Forks High School staff and administration sent an email and phone message over the weekend saying they were excited to welcome students’ return to school Monday, Oct. 5, with doors opening at 8 a.m.
“We ask that you enter the high school either by the front main entrance, the north entrance by the bus loop, or the south entrance by the student parking lot. All other doors will be locked.
Upon arrival, all students will have their temperature taken, complete an attestation form and receive two Spartan masks.
All health and safety protocols required by the Department of Health will be followed and enforced.
All students will receive a breakfast/lunch meal daily. The bus crew will leave from the school at 10 a.m. to deliver a combo meal to those students who will continue to do their learning remotely.
Students, please bring your Chromebook, headset, and charger to school daily.
Official in-person school time will run from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. After 12:30, student self-directed remote learning will continue from 1 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. We are looking forward to seeing you next week!”
Elena Velasquez, Forks Middle School Principal, shared the following on Facebook.
Forks Middle School Frequently Asked Questions
Our new reception area for all FMS families (5th-8th grades) is now located in the FMS Annex Building at 191 S. Spartan Avenue. Please check in through that office. The yellow zone will still be used for morning drop-off and after school pick-up for students.
What are the safety expectations for my child?
Students who are sick need to stay home. Students are required to wear a mask (covering nose and mouth) while at school. They will follow the 6ft distancing expectation. Students will have a daily temperature check upon arrival to confirm they do not have a fever and complete a daily wellness check in order to remain on campus. (The wellness check will initially be done in homeroom class as we gradually require families to complete these at home prior to coming to school.)
Where and at what time can I drop off/pick up my student?
7th and 8th-grade students can be dropped off no earlier than 8 a.m. for an 8:15 a.m. start time. Students in Diimmel, Taylor, Burton, Fournier, Murray homerooms may be dropped off at the FMS Annex Building, 191 S Spartan Ave.
5th and 6th-grade students can be dropped off no earlier than 8:15 a.m. for an 8:30 a.m. start time. All other students can be dropped off at the yellow zone.
All students will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m.
What time will my student be picked up by the bus?
Bus routes are posted on the website. Morning routes have not changed from previous years. After school routes will depend on route length. You may call Tami Shaner at transportation for other details. 360-374-6262 ext. 153.
What will happen if my student gets sick at school?
Students who get sick at school will come and stay in the nurse’s office with a mask on. Their parent/guardian will be notified that they need to come to pick up their student. Students will remain in the nurse’s office until their parent arrives. Students will need a doctor’s note verifying they do not have COVID-19, in order to return to school.
How will students have access to breakfast and lunch?
All students will be provided with a free breakfast upon arrival at school. They will eat their breakfast in the cohort classroom. At dismissal, all students will get a grab and go lunch to take home with them. If your student chooses to not eat at school please assure that they eat breakfast at home as we will not allow food from home in the building including beverages. (Students with documented allergies may bring their breakfast to school as long as it has been approved by the nurse. Students will receive a water bottle to refill at home daily.)
What is the expectation for work after dismissal?
All students will be expected to participate in remote learning activities after dismissal (homework). Teachers will schedule afternoon office hours through FuelEd to support student learning.
What is a cohort group?
Students will remain in their cohort of up to 14 students throughout the day. All students will have regular and consistent support available to them from a certificated teacher.
How will the school assure that classrooms are being cleaned?
Routine cleaning will be conducted daily, as recommended by the Department of Health. District staff will provide a deeper cleaning routine on Wednesdays while students are not in the buildings.
What supplies does my child need to bring to school?
Bring the Chromebook, headset, 5-subject notebook, planner (grades 6-8), writing utensil, and FuelEd material that your teacher requests through announcements.
What if I change my mind about in-person attendance?
If your student is signed up for in-person instruction and the family feels that they want to transition to remote learning, communicate with us and we will support the request.
If a student is in remote learning and needs to transition to in-person learning, we will also honor the request, but we may need time to work through placement details.
What are the expectations for Wednesdays when my student stays home?
Students will still be required to engage in remote learning on Wednesdays. Teachers will schedule office hours and other live sessions as necessary.