2021-2022 Return to Learn Plan

Approved by the FPS Board of Education on August 11, 2021

FPS Safe Return to In-Person Instruction:

Fulton Public Schools Families and Staff,

As we look to the upcoming school year, we will continue to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout this next year, many things will remain uncertain but one thing remains the same, we will make all decisions with our student’s health, safety, and education in mind. During this next year, we ask for your flexibility and understanding as we navigate these new territories together!

The climate of COVID-19 is ever-changing and as health experts learn more, this plan will likely evolve. FPS understands this and will continuously update and adapt as new recommendations come about. The guidance set out in this plan pertains specifically to our school settings and community. These operations may differ from the guidance provided to the general public.

The recommendations included in this document are endorsed by the Callaway County Health Department and the Fulton Public School District and are subject to adjustment as conditions change.

Again, thank you for your support as we make decisions #forOURkids!


Continuity of Services:

Procedures have been developed to support the continuity of services for students should an interruption of in-person instruction occur. In the event of quarantine, a Chromebook will be provided to each student. A hotspot will also be available for checkout if the student doesn’t have WiFi access at home. The hotspot will be collected upon return to in-person instruction.

Depending on the grade level and specific needs of the student, teachers will use a variety of instructional strategies including, but not limited to remote participation through video, interactive lessons shared through Google Classroom, regular virtual meetings with the classroom teacher, and/or school counselor or social worker. If Homebound services prove to be more appropriate for the student the school will locate a tutor and provide 5 hours of one-to-one instruction over the course of a week.

FPS has a well-developed system of social, emotional, and mental health supports throughout the district. Each level utilizes some degree of classroom meeting, advisory, or seminar period where social-emotional learning content is either embedded or taught. In addition to employing the recommended number of professional school counselors at each attendance center, FPS has employed four full-time social workers to support the social, emotional, and mental wellness of students and staff. Whether in-person or learning remotely during quarantine, specialized staff will check in with students on a regular basis to ensure their social, emotional, and mental health needs are being met.


Goals of FPS Return to School Plan:

  • Continue in-person learning as a district. The importance of in-person learning is well-documented in children and as such a primary goal for FPS. Beyond the educational impact, there has been a substantial impact on social interactions, mental health, food security, and physical activity for children and families. Our goal is to keep our students as close to a traditional educational setting as possible while putting in safeguards for their health and safety.
  • Maintain and promote the health and safety of our students and community as a whole by utilizing information and guidance from the Callaway County Health Department, Department of Health and Senior Services, and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to adjust and progress through this plan.


    During school hours, custodians will thoroughly clean high-touch surfaces throughout the building regularly.

    • Classrooms and other common spaces will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

    • Cleaning materials and hand sanitizer will be readily available. Staff will be expected to support the cleaning and disinfecting of classroom surfaces and supplies as needed.

    • Hand washing stations with soap and/or hand sanitizer will be available in classrooms, commonly used areas, and at the entrances and exits of all buildings.

    • Drinking fountains with refillable water bottle stations have been installed and can be used for individual drinking containers.

    • All school buses will be thoroughly sanitized regularly.

      Keeping your child and family safe at home

      Tips to help control the spread of illness:

      1. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.

      2. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or tissue. Throw the tissue in the trash. Wash hands or use hand sanitizer.

      3. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

      4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

      5. Avoid contact with people who are sick and stay home if you are sick.


      STOP! Is your student not feeling well? STAY HOME! Before you drop- off your student at school or before they get on the bus, please do this!! Daily Self Assessment: Have you been within six feet of a person who is positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days? Has a public health official or healthcare provider advised you to get tested for COVID-19? In the last 48 hours, have you had any of the following NEW symptoms?

      --Fever greater than or equal to 100.4 F


      --Trouble Breathing


      --Muscle Aches

      --Sore Throat

      --Loss of taste or smell

      --Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea


      COVID HOTLINE: 573-590-8070 Report a student positive for COVID-19 24hrs a day

      Social Distance Encouraged


      Fulton Public Schools will strive to create an environment that supports health guidelines without interrupting the education of our students.

      The goal is to limit exposure to as few other students and staff members as possible. Staff and students must do their very best to maintain as much distance as possible from others within school buildings.

