COVID-19 Resources and Support

More information will be communicated soon
Governor Whitmer cancels face to face learning for the remainder of the school year:

https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MIEOG/2020/04/02/file_attachments/1417518/EO%202020-35.pdf

The district has created this web page to provide information and resources to our community.  This page will be updated as we add information and resources to help our families during this unprecedented time.

If you have any questions, you may call our FAPS CALL CENTER at 810-591-4717 between 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Fenton Area Public Schools Releases

April 3rd 2020
April 3, 2020
Dear Fenton Area Public Schools Families,
FAPS Food Distribution to resume Monday, April 6th.
We are continuously assessing the safety of our staff and our families, along with the availability of food as we order for each week.
We will be communicating our Food Service Plan each Friday for the following week.
Sincerely,
Dr. Adam Hartley
Superintendent
April 2nd, 2020 (9:45pm)

Dear Fenton Area Public Schools Families,

First and foremost, all of us at FAPS hope all of you are receiving this letter feeling healthy and safe.  We miss you and I know our learners miss our FAPS team members. We will get through this and we are looking forward to walking the halls at the beginning of next school year.

As expected, Governor Whitmer signed an Executive Order (see below) today suspending all face to face learning for the 2019-2020 school year.  The Executive Order includes a number of items including both deadlines and parameters for a Continuous Learning Plan. Knowing the closure could be longer than the first reported return date of April 6th, we worked quickly to train our teachers on tools that support remote learning, handed out over 250 Chromebooks, and created a COVID-19 web page.  Aside from the work our FAPS team did before the Spring Break, many of us have been working this week preparing for the Executive Order we speculated would be signed. We have a good start and still have much more work to do.

Earlier today, our building Principals sent a short message stating we will be communicating our plan in the near future.  Within the next two weeks, our administration, along with our teaching staff, will be working diligently to create a Continuous Learning Plan to send to the state for approval.  Once a FAPS plan is approved, we will be communicating the details of the plan and supporting our students in a variety of ways.

Our plan will include the following (not limited to):

  • Grade appropriate and standard based content
  • Social/Emotional supports
  • Technology support
  • Alternatives to online learning as needed
  • Parameters on screen time and assignments given
  • Recommendations and suggestions for parents/caretakers
  • Other pertinent information

On Monday, April 6th, we will resume the online opportunities our teachers have provided our students.  Staying connected and engaging our learners is important to us. Once our Continuous Learning Plan is in place, we will transition to a more focused, organized learning structure. We have set the date of April 20th for the transition.

I know many of our families have many questions they need answered.  We will be working through both the Continuous Learning Plan and the many other items we must attend to now that we know our buildings will not reopen for learning.   The mindset we must all take from now until the summer is that our buildings are shut, our minds are not.

Information on the items below, along with other pertinent items, will be sent out in the near future.

  • Grades/Report cards
  • Graduation/Prom
  • Field Trips/Class Trips
  • Retrieving personal items from buildings
  • Chromebook distribution (as needed)

We thank you for your patience as we prioritize our efforts and focus the next few weeks.  The quote “It takes a village” comes to mind as we all work together to make the end of the school year as positive as possible for our students.  Please continue to be safe and stay healthy.

Sincerely,

Dr. Adam Hartley, Superintendent

March 31st

Per Executive Order 2020-21 issued by Governor Whitmer on 3/23/2020, Fenton Area Public Schools identifies the following roles as essential:

Administration
Business Operations
Food Service
Maintenance/Custodial (as needed)
Technology Services
Secretarial (as needed)

March 30, 2020 (1:00pm)

March 30, 2020

Dear Fenton Area Public Schools Families,

I hope everyone is doing well and staying healthy.  As we prepare for the possibility of an extension of Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order to close all schools, we need to clearly understand the needs of our families in terms of internet access and access to devices such as Chromebooks, tablets, and desktops.

To help us gather this important data in a timely manner, please complete the short survey (linked below) by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Thank you again for your help in collecting this critical data.

