COVID-19 Communications

  • Face Mask Update

    Posted by Tracy Jentz on 8/20/2021

    August 20, 2021

    GFPS Employees and Families,

    At a special Grand Forks School Board meeting today, the Grand Forks School Board passed an indoor universal mask mandate. Masks will be required for all individuals aged two or older inside of, or at facilities leased by Grand Forks Public Schools. This is effective Monday, August 23, 2021.

    Please note that all individuals using transportation (i.e.: school buses, vans) will wear face coverings for the duration of their ride, as this is a U.S. Department of Transportation requirement. Accommodations will be made for students unable to mask according to individualized education plans (IEPs). Masks are not required outdoors.

    I know this decision will bring impassioned feelings from many constituents. The purpose of our work, day in and day out, is to educate and support our students, and the best environment for teaching and learning is within our schools. Without masks, we run the risk of quarantining high numbers of students and employees, an experience we had during the first semester last school year. When new guidelines came out from the North Dakota Department of Health regarding individuals not having to quarantine as long as all were masked, that became a game-changer for both students and teachers. This was key in keeping our schools open for in-person learning.

    Each day, I review the local data from the Grand Forks County COVID-19 Data Dashboard. Earlier this week, the number of new COVID-19 cases, susceptible test percent positivity over the last seven days, and the hospital capacity (staffed beds) all increased in Grand Forks County.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) transmission indicator shows Grand Forks County at a high transmission level, a level communities in the southern United States have been experiencing for several weeks. Further, the CDC recommends masking in indoor public spaces for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

    Additionally, I have read all of the communications sent to me on this topic. This week, our School Board received a letter from the members of the North Dakota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The letter cited six reasons for masking at schools, including the Delta variant being more easily spread among children, adolescents, and adults.

    I know the question of virtual learning has been asked. The North Dakota legislature passed a bill (House Bill 1388) during the 2021 session. School systems that would like to offer virtual instruction must create a virtual school, which is separate from any physical school. We are awaiting additional guidance from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. Given the short timeline and several other factors, this is not something our school system is able to do at this time.

    We will continue to work with Grand Forks Public Health to monitor local COVID-19 trends and provide any updates if further action is necessary.

    Whether you agree or disagree with this path forward, thank you for your cooperation in keeping our students, employees, and schools healthy.

    Respectfully,

    Superintendent Dr. Terry Brenner

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  • Face Mask Update

    Posted by Tracy Jentz on 8/10/2021 2:00:00 PM

    August 10, 2021

    GFPS Employees and Summer School Families,

    Per the Grand Forks School Board, beginning Wednesday, August 11, 2021, wearing face masks is recommended, but not required, for all individuals while inside of Grand Forks Public Schools facilities or leased indoor facilities.

    This determination was made based on local data, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) transmission indicators for Grand Forks County. For local COVID-19-related data, please visit the Grand Forks County COVID-19 Data Dashboard at https://www.grandforksgov.com/government/city-departments/public-health/covid-19/nd-covid-19-data-dashboard

    We will continue to utilize physical distancing as much as possible in addition to our established cleaning and sanitizing procedures.

    COVID-19 vaccinations are available in Grand Forks for everyone 12 years of age and older. Please visit https://www.grandforksgov.com/government/city-departments/public-health/covid-19/covid-19-resources/covid-vaccine for more information.

    We appreciate your support as we continue to navigate COVID-19-related health and safety parameters.

    Thank you,

    Superintendent Dr. Terry Brenner

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  • Face Mask Update

    Posted by Tracy Jentz on 5/28/2021 2:00:00 PM

    May 28th, 2021

    GFPS Employees and Families,

    Beginning Tuesday, June 1, 2021, wearing face masks will be optional for individuals utilizing our facilities. Individuals who would like to wear a face mask, including those over the age of two who have not been vaccinated, will be supported.

    This determination was made based on local data, including measures in the Grand Forks Health Officer’s Dashboard.