      • Assigned seats (with required seating charts) will be given within classrooms when occupying common areas, and for riding the bus. Additionally, small groups will be utilized to the extent possible. This will assist with contact tracing purposes in conjunction with the local health department if needed.
      • Modifications within the school day will be made as needed.
      • Modifications to meals will be made as needed (for example, having additional lunch shifts to lower the number of students in the cafeteria at one time).
      • Desks in classrooms will be spaced as far apart as possible to allow for social distancing.

    Bus Safety:

    Parents who can transport their students to/from school are encouraged to do so to help minimize the number of students riding the bus and allow for minimized contact.

    Hand sanitizer and disposable masks will be available to students for boarding and unloading from the bus and students will be assigned seats to limit exposure. The United States Department of Transportation advises that all persons on a school bus be properly masked. Therefore, we are asking for your cooperation as the new school year starts.


    In order to minimize the exposure of all students and staff to others outside of their assigned small groups, outside visitors and parents' access to the school building will be limited beyond the secure vestibules or entrances at school buildings.

    • Any visitors who do enter the building will be required to enter through the main entrance and will be tracked in a visitor log.

    • These restrictions will apply during the school day but may differ somewhat for certain activities or events, which would be optional to attend.


      When students are kept home due to illness, the school attendance secretary will ask additional screening & entry questions regarding symptoms.

      Thermal cameras in each building will continue to be functional. Anyone experiencing a temperature at/above 100.4 will be screened further to determine if the individual needs to be sent home.

      Students and staff who experience symptoms related to COVID-19 should NOT come to school. COVID-19 symptoms include the following:

      Possible symptoms: High fever or headache, runny nose, loss of taste or smell, coughing or sore throat, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle or body aches

      These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19.

      Emergency symptoms: New confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, bluish lips or face, persistent chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath.

      These symptoms are emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If you or someone you know is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately.

      STAFF & STUDENT SCREENING MEASURES: Return to School Guidelines Following An Exposure

      The return to school guidelines below will be used to allow for student's re-admittance to school following exposure to someone positive for COVID-19. The exposed person must remain symptom-free for the full 14 days following exposure. If at any time during the 14 days they have symptoms, testing is recommended and they will need to quarentine.

      EXPOSED: Exposure is defined as close contact for greater than 15 minutes, within 3 feet of a person for COVID-19. PLEASE NOTE: If you are fully vaccinated you will NOT need to quarantine unless you develop symptoms.


      1. Testing highly recommended

      2. Negative results after testing: Able to return after 14 days

      3. Positive results after testing: Will need to quarantine for 10 days since the onset of symptoms

      No symptoms:

      1. Able to return after 10 days

      2. Return to School: Will be monitored through Day 14. If symptoms develop will be required to quarantine through Day 14 & testing recommended.

      Return to school guidelines following a positive COVID-19 test:

      Persons with COVID-19 who HAVE symptoms:

      --Must be fever free a minimum of 24 hours without fever-reducing medication

      --AND have an improvement in symptoms (cough/shortness of breath)

      --AND be at least ten (10) days since symptoms first appeared

      Persons infected with COVID-19 who NEVER develop COVID-19 symptoms:

      --May return 10 days after the date of their positive test

      Staff & Student Screening Measures: Nurse Assessment & Return to School Guidelines

      The return to school guidelines below will be used to allow for a student/staff member's re-admittance to school in the ABSENCE of a known condition causing their symptoms.

      Screen all students for potential COVID-19 symptoms or exposure: Any new cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste/smell, fever (greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit), congestion, runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, headache, myalgia, or exposure to COVID-19 positive person

      • One low-risk symptom + no exposure = Return to School 24 hours after symptom resolution
      • Two or more low-risk symptoms OR one high-risk symptom + no exposure = Evaluation by Healthcare Provider (No doctor's note or negative test can't return for 10 days) After your Healthcare Provider Evaluation, if you have a negative swab**, you may return to school after being fever free for 24 hours AND your symptoms are improving.

      After your Healthcare Provider Evaluation, if you have lab testing and an evaluation; alternative diagnosis likely, you may return to school after 24 hours fever free AND symptoms are improving.

      After your Healthcare Provider Evaluation, if you have a positive swab**, you may return to school after 10 days AND symptoms improving, AND fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication.

