Tomorrow begins April break. I want to take a moment to say thank you to our teachers, our parents and caregivers, and our students for all they have learned, shared, and grown over the past four weeks. Some day there may be words to describe what we as a community, and as an education system have had to do in such a short time. The individual accomplishments of teachers, families, and students are too numerous to count, too mighty to weigh. I am very grateful to be part of this community and this school system. Thank you.
Governor Lamont announced today that the new projected date for return to school is May 20, 2020. We will plan forward with this in mind, and I will update you immediately if this changes. This maintains hope that we can end the year together.
For April break several of our staff put together resources to support students’ social and emotional well-being. This is a collection of suggested activities that can help us find new strategies for self-care. Spring Break is a great time to explore; many of these activities encourage us to connect socially, even when physically isolated -https://resources.finalsite.net/images/v1586484394/fairfieldschoolsorg/cj45urqpgzry9gimghnk/MakeYourAprilBreakaFPSselfcarestaycation_1.pdf
My thanks to Dana Bossio, Audra Allen, Tess Pieragostini, and Caitlin Carr for putting this information together.
Also, if you missed yesterday’s update, Elementary Program Directors Lynn Holcomb and Walter Wakeman have compiled a list of activities and resources that can serve as optional learning activities for families over April break. You can find that document here -https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OVdFqLUkljvDJhJsDNZN4zOXn180QVzK489lEjkIsUI/edit?usp=sharing
A reminder that food service will not operate on Friday but will resume on Monday, April 13 between 8 am and 1 pm at McKinley, Holland Hill, and Roger Ludlowe Middle School. Food service will operate in those same hours and at those same locations next week during the break.
To our finance and payroll department staff. Our schools may be closed but staff and the bills must still be paid. Thank you to all who make sure that our basic needs are maintained during these stressful days.
I wish you and your loved ones good health over the break. Please take care of each other and continue to follow the social distancing guidelines put forth by the town and state.
Be well, Mike
Superintendent of Schools
Fairfield Public Schools