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Fountain schools preliminary plan


Last updated 7/22/2020 at 1:36pm

Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 has announced it will return to in-person learning the week of Aug. 17 – a week later than scheduled in order to give staff and teachers time to understand and practice the new health safety protocols.

However, numerous details are still being reviewed and a final plan will be released by the end of this week.

"The district's Reopening Plan will contain a significant amount of information to include these key elements: meals, face coverings (for students and staff), handwashing and hand sanitizing, registration, school visitors, sick staff and students, social distancing, and transportation," Superintendent Dr. Keith Owen said in a letter to district families.

The forthcoming plan also will include information about a new K-12 Fountain-Fort Carson Virtual Academy (FFCVA) to provide an option for students to enroll who are not ready to attend school in-person. "FFCVA will offer a comprehensive, high-quality, online education that will look different than remote learning this spring," according to the FFC8 website.

Owen noted that El Paso County Public Health (EPCPH) issued guidance for opening schools last week.

"Our plan will be closely aligned with this guidance," he said. "As public health officials learn more about COVID-19, we will continue to plan with the evolving science as our foundation. The health and safety of our students, staff and community is our top priority."

Students at various grade levels will return in a phased approach throughout the first week. Full schedules are available online at:


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