    We will utilize physical distancing as much as possible during our summer programming, in addition to our cleaning and sanitizing procedures.

    COVID-19 vaccinations are available in Grand Forks for everyone 12 years of age and older. Please visit https://www.grandforksgov.com/government/city-departments/public-health/covid-19/covid-19-resources/covid-vaccine for more information.

    We appreciate your incredible support during these past 14+ months as we have navigated safety parameters throughout this pandemic.

    Thank you,

    Superintendent Dr. Terry Brenner

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  • Outdoor Masking Update

    Posted by Tracy Jentz on 5/12/2021 7:00:00 PM

     

    GFPS Families,

    Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) made changes in guidelines for mask usage during outdoor activities. Due to those changes, we are adapting a GFPS Smart Restart guideline.

    Beginning today, students will be able to remove their masks - if they feel comfortable doing so - when they are participating in an outdoor activity. This modification includes athletics. However, if a student is in a partially or fully enclosed space (for example, a baseball dugout), masks will be required to remain in place.

    We have not made any decisions regarding the use of masks during summer school/programming at this time. We will continue to consult with Grand Forks Public Health and will make a determination based on local data (for example, the Grand Forks Health Officer’s Dashboard).

    We look forward to closing out the school year strong at Grand Forks Public Schools. Thank you for your continued support.

    Superintendent Dr. Terry Brenner

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  • Face Mask Reminder

    Posted by Tracy Jentz on 3/10/2021 12:00:00 PM

    March 10, 2021

    GFPS Employees and Families,

    We have received several inquiries regarding the use of face masks in our buildings and on school grounds.

    At this time, using face masks will continue at Grand Forks Public Schools as it has over the past several months. There are several factors in that decision:

    • The use of masks at Grand Forks Public Schools was not directly tied to the Grand Forks County Health Officer's mandate, which was rescinded on Monday, March 8.
    • In October 2020, the North Dakota Department of Health established quarantine guidelines for close contacts. Close contacts do not need to quarantine if both parties were wearing a mask during the time of exposure. This has allowed for healthy students following proper mask-wearing protocol to stay on-site and continue their education unless they begin to exhibit symptoms.
    • There are space limitations in our buildings in regards to physical distancing, especially as we are full-time face-to-face at the high school level.
    • The overwhelming majority of our students are not eligible for vaccinations at this time. Vaccinations did begin for our employees the week of March 1, 2021.

    If you have any questions, please reach out to your direct supervisor or building administrator.

    Thank you.
    Dr. Terry Brenner, superintendent

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  • COVID-19 and Travel

    Posted by Tracy Jentz on 1/29/2021 11:00:00 AM

    January 29th, 2021

    GFPS Families,

    We continue to follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) regarding travel restrictions to and from COVID-19 affected areas.

    As families have been notifying their school of upcoming travel, please read the following information closely.

    Information for travelers can be found on the CDC’s website, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html, and NDDoH website at https://www.health.nd.gov/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/travel-guidance. Upon your return from travel, please visit the North Dakota Department of Health “COVID-19 Survey for Travelers” and fill out the form available at https://ndhealth.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eb7sJjKhR2UfB7n.

    We request that families notify their principal/school office if their student(s) have traveled internationally. Students are not to attend school in the face-to-face/hybrid model until ten days after travel. If the student tests five to seven days after travel and has not experienced symptoms, they can return to school after day eight from your return date.

    It is everyone’s responsibility to use common sense and exercise good judgment about travel. We each play a role in reducing the likelihood of another COVID-19 outbreak in our community.

    Please remember that if your student is sick, they should not be at school. Please refer to the guidelines on our website for more information: https://www.gfschools.org/Page/8919.

    For questions related to COVID-19, call the North Dakota Department of Health hotline at 1-866-207-2880 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Altru’s COVID-19 hotline is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. at 1-701-780-6358.

