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FHS COVID-19 Guidebook

  • Rigor, Respect, Responsibility

    Falmouth High School 874 Gifford Street
    Falmouth, MA 02540
    (508) 540-2200

    Ms. Mary Whalen Gans, Principal
    mgans@falmouth.k12.ma.us

    Mr. Thomas McManamon, Assistant Principal
    tmcmanamon@falmouth.k12.ma.us

    Mr. Henry St. Julien, Assistant Principal
    hstjulein@falmouth.k12.ma.us

    Ms. Audra Reilly, Special Education Building Administrator
    areilly@falmouth.k12.ma.us

    Mr. Alan Kazarian, Director of Guidance
    akazarian@falmouth.k12.ma.us

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION, PROTOCOLS & RESOURCES FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

    The Start of the School Year

    • The week of 9/21 is the first week of school for students - Monday 9/21 through Friday 9/25 - All students begin school remotely. Students will not be coming to FHS on these days. Students will follow our Remote Wednesday Schedule during this entire Details regarding the Remote Wednesday Schedule can be found below.

    • The next two weeks (the week of 9/28 and the week of 10/5) are half days - During these two weeks, the district has planned a gradual, staggered reopening with reduced numbers of students from each student Cohort coming to FHS on certain assigned dates for a half day of in-person school - these students will finish the remaining half of the school day at home with independent asynchronous school work. While these students are at FHS for the in-person half days, all other students will be following their schedules 100% remotely from home. More information regarding how the half days will work can be found below.

    • During the week of 9/28, Wednesday 9/30 will be a 100% remote day for all students
      - Students will follow the Remote Wednesday Schedule. Details regarding the Remote Wednesday Schedule can be found below.

    • During the week of 10/5, there is no Remote Wednesday Schedule - This is because the week of 10/5 is a 4 day week, Monday 10/5 through Thursday 10/8. Friday 10/9 is a Professional Development Day for teachers and there is NO SCHOOL for students.

    • Tuesday 10/13 - We begin our hybrid schedule.

    • 100% Remote Students - Students who have chosen to be 100% remote will follow their block schedule at all times from home.

    Student Cohorts

    • As you know, our hybrid model requires students to attend school on alternating weeks, with some students attending school in-person one week while others are attending school remotely from home and vice versa. In order to accomplish this, we had to divide the entire FHS student body in half alphabetically by last name (generally A-K and L-Z), which created 2 Students Cohorts - Cohort A and Cohort B.

    • However, in order to accommodate a reduced number of students attending school on the half days during the weeks of 9/28 and 10/5, we had to divide Cohort A and Cohort B in half, creating the following Cohorts: Cohort A1, Cohort A2, Cohort B1, and Cohort B2.

    • We also have students who have elected to be 100% remote, as well as students who will be attending FHS every day in accordance with guidance issued by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE), creating the following Cohorts: Every Day Cohort and Remote Cohort.

    • As a result, we currently have 6 Cohorts as follows:

      • COHORT A1 (Generally with last names A-D)

      • COHORT A2 (Generally with last names E-K)

      • COHORT B1 (Generally with last names L-P)

      • COHORT B2 (Generally with last names Q-Z)

      • EVERY DAY COHORT (In School Every Day)

      • REMOTE COHORT (Always 100% Remote)

    • EACH STUDENT’S COHORT IS DISPLAYED IN BOLD PRINT ON THEIR SCHEDULE IN POWERSCHOOL.

    • Particularly for students in Cohorts A (A1, A2) and Cohort B (B1, B2), it is extremely important to pay attention to which Cohort a student is in because that determines what days they will attend school in-person and what days they will attend school remotely.

    The Half Days During the Weeks of 9/28 and 10/5

    • As noted above, there will be a staggered, gradual reopening with half days during the weeks of 9/28 and 10/5. During these weeks, a reduced number of students in each Cohort will attend as compared to when the regular hybrid schedule kicks in on Tuesday 10/13 (Monday 10/12 is a holiday).

    • We developed a New Half Day Schedule for the weeks of 9/28 and 10/5.

    • A copy of the FHS New Half Day Schedule appears in Appendix A at the end of this

    • Students will have a grab-and-go lunch on the half days and will not be eating lunch at FHS. For health and safety reasons, students who ride a bus home are not allowed to eat their lunch on the bus.

