Dear Students, Parents and Staff,
 
Sadly, anonymous phone calls threatening harm to our schools and communities are becoming more and more frequent.  Today's threats involved Adams School, Cleveland School and Kennedy Secondary School.  They were also experienced by several other organizations in Fergus Falls as well as multiple school districts within Otter Tail County. 
 
In response to today's threats, we were in immediate contact with local law enforcement and initiated our threat response protocols which included lockdowns in each of our buildings.  Our priority is to take the steps necessary to ensure the safety of our students and staff  while working with law enforcement to determine if the threat is credible. 
 
School will resume tomorrow in all buildings.  The Fergus Falls Police Department will have an officer stationed in each school out of an abundance of caution.  
 
Moving forward, we will continue to work with law enforcement to assess the credibility of any future threats and make the appropriate decision regarding whether or not to close school.  Information will be communicated to staff and Otter families as soon as we are able to do so.  As you can imagine, a lot is happening in these situations so your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated.  
 
Although situations like today can cause anxiety and fear, we want to provide assurance that our schools are safe.   We are also blessed to live in a wonderful community.
 
Sincerely,
 
Supt. Drake

Greetings!

On behalf of the Fergus Falls Public School District, I extend a warm welcome.  We are honored that you have entrusted us with the care and education of your child. 

The Fergus Falls Public School District is a special place.  Our mission statement outlines our commitment to each and every child:  “The mission of the Fergus Falls Public Schools is to prepare productive and engaged members of society by creating an environment where all students reach their full potential.”

What will your child’s experience be as a member of our school community?  Children will be surrounded by adults who care about them.  We will provide the necessary support to help ensure that each child is successful.  Children will be challenged.  That’s how new skills are developed and how learning, confidence and leadership is fostered. 

In providing a robust 21st century learning environment - we emphasize the five “Cs” - Core Knowledge, Creative Problem Solving, Communication, Contributing Citizen and Character.  These core competencies ensure that our students will be well-positioned for success wherever their dreams take them.

We pride ourselves on providing a rigorous academic curriculum with a diverse selection of electives.  We support our students with a 1:1 technology initiative to augment instruction, we have strong vocational programs and excellent participation among our students in the arts.  A large percentage of our students are involved in co-curricular activities and our programs are highly respected and competitive.  In summary, we offer the family atmosphere of a small rural school combined with the opportunities typically only found in much larger districts. 

Through the process of discovering and developing their talents, interests and skills, our students are going to make great memories, grow in confidence, become leaders in our school and community and form lifelong friendships.  Once an Otter, always an Otter!

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Drake

Superintendent