2021 Secondary Summer School is Open
Thank you all for your patience during this difficult time as school district staff work to finalize plans for the various summer school programs for students. The following are updates on extended school year programming for students with disabilities, the elementary early literacy program and the high school summer school program.
Extended School Year (ESY)
Extended school year programming will be provided through distance learning this summer. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt our normal routines, the Special Education Department has been unable to secure an adequate number of special education teachers and related services staff to appropriately support the implementation of a live in-person program and meet the requirements stated in the Rules of Operating Summer School During COVID-19 established by the State of Connecticut. Throughout the spring, several special education staff who previously had committed to working a live in-person extended school year program, withdrew their commitments resulting in the decision to offer a distance learning program.
Students with disabilities who were determined eligible for ESY services by the planning and placement team will receive those services via distance learning at the following dates and times:
Grades Kindergarten - High School /CPP
- July 6 through July 31 from 8:00am - 1:00pm Monday through Thursday for students recommended for the four week extended school year program; and
- July 6 through August 14 from 8:00am - 1:00pm Monday through Thursday for students recommended for the six week extended school year program.
Early Childhood Center
- July 6 through July 31 from 8:30am - 12:30pm Monday through Thursday for students recommended for the four week extended school year program; and
- July 6 through August 14 from 8:30am - 1:30pm Monday through Thursday or according to individual extended school year schedules for students recommended for the six week extended school year program.
Related Services for Complex Learner Cohort (CLC) Students
In recognition of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on special education service delivery for our students with disabilities, the Special Education Department in consultation with local health officials and in accordance with the Rules for Operating Summer School During
COVID-19 established by the State of Connecticut, are working to develop a voluntary related services plan to deliver live in-person speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy and behavioral consultation services to students with disabilities who require the most learning recovery support. The Special Education Department has determined that live in-person voluntary related services will be offered to students currently placed in Complex Learner Cohort classes. These students who have global developmental deficits have been most negatively impacted by this extended school closure and are in need of the most learning recovery supports in accordance with the Rules for Opening School During COVID-19.
Notice of Risk
In addition to consultation with public health officials and educational contracted service providers, the Special Education Department is working with district attorneys to provide parents with a Notice of Risk should your child participate in live in-person related services. The Notice of Risk is intended to be informative in nature so parents clearly understand all potential health risks involved in their child’s participation in live in-person related services during a global pandemic.
Parents of students identified in need of the most recovery support at this time will also be requested to transport their child to and from related services. Additional information and guidance will be forthcoming for parents of students who will participate in live in-person related services upon review and approval of the district’s finalized plan by local health department officials.
The Special Education Department is also working on an implementation plan to complete psychoeducational evaluations over the summer with students who were recommended for or in the process of being evaluated prior to the school closure on March 12, 2020. More details regarding this plan are forthcoming.
Please feel free to contact Rob Mancusi with additional questions regarding extended school year services at email@example.com. Specific questions about extended school year services for specific levels may also be forwarded to the appropriate special education coordinator listed below:
- ECC: Kristen Bruno can be contacted at Kbruno@fairfieldschools.org
- Middle/High/CPP: Chantelle Palumbo can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike Distefano can be contacted at email@example.com.
Elementary Early Literacy Program
Once again Fairfield Public Schools will be offering its tuition-free Summer Literacy Boost program but with a twist, we are going virtual.
In light of the continuing impact of COVID-19 and the regulations put forth by the State of Connecticut we will not be able to offer our traditional in-person program. The vision remains the same - to grow our readers by developing their skill and confidence to build and nurture their reading lives.
We have been working hard to develop a robust and engaging program with regular, direct interaction between students and their teachers on a daily basis. We are committed to providing our readers with live teaching and targeted opportunities to practice their reading and writing skills. Here is what you can expect on a typical day:
- Whole class morning meeting
- Live meets between teachers and small groups of students
- Daily reading lesson
- Daily writing lesson led by the Language/Writing Specialist
- Whole class shared reading time
Teachers will also have office hours available to meet with students and/or parents to offer additional support and instruction.
- In order for the program to be successful we will need your commitment to:
- Have your child available between the hours of 8:00am and 12:00pm (there will be assigned live times for students—students will NOT be online for the entire 4 hours).
- Have your child attend the assigned live Google Meets.
- Have your child use the “at home books” to read independently every day.
- Sign into Google Classroom and listen to a read aloud with your child.
- Sign into Google Classroom to submit any assignments as assigned by teacher.
With your committed partnership we feel confident that we can provide our readers with an appropriate and balanced program that will be engaging and foster their confidence in themselves as readers and writers. There will be additional details to follow.