Dear Members of the Fairfield Public Schools Community
Good afternoon! I hope everyone is well. Please remember that everyone in the Fairfield Public Schools wants you to put your physical and emotional health first. Any information I send is with that expectation. We post each update on the web page -
so if you are not able to read it on the day it is sent you can read it later on the web.
State of Connecticut updates
We received two important pieces of information from the state yesterday.
First, and most important, the Governor has set a new target date to return to school. It is now April 20, 2020. We will go forward in our planning with that date in mind. Please keep in mind that this date will depend on advice from health officials and it is tentative. I do understand the governor said something today about schools possibly being closed until September. That is a speculative statement. We use the assigned dates provided by the state and that date is April 20. That is our plan to return date at this moment.
Second, the United States Department of Education granted a waiver to Connecticut schools that “Connecticut can begin to implement the provisions in this waiver which includes no summative testing (Smarter, NGSS, CT SAT, CTAA and CTAS) and no Next Generation Accountability for the 2019-20 school year. Since many students in Grade 11 use the Connecticut SAT School Day for college acceptance/placement, the CSDE will work closely with the College Board to determine how best to afford all students the opportunity to take an SAT assessment either this spring or sometime in the future.” Essentially there is no mandated standardized testing this year.
Outside emails to Google Classroom
We have opened up access to Google Classroom from outside email accounts. This was done to support parents’ ability to share student work.
Device Pick Ups
If you requested a technology device such as a Chromebook you can pick it up tomorrow between 9 am and 1 pm. Go to the school you selected as a pickup location, either McKinley or Roger Ludlowe Middle School.
The state government has told us that we can only provide multiple meals per student on Fridays. Starting this week, we can only provide one breakfast and one lunch per student on Mondays through Thursdays. On Fridays, families can pick up 3 breakfasts and three lunches for each student.
Finally, a great shout out to everyone who emailed me asking if we could donate gloves and masks to our first responders. An especially loud shout out to Anne May, who teaches science at Fairfield Woods. Anne emailed me over the weekend and asked if we could collect the N95 masks that were placed in the go kits each teacher received several years ago. Angelus Papageorge, Executive Director of Operations mobilized his staff and at each school we located the bags and retrieved the masks. These will be given to local first responders. Thank you to Anne, to Angelus, and to everyone who participated in this effort. I will post a few photos on Twitter, @FairfieldSuper.
Thank you for reading and please continue to take care, wash your hands, and stay at home as much as possible.
Superintendent of Schools
Fairfield Public Schools