      • Positive exposure*, with or without symptoms= Return to School after 10 or 14 days from last contact. If symptoms develop, obtain swab**

        If swab** is positive, return to school after 10 days, AND symptoms improving, AND fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication

      Return to school guidelines following a positive COVID-19 test:

      Persons with COVID-19 who HAVE symptoms:

      --Must be fever free a minimum of 24 hours without fever-reducing medication

      --AND have an improvement in symptoms (cough/shortness of breath)

      --AND be at least ten (10) days since symptoms first appeared

      Persons infected with COVID-19 who NEVER develop COVID-19 symptoms:

      --May return 10 days after the date of their positive test


      • Students or staff who display symptoms of COVID-19 while at school will be moved to a designated area within the school building to minimize contact with others until they go home.
      • If your child was found to be at sufficient risk for exposure through contact tracing, you will be contacted by Fulton Public School.
      • Exposure, in the school setting, is defined as being within 3 feet of the positive person for a cumulative 15 minutes.
      • If a person is fully vaccinated they will not have to quarantine, unless they develop symptoms.
      • If you are exposed and made to quarantine it will be for 10 days since the exposure, unless you develop symptoms. Then it would be for at least 14 days and testing is recommended.
      • A negative COVID test will not shorten the quarantine length.
      • Students and staff may be contacted to assist with contact tracing efforts, review assigned seating charts, and determine which individuals the positive case had contact with while contagious.


        Contact tracing is used to prevent the spread of infectious disease.

        In general, contact tracing involves identifying people who have an infectious disease (cases) and people who they came in contact with (contacts) and working with them to interrupt disease spread.

        This includes asking people with COVID-19 to isolate and their contacts to quarantine at home voluntarily.

        Contact tracing is a core disease control activity. It has been used for decades to slow or stop the spread of infectious disease.

        Source: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


      • Parents should discuss the importance of social distancing with their students prior to the start of school. It will be difficult to ensure students maintain distance, but it is necessary for staff and students to understand the importance of doing so to prevent exposure.
      • The use of masks or face coverings will be highly encouraged when social distancing is not possible.
      • Fulton Public Schools will follow any health department or city ordinances and reserve the right to implement stricter requirements related to face coverings.

        When a single building exclusion rate exceeds 10% of students, masks shall be required for all students and staff within that building for the remainder of the week. The situation will be evaluated at the end of the week to determine procedures for the following week.

      Diagnostic and Screening and Testing:

      • Fulton Public School's staff will continue to have access to Rapid Antigen Tests

        • Fulton Public Schools staff will be screened and quarantined following our current local public health guidelines.
        • If a staff member is exposed to someone positive for COVID-19 but is vaccinated they will not have to quarantine.


      • Last spring FPS hosted a COVID vaccine clinic in conjunction with The Arthur Center for our staff who wanted to receive the vaccine

        • FPS is continuing to encourage staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine
        • FPS is exploring with the local health department how we can best support increased vaccinations within our community.

      Additional Information:

      APPROPRIATE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES WITH RESPECT TO THE HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICIES: All students, whether disabled or nondisabled, have had and will continue to have the same level of safety and precautionary efforts taken when students return to school this fall. All students with Individualized Education Plans utilize “Form J” to document specific accommodations for online learning if and as needed. Case Managers for each student ensure all students on their caseloads have access to all of the respective resources based on their unique circumstances.

      PERIODIC REVIEW & REVISION: Modifications to this plan will be made in a timely and reasonable manner when necessary. The plan must be reviewed and revised if needed at least every six months in accordance with Federal Guidelines. The plan will be discussed in open meetings for input from stakeholders as well as utilizing surveys to collect input. Updates may be provided to the community via letters, email, social media, and public Board of Education meetings throughout the school year.

      UNDERSTANDABLE LANGUAGE: A language translator is currently present on the district website (located in the top middle of the homepage) to which the SRCSP is posted. If there is a language not available on the list, the school district will make every effort to have the content of the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan translated into an understandable language for families wishing to access the content.


      CDC-- Cornavirus Symptoms: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

      CDC-- How to Protect Yourself & Others: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

      CDC-- When and How to Wash Your Hands: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html

      CDC-- Social Distancing: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprevent-getting-sick%2Fsocial-distancing.html#stay6ft

      CDC-- Checklist for Parents & Teachers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/groups/families-children.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fcommunity%2Fschools-childcare%2Fparent-checklist.html

      Callaway County COVID-19 Website: https://callawaycovid19.com

      The Fulton Public School District’s plan is subject to change if local conditions warrant a tightening or loosening of any of the proposed guidelines.