Superintendent

A Message from Our Superintendent

Dear Franklin Pierce Community-

This summer has been a bit of a roller coaster! Despite our hope for a full return in the fall or some type of hybrid option, local public health officials are now requiring that schools start the school year in full remote learning. Several workgroups have been meeting throughout the summer to plan for a variety of scenarios. While we are disappointed that we will not be able to see students in person for the beginning of the school year, it has afforded us the opportunity to focus our planning efforts on a robust remote learning model for the fall.

During the spring semester, we had three days to transform our in-person education model to a remote model without all of the tools, technology and technical expertise required. Many have come to refer to the end of the spring semester as crisis education. As we prepare for the fall, remote learning will look different in the following ways:

  • Students will be working on district-issued laptops to access remote learning;
  • Students will have schedules in which they are required to participate in teacher led instruction time (online teaching that will occur at set times) and teacher directed time (activities to be completed on their own time);
  • Student attendance will be monitored;
  • Students will participate in smaller cohorts in order to reduce the student/teacher ratio and increase engagement. Your school will be reaching out to you to determine your child’s cohort and to share information about how you can apply to be moved do a different cohort;
  • Students will be assessed on their understanding of new content; and
  • Select students that qualify will be allowed to receive instruction and educational services in school buildings.

In short, students will be enrolled in a morning or afternoon cohort and receive 2.5 hours of teacher led instruction each day. Additional time will consist of directed physical activity, activities that can be completed on a flexible timeline, and time for students and families to communicate with school staff. Please see a more detailed schedule at www.fpschools.org/covidlearning.

Despite the known challenges that this model will place on FPS students, families and staff, we are working to develop a menu or resources to lessen the burden on students and families.

  • All students will receive a district-issued laptop.
  • Families that qualify will be able to receive free internet access through a mobile WiFi hotspot.
  • FPS will activate 30 free breakfast and lunch sites throughout our community.
  • FPS is working with local childcare providers to develop a list of affordable childcare options.
  • Parents and guardians will have access to a menu of educational, social emotional and technology tools to support their child’s learning.

Please visit www.fpschools.org for up-to-date information as we get closer to the start of the school year. Teams are meeting regularly and new resources are being created on a daily basis.

Thank you all for your patience, support and creative input as we work together to navigate these challenging times.

Lance Goodpaster, 
Superintendent 
Mr. Lance Goodpaster
Superintendent
 
315 129th St. South
Tacoma, WA 98444
 
 lgoodpaster@fpschools.org
 
 (253) 298-3010
 
(253) 298-3015