    • Although we will be following a half day schedule, students will be given and will be responsible for completing independent work at home on the afternoons of the half

    • Here is how the half days break down (see also The FHS Reopening School Calendar immediately below):

      • Week of 9/28:

        • Monday-Tuesday - Cohort A1 and Every Day Cohort attend in-person for half days (A2, B1, B2, and 100% Remote are remote)

        • Remote Wednesday - All students are remote, both Cohort A and Cohort B Thursday-Friday - Cohort A2 and Every Day Cohort attend in-person for half days (A1, B1, B2 and 100% Remote are remote)

      • Week of 10/5:
        • Monday-Tuesday - Cohort B1 and Every Day Cohort attend in-person for half days (B2, A1, A2 and 100% Remote are remote)

        • Wednesday-Thursday - Cohort B2 and Every Day Cohort attend in-person for half days (B1, A1, A2 and 100% Remote are remote)
        • *During the week of 10/5, there is no Remote Wednesday because it is a 4 day week, Monday through Thursday, with Friday 10/9 being a teacher professional development day and no school for students.
    • Immediately below is the FHS Reopening Calendar which depicts the schedule matrix for the first 3 weeks of school.

    The FHS School Reopening Calendar - The First 3 Weeks of School

    • This Reopening Calendar shows when Student Cohorts will be in-person and remote during the first 3 weeks of school.

    FHS School Reopening Calendar 2020-2021

    MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY

    September 21

    September 22

    September 23

    September 24

    September 25

    ALL STUDENTS

    ALL STUDENTS

    ALL STUDENTS

    ALL STUDENTS

    ALL STUDENTS

    REMOTE*

    REMOTE*

    REMOTE*

    REMOTE*

    REMOTE*

    (Use our Remote

    (Use our Remote

    (Use our Remote

    (Use our Remote

    (Use our Remote

    Wednesday Schedule)

    Wednesday Schedule)

    Wednesday Schedule)

    Wednesday Schedule)

    Wednesday Schedule)

    September 28 HALF DAY IN-PERSON* COHORT A1

    (25% of FHS

    population)

    September 29 HALF DAY IN-PERSON* COHORT A1

    (25% of FHS

    population)

    September 30

     

     

    REMOTE WEDNESDAY

    October 1 HALF DAY IN-PERSON* COHORT A2

    (25% of FHS

    population)

    October 2 HALF DAY IN-PERSON* COHORT A2

    (25% of FHS

    population)

    & EVERY DAY COHORT

    (Use Monday Schedule)

    & EVERY DAY COHORT

    (Use Tuesday Schedule)

    FOR ALL

    (Use our Remote Wednesday Schedule)

    & EVERY DAY COHORT

    (Use Thursday Schedule)

    & EVERY DAY COHORT

    (Use Friday Schedule)

    Cohorts “A2”, “B1”,

    “B2,” and “Remote” work remotely

    Cohorts “A2”, “B1”,

    “B2,” and “Remote” work remotely

     

    Cohorts “A1”, “B1”,

    “B2,” and “Remote” work remotely

    Cohorts “A1”, “B1”,

    “B2,” and “Remote” work remotely

    October 5 HALF DAY IN-PERSON* COHORT B1

    (25% of FHS

    population)

    & EVERY DAY COHORT

    (Use Monday Schedule)

    October 6 HALF DAY IN-PERSON* COHORT B1

    (25% of FHS

    population)

    & EVERY DAY COHORT

    (Use Tuesday Schedule)

    October 7 HALF DAY IN-PERSON* COHORT B2

    (25% of FHS

    population)

    & EVERY DAY COHORT

    (Use THURSDAY

    Schedule)

    October 8 HALF DAY IN-PERSON* COHORT B2

    (25% of FHS

    population)

    & EVERY DAY COHORT

    (Use FRIDAY

    Schedule)

    October 9

     

     

     

     

    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY

    Cohorts “A1”, “A2”,

    “B2,” and “Remote” work remotely

    Cohorts “A1”, “A2”,

    “B2,” and “Remote” work remotely

    Cohorts “A1”, “A2”,

    “B1,” and “Remote” work remotely

    Cohorts “A1”, “A2”,

    “B1,” and “Remote” work remotely

     

    *During the “All Students Remote” and “Half Day In-Person” school days, all students are expected to complete asynchronous independent work in the afternoons as they are considered full school days for students. The afternoons for teachers will consist of planning, common planning, and department-based meetings.

