Dear Members of the Fairfield Public Schools Community
This is a quick, and a day early, update. There are several questions that have come up that need to be addressed before tomorrow.
The link provided in Friday’s communication was broken – the correct address for the district’s COVID-19 information is https://www.fairfieldschools.org/covid-19-information-and-resources
School and Staff Communications
I have received several questions about the details of how distance learning will work. If you have not already done so, please review the learning plans at the link above. More specific information will be provided by administrators and teachers in the coming days. We are deliberately moving detailed communication to the schools whenever possible. That is where the strongest personal relationships already exist and where questions specific to students and staff are best addressed. The district will continue to gather information from the different schools and will address issues either in support of specific schools or across multiple schools if those issues warrant a wider area of support. The district will continue to provide daily updates as long as they are needed. I will continue to answer your emails.
Distance Learning Resources
There will be no cost to any of the resources we use. I have received several suggestions on some tools we can use. These are all greatly appreciated. Some resources though, such as YouTube, cannot be used due to privacy concerns. We are going to start without live interactive video, except in some specific student cases, due to privacy concerns. We will continually evaluate this need during the distance learning period. Student and staff interactions will be primarily through audio and written chats.
Breakfast and Lunch Information
I wrote on Friday –
Beginning this Monday, March 16, we will keep two schools open, McKinley Elementary and Roger Ludlowe Middle School. The schools will be open so that we can provide meals for Fairfield Public School students. We will offer breakfast and lunch at no charge to all household members, aged 18 and younger, as long as one child in the household is enrolled in any Fairfield Public School. The meals will be available, Monday through Friday, in the cafeterias of Roger Ludlowe Middle School and McKinley Elementary School. Breakfast will be served 8:00-9:00am and lunch will be served 11:30-1:00pm at the two schools. Please follow the red signs posted at both sites, which will direct you to the meal service area.
The menus for breakfast and lunch are being developed and will be available next week on the FPS website. Starting next week, please visit the Food Services webpage and select the FD MealPlanner and choose either Roger Ludlowe MS or McKinley ES to view the menus. Allergy information for food products will be available on the FD MealPlanner website and will also be available on-site.
Meals will be available in both grab and go and sit-down style. For anyone eating at the schools social distancing rules will be in place and the cafeterias will be staffed by our maintenance personnel.
Social Distancing at Home
There have been several questions on how students should be interacting with friends now that they are home. The short answer is as little as possible if at all.
For the latest guidance please continue to follow the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
This interesting article offers some suggestions for parents to help make those decisions. We provide it as a resource to you. Each family must make their own decisions. https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2020/03/coronavirus-what-does-social-distancing-mean/607927/?utm_source=pocket-newtab
You are no doubt thinking, “this is Mike’s idea of short?” For now, it is. I hope you find the information useful.
Stay well and take care of yourselves and each other,
Superintendent of Schools
Fairfield Public Schools