FMCSD releases updates on graduation, 2020 school year

The following is a letter from Fort Madison School District Superintendent Dr. Erin Slater on updates for the 2020 school year printed in it’s entirety.

Dear FMCSD Families,

Once again we are thinking of you and our students during this continued closure time.  The staff have been working behind the scenes on many end of the year questions.  Please see below for the latest information:

Student Items:

Buildings have worked hard developing a plan for students to retrieve their belongings. We ask that you read the message from your child’s building or buildings carefully and appreciate your flexibility as specific details may need to be adjusted. 

Meals:

We will continue meal service at our ten locations through June 2nd.  

Voluntary Learning:

We strongly encourage your students to continue to engage with their teachers who have scheduled learning activities each week.  Teachers also have office hours each week for students and families.  If you have a technology question please visit https://www.fmcsd.org/home-tech-support/. If you have further questions you may email our info account – info@fmcsd.org – and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

The district will be submitting the required Return to Learn plan with the Department of Education by July 1, 2020.

1:1 Technology & Loaner Devices Currently at Home:

K – 8th grade students will be permitted to keep their loaned devices until August 3rd 2020. 

9th – 11th students will be able to keep their 1:1 devices through the summer.

12th grade students are expected to return their device by July 31st.  Locations will be communicated at a later time.

FMHS Class of 2020 Announcements:

Further details will be provided as needed.  

Grades 

Seniors will receive credit for each course on their schedule when school closed.  For two trimester courses, seniors may choose the current grade earned when school closed on March 13, 2020, or a “P” for pass.

Due to the limited number of days completed in trimester 3, all students enrolled in a single trimester course during trimester 3 will receive a “P” for Pass.  Students will receive a form via student email to make their selections and ALL students will be required to submit the form back to FMHS.

Prom:

We hope to have a live prom dance on June 13.  If the CDC guidelines do not permit a social gathering by June 8, we will solicit feedback from the senior class on alternative options for the promenade.

Graduation Events:

We plan to have a live graduation ceremony on June 27 at 9:00 A.M., CDC guidelines permitting.  During the month of May, we will create a recording of a simulated graduation ceremony with each individual graduating senior being given the opportunity to walk across the stage in their cap and gown and receive their diploma at FMHS.  This video will also feature the senior speakers.  

Other Class of 2020 Events:

  • On May 29, we plan on hosting a senior parade of cars on a designated route.  Seniors are welcome to decorate their cars and would meet in the FMHS parking lot and the football stadium lights will be on for 20 minutes to honor the Class of 2020.
  • Celebration yard signs have been donated by a local business which will feature each senior’s picture to be placed in their yard.
  • Senior Most Awards will be celebrated on FMCSDs social media platforms.

Grades for Non-Seniors:

Details about how those grades will be handled will be forthcoming.  

We continue to miss our students terribly.  Please feel free to contact us if there is anything we can do or continue to do to support you during this time.

Sincerely,
Dr. Erin Slater,
Superintendent

2 thoughts on “FMCSD releases updates on graduation, 2020 school year

  1. Graduation should happen.maybe on the football field instead of the inside basketball court.
    These kids have worked years for this honor and deserve to get it.

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