    • During the week of 10/12 when our full hybrid schedule is set to start, the plan is to have all of Cohort A (the combination of A1 and A2) report that week for full days while all of Cohort B is remote. And then the following week of 10/19, all of Cohort B (the combination of B1 and B2) will report that week while all of Cohort A is remote. The final schedule will be released soon.

    • Once the full hybrid schedule starts, students will follow the FHS New Block Schedule (See Appendix B).

    The FHS New Block Schedule

    • Here is the link to the FHS New Block Schedule: Schedules / Falmouth High School Schedule. A copy of the FHS New Block Schedule also appears in Appendix B at the end of this Guidebook.

    • Students are required to follow their daily schedule and their teachers’ directions regarding what is expected of students during each block even when they are

    • Remote work will be a combination of both synchronous work taking place at the same time as the in-person students, and asynchronous work that students will be expected to do independently.

    Student Schedules/PowerSchool

    • Student schedules will be available in PowerSchool at 7:00 pm on Friday 9/4. PLEASE NOTE THAT SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

    • As mentioned above, please note that each student’s schedule in PowerSchool shows in bold print which Cohort the student is in.

    • Student Cohort designations DO NOT appear in the PowerSchool app. In order to view student Cohort designations, you will need to access PowerSchool via the website at h ttps://powerschool.falmouth.k12.ma.us.

    • For instructions regarding how to access PowerSchool, please see the document in this link: PowerSchool Student Portal Overview 2020-2021.pdf.

    Masks

    • Students must wear masks at all times except during scheduled mask breaks.

    • The district has identified certain masks that are allowed and those that are prohibited - please make note of the different types of masks: FPS What Type Of Mask Is OK?

    • Note that prohibited masks include bandanas and gaiters which have been popular among teenagers. Bandanas and gaiters, as well as masks with valves, and face shields alone without a mask, are not allowed at FHS.

    • Students who arrive at FHS with prohibited masks and/or with no masks will be provided an approved mask.

    • The Falmouth School Committee has adopted this new Policy regarding consequences for students who violate the mask rules: Policy EBCFA: Face Coverings
      If students are in violation of this policy, the principal will first contact the parents/guardians to issue a warning and inform them that continued noncompliance will result in the student being transitioned from the school building for in-person learning to the remote learning model until such time as they can comply with the requirement or the requirement is lifted.
    • There will be zero tolerance at FHS for students who refuse to follow any of our mask, hygiene, sanitizing, and/or physical distancing rules.

    Mask Breaks

    • In accordance with the guidance issued by DESE, there are two scheduled mask breaks in the school day - lunch is a mask break and there is another scheduled mask break during Block C.

    • Students must remain at least 6 feet apart from each other during mask breaks.

    • Students must follow teachers’ instructions during mask breaks.

    Hand Sanitizing Stations

    • Hand sanitizing stations have been installed in every classroom and throughout the school, and students are strongly encouraged to use them as frequently as

    • Students are allowed to bring their own hand sanitizer to school, as well.

    One Way Hallways & Stairways

    • We have implemented one way hallways and stairways - signage is posted throughout the

    • There are a few hallways that will be two way hallways - the field house hallway, the main entrance/exit hallways and the auditorium entrance/exit hallway - these hallways must be two way, but they are very wide, and will have a center line down the middle.

    • Students are required to follow the one way hallways and stairways, and must wear masks and remain 6 feet apart from each other in a single file at all times when in hallways and stairways.

    • The one way hallways and stairways will take getting used to, and will make it such that students may have to take longer routes than they typically would in order to get from one classroom to the next. We expect that one way routines will become second nature after a couple of weeks.

    Classroom Set-Up & Protocols

    • Desks in classrooms are 4-5 feet apart and must remain that way.

    • There will be assigned seating in every classroom. This is required, will be enforced, and will be helpful in the event contact tracing is necessary.

    • We now have 5 minutes between blocks, and we will have staggered transitions - when the bell rings at the end of each block, students will be dismissed from classrooms by rows over time.

    • For health and safety reasons, students are required to sanitize their assigned desks and chairs with school-issued student-safe wipes when they leave a classroom and when they arrive at their next classroom.

    • Students must practice and adhere to physical distancing in all classrooms, hallways and stairways.

    • When transitioning between blocks, students are required to follow the one way hallways and stairways, and must wear masks and remain at least 6 feet apart from each other in a single file at all times when in hallways and stairways.

