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Fremont Public Schools announced changes Thursday to their COVID-19 protocols.
The changes are in response to the increased numbers of individuals who have recently contracted the virus and the continued emphasis the district has placed on keeping students and staff safe and in school. The district continues to work closely with Three Rivers Public Health Department, including daily communication with executive director Terra Uhing.
The outlined changes, slated to begin Friday, are:
Social distancing
● Breakfast / Lunch: Implement protocols to achieve social distance.
● Entry into buildings: Temperatures will be taken upon arrival at the beginning of the school day and for entry/access to all FPS facilities including for
extracurricular activities.
● Classroom spacing: Classrooms will be arranged in a fashion that allows for maximum spacing between desks/tables with desks all facing the same direction when possible.
● Activities: Gymnasiums and the High School Auditorium will have designated seating to create social distancing.
○ We encourage fans to sit in pods (family members and those which they
otherwise socialize with).
Transportation
● Students and staff will be required to wear masks while riding on district owned/leased/chartered buses. Buses will be disinfected at the conclusion of
routes.
PPE and Cleaning
● The District and contracted cleaning services will increase the intensity of cleaning services and continue the daily use of electrostatic charged spraying
equipment.
● Hand sanitizer will be readily available and its use is strongly encouraged.
Field Trips
● Field trips will be limited and only approved after careful consideration by district administration.
Outside visitors
● Schools will be closed to outside visitors during the school day – exceptions will be made for curriculum-based presenters/volunteers. Outside visitors during the school day are required to wear masks while in the building.
Vaccine Clinics
● The District will continue to work with 3Rivers on providing opportunities for staff and students (with parent permission).
“During the first semester we moved to these advanced protocols when our numbers for students and staff began to elevate. Using this protocol allows us to mitigate the spread of the virus within our schools,” FPS Superintendent Mark Shepard said.
Other important reminders include:
● STAY HOME if you are sick.
● STAY HOME if you have not been fever free for 24 hours without medication.
● STAY HOME if you have been tested for COVID-19 and have not received your test
results.

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