COVID Learning Updates
Dear FPS Community:
Earlier this morning, I met with the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department and Pierce County superintendents to discuss public health recommendations around the upcoming school year. Following the recommendations of public health experts around COVID-19, districts across our county have decided to postpone in-person instruction for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
This decision allows us to focus our energy and resources on providing support for students, families and staff members participating in remote learning this Fall. Your feedback about our continuous learning experience this spring allowed us to better understand where we need to make improvements and several workgroups consisting of staff, students and community partners are currently working to develop plans for a robust learning model this fall.
While the hybrid learning model is no longer an option for the start of the school year, the 2020 Reopening Schools Family Survey provides an opportunity for you to offer feedback about the ways that we can support your child’s remote learning experience. Please take a few minutes to fill it out before Sunday, July 26.
We are continually mindful of the ways that these difficult decisions impact FPS students, families and staff. We also recognize that remote learning cannot fully meet the needs of all of our students and are evaluating ways that we can safely provide supports to students who most need them.
As we approach the start of the school year, know that we will continue to work closely with public health officials to make informed decisions and provide regular community updates as workgroups continue to refine plans.
Thank you all for your flexibility and patience during this time of uncertainty.
Stay safe and well.
Dear FPS Families:
As we prepare for the fall, we hope that you will take a few minutes to fill out a survey and help us learn about how the proposed learning models will impact your child(ren) and family. We are simultaneously managing our absolute commitment to health and safety guidelines, our desire to have in-person instruction as much as possible and the need to identify scenarios that minimize the burden placed on families.
Currently: FPS is preparing for all students to come back to school in the fall in one of two ways:
Choice #1 - Hybrid learning
This option includes 2-4 days of in-person education with class assignments, due dates, attendance, and grading, and will include significant accommodations to reduce possible transmission of COVID-19 including social distancing, face coverings, and modifications to the on-site school schedule. During the days when students are not learning in-person, students will participate in remote learning
Specific details for accommodations are currently being considered.
Choice #2 - Full remote learning
This option will include assignments, due dates, attendance, grading, and an increase in expectations, accountability, and support different from what was offered in the spring during “Continuous Learning.” Full remote learning will align with what will occur in the classrooms. Families choosing this option will be required to commit to remote learning for a set period of time, to be determined (by the semester or trimester).
Earlier this Spring, we asked families to share their remote learning experience. The feedback from these surveys is being used to plan for schools reopening in the fall. The results can be viewed here English Results/Spanish Results.
Thank you in advance for your perspective and participation. Additional information about the Fall 2020 reopening can be found at www.fpschools.org/covidlearning.
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