Wow, what a year we had! It was one filled with unforeseen obstacles, but we continued to work together in partnership to support scholars in continuing their social, emotional, and academic success remotely. As we continue to think about what our upcoming school year will look like, I have a few updates.
This year, FWPS is providing essential summer learning for all scholars. Engaging in learning throughout the summer months will support your scholar in being prepared for when we return to school. We ask that you set aside 90 minutes a day if your child is in grade K-5 and 110 minutes a day for grade 6-12. A daily schedule and free online resources have been posted to the FWPS website at https://www.fwps.org/summerlearning. Home learning packets will be mailed out to all scholars who were in K-11th grade last year. Packets should be arriving in your mailbox the week of July 6. We are also really excited to share a new experience geared toward our youngest of learners. Tune into FW Channel 21 Monday-Friday from July 6-August 7 each day between 9-5 to see amazing 20-minute reading and math lessons. There will even be math lessons taught in Spanish each hour. These lessons will give the opportunity for your child to learn and grow throughout the month and will be posted to our FWPS YouTube channel as well.
As far as our Fall Re-Opening, we are using guidance from the State and the Department of Health (DOH). We are planning for a safe return that prioritizes learning. What we know is that we will begin the year with a hybrid model (some face-to-face instruction and some remote instruction). Currently, FWPS is exploring several hybrid models that provide a combination of face-to-face instruction and remote learning. We have received input from parents and guardians, scholars, and staff. The early results reveal the PreK-12 model with two days of face-to-face and three days of remote is the most desired option. Please stay tuned for more information to come in the coming weeks.
As I have always said, the health and safety of our scholars and staff are a priority. As we prepare for our Fall Re-Opening, we are using the guidance from the Department of Health and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Our district is hard at work developing health and safety protocols with social distancing guidelines, arranging schedules that minimize contact, considering bus transportation and engaging in deep cleaning protocols to minimize the spread of germs. As part of ensuring a safe learning environment, students will be required to wear face masks. Please take the time this summer to both reinforce and practice the wearing of face masks. We will continue to place health and safety as a priority as we look toward the Fall.
Please ensure that your information is current in ParentVue so that you stay informed and connected. Have a wonderful summer and please reach out if you have any questions!