    • A School Map showing the one way hallways and stairways will be provided to students and their families.

    • Here is a link to a video which shows what one of our classrooms looks like and what one of our cafeterias looks like: FHS - https://youtu.be/GIUqRsdltMM.

    Grading & Attendance

    • Unlike this past spring, grading and attendance policies will return to what they have always been.

    • Assignments will have deadlines and students will be expected to complete and submit assignments in accordance with all deadlines.

    • All assignments will be graded in accordance with each teacher’s grading protocols.

    • Attendance is a legal mandate, and thus, whether students are in-person or remote, attendance will be taken daily in every class.
    • Whether students are in-person or remote, attendance is a key factor in their engagement, growth, and success.

    • When students are remote, they SHOULD NOT be working at a job during school hours. This will negatively impact their attendance and could result in loss of credit.

    • We are preparing protocols for what it means to be “present” during remote instruction, and will share those with students and their families as soon as they are finalized.

    • Students who are at home due to not feeling well or for a quarantine period may participate in remote instruction if they are well enough to do so and will be counted as present for the purposes of attendance.

    • Students who are not participating in in-person learning or remote learning will be excused with appropriate documentation. All other absences will be unexcused.

    Remote Instruction Etiquette

    • Prior to the first day of school on 9/21, students will receive additional information regarding remote learning expectations and etiquette.

    Schoology

    • Schoology is a Learning Management System (LMS) that all FHS teachers and students will be using in the 2020-2021 school year.

    • While Schoology is replacing Google Classroom, it is able to integrate Google apps like GoogleDocs and GoogleDrive while also assimilating a large number of other third party instructional apps.

    • Schoology is also owned by the same parent company as PowerSchool, and as such, it is able to seamlessly integrate gradebook reporting.

    • Students and families will be able to use one sign on to Schoology to review assignments, access announcements, and view grades and feedback.

    • Although some FHS teachers used Schoology in the 2019-2020 school year, many did not, and many students may be unfamiliar with Schoology. In order to support students in getting accustomed to Schoology, the district is preparing Schoology tutorial videos for students.

    Nut-Free Schools

    • All schools in Falmouth are operating as nut-free schools. As there are a number of areas that will be designated for snack and/or lunch, there is a greater need to ensure that there is no cross-contamination for students with food allergies.

    • Students should not be bringing foods containing nuts in them to school for lunch and/or

    Student Breakfast

    • A grab-and-go prepared breakfast will be available for any student who wants one.

    • Students will be required to eat their breakfast in Cafeteria B at assigned seats.

    • Given the 6 feet of physical distancing that is required during meals, students are not allowed to eat their breakfast in classrooms.

    Student Lunch

    • As you can see on the FHS New Block Schedule, we have 2 student lunch waves.

    • Lunch will take place in the FHS cafeterias which are set up with individual student desks set 6 feet apart from each other.

    • For contact tracing purposes, there will be assigned seating during lunch.

    • Given the 6 feet of physical distancing that is required during meals, students are not allowed to eat their lunch in a classroom.|

    • Lunch will not be the social time it once was.

    • While students in assigned seats near each other may talk with each other during lunch, all other socializing with friends during lunch will have to be virtual, via cell phones, chromebooks, etc.

    • There will be no social gatherings allowed any time at all in or on the high school campus, including during lunch.

    • While students can certainly bring their own lunches to school, boxed lunches will be available for any student who wants one.

    • Please note that while students who have brought lunches from home have been allowed in the past to heat up their lunches in microwaves in our cafeteria serving bays, this will not be allowed this year.

    • Students are not allowed to share food or drinks during lunch or any other time during the school day.

    Drinks & Snacks at School

    • Except for whatever drinks students bring to school with them for lunch, students will only be allowed to have water bottles in school during the rest of the school

    • No coffee, tea, juice, soda drinks, etc. are allowed in hallways and classrooms.

    • Students may bring canned or plastic bottled drinks (e.g., Gatorade) for consumption during lunch only.

    • It is extremely important to note that because masks are removed when drinking, students must be at least 6 feet apart from others in classrooms and/or hallways/stairways when they drink from their water bottles.

    • Keep in mind that desks in classrooms are 4-5 feet apart, and thus, if students wish to drink from their water bottles in classrooms, they must make sure they are at least 6 feet apart from others when they do so.

