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April 3, 2020

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your commitment to keeping your student(s) engaged in learning during our initial COVID-19 closure. On Tuesday, April 7, fourth quarter coursework will begin. April 10 and April 13 will be days off, as previously scheduled on our school calendar. All instruction will be delivered virtually whenever possible as our closure continues through April 24. We will continue to send you updates as new information becomes available. Our mission is unchanged:

It is the mission of the Fort Zumwalt School District to assure that its students,

regardless of ability or economic level, are provided an education

in such a positive and safe learning environment that all reach their potential. 

Meeting our mission has taken a new shape. Thank you for following the guidance of health officials, for preparing your children for their roles in our new digital environment and for participating in our technology survey. The high response rate allowed us to target areas of need and, last week, our principals were able to connect families with internet resources. Elementary school principals put almost 500 devices into the hands of students who wouldn’t have one otherwise.

During this initial closure, our staff has worked to preserve and strengthen their connections with our students. Meal service continues at three locations from 11 a.m. -12:45 p.m., Monday - Friday. More students are connected to teachers electronically. We are now able to resume teaching and learning.

It can’t be business as usual. Our staff’s innovative approaches to meeting our students’ needs during this closure will shape Fort Zumwalt well into the future. As this closure continues, our teachers will only be covering essential material. Learning will be flexible. Students will be allowed to work at their own pace and complete assignments at times that work best for them and their families. We understand there are many new and unusual demands on families and appreciate the priority Fort Zumwalt families have placed on education. Below you will find information about what you can expect beginning next week. If you haven’t already, you should soon receive an email from your student’s teacher(s) inviting you to a Google Classroom

Students, remember the district has expectations for online behavior and those apply to your virtual instruction or your online behavior at home. Revisit the Student Technology Agreement with your parents.

Parents, we know you have questions about end-of-year traditions and celebrations. Contingency plans are taking shape but, until we hear more from health officials and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, we have questions, too. We will share details as they are available. We are here for you. Please email your teachers, reach out to counselors and connect with principals. Check our website for resources. The home-school connection has never been more important and it has never been stronger. Thank you for your patience and your support as we have worked through these past few weeks. I am looking forward to starting the fourth quarter on Tuesday.

Please see below for our Virtual Education Plan beginning on Tuesday, April 7:

EARLY CHILDHOOD  -The Early Childhood Center Staff will continue to provide weekly activities for families that are both web-based and “hands-on” for students -Learning activities will be a combination of new learning and practice and review. Lessons for Learning will be emailed to each family from the classroom teacher by Monday morning and will be posted on the Fort Zumwalt website each Sunday evening. -If you have questions, or have additional needs, please contact Dr. Ellerbrook.

ELEMENTARY - Teachers will use Google Classroom to communicate with parents and students. - Lessons will be developed weekly and communicated with parents.  - K-2:  Instruction and assignments should not exceed 60 minutes per day.   3-5:  Instruction and assignments should not exceed 75 minutes per day.  - All Elementary Teachers will provide ongoing feedback to parents on student work. Teachers may assign grades in order to have information to write narratives on report cards.  Students will not receive a fourth quarter grade. - If you have questions, or have additional needs, please contact your student’s Principal. - The individual needs of students with disabilities have been addressed in each teachers' planning process. If you have concerns about your child's IEP or 504, please contact the Special Education teacher or Principal.

MIDDLE SCHOOL - Teachers will use Google Classroom to communicate with parents and students. - Lessons will be developed weekly and communicated with parents.  - Students will continue to engage in learning activities/assignments provided by their teachers. - Daily increments of instruction, activities, and assignments should not exceed 20 minutes per student course.   - Teachers will provide feedback/grade students on their work. - Students will PASS each class provided they meet the minimum criteria set forth by administration/teacher. Students not on track to meet those minimum criteria will work with the school counselor and administration.  - If you have questions, or have additional needs, please contact your student’s Assistant Principal. - The individual needs of students with disabilities have been addressed in each teachers' planning process. If you have concerns about your child's IEP or 504, please contact the Special Education teacher or Principal.

