Good afternoon everyone
I hope you were able to get out and enjoy some of this beautiful day.
Please continue to keep yourselves and your families safe. The downside of a beautiful day is you do want to be outside and you do want to share it with others. Unfortunately, you cannot do both these days. We need everyone healthy and well and with us when the pandemic is over. Please continue to keep our students away from their friends. It is the only way to protect them and you.
That is it for my lecture (today, anyway), I do have a couple of pieces of FPS news for you.
Elementary and Middle School Schedule Changes
On Monday we will be adjusting the daily schedule for the elementary and middle schools.
These changes were driven by feedback from parents and from staff. At the elementary level there was a need for a more flexible approach that would accommodate the schedules of parents and their students as well as support teachers with the heavy increase in communications they have encountered. These changes will also give them more time to plan to use the technology tools which are still new to many. The middle school change was motivated by a need to provide teachers with additional time for lesson preparation and communication with students, parents, and peers.
We continue to move forward with these adjustments. There has been, and will continue to be, a lot of learning for all of us. My thanks to our teachers and administrators for their tireless work to support the students, and to our parents for their ceaseless devotion to helping their students learn in these new circumstances. And of course, the students, who continue to move forward and who challenge all of us to do our best.
The elementary and middle schools schedule changes can be seen here:
- Elementary School - Flexible Learning Plan (view the schedule starting on page 2)
- Middle School - Flexible Learning Plan (click on your schools schedule under the heading "Schedule)
A very large shout out to our Library/Media Specialists and Tech Integrators for the immense amount of work they have done to prepare for tomorrow’s professional learning day. From an idea on Monday they have created learning sessions, recruited other presenters, and developed schedules, by level. A great and mighty shout out to Clare Stafstrom, Nicki Callahan, Carolyn Waters, Karin King, and Allison Antonucci for leading this work. Their involvement and support of distance learning began weeks ago when the possibility of school closures was only on the horizon. We are very fortunate to have their knowledge, skills, and unwavering support. I speak for all of us when I say that none of us could be doing this hard work without the support of LMS and tech integrator staff. Thank you!
Tomorrow is a professional learning day for staff and so new school. I will likely next be in touch on Monday. Until then, take care, stay well, and stay well away from each other.
Superintendent of Schools
Fairfield Public Schools