    • As with water bottles, snacking in classrooms will be extremely restricted given that desks are 4-5 feet apart and masks must be removed to eat snacks. Students must remain at least 6 feet apart from others in classrooms and/or hallways/stairways when eating snacks.

    • Unless students are getting breakfast from FHS, they should eat breakfast before they arrive at school as they will not be allowed to eat breakfast in classrooms.

    Water Fountains & Water Filling Stations

    • For health and safety reasons, all water fountains at FHS have been covered and students will not be able to drink from water fountains.

    • Students will still be allowed to refill water bottles at the water filling stations throughout the school.

    Student Bathrooms

    • We are hiring school monitors who will be stationed in hallways and outside all student

    • Only one student at a time will be allowed in each student bathroom.

    • For health and safety reasons, students will not be allowed in bathrooms during transition times between blocks.

    • Students will go directly to class, and if they need to use the bathroom, their teacher will give them a pass. Again, for health and safety reasons, each classroom teacher will allow only one student at a time out of the classroom in order to go to the bathrooms.

    • For contact tracing purposes, students will be required to date and sign out on a destination sheet when they are given a pass to go to the bathroom (or to any other location - e.g., Guidance, Health Office, etc.).

    • Bathrooms and hallways will be closely monitored.

    Physical Education

    • Students will not be changing clothes in the student locker rooms for PE class.

    • Accordingly, on days when students are scheduled for PE, they should dress

    School Lockers

    • While the vast majority of FHS students never use their school lockers anyway, in order to prevent possible obstructions in the hallways, students will not be assigned school lockers this year.

    • Students will keep their backpacks with them underneath their assigned seats in classrooms and during lunch.

    Student Bus Transportation

    • Students must have a bus pass in order to ride a bus to school, and buses will have assigned seats.

    • Students will be assigned to one bus, and will only be allowed to ride on that bus.

    • Students who ride buses to and/or from school will not be allowed to have friends ride to and/or from school with them on the bus. Only students assigned to a bus are allowed on the bus.

    • Once buses arrive at FHS in the morning, students will begin departing the buses between 7:10 am and 7:15 am.

    • There will be no late buses after school this year.

    • It is extremely important that students who are being transported to school by bus pay close attention to what Cohort they are in, as the Cohort designation determines what days students are to attend school in-person. If students show up at a bus stop on days when their Cohort is not scheduled to be in-person at school, the bus driver will not allow the student on the bus.

    • Students who are being transported to and from school by bus must enter and exit FHS via the Main Entrance Doors and/or the Auditorium Entrance Doors.

    Student Drivers/Student Parking

    • During the 2020-2021 school year, FHS will not be charging student drivers a fee to park in the Student Parking Lot.

    • While no fee is being charged, student drivers must nevertheless register their car with the FHS Student Activities Office.

    • Once registered, student drivers will be issued an FHS Student Parking Sticker which must be affixed to their car’s windshield.

    • Student drivers will enter the campus via the Gifford Street Entrance adjacent to the tennis courts and will park in the Student Parking Lot.

    • Student drivers may begin arriving at FHS in the morning at 7:05 am, but will not be allowed to exit their cars until 7:10 am.

    • Students drivers and their student passengers, if any, must enter and exit FHS via the Side Doors that face the Student Parking Lot.

    • For more information regarding parking registration and stickers, please contact Student Athletics & Activities Secretary, Ms. Amy Mckenzie by phone at 508-540-2200 ext 3037 or by email at amckenzie@falmouth.k12.ma.us.

    Student Bikers/Walkers

    • Students who walk or bike to school should arrive as close to 7:15 am as possible as they will be allowed to enter the school at 7:15 am.

    • Students who walk or bike to school must enter and exit FHS via the Main Entrance Doors or the Auditorium Entrance Doors.

    Parent/Guardian Drivers - Drop-Off/Pick-Up

    • Parents/guardians who are driving students to school will enter the campus via the Gifford Street Entrance adjacent to the tennis courts, and, following posted signs, will drive straight ahead to the back of the school where they will drop-off/pick-up students at the lower level Cafeteria Doors.

    • Cars will line up in a single file outside the lower level Cafeteria Doors.

    • Once parents/guardians have dropped off and/or picked up students, they will continue to drive straight ahead behind FHS past the new turf field and will exit via the Gifford Street Exit adjacent to the softball field.