HIGH SCHOOL - Teachers will use Google Classroom to communicate with parents and students. - Lessons will be developed weekly and communicated with parents.  - Students will continue to engage in learning activities/assignments provided by their teachers. - Teachers will provide feedback/grade students on their work. - Daily increments of instruction, activities, and assignments should not exceed 20 minutes per student course.  Exceptions may be made for college credit or AP coursework. Instruction and assignments for AP/College Credit courses should not exceed 40 minutes daily.   - Students will be HELD HARMLESS with their grades provided they meet the minimum criteria set forth by administration/teacher. This means that students will receive a grade no lower than the grade they had at the end of 3rd Quarter provided they meet the minimum criteria.  Students not on track to meet those minimum criteria will work with school counselors and administration. - Students will receive a letter grade on their report card. - Students will NOT take final exams. - If you have questions, or have additional needs, please contact your student’s Assistant Principal. - The individual needs of students with disabilities have been addressed in each teachers' planning process. If you have concerns about your child's IEP or 504, please contact the Special Education teacher or Principal.

Sincerely,

Dr. Bernie DuBray

Superintendent

Fort Zumwalt School District



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April 1, 2020

 

In collaboration with public health experts and local parks districts, Fort Zumwalt School District outdoor facilities are closed to the public to help limit community spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes playgrounds, tracks and tennis courts and is in accordance with County Executive Steve Ehlmann’s Emergency Health Order issued March 24.

We understand that exercise and time outdoors are important tools in helping us maintain a healthy mindset, however the safety of our students and our community is always our top priority. Too many have been seen gathering in our outdoor spaces, in violation of the County Executive’s order. Local, state and federal guidelines on group gatherings and social distancing must be observed. We must also consider that experts tell us COVID-19 can survive for days on surfaces, which means closing playground equipment also helps stop the spread. Police will approach individuals they see at our outdoor facilities and discuss the need for social distancing. Our security officers will ask visitors to leave if they encounter them in the evenings. We appreciate your cooperation and support as we work together for the safety of #FZCommunity.



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March 25, 2020

Dear Parents and Staff,

In collaboration with the St. Charles County Department of Public Health all St. Charles County school districts will be closed through Friday, April 24. The superintendents and health officials will reassess the situation closer to that date and be in further communication. 
Fort Zumwalt is working closely with local health authorities, our neighboring school district officials and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education toward bringing parents and staff members answers to your questions. 

Please stay tuned to Fort Zumwalt’s channels. Download our app for Android or iPhone. Tune in to the educational activities our curriculum department has posted on our website. You’ll also find resources there for families in need and resources to help you talk with your child(ren) about the situation. 
Again, I want to thank all who have extended offers of assistance. We all need to do our part, which means following the guidance put forth by county government and the county Department of Public Health:

 “remain within their residence or on the property surrounding their residence, except to engage in activities they deem necessary to their
physical, mental or spiritual well-being, or for employment. Additionally, local retail stores and all other places of public accommodation must communicate social distancing requirements to customers”

   And remember the healthy habits put forth by the Centers for Disease Control:
--If you go out, practice social distancing
--Wash hands often with soap and water 
--If not available, use hand sanitizer with alcohol content higher than 60 percent
--Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands 
--Avoid contact with people who are sick  
--Stay home while you are sick 
--Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing 
--Regularly sanitize frequently touched items such as phones, etc.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Bernie DuBray
Superintendent
Fort Zumwalt School District


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March 24, 2020

Dear Parents and Staff,
   As of 12:01 a.m., March 24, 2020, St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann has issued guidance to residents to shelter in place. This means Fort Zumwalt School District will be closed until this order expires.
   I know you have many questions and Fort Zumwalt will bring you answers as quickly as possible. In the meantime, district administrators will be on site on an as-needed basis. The district switchboard will be set for callers to leave messages. Please stay tuned to Fort Zumwalt’s website, district emails and social media channels.
   By far, the top question we have received from our community is: “How can I help?” We all can help by adhering to the County Executive’s order. Residents should:

“remain within their residence or on the property surrounding their residence, except to engage in activities they deem necessary
to their 
physical, mental or spiritual well-being, or for employment. Additionally, local retail stores and all other places
of public accommodation must communicate social distancing requirements to customers”
 

   And remember the healthy habits put forth by the Centers for Disease Control:
--Wash hands often with soap and water 
--If not available, use hand sanitizer with alcohol content higher than 60 percent
--Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands  
--Avoid contact with people who are sick  
--Stay home while you are sick 
--Avoid close contact with others 
--Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing 

Sincerely,
Dr. Bernie DuBray
Superintendent
Fort Zumwalt School District



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 March 17, 2020

Dear Parents and Staff,
Last night the Fort Zumwalt Board of Education heard an update on the following: 
   --Providing a system for all free-and-reduced meal families to pick up lunches each day.
   --Providing a virtual environment for all students to help them remain engaged with their teachers and to help them retain the material they have covered through the first three quarters of the 2019-2020 school year.

