Today was a hectic and emotional day as we suspended the regular school day and structure and begin our official transition to a home-based teaching and learning model for at least the next three weeks.
Today, the EEC staff were scrubbing down the classrooms and equipment to get everything ready for when everyone can return. Gilles-Sweet staff worked through most of the weekend assembling materials for students at all grade levels and set up the gym as a safe pick-up location for parents and students. We are amazed that 720 of our 740 families were able to pick up educational supply packets. The rest were delivered to homes. What an amazing feat! Middle School and High School teachers, counselors and administrators were ready too. All were available for questions and support and quite a few students and parents stopped in to pick up instruments, get things out of lockers, and see their teachers one last time before starting the extended time home.
Even though the home-based teaching and learning wasn’t technically scheduled to start until tomorrow, there were many examples of students already working today on classwork in the new home-based learning format. Way to go!
Our first “grab and go” food packages were available today for those who have been pre-qualified. Diana Hill and the food service staff deserve a HUGE “thank you” for all their quick work, the many smiles, and the contagious, positive energy… Great job!
Our bus drivers started off our district-wide cleaning spree by giving all of the busses a thorough cleaning this morning. All buildings also received a deep cleaning today, with many staff members volunteering to help our custodians and cleaners. The buildings and busses never smelled so fresh and clean!
We are so proud of the amazing work of our Fairview faculty, support staff, and administrative team as they have all gone far above and beyond for our students and their families. Our families, YOU, have also shown that “We got this!” spirit by keeping our kids positive, safe, and helping them understand the confusing things that are happening in the world around us. There is no doubt that the spirit of being “A Community United” has been in full force throughout the past several days, and the outreach of parents and community members offering their support and assistance has been overwhelming. Thank you all so much for taking such great care of each other. As we “hunker down” over the course of the next few weeks, please stay safe, stay home, be kind and caring for each other, and reach out to us with any questions you have or support you need. We will get through this… together!
Dr. Bill Wagner, Superintendent
Fairview Park City Schools
P.S. – Here’s a great article that may help make this transition to home-based teaching and learning a little easier.