January 12, 2021
Dear Fenton Area Public Schools Families,
Our target date for a return to face to face instruction remains January 19, 2021. We are both excited and optimistic about having our students and staff returning to school next Tuesday. We will be running the same five day schedule at both the elementary and secondary levels as we were when we transitioned back to a remote learning schedule before the holidays. Building principals will be sending more information to you this week as we prepare to welcome our students back into the buildings.
It is critical we continue to work together and make sure everyone is doing their part so we may provide a consistent and quality education during this challenging time. Having already experienced a period of time where we were providing face to face instruction, we know now what the important factors are in mitigating exposure and helping staff and students remain at school.
While we continue to keep our eyes on the following factors:
- The ability to provide appropriate K-12 staffing
- Community spread and the impact on the school community
- The ability to work with the Genesee County Health Department (GCHD) and conduct contact tracing in a safe and effective time frame
- Current and expected trends
- The ability to mitigate the circle of exposure
We will also focus on the following:
- Making both academics and the mental health of our students a priority
- Continuing to identify learning gaps and using resources to close those gaps
- Continuing to maintain a safe and clean teaching and learning environment
- Continuing to offer support to students and families that may need resources to ensure success
- Continuing to prepare our students for the next step in their education
We ask our families to do the following:
- Adhere to the state emergency orders and make sure students are wearing facial coverings to school, including on the bus
- Contact the main office of your child’s school if they are experiencing symptoms and please do not send your child to school if they are showing signs of COVID-19 symptoms including; respiratory or gastrointestinal issues, and/or a temperature of 100.4 or greater
- If a family member or someone your child has been in close contact with is showing signs of COVID-19 symptoms, or has been tested for COVID-19, and is waiting for the results, please contact your child’s teacher/administrator and keep them home until the results are available (Families that practiced this in October/November helped us keep many staff and students in school)
- Review the GCHD School Toolkit: https://gchd.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/COVID-19-School-Toolkit-12.9.2020.pdf
Optimism is contagious! It is approaching almost a year since we had to send staff and students home and face a long list of challenges as a school community. By continuing to work together and understanding there will be a few more speed bumps along the way to normalcy, we will maintain our optimism and make sure our students see the benefits of battling through adversity.
Dr. Adam Hartley
Fenton Area Public Schools