I hope you and your families are well.
There is a teacher professional learning day tomorrow, May 1. Teachers will split their day between school and district department meetings. Teachers will be engaged in several tasks including lesson planning, technology training, planning for assessing student progress and reviewing how grading may work in the last marking period. We will finalize these plans and be sending you communication at the end of next week with more specifics. Please know that we are aware that students and families have had different experiences during distance learning. Many of our students have been able to maintain their efforts but others have had different experiences. These experiences have often been shaped by issues beyond their control and certainly the control of the students. We know that one grading solution will not work for everyone, so we are preparing options to fit the needs of families and students.
Another reminder – please continue to put the needs of your family first. We are very appreciative of all the efforts parents are putting into supporting distance learning. However, if expectations are causing arguments and your kids are struggling to keep up the work then it is ok to stop for an hour or two or even for the day. If issues continue please let your child’s teacher know. Kids cannot learn, and parents cannot work, if the learning environment is tense. One of my own kids is in 7th grade. He has several assignments for the week which he prepares for but then an occasional new assignment will pop up that throws his planning for a loop and can lead to some good old age 13 freaking out. I can battle with him, but I have found letting him listen to music or go play basketball in the driveway for 30 minutes gets him back on track. Our conversations become more civil as well and he often can get all his work done. As parents and caregivers, you have very difficult jobs, letting school go at times is perfectly fine and necessary.
Technology Support Reminders
Computer support for students is available through the firstname.lastname@example.org email address. If it is determined the device needs to be swapped, the student or parent will be provided a Google form to complete. These allows us to track quantities, prepare them ahead of time to limit exposure time, and check them out.
Computer support for faculty and staff is available by using the Kaseya system available from the system tray at the bottom of your screen, or alternatively emailing email@example.com
Staff will attempt to remote into your device to assist you. If a swap is needed, a Google form will be provided for the staff member to complete.
Pick up times, and support times are Wednesdays at both McKinley and RLMS between 9 am and 1 PM.
Thank you for your continued support
Please take care,
Superintendent of Schools
Fairfield Public Schools