3/13/20: Extended Closure Plans and Updates
Together, we are facing this unprecedented health crisis in our community.
We know that the upcoming extended closure will impact all families, and we recognize that families depend on the consistency and predictability of supports and services our schools offer.
As of today (3/13/20), here is what you can expect in regard to information about instruction, home-based learning plans and expectations, special education services, and school meals.
Monday, March 16 is a school day for students. This will be a very important school day for our students. Our teachers will be using this day to prepare students for the extended building closure, including distributing necessary resources and supplies. For students who are ill or will be absent on Monday, please contact the school office.
Learning Will Continue
During Governor DeWine’s press conference on Thursday, March 12, in addition to the order for all schools to close after school on Monday, March 16, he underlined that schools have flexibility to determine how instruction will be delivered during this extended closure.
Governor Mike DeWine later announced during a press conference on March 13, that schools are “expected to keep learning going.”
At Fairview Park City Schools, our teachers and staff are committed to providing as many resources for our students as possible, including facilitating home-based instruction during the time buildings are closed. We ask that you, as parents/guardians, encourage your student to remain engaged and check in frequently with their teachers. This, of course, is flexible and will vary by grade level. You can expect to receive more specific instructions and resources from your child’s teacher(s) soon. It’s important to keep up on schoolwork during this time as state-wide grade-level and graduation requirements currently remain the same. Our district is fortunate that we are able to provide a device for each student so that they can continue day-to-day learning.
- We greatly value our teachers and know that teaching virtually is not the same as in-classroom instruction. We will continue to provide support and resources to our teachers so that they will be able to support their students during this time.
- We will still have many staff resources available during the closure, including counselors and social workers. Please contact the school with any questions or concerns you may have.
- Families can expect to participate in any required special education meetings via conference call. Intervention Specialists and related services providers will schedule and provide specially designed instruction and related services remotely at scheduled times, consistent with individual student IEPs. Services will be scheduled around student needs.
We understand that providing an academic environment at home may not be ideal for all students and families. We simply ask that if you need support, please reach out to us. We are ALL here to help.
During a press conference with the Governor today, it was announced that many internet providers will be providing free internet to families who need to access it for work or school. We will share more information on this as it is available. In the meantime, please let us know by filling out this form if you currently do not have home internet access and we can provide you with resources.
For FPCS families who currently receive free or reduced meals for their children, we will offer no-cost, grab-and-go meals (both breakfast and lunch) starting Tuesday, March 17th. Please fill out this form so our food service department can accurately estimate how many meals to prepare.
Meals will be served via “drive-up” pick-up in the back parking lot at Gilles-Sweet Elementary on the following days:
Tuesday, March 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday, March 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday, March 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday, March 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Monday, March 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday, April 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Please enter off W. 222 St. (corner of Lorain and Nate’s Deli) and enter the back parking lot of Gilles-Sweet Elementary, and exit on Alexander Rd.
Please bring a reusable bag or box with you.
If you have any questions, are unable to pick-up meals, or need to confirm if you qualify for free or reduced meals, please contact Diana Hill, Food Service Director, at [email protected] or call (440) 365-3525 x4120.
The Gemini Center has closed until April 13, with the exception of still serving as a poll location on primary election day on Tuesday, March 17.
As requested by Governor DeWine, please keep your students home as much as possible between March 17 and April 3. The key goal of these efforts is to minimize public exposure and potential carrier contact.
We recognize there are still a lot of unknowns about this disease and just how prevalent it is in our community. Please be diligent in protecting the health of you and your family by limiting exposure to public spaces and others, and practicing good hygiene regularly. (Keep washing those hands!)
We promise to keep the lines of communication open during these challenging and evolving times, so please check your email or the district website frequently.
Finally, if you, or someone you know, is not receiving our email communications, please email [email protected]
Dr. Bill Wagner, Superintendent
Fairview Park City Schools