This is an update on Fairfield Public Schools’ preparations for the COVID-19 virus. There is a lot of information here so please read all the way through.
Public health authorities have indicated that community transmission of the virus is likely occurring now in Connecticut. We can assume it is actively being transmitted in Fairfield. When cases appear in Fairfield we will, in consultation with the town’s Health Department consider the need to close a school or schools. The objective of the following measures is to delay closures as long as possible.
To that end and effective immediately, we will -
- In school, apply distancing measures wherever possible - 6 feet
- Schoolwide assemblies are on hold. This includes all musical performances
- Large group events will be postponed. This includes PTA events
- Hand washing before lunch will be emphasized with adult supervision.
- We will seek ways to separate students at lunch and in the classrooms. We will make sure to account for food allergies at all times
- Out-of-district and out-of-state field trips are on hold
- Parents can work with their schools to arrange for holding PPTs over the phone
- Visitors, mentors and volunteers from outside the direct school community are on hold.
- Before and after school childcare will continue. The principals will be speaking with providers to ensure they are following these same guidelines
- After school clubs and activities hosted by school personnel can continue. Those hosted by outside providers need to be on hold
- Elementary parent-teacher conferences will proceed as scheduled next week. Only immediate family is requested at these conferences. Parents do have the option of requesting a phone call conference; please contact the school office to arrange this.
- The CIAC has canceled the remainder of the winter sports seasons including all tournament games and competitions.
- Aggressive cleaning and disinfecting protocols will be continued in schools and buses.
- Outside groups will not be permitted to use facilities after March 15
These measures were developed in consultation with the Health Department. Similar measures are being implemented in our neighboring communities.
These measures are in effect until the end of April vacation (April 18) at a minimum. We will reassess before that time to determine if they should continue.
In order to support the teachers’ preparation of materials we will have an early dismissal on Friday, March 13. This is for all levels.
These steps are not taken lightly or in isolation. We recognize the inconvenience, expense, and concerns these measures raise. These steps are needed in order to keep our community safe.
In other actions -
- We do continue to prepare for closures. Staff continue their work to prepare virtual lessons. Administrators and teachers met today to address the logistics of virtual learning and further communications on this will be out as soon as possible.
- The state will be allowing districts who can provide virtual learning to count those days towards the 180-day minimum requirement. There is a waiver process and requirements to fulfill. We are examining that process and we are hopeful that we can meet the waiver requirements. More information on this will follow very soon.
- Information on COVID-19 and on the virus with links to the town and CDC websites are now posted on the front page of the FPS website - http://fairfieldschools.org/
Moreover, please, if you or your family members are not feeling well, seek medical advice before sending students to school or going yourself into the community.
I will be back to you as soon as possible with additional information.
Superintendent of Schools
Fairfield Public Schools