Hello Fivay Falcon Families. I hope you are safe and well. We are excited to have all of our students back on campus or via MySchool Online on August 24th. This year will be full of challenges and new procedures, but I want you to know that we are a strong team and as “Partners in Education,” we can make this our best year yet as long as each of us works together as a Falcon Family.
You will notice some newly added expectations for students, staff, and families to ensure safety on our campus. It is very important that you review all of the information below to partner with us in a successful reopening. The expectations below will be posted throughout our campus this year. Please remember that some things are going to look, feel and be different, but we are truly excited to get to be back together with our Falcons!
Each year, we welcome our students back on campus with the purpose that each Fivay student will be provided academic and social experiences to be life, career, and college ready. This year will present us all (staff, students, and parents) with additional opportunities to demonstrate kindness and compassion as we all navigate new expectations and a new “normal.” Each and every Falcon on our campus, and in MySchool Online is part of our Falcon family and this is their school home. We are committed to partnering with you to ensure success and look forward to welcoming our students back on campus (or virtually)!
Welcome back, Falcons! Looking forward to seeing you all soon.
The 2020-2021 School Year!
We are excited to welcome our students on Monday, August 24th for the first day of the 2020-2021 school year!
2020-2021 Bell Schedule
Due to the push back of the start date of school, we have had to adjust our bell schedule. Please see our updated start/end times. There will be NO Early Release Days during 1st semester.
1st – 7:25-8:20
2nd – 8:25-9:20
3rd – 9:25-10:20
4th – 10:25-12:05
4A Lunch 10:25 – 10:55
4B Lunch 11:00 – 11:30
4C Lunch 11:35- 12:05
5th – 12:10-1:05
6th – 1:10-2:08
ReOpening website link
Please stay tuned to the Pasco County Schools ReOpening Website. This site is constantly updated by our District with all of the latest information regarding the reopening of schools. CLICK HERE FOR A DIRECT LINK TO THE REOPENING WEBSITE!
VIRTUAL Registration and Welcome to the Nest (For Traditional & MySchool Online Students)
See Flyer for details and instructions: Click for Flyer
Step by Step instructions for filling out your Emergency Card
Parents – It is very important to make sure your contact information is always current and accurate. The school needs to be able to communicate with you regarding any changes or emergencies. Please review the step-by-step instructions below on how to access and fill out the emergency forms. Video: Emergency Card Entry for Families
Daily Screeners and Visitors to Fivay High School
Parents, we are counting on you to screen your child for illness every morning before you send them off to school. The district will NOT be conducting DAILY health screenings for students or staff.
Fever (greater than 100.4);
New uncontrolled cough, that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/ asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline);
Diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain;
New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever. ***
Other symptoms listed by the CDC include chills, fatigue/muscle or body ache, new loss of taste or smell, and congestion or runny nose. Many children have very mild or no signs or symptoms of illness.
If you still have questions about when to seek emergency medical attention.
Our school district requires that all students, staff, and visitors wear masks or face coverings when on a school campus or other school district property in the fall. In this video, Superintendent Browning explains the reasoning behind the decision.
The proposed rule describes what qualifies as a mask or face covering and under what circumstances the mask can be removed. It also describes how the school district will make accommodations for students or staff members who have a medical condition that would prevent them from wearing a mask or face covering.
Masks/Face coverings will be required of all student to the FHS campus
Masks must be used once on school grounds, and prior to the entering of any/all buildings and campus locations.
Masks/Face coverings can be removed during lunch, as long as six-foot social distancing demonstrated.
A Student Expectations OneNote utilizing FHS Student Handbook with our new operating procedures will be shown to all students on day #1 and #2 of the 2020-21 school year during both semester 1 and semester 2. Students entering FHS after these days must review the OneNote prior to their first day of class.
Visitors to school
A notice of the six Coronavirus (COVID-19) screener questions will be posted on the entrance doors as a “Notice” for all visitors to self-screen prior to entry in the Front entrance to Administrative Offices. Visitors that answer “Yes” to any of the questions are required to not enter the school entrance and return to their vehicle and call 727 246-4000 FHS main telephone line for assistance.
Masks/Face coverings will be required of all visitors to the FHS campus. Masks/face covering must be used prior to the entering of any/all buildings and campus locations. Masks/Face coverings are required upon exit from your vehicle.
Students, Athletes, After School and Extra-Curricular participants
Prior to leaving their residence, parents/caregivers will conduct a daily self-analysis of their health using the Six Coronavirus (COVID-19) screener questions. Any “Yes” answers will require the parents/caregivers to seek medical assistance from their medical provider. Parents/caregivers are to notify the school at 727 246-4002 or 727 246- 4010 Clinic or School Nurse at 727 246-4005
Student Driver – Masks/Face coverings are required upon exit from your vehicle.
Student Bus rider – Masks/Face coverings will be required of all students prior to entry to school bus.
Student walker – Masks/Face coverings will be required of all student to the FHS campus. Masks must be used prior to the entering of any/all buildings and campus locations.
Expectations for Picking up Ill Students
Parents if your student becomes ill while at school, you will need to have a plan for timely pick up. The CDC states that in developing plans for placing students with symptoms in an isolation area, schools should be mindful of appropriate safeguards to ensure that students are isolated in a non-threatening manner, within the line of sight of adults, and for very short periods of time.
It will be important for families to emphasize and model healthy behaviors at home and to talk to their students about changes to expect this school year (social distancing, face coverings, hand hygiene). Consider using this checklist for families to prepare for in-person education.