    Thank you,

    Grand Forks Public Schools

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  • No School December 23rd-January 1st

    Posted by Tracy Jentz on 12/22/2020 2:00:00 PM

    GFPS Families,

    A reminder that there will be no school beginning tomorrow (Wednesday, December 23rd) through Friday, January 1st. On Monday, January 4th, face-to-face/hybrid learning resumes in our buildings, and distance (online) learning resumes for distance learning students.

    Have a wonderful break!

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  • School Meal Update

    Posted by Tracy Jentz on 12/18/2020 10:00:00 AM

    Thank you for participating in our meal program during distance learning in December. The last day meals will be available prior to break is December 22, 2020. During the school break (12/23/2020 - 1/3/2021), meals will not be provided for pick up at school buildings or along bus routes. 

    BEGINNING JANUARY 4, 2021

    Meals will continue to be available at no cost for children 18 and under through the end of this school year.

    FACE-TO-FACE LEARNERS

    Meals for face-to-face learners will be available: breakfast before the bell and lunch scheduled within the day. Physical distancing and other safety measures will be followed at meal times.

    VIRTUAL LEARNERS

    A hot lunch is available by request for full-time remote learners and high school students due to the hybrid learning model.

    Please continue to order meals using this form on a daily basis. The entree will follow the general hot lunch menu which is posted at MealViewer Schools

    A meal will include the entree, a fruit and vegetable, applicable sides, and a milk. Breakfast will also be included.

    Extras will not be available

    Meal delivery is not available.

    Please pick up your meal at the school you designated on your order form. 

    PICK UP TIMES

    Meals will be available for pick up 10-10:30 a.m. at elementary schools, 10:15-10:45 a.m. at middle schools, and 10:30-11 a.m. at high schools.  

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  • Mental Health Supports

    Posted by Tracy Jentz on 12/3/2020 12:30:00 PM

    Families,

    As we seek to provide additional support for students and families during this period of distance learning, we have created a temporary GFPS Counseling Support Line.  You may call 701-746-2205 Ext. 6810 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and be directed to a Grand Forks Public Schools counselor.  This service will remain intact for the duration of distance learning.  Most school counselors will likely be working from their school office during this time and can also be reached on their direct phone lines.

    Please see the attachment for additional tips and resources on how to help your student(s) cope with stress and maintain positive mental health during this time.

     

    Geoff Gaukler

    Mental Health Coordinator 

    Grand Forks Public Schools

    701-787-4874

    Internal Ext. 7154

    Twitter: @geoffgaukler

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  • Looking for School Meals?

    Posted by Tracy Jentz on 11/30/2020 3:10:00 PM

    November 30th, 2020

    GFPS Families,

    Please see the attached graphic for several ways your students can get school meals during remote learning. 

    Thank you!

    Graphic

     

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  • Meals During Distance Learning

    Posted by Tracy Jentz on 11/25/2020 4:00:00 PM

    Grand Forks Public Schools knows that many students and families rely on school meals.
    Meals will be provided to all Grand Forks children at no cost during the distance learning time. Meals will be available for pick up at the locations listed below. Each package will contain a hot lunch meal for that day and a cold breakfast for the next morning. The menu is posted at https://schools.mealviewer.com/. Orders do not need to be placed for these meals. If actual participation exceeds our projected participation, students may receive a cold sandwich. In the event this happens our projection numbers will be adjusted and our hot food will increase for the following day.

    GENERAL INFORMATION

    1. Meals can be picked up at any of the locations listed below between 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    2. Only one meal package per child is allowed.
    3. Extras will not be available.
    4. Children do not need to be present during meal pick up
    5. A meal package will include a lunch for that day and a breakfast for the next morning. Lunch will be an entree, fruit serving, vegetable serving and milk. Breakfast will be a cold breakfast item and a fruit or juice.
    6. Please contact Emily Karel, RD if your child has special dietary restrictions for appropriate accommodations.

