Distance Learning Update #1 - March 21, 2020
Dear FVSD Families,
First off, we hope you are doing well during this unique and ever-changing situation. Hopefully, by now you have created new routines for your children, allowing for both opportunities to relax and considering new ways to keep them engaged in learning.
As of the start of the closure, all grade reporting periods, homework, and project deadlines have been suspended. We are looking at the overall impact of the closure, and based on the duration we will decide on academic grades at a later date.
As for ongoing learning opportunities, this week March 16th-20th, our principals sent out an email communication with guidance on some activities to keep your children engaged during the week. Additionally, site principals and teachers are busy creating new "Distance Learning" opportunities for next week. We anticipate these will be available on Monday, March 30th, and you will receive more information regarding how to access the learning units. Additionally, we are in the process of setting up technology distribution sites for those families that would like to check out Chromebooks during this shutdown. Finally, please make sure that your information (email, phone number, etc.) is updated through the AERIES portal, as this will be our primary way of communicating.
For FVSD, "Distance Learning" is being defined in the following ways:
- Focusing on one week at a time and rooted in grade/content level standards
- No credit/grade requirements
- Elementary - Focused on Math, Reading, Writing, and Staying Active/Engaged for no more than two hours per day
- Middle School - Focused on Math, English, Science, History, and Staying/Active for no more than 20-30 minutes per subject area per day
- As much as possible, online/digital resources that can be pushed out should the closure be extended.
- Items converted to PDFs so that "packets" may be accessed from home. For the moment, all content will be delivered digitally as we assess the need for printed copies from our community,
We understand that this is an unsettling time for you and your children, and want to reassure everyone that our entire FVSD staff is committed to staying in contact with you all the way through.
Thank you, families, for all that you are doing to provide students with safe spaces where they may feel secure during this unpredictable time, offering a balanced approach to learning with both academic and non-academic activities, and reassurance that when this all passes, their teachers, school site staff, principals, and our entire community will be ready for them to return.
Steve McLaughlin, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services