FMCS Updates

August 5: Important Information regarding the start of the 2020-2021 school year:  FMCS Protocols Health & Safety Plan – Public

July 25: Recent Video Update from Mr. Mitchell

Please watch the video below.

FMCS’s leadership team started planning for 2020-2021 school year before the last school year had ended. We have spent countless hours watching webinars, attending online meetings with other schools, and reading guidelines from the CDC and educational institutions from around the world. Our teachers have also helped us with our planning in meetings that took place the week after school ended. That process has continued through the summer and may change the next few weeks.

First, please make sure that you stay current and check our emails, and information that is listed in FACTS and here on our COVID-19 Update page on our website.

Second, as of the release of this newsletter, here are some highlights of where we would like to be on August 17th:

  • Temperature checks before students get out of the car in the morning (100.4 and above is considered a “fever”)
  • We will do the best we can to reasonably keep students separated in and out-side of the classroom…but they are kids
  • “Face coverings” not mandatory unless directed by county or state
  • Not mixing or switching classes; will keep classes contained and rotate teachers in the middle school; teachers rotate, not students; specials teachers coming into K4-5th grade classrooms
  • Encourage teaching classes occasionally outside/outside breaks, walks
  • Lunch in classrooms; FMCS purchased lunches will be placed in “to go” containers
  • Students bring their own water bottles; no use of hallway drinking fountains
  • Parents need to confirm current phone numbers at in FACTS where someone can always be reached. If a child is sent home. immediate pick-up is required
  • Parents—you CANNOT send your student to school sick. This is critical now more than ever! Please do not give your child Tylenol or other fever reducing medicine prior to coming to school.
  • Parents and visitors will be limited in visiting the campus. To start the year, parents will NOT be able to enter the building and walk their students to class.
  • We have been in communication with our cleaning staff regarding procedures nightly and our teachers and staff will have a checklist of reminders to do daily in the classroom.

If a state/federal mandate causes us to go back to a distance teaching format, some changes we have already discussed are:

  • Training videos by teachers to help our parents and support teams at home
  • Streamline and improve classwork and homework posting / collection
  • An 8:15 am mandatory Zoom check –in that includes announcements/attendance posting/mental health check/devotions, grades 6th-8th on school days

Throughout this time of uncertainty, we know that the Lord is in control and that there is no need to worry. We pray that he continues to guide us as we await the outcome of this virus on our state and nation. Join us in praying for our students, families, school, neighbors and nation as we cast all our cares upon the Lord who comforts us during difficult times. “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace” Numbers 6:24-26 

July 13: Summer Scoop July 2020 – very important to read! Check out our plans for the upcoming school year.

June 18: Fort Myers Christian School is busy this summer working on the upcoming school year. It is important for you to know the organizations that we are obtaining information from: The Florida Department of Education, Lee County government, CDC, Florida Council of Independent Schools, the Association of Christian Schools International.

Update June 16
: Summer Scoop Newsletter for  June 2020

Update April 28: update from the principal on final school events

Update April 18: Our Governor has announced that the remainder of the school year will be finished virtually at home. FMCS will follow the direction of our Governor and complete this school year teaching online. We want to applaud our teachers, staff, students and families for all their hard work as we partner together and move forward with our calling of Christian education. We will have more information for our families on our FACTS portal and through email in the days to come.

Principal’s weekly message Saturday morning before the Governor’s announcement.

Update April 4: information on changes to our school calendar due to the Governor’s Executive Order:
– April 10: No school assignments, spend time with family and observe Good Friday
– April 13: this day was a “no school” day on our calendar, but there WILL be school assignments on this day. The day/hours of school may help as we complete the state mandated days/hours of school for this year.
– April 17: unfortunately the Annual Teacher Appreciation Banquet has been cancelled for this year. Look for more information in an email.
– The Iowa Standardized testing for this year have been cancelled.

Update March 31: In accordance with our President, the Florida Department of Education and FCIS, school on campus will continue to be closed through April 30th. Online Christian school education will continue! Look for announcements on FACTS/Renweb regarding cancellations/postponements of events. Thank you

Update March 30: And so it begins…As we start this week of online learning, this is a first for our history. Everything will not be perfect. There will be adjustments as we move along. Stay tuned to Renweb and Seesaw. Email your teachers for any questions and you can let them know of any technical glitches.

Completed Parent Volunteer Hour Forms should be emailed to  swheeler@famfm.com by the 31st .

Update March 27: Principal’s weekly video message 

Update March 23: On Tuesday, the 24th, we will have pick up for packets for K4-5th grade for at home learning. We will have the middle school locker hallways open for students to pick up what they need from their lockers.

Teachers met today and are preparing Seesaw and FACTS/Renweb to get ready for a new form of teaching for a new time in our history starting March 30th. More details to come.

Update: March 16: Note to parents: We are also working on ways to continue to provide an excellent Christian education for your children.

We are preparing work on Seesaw to provide for virtual learning to cover those essential standards that need to be covered in the 4th quarter.  This will officially  begin on March 30th, but we will try to share information the week of March 23rd. More updates regarding this to come.

Thank you for your patience as we adapt and figure out the best way to serve our students during this time. If we can pray for you and your family, please feel free to email requests to info@fmcs-fl.com.

Important Information regarding going back to school: FMCS Protocols Health & Safety Plan – Public

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