    PICK UP LOCATIONS

    • Ben Franklin Elementary School, 1016 S 20th St., Door #2
    • Century Elementary School, 3351 17th Ave. S, Door #3
    • Discovery Elementary School, 3300 43rd Ave. S, Door #8
    • J. Nelson Kelly Elementary School, 3000 Cherry St., Door #16
    • Lake Agassiz Elementary School, 605 Stanford Rd., Door #12
    • Lewis & Clark Elementary School, 1100 13th Ave. S, Door #1
    • Phoenix Elementary School, 351 4th Ave. S, Door #3
    • Viking Elementary School, 809 22nd Ave. S, Door #1
    • Wilder Elementary School, 1009 N 3rd St., Door #1
    • Winship Elementary School, 1412 5th Ave. N, Door #1
    • Nathan Twining Elementary and Middle School, 1422 Louisiana St. (AFB) Door labeled ‘Curbside Pickup/Kitchen'
    • South Middle School, 1999 47th Ave. S, Door #1
    • Valley Middle School, 2100 5th Ave. N, Door #8
    • Central High School, 115 N 4th St., Door #14
    • Red River High School, 2211 17th Ave. S, Door #1

    Meals will be available at designated stops throughout town. Those stops and the times will be posted on our website (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1686d7ABOdxUwc1P8zeQfLCS7jVkwvDRTLkk4p_m9pXM/view) and communicated to you through your home school. Meals can be picked up at whichever location is most convenient for you.

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  • School Meal Update for November 23rd-25th

    Posted by Tracy Jentz on 11/19/2020 4:00:00 PM

    November 19th, 2020

    GFPS Families,

    Meals for Monday, November 23rd through Wednesday, November 25th will be available for order.

    • Meals must be ordered using the following form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeL-bgrO7woE-tPjLETkV-I4L7aRV_bgPJ_iTOPBs9wHfJ02Q/viewform. The form will close at 12 p.m. TOMORROW (Friday, November 20th).
    • Meals must be picked up on Monday, November 23rd. 
    • Meals may be picked up at any of our school locations at the following times:
      • Elementary school: 10-10:30 a.m.
      • Middle school: 10:15-10:45 a.m.
      • High school: 10:30-11 a.m.
    • You will receive frozen entrees for three lunches that will need to be cooked at home. Three cold breakfasts will also be included.
    • Extras will not be available.
    • Meal delivery is not available.
    • Meals are only available to students age 18 years and younger.

    Thank you,

    GFPS Child Nutrition Department

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  • Three Reminders from GFPS

    Posted by Tracy Jentz on 11/19/2020 11:00:00 AM

    November 19th, 2020

    GFPS Families,

    There are three reminders we wanted to share with you today:

    • The ENCORE survey closes today at 4 p.m. Our ENCORE program provides after-school supervision and academic enrichment support through federal 21st Century funds. The program has submitted a waiver to provide support at four elementary school sites during remote learning between 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.: Century, Discovery/West, Lake Agassiz, and Phoenix. If you are interested in having your kindergarten-5th grade student participate in ENCORE on regularly scheduled school days, please complete this form https://forms.gle/815Zo1yuhtVYmRqC7. NOTE: completing the survey does not guarantee a spot. Our priority is to continue to serve our current ENCORE families as part of the grant guidelines. However, we are also able to serve those in the medical field who are providing direct support to COVID patient care and employees of GFPS to assure they can continue to teach remotely. Fees are as follows:
      • Those who receive free lunch: $13 per week, $15 per additional student.
      • Those who pay for reduced-price lunch: $33 per week, $15 per additional student.
      • Those who pay for full-priced lunch: $63 per week, $15 per additional student
      • Payment will be made at the end of the month based on the number of weeks of attendance through electronic ACH.
    • Due to the decision to enter into temporary remote learning on November 30th, November 23rd-25th have been designated as non-school days. Meals are not provided on non-school days. We will provide information on breakfast and lunch distribution for school days between November 30th and December 22nd as soon as our plans are finalized.
    • Please call 701-787-4318 or email techsupport@mygfschools.org if your household currently does not have Internet access and an employee will follow up with connection options. 

     

    Thank you!

