow the guidelines they have set forth based on both the C.D.C. and state guidelines.

Since returning to in person instruction in January, we have maintained our extended learning plan and continue to mitigate exposure by cohorting our elementary classrooms and limiting the numbers of classes for our secondary students to three per day, not six.  We have added personnel to our cleaning and sanitizing crews and many of our staff members have been vaccinated.

Our spring sports season began this week and beginning this Monday, all of our middle school and high school student athletes will be tested on Monday mornings.  If a student tests positive, we will not have to contact trace within the school buildings due to the close contact 48 hour window occurring over the weekend.

This is the turning point for the 20-21 school year and we need everyone to do their part, in and out of the school environment.  Our staff and our families have worked hard to make it back for in person teaching and learning and to provide this opportunity for our students.  Our intentions are to focus on the areas below, continue our working relationship with the Genesee County Health Department and to remain open, for in person instruction, at this time.

Thank you again for all you do and for working with us during these most challenging times.

We will continue to assess the focus areas below and make decisions based on these factors:

  • Appropriate K-12 Staffing

  • Community spread and the impact on the school community

  • Contact tracing

  • Expected trends

  • Mitigating the circle of exposure

Sincerely,

Dr. Adam Hartley

Superintendent

Fenton Area Public Schools

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