Dear Members of the Fairfield Public Schools Community
Good afternoon. I hope you, your families and your loved ones are all well. I hope you were able to disengage from technology this weekend. I took pity on my kids and thought the gardens could wait another week. My best hour was helping my youngest learn to roller skate. She is not there yet but there was progress. She took some risks, had a couple of hard bumps, and she kept going. It was fun to be part of that experience with her.
I have two pieces of information today.
Professional Day, Friday, March 27
The feedback we are receiving from staff is that they have not had any time to absorb what they are learning or time to learn new applications to support student needs, or time to share what they have learned with colleagues. In order to provide these necessary supports we are going to hold a staff professional development day on Friday, March 27. There will be no distance learning that day.
One issue we will address is training in video support. Our enthusiasm for this outpaced our ability to support our teachers in providing that support. We have a number of issues with privacy rights as well as tech training we need to resolve. We are still committed to this but the timeline will need to be flexible as we address these issues.
This day will not need to be made up and added to the end of the school year. Last week the state waived the 180-day requirement for school districts. They have said that the calendar’s last day of school when the district closed will remain the last day of school. In Fairfield, our last scheduled day was June 17. That remains our last day of school.
In response to the Governor’s request to increase social distancing, we are closing our schools and central office to almost all staff. This will mean that we will not be receiving U.S. mail and schools will not be accessible except for administrators (as needed) and maintenance staff.
This does not affect breakfast and lunch services. We will continue to run breakfast and lunch from 8 am to 1 pm, Monday through Friday, at McKinley, Holland Hill, and Roger Ludlowe Middle School.
This will affect technical support services. We will continue to run technical support at Roger Ludlowe and McKinley. However, we are going to one day per week, Wednesday. The hours are 9 am to 1 pm. Changes in hours start this week.
That is it for today. Take care and stay well. I will email again tomorrow,
Superintendent of Schools
Fairfield Public Schools