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  • GFPS to Transition to Remote Learning on November 30th

    Posted by Tracy Jentz on 11/16/2020 8:15:00 PM

    November 16th, 2020

    Grand Forks Public Schools families,

    As we shared last week, there is ongoing community spread of COVID-19 within Grand Forks County. This current rate of community spread is not sustainable for our staffing or the continuity of learning.

    At the Grand Forks School Board meeting tonight, the School Board approved a temporary shift to remote learning. Our calendar will be as follows:

    • November 18th: Early release (MS/HS at 1 p.m., ES at 1:30 p.m.).
    • November 23rd-25th: No school (teacher planning time). Our employees will use this time to finish preparations for remote learning. For continuity, this will include our students in the remote learning model.
    • November 26th-27th: No school (holiday break).
    • November 30th-December 22nd: Temporary remote learning for all face-to-face and hybrid students; distance learning resumes for distance learning students.
      • December 2nd: Early release (MS/HS at 1 p.m., ES at 1:30 p.m.).
      • December 16thEarly release (MS/HS at 1 p.m., ES at 1:30 p.m.).
    • December 23rd-January 1st: No school (holiday break).
    • January 4thFace-to-Face / Hybrid learning resumes; distance learning resumes for distance learning students.

     There are several very important caveats:

    • There may be circumstances where face-to-face/hybrid students receiving targeted services may be able to remain in their learning environment. Families of those students will be contacted directly.
    • Middle school activities and athletics will be canceled during this time and will resume in January. Per North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, “All high school winter sports and other extracurricular K-12 school activities are suspended until December 14th.”
    • We will still observe the holidays (no school dates) and early release dates on our calendar.
    • Our ENCORE program provides after-school supervision and academic enrichment support through federal 21st Century funds (available for schools whose number of families that qualify for free or reduced-price meals as 40% or higher). The program has submitted a waiver to provide support at four elementary school sites during remote learning between 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.: Century, Discovery/West, Lake Agassiz, and Phoenix. If you are interested in having your kindergarten-5th grade student participate in ENCORE on regularly scheduled school days, please complete this form by November 19th at 4 p.m. https://forms.gle/815Zo1yuhtVYmRqC7. NOTE: completing the survey does not guarantee a spot. Our priority is to continue to serve our current ENCORE families as part of the grant guidelines. However, we are also able to serve those in the medical field who are providing direct support to COVID patient care and employees of GFPS to assure they can continue to teach remotely. Fees are as follows:
      • Those who receive free lunch: $13 per week, $15 per additional student.
      • Those who pay for reduced-price lunch: $33 per week, $15 per additional student.
      • Those who pay for full-priced lunch: $63 per week, $15 per additional student
      • Payment will be made at the end of the month based on the number of weeks of attendance through electronic ACH.

    Please call 701-787-4318 or email techsupport@mygfschools.org if your household currently does not have Internet access and an employee will follow up with connection options. 

    We will provide information on child nutrition breakfast and lunch distribution as soon as our plans are finalized.

    As I shared with you this past Friday, we understand this may be a disappointment and inconvenience. That said, we implemented this scenario in spring 2020 and have continued to refine our practices since. While we are disappointed we must temporarily close our buildings, we are pleased with the progress and gains our students have made this school year. We are ready and prepared to make this temporary transition to remote learning a success.

    If you have any questions, please contact your school office. Thank you.

    Dr. Terry Brenner, Superintendent of Schools

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  • COVID-19 Update from GFPS

    Posted by Tracy Jentz on 11/13/2020 5:00:00 PM

    November 13th, 2020

    Grand Forks Public Schools families,

    As you are aware, there is ongoing community spread and rising case numbers of COVID-19 within Grand Forks County. Each day, we have students and employees identified as close contacts outside of the school system who need to quarantine for 14 days. Our administrators and teachers have been responding as best as they can, utilizing substitute teachers as well as teachers providing coverage for classes during their preparation time. However, at the current rate of community spread, this is not sustainable.