Families who have qualified for meal assistance:
Starting Thursday, March 19, Fort Zumwalt School District will be providing meals at no charge. Meals will be available for pick up Monday through Friday to our students who qualify for free or reduced meals. In order to observe restrictions on group gatherings, the following procedures will apply:
   --Meals will be provided via drive through pick up at two building locations:
   DuBray Middle School, 100 DuBray Dr., St. Peters
   West High School, 1251 Turtle Creek Dr., O'Fallon
   --Lunch for the current day and breakfast for the following day may be picked up between 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. 
   --The meals will consist of grab and go options
   --One breakfast and one lunch will be provided for each Fort Zumwalt student. Families will only be able to pick up meals for children in their household
Fort Zumwalt staff will guide traffic at both locations through the pickup process.
   --Free and reduced families should have received information via phone call, text and email as well.  Remember, you have to opt into our system to receive texts. Find those instructions here: https://www.fz.k12.mo.us/cms/one.aspx?portalId=191707&pageId=515668

Supporting Learning:
Our curriculum and instruction department is working to provide teachers with a plan to go forward. Our Spring Break last week has hampered our ability to get this to families sooner than Monday morning. Curriculum is working as quickly as possible to create:
   --Schedules for middle and high school teachers to access schools and retrieve computers and essential materials.
   --Schedules for middle and high school students to retrieve Chromebooks and Instruments.
   --Communication that will allow teachers to send learning activities for students by March 23 at the latest.  Some families might receive communication from teachers before this date.  
   --Comprehensive educational resources for families that will be posted to our district website by the end of the day March 17  
   --A help desk for parents, teachers and students that will be open 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily for both hardware and software issues starting March 18. 

If you are receiving this message and know of a family who does not have internet connectivity, please reach out to them as soon as possible. You can help them connect through the resources listed on the Internet Resources link.

Finally, a note of gratitude to all in our community who have already extended offers of assistance. Businesses, religious organizations, individuals and more are doing their best to pull together while abiding by guidelines that tell us to keep our distance. It seems unnatural. The best help now is to continue to follow the direction of health officials, stay tuned to Fort Zumwalt’s channels and remember we are strongest when we work together. #FORTifyZUMWALT

 

Sincerely,
Dr. Bernie DuBray,
Superintendent
Fort Zumwalt School District

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March 15, 2020

Dear Parents and staff,
   In collaboration with the St. Charles County Health Department and St. Charles County Government, all St. Charles County school districts will be closed through April 3, 2020, with classes set to resume April 6. This includes practices, contests, performances and community usage of our facilities. We understand that this might come as a shock to many of you and that it creates many questions. School district officials are working diligently to address as many of these as quickly as possible, but, like you, we are in uncertain and unprecedented times.
   The situation continues to change quickly. Please watch our website for updates and answers to frequently asked questions as we can make them available.
   Be sure you are tuned in to all Fort Zumwalt channels. We will continue to send emails, texts and Fort Zumwalt app notifications with updates, which will be posted on our website. We will also begin posting the entirety of these messages on our Facebook page (@FZSchools), as well as using the Peachjar electronic backpack system in our efforts to get the information to you as quickly as possible. Remember, if you do not receive Peachjar emails you can always see the information by clicking the peach at the bottom of your school’s website.

Sincerely,
Dr. Bernie DuBray
Superintendent
Fort Zumwalt School District


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March 13, 2020
Dear Parents and Staff,

As you have heard, local and state health officials have reported an increasing number of residents who have been tested for the coronavirus (COVID-19). We are working closely with the St. Charles County Health Department as we move through this unprecedented and rapidly changing situation. As I write this letter, there have been no cases in St. Charles County. I wanted to share with you what the district has done while staff and students were on Spring Break, and some guidance from local, state and federal health officials for moving forward.

