FCS approves return of face to face classes for students

FLUSHING — Students in the Flushing Community School District will be returning to the classroom in a hybrid format starting next week.

On Sept. 29, the Flushing School Board approved a COVID extension learning plan that will have Flushing students in class for two days a week and online the rest of the week. K-6 grade students will return for face to face classes starting on Oct. 12, and 7-12 grade students will return Oct. 19.

Students with a last name beginning with the letters A through K will attend in-person classes on Mondays and Thursdays, while students with last names ranging from L to Z will report to class on Tuesdays and Fridays. Wednesdays will be designated for virtual learning with an FCS teacher.

When students are not in class during the week, they will be continuing with learning plans at home with a variety of activities through Google Classroom or hard copy activities given to them by their instructors.

Families who are not comfortable with sending their children back to school will be offered a 100 percent online option for the rest of the semester. FCS Superintendent Matt Shanafelt said that the fully online model will feature both synchronous (live) instruction and asynchronous (online/taped) lessons for students—all of which will incorporate Flushing Community Schools curriculum with lessons taught by FCS teachers.

“It is not our intention to push our 100 percent online students to a canned learning program, knowing that is not desirable,” Shanafelt said. “We do want all of our students to continue learning at the same pace, using the same curriculum, under the guidance of a certified teacher.”

Shanafelt said that the district will work to create as many online sections of classes as necessary, based on the number of students that choose this option and the classes in which they are currently enrolled.

Families of secondary students who choose the 100 percent online option must be committed to remain online through the end of the first semester (by the end of January).

As part of the hybrid plan, in-person class sizes will be reduced to promote social distancing. Masks must also be worn by all school staff and students on buses, inside school buildings and anywhere on school grounds, including outside when individuals may be within six feet of each other.

Staff will self-screen each day and are expected to stay home if they are having symptoms, and parents/guardians will be expected to screen students for symptoms of COVID-19 each day. Staff and students should stay home if they feel ill or have a fever of 100.4 degrees or more.

If a student or staff member is ill but is given an alternative diagnosis (not COVID-19) from a medical professional and are symptom-free and fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication, they can return to school. Students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine until they test negative for the virus or have completely recovered according to guidelines from the Genesee County Health Department.

To see more details on Flushing’s back to school roadmap, online offerings and class schedules, visit flushingschools.org.

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