    At its meeting on November 9th, the Grand Forks School Board asked that our administration prepare scenarios for a possible move to temporary remote learning. On Monday, November 16th, I will recommend to the School Board that we shift pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade students in our face-to-face learning model and 9th-12th grade students in our hybrid learning model to temporary remote learning.

    If the Board approves the temporary shift, the calendar will look like this:

    •  November 18th: Early release (MS/HS at 1 p.m., ES at 1:30 p.m.).
      • November 23rd-25th: No school (teacher planning time). Our employees will use this time to finish preparations for temporary remote learning. For continuity, this will include our students in the remote learning model.
      • November 26th-27th: No school (holiday break).
    • November 30th-December 22nd: Temporary remote learning for all face-to-face and hybrid students; distance learning resumes for distance learning students.
      • December 2nd: Early release (MS/HS at 1 p.m., ES at 1:30 p.m.).
      • December 16th: Early release (MS/HS at 1 p.m., ES at 1:30 p.m.).
    • December 23rd-January 1st: No school (holiday break).
    • January 4th: Face-to-Face / Hybrid learning resumes; distance learning resumes for distance learning students.

    We understand any temporary pivot will create disappointment and inconvenience. Please know our collective efforts in embracing safety measures have allowed us to maintain face-to-face learning this long. Thank you to every single student and their family, every employee and their family, and our community for supporting our proactive measures.

    I also want to be clear: our administration and Grand Forks Public Health agree that school is the safest place for many of our students to be, much in part due to our safety measures. That said, the rising positivity rate in our county is creating a tremendous strain on the healthcare system. And as stated prior, we have seen an increased number of students and employees identified as close contacts. We need to be a responsive community partner and do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

    I will provide additional information to you following Monday’s School Board meeting.

    Thank you,

    Dr. Terry Brenner, Superintendent of Schools

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  • COVID-19 Update from GFPS

    Posted by Tracy Jentz on 10/29/2020 7:00:00 PM

    October 29, 2020

    GFPS Families-

    Please watch this video from Superintendent Dr. Terry Brenner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kl-em84PhB4

    The matrix is can be found here. It will be added to the COVID-19 webpage, https://www.gfschools.org/domain/1481.

    Thank you!

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  • Update from Grand Forks Public Schools

    Posted by Tracy Jentz on 10/20/2020 6:45:00 PM

    *-updated on 10-21-2020 at 2:40 p.m.

     

    GFPS Employees and Families,

    Earlier today, Grand Forks County Public Health officials updated their County COVID-19 Dashboard, which highlighted Grand Forks County moving into Red/Severe Risk.

    Grand Forks Public Schools’ Smart Restart plan states that all schools would be closed when the county is in Red/Severe Risk. We have been communicating with local public health about our plan and recognize:

    1. The COVID-19 positivity rate of students and employees continues to be low, <1%.*
    2. Shifting immediately to remote learning would be difficult for working parents/guardians.

    Our plan at this time is to:

    • Keep schools open on Wednesday, October 21st and the week of October 26th,
    • Continue to closely monitor our internal COVID-19 positivity numbers, 
    • Monitor Grand Forks County case numbers, and
    • Temporarily suspend spectators at extra-curricular events.

    We will review and update our Smart Restart plan and will provide additional information to you on Friday, October 30th.

    If you have any questions, please contact the main office at your building. Thank you.

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  • Face Covering Information

    Posted by Tracy Jentz on 10/15/2020 11:00:00 AM

    October 15, 2020

    GFPS Employees and Families,

    Last week, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) made changes to some procedures related to COVID-19. Individuals identified as close contacts would not need to quarantine if both parties were wearing a mask during the time of exposure. 

    Effective Monday, October 19, neck gaiters will no longer be considered an approved face covering, as they do not meet the face covering requirements per the NDDoH.