Free/Reduced Lunch Information
The Free and Reduced Meal Application for the 2020-2021 school year is now available online at www.pascoschoolmeals.com. If you are unsure if you qualify, you can also review the income eligibility guidelines on our website.
Please only submit one application per household and include everyone who lives at that address.
The income provided on the application should be your gross income, before any taxes or deductions are taken out. All income for everyone on the application must be included. Income includes earnings from work, unemployment, social security, disability, pension, and any other form of pay you receive.
If you received a letter that one or more of your students were directly certified for free meals, please do not complete an application. If you did not receive a letter for all of your students, please contact us following the instructions on the letter so that we can extend benefits to the other students.
If you have questions, please email us at FNS_Finance@pasco.k12.fl.us.
Student Parking Passes
1. All new student drivers must take the Safe Behind the Wheel Canvas course located on under Student Parking the FHS website. (Take this course NOW!)
2. You must purchase student parking passes ($40) online when you present your certificate of completion to Mrs. Ballentine in order to receive your parking pass.
3. All parking passes will be processed and distributed during lunches in the first two weeks of school. Please do not go to Student Services.
4. You must have copies of your driver’s license, registration, and insurance in order to receive your parking pass.
5. All students, including students who drove last school year, must purchase a new parking pass each year and provide updated vehicle information. Parking passes are only good for the school year.
**Students who drive will be permitted to drive and park without a pass for the first two weeks of school only. Citations will be given out to any student without a pass beginning the 3rd week of school.
Arrival to School in the Morning
Our mornings at FHS will look a bit different this school year. Whether your child walks to school, rides the bus, is driven by car, or rides their bike, they must head directly to get their breakfast and then take their breakfast to their 1st period class to eat.
Students who do not eat breakfast at school will be expected to go directly to their 1st period class as soon as they arrive on campus. Loitering and gathering in the courtyard, in hallways, in the outside or inside cafeteria will not be permitted.
To reiterate – as soon as you arrive on campus, you must report directly to a breakfast line, then to your 1st period, OR you must report directly to your 1st period class
Walking in the Hallways – STAY TO YOUR RIGHT, ALWAYS
All hallways and stairwells are right lane only directions. What does this mean? It’s like driving a car – no matter where you are walking, you are always in the RIGHT lane. You will be expected to stay to the right side of the hallway and stairwell, ALWAYS.
Six (6) FEET SOCIAL DISTANCING, ALWAYS
When walking anywhere on campus, the expectation is that you maintain 6ft of social distancing from everyone, ALWAYS.
Classroom Expectations –
There will be some updated expectations within classrooms:
Working as a Community to keep things Clean
Keeping your area and materials clean in class will be the job of everyone. The expectation will be that you clean your personal area and materials used after each class. Your teacher will have a set procedure for this at the end of the class period, and will have a cleaning station with materials to use for cleaning purposes.
Assigned Seats in Every Class
Teachers will be assigning each student an assigned seat in every classroom. The expectation is that you sit in that assigned seat every day. You are not permitted to change your seat.
Teachers will incorporate mask breaks for students. A student may raise their hand and request a break. The teacher will permit the student to step into the empty hallway, within sight of the teacher through the window, and remove their masks for a minute or two
Students are encouraged to bring water bottles for personal consumption. Students are not to be sharing drink or food.
Seating:Students will be permitted to eat inside the cafeteria, outside the cafeteria, and out in the courtyard. Students will leave one seat vacant between each student in the café.
If you choose to eat in the courtyard the expectation is that you maintain 6ft of social distancing and are seated when eating. Students will be expected to eat in the same lunch location EVERY day.
Must be Seated:All students will be required to be seated if eating. No one is permitted to be standing up or walking when eating their food or snacks.
Movement in Cafeteria or other spaces: When you are moving, walking or standing anywhere during lunch, you must have your mask on.
Dismissal at End of Day
Our end of day dismissal will be staggered to promote social distancing. It is expected that when students are released at the end of the day, they will continue to wear their mask, always walk on the right side of the hall or stairwell and take the most direct route to their destination.
If a student is staying on campus after 2:08, students are required to report directly to your assigned location and be with a staff member for the entire time you are on campus.
If students are leaving the campus at 2:08, please proceed directly to your exit area whether that is the bus loop, back car lot, bike rack, student pick-up by Administration building, or walking home. The campus is closed to all students not on campus with permission at 2:15pm.
Staggered Dismissal at End of Day
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: Upstairs buildings 1,3,4 and building 5 will dismiss at 2:06PM via intercom. Downstairs buildings 1,3, and 4, and building 2 will dismiss at 2:08PM via bell.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: Downstairs buildings 1,3, and 4, and building 2 will dismiss at 2:06PM via intercom. Upstairs buildings 1,3,4 and building 5 will dismiss at 2:08PM via bell.
Plans to address events for parents and students:
In an effort to keep the public as safe as possible, we will incorporate virtual options for families wishing to participate in school-related events. For example, our annual Title I Parent Meeting would be conducted via Zoom.
Procedures at Athletic events:
We will limit capacity to 50% of each facility and using the intercom system to encourage social distancing. Transitioning to E-Tickets to ensure 50% capacity.
There will be no social gatherings prior to, and or, the conclusion of extracurricular event.
Parents and students will exit extracurricular events immediately after each event and will wait in their vehicles.