Classes will resume as scheduled March 16. We are working closely with the St. Charles County Health Department and they have not advised all closing of any county schools at this time. If there is a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Fort Zumwalt, they will guide us on what actions need to be taken and determine if a school(s) should be closed. Any closure determined by the state would impact Fort Zumwalt and we are working on Alternative Methods of Instruction we will put in place. More information will be made available regarding these methods. Maintenance and custodial staff spent Spring Break disinfecting all 27 schools, four support facilities and 174 buses in an effort to create the safest, most comfortable environment possible for students and staff. With that being said, as we go forward we all must heed the recommendations of medical experts at the local, state and federal levels.

Families of students and staff who have travelled overseas or within the United States need to be checking the CCenters for Disease Control for the most current list of locations that could put you at risk due to identified cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). Contact the St. Charles County Health Department (636.949.7319) before returning to school or work.

   --Should health officials require a student to remain at home because of coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or recent travel, absences will be excused and will not affect perfect attendance or A+ status.
   --Should health officials require a staff member to stay at home because of coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or recent travel, available leave time will not be affected but appropriate documentation will be required.

As always, our school nurses will be monitoring students and staff. In conjunction with county health they will refer students or staff exhibiting symptoms to the proper medical officials. Please understand that this heightened awareness is likely to increase the number of students who are sent home by our clinics. We suggest that, as a family, you build a plan for how your child would be picked up quickly should the nurse send them home or in the case of a school closure. Parents can also help us monitor the situation by providing specific information if you are calling your student in absent. Together with teachers, custodians and clerks our nurses work with students daily to reinforce the healthy habits put forth by experts as the best tools to prevent cold and flu, which are also the best tools to 
prevent coronavirus: 

--Wash hands often with soap and water 
--If not available, use hand sanitizer with alcohol content higher than 60 percent
--Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
--Avoid contact with people who are sick
--Stay home while you are sick
--Avoid close contact with others
--Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing 

Finally, I would also refer you to the 
National Association of School Psychologists website where you can find some resources on talking to your children as we move through this unprecedented and fluid situation. Feeling safe, comfortable and welcome at school is one of the most important factors in our children’s wellbeing and in their learning. I hope this resource helps you open a line of communication with your children and supports those who are feeling anxious. I would like to encourage you to check your email often, as well as our website (fz.k12.mo.us). We will provide updates as information is available.

Sincerely,
Dr. Bernie DuBray
Superintendent
Fort Zumwalt School District





Feb. 27, 2020

Dear FZ community members,

Like so many of you, I have paid close attention to developments with the coronovirus as it has been in the news since the beginning of the year. Currently there are no confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV (coronavirus) in Missouri, and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has developed this helpful fact sheet about coronavirus. As always, Fort Zumwalt School District is in close contact with our community partners, including the St. Charles County Health Department, DHSS and the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. We are monitoring the guidance offered by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as the CDC updates regarding coronovirus cases in the United States.

 

Our school nurses and other staff work daily to reinforce the healthy habits put forth by experts as the best tools to prevent cold and flu. This has been a hard flu season, with unusually high absence rates. Parents play a key role in keeping our schools healthy, keeping students home when they are sick. We urge families to continue to maintain these healthy habits as we do during any cold and flu season as they will also help prevent coronavirus:  

 

o    Wash hands often with soap and water 

o    If not available, use hand sanitizer with alcohol content higher than 60 percent

o    Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands  

o    Avoid contact with people who are sick  

o    Stay home while you are sick 

o    Avoid close contact with others 

o    Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing 

I understand your concern, and appreciate your cooperation in reinforcing these measures we have from medical experts. Fort Zumwalt School District will continue to work with the St. Charles County Health Department as they monitor and manage the information on both the flu and novel coronavirus. Our staff will continue to keep an eye on illness in our schools, as is our standard practice, and we will continue to share information, including guidance from county, state or federal health professionals, with our community. 

Thank you for doing your part as we work together to keep our schools healthy, safe places where teachers can teach and students can learn.

Sincerely,

Dr. Bernard J. DuBray

Superintendent