    • While parents/guardians may begin lining up their cars in the morning for drop-off outside the lower level Cafeteria Doors at 7:05 am, students will not be allowed to exit cars until 7:15 am.

    • Parents/guardians may begin lining up their cars in a single file outside the lower level Cafeteria Doors for pick-up at 1:55 pm. Students will exit FHS from the Cafeteria B Doors.

    • Students who are being dropped off and/or picked up by parents/guardians must enter and exit FHS via the lower level Cafeteria B Doors.

    Morning Arrival

    • Students will be allowed to enter FHS starting at 7:15 am.

    • Students riding buses to school will depart their buses between 7:10 am and 7:15 am.

      • Students riding buses to school will enter FHS via the Main Entrance Doors or the Auditorium Doors.
    • Student drivers may begin arriving at FHS at 7:05 am, but will not be allowed to exit their cars until 7:10 am.
      • Students who drive to school will enter FHS via the Side Doors that face the Student Parking Lot.
    • Students who walk or bike to school should arrive at FHS as close to 7:15 am as possible as they will be allowed to enter the school at 7:15 am.

      • Students who walk or bike to school will enter FHS via the Main Entrance Doors or the Auditorium Doors
    • While parents/guardians may begin lining up their cars in the morning for drop-off outside the lower level Cafeteria Doors at the back of the school at 7:05 am, students will not be allowed to exit cars until 7:15 am.

      • Students being driven to school will enter FHS via the Cafeteria B Doors in the back, lower level of the school.

    Afternoon Dismissal

    • Student dismissal begins at 2:00 pm

    • Students who ride buses home from school must exit FHS via the Main Entrance Doors or the Auditorium Doors.

    • Students who drive to school must exit FHS via the Side Doors that face the Student Parking Lot.

    • Students who walk or bike to school must exits FHS via the Main Entrance Doors or the Auditorium Doors

    • Students being picked up by parents/guardians must exit FHS via the Cafeteria B Doors in the back, lower level of the school.

      • Parents/guardians may begin lining up their cars for pick-up in a single file outside the lower level Cafeteria Doors at the back of the school at 1:55

    Before & After School

    • Students are not allowed to gather in or on the high school campus at any time whatsoever before school.

    • Students are not allowed to gather in or on the high school campus at any time whatsoever after school unless they have permission to be there for authorized after school athletic or extracurricular activities only - instead, all students must leave the campus at dismissal time.

    Early Dismissal Procedure

    • A note from home is required for students needing to be dismissed early from Students should bring a note directly to the Assistant Principals’ Office.

    • If students are being dismissed early and are being picked up by a parent or guardian, please wait outside in your car in the half circle in front of the school, and please call the school at 508-540-2200 to let us know you are out front. We will send your child out to meet you.

    • If a student is being picked-up by someone who is not on the student’s emergency contact list, a parent/guardian must call in advance, and the adult who is dismissing the student must show an I.D. to school staff at the Main Entrance.

    Visitors

    • Visitors, including parents, guardians, and other family members, will not be allowed in the school building.

    • If families need to drop something off for a student, you will press the buzzer at the Main Entrance and will be met by a staff member outside at the Main Entrance.

    • If a student leaves an item on the bus or at school, please call FHS at 508-540-2200 or First Student Bus Company at 508-540-6433.

    Academic, Social & Emotional Support

    • We recognize that returning to school in the COVID-19 era carries with it a lot of questions, worries, and concerns for our students and their families.

    • Please know that our School Adjustment Counselors, our School Guidance Counselors, and our entire faculty and staff are here to support all students and their families.

    • We will do our very best to be proactive and preventative.

    • Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for any support or assistance that may be needed.

    College Planning

    • We recognize that juniors and seniors who are thinking about applying to college, have many questions and concerns about what the college planning and admissions process will look like for them.

    • Please know that our Guidance Counselors have engaged in webinars and trainings throughout the spring and summer, and are well prepared to support all students in reaching their goals.

    • The Guidance Department will be hosting college planning and financial aid virtual presentations in the fall so be on the lookout for those dates.

    • In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Guidance Department with any questions or concerns you may have.

    Freshmen/New Student Orientation

    • Our Freshmen/New Student Orientation will be virtual this year and is scheduled for 9/17

      - more information will be shared soon regarding this.

