Fulton School News

Parent Communication, COVID-19, March 23

Dear TFS Community,

I hope this email finds you well, adapting to the "new normal" of life with COVID-19.  It has been a strange spring break, feeling neither like spring nor a break in this surreal limbo.

As you may have heard, St. Louis City and St. Louis County have issued Stay At Home orders “to ensure that the maximum number of people remain in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible, while enabling essential services to continue, to slow the spread of COVID-19 within St. Louis County.” These orders begin this evening and last for 30 days (that's April 22).  With most of our families and employees living in St. Louis County, TFS is going to adhere to these orders as well.

To comply with these orders, we will implement the following beginning Tuesday, March 24:
  • Our Remote Learning Program (which we will share with you later this week) will begin March 30 and continue at least through April 22, instead of April 3 as previously stated.
  • Our building will be closed except to activity essential to the maintenance of the building or as needed by teachers leading remote learning.
  • No TFS-sponsored events will be held before April 22 (this includes athletics and prom--which I know is very disappointing).
  • The Middle School and High School camping trips are both cancelled. If we are back at school, we will not be prepared to travel together quite yet.
  • Our campus grounds will remain open to those seeking outdoor activity in compliance with social distancing guidelines. Please avoid the playgrounds as they will not be cleaned/disinfected, but you are welcome to walk the creek, play basketball on the parking lot, or just park and wander.   
We are fully prepared for the Remote Learning Program to continue past April 22 if necessary. For those of you wondering about end-of-school events, if they end up getting cancelled, we will be looking to reschedule some of them this summer. Graduation, specifically, will likely be in early August if the April 22 date is extended.

A huge thank you to the Kosanke family for taking Bean and Alice (our goats) to their home so that they are not alone. We hope to include them in our remote learning... stay tuned! And our chickens? They'll remain here on campus -- Dr. Urbano will tend to them on site.

If you need to get anything out of the building, stop by today between 8:30 am and 3:00 pm, or contact me personally to make arrangements for a later date. 
We are all navigating new territory, and we appreciate your support and flexibility.  As always, if there's a question we haven't answered, don't hesitate to speak up.  I truly welcome you. 

Kara Douglass
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