    The graphic below indicates approved and unapproved face coverings. If a student does not have access to an approved face covering, they can visit the main office at their school where an approved face covering will be provided. These face coverings can be washed and reused. If someone wears an unapproved face covering and is determined to be a close contact, they will not meet the new NDDoH requirements and will need to quarantine for 14 days.

    If you have any questions, please call the main office at your student’s school. Thank you.

    graphic of face coverings that qualify and do not qualify for quarantine exemption

     

    TEXT VERSION

    Face Coverings Required for Quarantine Exemption

    These face coverings qualify for exemption:

    • Surgical face mask
    • Cloth face covering
    • N95 mask (no valves)

    These face coverings do not qualify:

    • Neck gaiter
    • Bandana
    • Plastic face shield (with no mask)
    • Any mask with outlet valves
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  • Close Contact Information

    Posted by Tracy Jentz on 10/9/2020 7:00:00 PM

    GFPS Families and Employees:

    During Governor Burgum’s news briefing on October 1st, the ND Department of Health announced a change in guidance regarding close contacts. Individuals identified as close contacts would not need to quarantine if both parties were wearing a mask during the time of exposure. Instead, those individuals would be directed to self-monitor and only quarantine if they become symptomatic, and it is recommended they have a COVID-19 test 7-10 days following close contact. Close contacts who remain onsite will NOT be able to participate in athletics, choral and instrumental music, or other activities where high levels of respiration occur. This is an impactful change for the entire state and school districts in particular, as it now allows for healthy students following proper mask-wearing protocol to stay onsite and continue their education unless they begin to exhibit symptoms.

    Grand Forks Public Schools will continue to work with Grand Forks Public Health to conduct contact tracing in the school setting every time we are notified of a positive case. Close contacts (those that were within six feet for longer than 15 minutes) will be informed of their status and encouraged to self-monitor. If one or both of the parties is not wearing an appropriate face covering (a cloth reusable/washable or manufactured disposable mask that covers both the nose and mouth), identified close contacts will be required to quarantine.

    This guidance is retroactive and voids the quarantine order for anyone that public health identified as close contacts through the school setting. School administration will contact students and employees who can return to school/work starting Monday, October 5. Those who are not contacted should continue to quarantine.

    The aforementioned is an adjustment to the overall guidance on close contacts; all other provisions previously employed will continue (ie: physical distancing, mask-wearing, handwashing, hand sanitizer use, etc.).

    Please know that this change may also impact our Smart Restart Plan. Modifications to that plan on the website will be made the week of October 5th. 

    If you have questions about your ability to return to school/work or about the new guidance, please reach out to your building administrator.

    Thank you.

    Guidance for Quarantine and Mask Use” from the North Dakota Department of Health.

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  • Two Reminders from Grand Forks Public Schools

    Posted by Tracy Jentz on 9/14/2020 3:10:00 PM

    Grand Forks Public Schools families,

    We wanted to pass along two reminders to you today - one related to COVID-19 and the other regarding our 2020-2021 school year calendar.

    1. In the event of a COVID-19 case in a face-to-face classroom: individuals identified as close contacts within the school setting will receive a notification, which will be sent by your student’s school/Grand Forks Public Schools on behalf of Grand Forks Public Health. If an individual is not notified, the individual was not considered a close contact. Close contact is defined by the CDC as, “anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick until the time the patient was isolated.”

    2. There are 14 early release dates on the calendar for Kindergarten-12th grades this school year. We plan to follow those dates as outlined regardless of the learning scenario(s) we are utilizing (i.e. face-to-face, intermittent remote, remote learning). On those dates, middle and high schools will dismiss at 1 p.m., and elementary schools will dismiss at 1:30 p.m. Families who provided a mobile phone number during registration will receive an SMS/text message reminder of each early release at 7 p.m. the evening prior. The first early release will be on Wednesday, September 23rd. The full 2020-2021 calendar can be viewed on our website (www.gfschools.org), smartphone app (visit https://www.gfschools.org/Page/8832 for more information), and a PDF copy is available below.

    Thank you.

     

    GFPS 2020-2021 calendar

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