    Meet the Teacher Night

    • Meet the Teacher Night, scheduled for 10/8, will also be virtual this year - more information will be shared soon regarding this, as well.

    Behavior Expectations

    • Falmouth High School’s motto is Rigor, Respect, and Responsibility. We expect students to engage in the Rigor that an FHS education offers them, to treat each other with Respect, and to take Responsibility for their actions so that everyone in our school community can have a welcoming and positive experience.

    • At FHS, we take our Code of Conduct seriously and expect all students to follow the school rules as set forth in our Student Handbook. Note that the FHS 2020-2021 Student Handbook has not yet been published on the school district’s website, and thus, there is no link available for it at this time.

    Overall Health & Safety Protocols

    • Returning to school safely will require strict adherence to a comprehensive set of critical health and safety requirements:

      • rigorous hygiene, handwashing, hand sanitizing

      • use of masks/face coverings

      • physical distancing

      • reducing interaction between groups

      • staying home when sick
    • Families will help mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 at FHS by doing the following:

      • Checking their children daily for any COVID-19 symptoms

      • Keeping children home from school if they are sick or have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19

      • Supporting the use of masks in school and on the bus

      • Continuing to follow state guidance on health and safety outside of school

      • Ensuring children are current on all standard vaccinations and consider the medical community’s strong recommendation for an annual flu vaccine
    • Staff will help mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 at FHS by doing the following:

      • Being cognizant of any COVID-19 symptoms

      • Staying home if sick or have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19

      • Complying with the use of masks in school

      • Continuing to follow state guidance on health and safety outside of school

      • Consider the medical community’s strong recommendation for an annual flu vaccine

    Additional Resources & Information

     

    APPENDIX A

    FHS New Half Day Schedule

    7:15-7:25 Staggered Arrival

    A

    Homeroom in A Block 7:25-7:30

    A Block Class 7:30-8:09

    Passing: 8:09-8:14

    B

    8:14-8:53

    Passing: 8:53-8:58

    C

     

    MASK BREAK 8:58-9:08

    CLASS 9:08-9:47

    Passing: 9:47-9:52

    D

    9:52-10:31

    D Extension 10:31-11:10

    Staggered Dismissal and

    Grab-and-Go Lunch: 11:10-11:15

    Students - Independent Asynchronous Remote Work

    12:15-2:03


    APPENDIX B

    FHS New Block Schedule

     

    MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY (REMOTE) THURSDAY FRIDAY

    7:15-7:25

    7:15 - Teacher Bell

    Staggered Arrival

    Staggered Arrival

     

    Staggered Arrival

    Staggered Arrival

    A BLOCK

    Homeroom in A Block 7:25-7:30

    A Block Class 7:30-8:36

     

    Period 1

     

    Diagonal Period

    Period 1: 7:22-7:57

     

    Period 1

     

    Diagonal Period

    Passing: 8:36-8:41

     

     

    Period 2: 8:04-8:39

     

     

    B BLOCK 8:41-9:47

     

    Period 2

     

    Period 4

    Period 3: 8:46-9:21

     

    Period 2

     

    Period 4

    Passing: 9:47-9:52

     

     

    Period 4: 9:28-10:03

     

     

    C BLOCK 9:52-11:43

    LUNCH WAVE 1: 9:52-10:22

    CLASS 10:27-11:33

    MASK BREAK 11:33-11:43

    - or -

    MASK BREAK 9:52-10:02

    CLASS 10:02-11:08

    LUNCH WAVE 2 11:13-11:43

     

     

     

     

    Period 3

     

     

     

     

    Period 5

    Period 5:

    10:10-10:45

     

     

     

     

    Period 3

     

     

     

     

    Period 5

    Passing: 11:43-11:48

     

     

    Period 6:

    10:52-11:27

     

     

    D BLOCK 11:48-12:54

     

    Clipper Time

     

    Period 6

    Diagonal Period: 11:34-12:09

     

    Clipper Time

     

    Period 6

    D BLOCK Extension 12:54-2:00

     

    Office Hours & Clipper Time

     

    Office Hours & Clipper Time

    Lunch 12:13-12:43

     

    Office Hours & Clipper Time

    Office Hours & Clipper Time

    2:00-2:03

     

    Staggered Dismissal

     

    Staggered Dismissal

    Students - Independent Asynchronous Remote Work

    12:47-2:03

     

    Staggered Dismissal

     

    Staggered Dismissal

     

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