Sunday, March 15, 2020
District Update on Extended School Closure
As shared with you earlier today, with the increasing number of positive cases emerging over the weekend, we’re exercising an abundance of caution and we have decided to close all our school buildings tomorrow, Monday, March 16, 2020, and will remain closed for at least 3 weeks. Originally, we planned to have staff and students report on Monday in order to obtain necessary resources and supplies for the extended school closure. However, after monitoring the information from the Ohio Department of Health and the Governor’s Office, we feel that it is in the best interest of the health and well-being of our students to not operate a regular school day. The home-based learning preparation day scheduled for Monday, March 16 will now take place virtually.
During the extended closure, our teachers, counselors, principals, and other administrators will still be actively engaged in supporting students via email and on various online platforms.
Our buildings will be open for students and parents between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16 in order for families to come pick up any materials that may have been left at school. Teachers will report as originally scheduled. Parents can speak with teachers, administrators, nurses and counselors during this timeframe as needed. Please call the school if there is something your child needs and you are not able to pick it up tomorrow, and we can help make alternate arrangements.
If you have medications on file with the school nurse that you will need, a parent/guardian must come to collect it. If you are unable to pick up the medication, please call the school office and we can make delivery arrangements.
After 2:00 p.m. on Monday, our buildings will be closed with no entry permitted (besides our key food service and cleaning staff) until Monday, April 6 when we tentatively plan to re-open.
School Meals (Updated)
We will now offer meals starting Monday, March 16.
For FPCS families who currently rely on free or reduced meals for their children, we will offer no-cost, grab-and-go meals (both breakfast and lunch) starting Monday, March 16. Families will receive a supply of meals to cover the time between pick-ups.
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:
Monday, March 16 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.
» Online Application for Free and Reduced Meal Benefits (New users: username is student code)
Help Answering Questions
Your children may have questions or concerns about COVID-19 and how it is transmitted. There has been a LOT of misinformation and rumors being shared via social media between kids. Please review and encourage these credible and reliable resources and discourage the sharing of misinformation.
Mental Health Resources and Counselors
We know that a disruption in a daily routine may be difficult for you and your child. WE ARE HERE TO HELP. Our counselors, principals, and teachers will still be actively engaged in supporting students via email and on various online platforms.
Set Up a Daily Schedule
As we all settle into this new routine, we encourage families with children of all ages to follow the guidance and resources provided by their child’s teacher(s).
You may find it helpful, if you do not already have a dedicated study or work space at home to create one. Since many children thrive on a routine, write down a daily routine and post it in a visible place in your home. We have created this printable daily schedule template for you to fill out and use if you would like.
There are a number of resources available in our community. Please visit our Family and Community Engagement webpage for a list.
We will be sharing additional resources, including programs available in our community, on an ongoing basis.
If you have a need for a resource and are not sure where to look, please contact our Family and Community Engagement Coordinator Carrie Sullivan and we will assist you.
Procedures and Expectations around Home-based Teaching and Learning
(from Melanie Wightman, Director of Teaching and Learning)
Here in Fairview, we are uniquely positioned to “LEARN DIFFERENTLY, CARE DEEPLY, AND ASPIRE TO EXCELLENCE,” despite this challenging time. We are grateful to the Board of Education and Community for providing us with powerful tools that will help us maintain communications.
While nothing virtual can ever replace classroom relationships, these relationships already established and systems already in place can help us maintain our interpersonal connections and encourage continuous academic progress.
Principals and teachers at all grade levels and in all content areas have been working together thoughtfully and diligently to plan for and respond to this new situation. Each day, teachers and administrators will be gauging participation, monitoring progress, and making adaptations and adjustments to content, methods, and tools for all grades during this home-based teaching and learning time. We will be doing our utmost to engage with all students and parents, maintaining regular communication throughout this unprecedented span of time.
Throughout the duration–staff will be on duty to answer questions, make adjustments, and problem solve. Students and parents must never hesitate to let us know what they are thinking, wondering, observing or needing.
Initially, students and parents should look for email messages that will explain fully and in detail what to do for each grade and/or course. For instance, each grade level at Mayer Middle School is creating a central Google Classroom for posting announcements and directions for all classes. This Google Classroom will explain a protocol for participating in PLP-based content assessments (focus areas), providing scheduled time frames during which students may request and attempt the quizzes. Similar measures are being taken at Gilles-Sweet Elementary using Seesaw and other familiar tools.
In planning for home-based teaching and learning, we have been constantly mindful of many factors but have prioritized two main considerations:
- Intellectual, physical, social/emotional, and developmental characteristics and concerns of our individual learners at various ages and stages differ greatly and widely.
- We respect individual family needs and preferences, especially during what are unusually complicated and potentially stressful times.
We will not be using what is called the “synchronous”instruction (everyone on at the same time) that you may have heard about being used by some online schools or, as they cope with this epidemic in Hong Kong.
We will not expect all our students to log in and stay logged on for one set schedule or one specific length of time. Schedules and lengths of time will vary for individuals, grade levels, and courses.
We will create what is called “asynchronous” programming that allows our students to log in at times and for durations that meet their individual academic goals and family needs and preferences.
We will strive to engage our students in online and in offline home-based school-related activities, depending on their ages and stages, and varying levels of required parent support. We will attempt to balance computer-based activities and–as always–put our emphasis on constructing meaning versus consuming information and media.
Securly – Internet Filter on School-Owned Devices
Another important item to note: our Securly internet filter is still active on all school devices. It monitors the device no matter the location and WiFi.
By viewing your child’s activity report, you will be able to see their online activity. View their recent searches, sites visited, and videos watched on their school-owned device.
We will continue to monitor student activity on school-owned devices during the extended closure.
We will continue providing you with regular updates as the news evolves and updates and guidance are provided at the local, state and national levels. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with your questions and concerns so that we may assist you and share that information with others who may be thinking the same. Your patience and understanding during this time is greatly appreciated. Thank you for the outpouring of support and willingness to provide food and supplies, make deliveries, etc. Carrie Sullivan ([email protected]), our Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Coordinator, is making a list of those who are willing to donate time and resources to help our FPCS families. In addition, stay tuned for more opportunities as we seek to develop a broader partnership to support ALL those in the community who may be in need as this quarantine continues.
Stay healthy, be kind, and keep the faith!
Dr. Bill Wagner, Superintendent
Fairview Park City Schools