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Fairbury Public Schools Risk Dial Status

Due to the current status, as designated by Public Health Solutions, we will still be under the Yellow Status Protocols during the school week.  

Some of the key protocols of this status are:

  • Masks for students and staff will be required when distancing can’t be maintained.
  • Breakfast/lunch still in the lunchroom.
  • All visitors need to be screened upon entering.  
  • Temperature screening of 10% students each day.
  • Extra handwashing during the day.

The information below details the protocols our district will be following while we are in “Yellow.”   

  • All students in grades PK-12 will attend school in person.
  • Accommodations will be made for students in K-12 who are unable to attend in-person to utilize synchronous online learning through Zoom and other remote learning tools. Synchronous means that students log on to receive instruction with their class at certain set times during the school day.  Students will only have this option with a medical excuse provided by a doctor with a specified period of time notated.
  • All information that follows represents possible steps or measures that could be taken.  Administration will communicate with staff and community the measures to be taken as needs and situations merit.
  • If a student has a fever of 100.4 or greater, he/she will be sent home and asked to isolate for a minimum of 48 hours before returning to school fever and/or symptom free without medication.  If a student displays two or more of the following symptoms, he/she should stay home for 10 days: fever, chills, cold/shivering, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.  If, after 48 hours no symptoms are present, and the student has not been tested for COVID, he/she will be required to wear a mask at school for 10 days.   Medical documentation may circumvent the former.

School Arrival

  • K-2 students will enter the building when doors open and go directly to their assigned classrooms as determined by the principal.
  • 3-6 students will enter the building when doors open and go directly to their assigned areas as determined by the principal.
  • JR/SR students in the building prior to 7:45 need to be in an approved meeting/practice and be supervised by a teacher/coach/sponsor or remain in the cafeteria commons and practice social distancing until the 7:45 bell.

Mid States School Bus Guidelines 

MSSB will also implement the following guidelines for students and any approved school personnel.

  • No one with a temperature or exposure to anyone with COVID-19 will be permitted on the bus.
  • Cover coughs and Sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Wash or sanitize hands immediately afterwards.  It is encouraged that all students carry sanitizer and tissues with them at all times.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available on the buses. (Schools help with refills).
  • Requesting all passengers to wear a mask. (Schools provide extra masks on buses for students that are not wearing one).  It will be easier for the school to charge the family for the mask.
  • Seat directly behind the driver will be empty at all times.
  • Seating Chart for all passengers matching the schools request and the County designation.  When possible, one to a seat but siblings will ride together. We will strive for a seating chart by the third week of the school year. We will incorporate social distancing when possible.
  • Students will need to keep their hands to themselves with no interaction with fellow students.  We will also remind drivers to social distance which means no fist bumps, hugs, high fives, etc.
  • Any student deliberately coughing or spitting on the driver will be suspended from bus service for the rest of the school year.


  • Masks will be required when distancing is not feasible.  Families will be able to sign an “Opt out” form provided by the district.
  • Facemasks will be required for parents and/or visitors during the school day.  Parents/and or visitors will also be screened upon arrival. 
  • FPS events/activities will not require a mask, but masks are encouraged.  Event staff (ticket takers, concessions, score table, press box, etc.) will wear masks.

School Day

  • Regular cleaning with more frequent focus on high traffic areas (e.g. door handles).
  • Breakfast in the classroom and/or cafeteria. 
  • Lunch in the cafeteria with physical distancing.
  • Seniors will have closed campus.
  • Recess zones set for each class.
  • One grade level on the playground at a time.
  • No field trips.
  • Extra handwashing scheduled.
  • Measures may be taken to limit the number of individuals in the restroom at one time.
  • Restricted locker and hallway usage.
  • There will be regularly scheduled water breaks, however; students are encouraged to bring individual water bottles.
  • Desks/chairs will be arranged for social distancing.
  • Required individual student supplies.
  • Handwashing and/or hand sanitizer will be scheduled.

School Dismissal

  • All students will be required to leave the building at the end of the day unless in an approved activity or working with a teacher.  Dismissal times may be staggered by up to 10 minutes to allow for social distancing.

Temperature Checks

  • 10% of students at each building will be temperature checked once per day. 
  • At 100.4 students will be sent home.
  • Staff will temperature check every morning.
  • Guests/Parents will receive temperature checks.

Remote Learning

  • Remote learning accommodations will be made for students in K-12 who are unable to attend in person.


  • 1-to-1 devices provided to all K-12 students.
  • 1-to-1 devices for K-6 will stay at the building.


  • Activities and Athletics will be conducted in accordance with NSAA guidelines.
  • Extended learning activities will continue but masks are required. 
  • Athletic Director/Principals will communicate regarding practices, events, and safety precautions.
  • Pre and post-practice sanitation of hands
  • Perform temperature checks of participants prior to beginning practices.