Dear Fenton Area Public Schools Families,
Last spring the FAPS Board of Education and the Fenton Education Association (FEA) agreed on a two year contract that included the charge to have the 2020-2021 school calendar ready to publish before August 1, 2020. I am happy to announce the calendar has been finalized and will be placed on our website. I want to thank the FEA for working alongside the administration to develop this calendar. You may access the calendar by clicking the link at the bottom of this letter.
After a tremendous amount of thought and discussion over the last several weeks, Fenton Area Public Schools will be delaying face to face instruction until October 1, 2020. All FAPS students, including those choosing face to face instruction will begin the 2020-21 school year remotely.
More details regarding the August 25th -September 30th remote platform for those choosing face to face instruction will be communicated along with our FAPS Return to School Plan after consideration and approval by the FAPS Board of Education at the regular Board meeting on August 10th. Parents will be asked to make a choice between the options within the Board approved plan by August 14th.
The difficult decision to have our face to face learners start the 2020-2021 school year remotely is based on the following factors:
- Safety. At this time there are many questions from staff, parents, students and other members of our school community regarding both physical and social/emotional safety measures that cannot be answered in such a way that provides clarity and confidence in returning to school on August 25th.
- Cases of COVID-19 are increasing. Conferring with medical personnel from around the county regarding the recent spike of COVID-19 cases, there is a strong likelihood that, if the trend continues, we could be facing a forced shutdown after we begin face to face instruction.
- Preparing for change. Preparing our staff and students for change is essential in these unprecedented times. Planning for a robust, quality virtual learning platform, along with creating instructional model transition plans for all staff and students is critical. Taking time to train all of our teachers and students on how to access and navigate the virtual learning platform will help mitigate learning gaps that may occur due to classroom, school or district wide COVID-19 shutdowns.
- Consistency. Consistency is important for everyone within our school community. While face to face instruction is our goal, we know consistency in teaching and learning will not be feasible with a face to face return in August. The delayed face to face start allows our teachers and learners to have a consistent, more stable learning environment to kick off the year.
Please click here to learn more about important dates, information for choosing the best instructional model for your family, special services, and more.
The FAPS Board of Education, FAPS Administration and FAPS staff thank you for your teamwork and your understanding during this unprecedented time. While detours will be inevitable this year, the finish line remains the same. Providing a safe, positive learning environment for our students is the end goal.
Dr. Adam Hartley
FAPS 2020-2021 School Calendar: