Welcome Back Letter

Welcome Back Letter
Posted on 08/07/2020

Dear Parents or Guardians:


This is definitely not my typical welcome back to school letter.  I am sure it won't be my last letter of the summer.  As you know, we are going to be faced with challenges this year and school is going to look drastically different. If you haven't done so already, I encourage you to visit our website, www.fortannschool.org, and read the COVID reopening plan.


I want to highlight a few changes for the upcoming school year:


  • To adhere to the social distancing guidelines, students in grades 6-12 will be rotating one day of in-person instruction and the next day will be remote learning. 
  • All desks are six feet apart from each other. This drastically reduces the number of students that are allowed in each classroom. 
  • We will be trying to schedule students from the same household to be in the building at the same time.
  • Since social distancing in the hallways may be difficult to adhere to, masks are required for all staff and students while in the hallways.
  • Students will not be required to wear masks while at their desks and socially distant from others. 
  • Students, faculty, and staff may not congregate in the hallways with others. 
  • At this time lockers will not be used and students will be allowed to carry bookbags.
  • Students, faculty and staff will follow all signage for hallway traffic.  A large portion of the MS/HS hallway will be one-way. 
  • On virtual instruction days, students will be required to participate in classroom work remotely and/or complete assignments.  Student expectations on virtual days will be determined by the teacher based on what will work best for the specific class and what is being learned.
  • Students will be required to wear masks on the school bus. 
  • Hand sanitizer and PPE will be available for all students and staff.


Parents will always have the choice to keep their child(ren)  in the distance learning model. If a parent decides to opt out their child from in-person learning for the start of the 2020-21 school year, they must fill out the form included with this letter. 


Students with disabilities:

 Schools and school districts are required to provide a free appropriate public education consistent with the need to protect the health and safety of students with disabilities and receiving special education and services.  

 Whether your child is taking part in hybrid learning or distance learning, case managers will work with you to create a distance learning plan for your child to ensure continuity of instruction.

 Parents of students with disabilities who decide to homeschool and want their child to still receive services per an IESP, Individualized Education Services Plan, must let the Fort Ann Board of Education know their desire via letter by August 14th.  

 Any student in the distance learning or homeschooling model receiving related services (speech, OT, PT) will more than likely receive those services via distance learning. 

 If at any point during the year you need to adjust your child(ren) transportation situation please contact Mark Larrow (518) 639-5594 ext 52400 or [email protected]

 The school supplies list can be found on our Junior/Senior High School page on the district website under "About": SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS

If you have any questions about the dates above, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at (518) 639-5594 extension 52059 or email me [email protected].   




Justin Hoskins





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