Survey: https://forms.gle/nmMDAiyEBixhVRcx5

Sincerely,

Dr. Adam Hartley, Superintendent

March 17th, 2020 (1:00pm)

March 17, 2020

Dear Parents, Guardians and/or Caregivers of FAPS Students, 

First and foremost we want to thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time of uncertainty and unprecedented school closure.  We are incredibly grateful to be working in such a caring and supportive community. We wanted to take this opportunity to communicate our virtual learning opportunities that will start effective March 18, 2020.  Please see the information below.

  • FAPS Teachers will start posting to Google Classroom on March 18, 2020.  Your student will need to login to Google with their school email/google account.  As a parent, you will ask your student to do this so you can see what the teachers have planned for them.  If your student or you need help with this here are some helpful links on our learning at home plan during COVID-19:

https://www.fentonschools.org/health-safety-resources/learning-from-home-resources/

  • Our goal with these virtual learning opportunities is to give you as parents/guardians/caretakers resources to keep our students connected to learning and thinking.  It is also our goal to keep kids connected to us, their school community. When we get to be together again, it will make that transition smoother.
  • If you are struggling with device access please go to our COVID-19 Resource page on our website and complete a Chromebook Form or contact the Call Center at (810) 591-4717.  Please know that we are giving priority to families that currently do not have any devices within their homes. We will then move to families with one device, two devices and so on, basing priority on the ratio of devices per student for each household.  We have had a number of requests and ask that we all work together to make sure each household in need of a device is given one.
  • Y5/K-5 Report Cards for the 2nd Marking Period will be posted electronically by March 27th through Synergy ParentVue.  You will not be receiving a printed copy of this report card during our closure. See the link here for instructions on how to view your student’s report card in ParentVue (Page #43):

https://www.fentonschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/parentvue_and_studentvue__2.0_user_guide-2.pdf\

Please understand that this is our current mode for learning opportunities for the circumstances we are currently working under – should conditions change, we will continue to communicate and adjust to meet the needs of our students.  Thank you for helping us keep students engaged with learning and thinking while staying connected to Fenton Area Public Schools.

March 16, 2020 (2:45pm)

FAPS Emergency Closure Food Assistance Program and Chromebook Distribution

*Please note change in Call Center number to 810-591-4717

March 16, 2020

Dear Fenton Area Public Schools Families,

Here are updates on both our FAPS Emergency Closure Food Assistance Program and Chromebook Distribution.

An update regarding online learning opportunities will be sent out tomorrow, March 17th.

We will begin our FAPS Emergency Closure Food Assistance Program for ALL students 18 and under on Wednesday, March 18th. 

Details of our FAPS Emergency Closure Food Assistance Program Information: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wEmLZiBRfagUxr64mcjtBnn2fJGvwEqqYoQ8HiJb0o0/edit?usp=sharing)

It is important we have an understanding of how many lunches and breakfasts we must prepare each day.  To help us collect this much needed information, if you are planning to utilize the Food Service Program, please complete the survey below.

Food Service Program Survey: https://forms.gle/89cNgrAS6c724ZxU6

Our FAPS Chromebook Distribution will begin Wednesday, March 18th.

We know there are families in need of devices as we continue to connect with our students and engage them in learning during the closure.  If you are in need of a Chromebook, please fill out the form below. If you do not have access to the internet or do not have the ability to complete the form online, please call the Call Center (810-591-4717) and set up a time to come in and complete a form at the Board office.

Please know that we are giving priority to families that currently do not have any devices within their home.  We will then move to families with one device, two devices and so on, basing priority on the ratio of devices per student for each household.  We have had a number of requests and ask that we all work together to make sure each household in need of a device is given one.

Chromebook Distribution Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSefjOUotFVekCLysqPm9-z_rt0SY3n9pGFp4sGmRauSyRzhlQ/viewform

Once the Chromebook Distribution Form is completed, you will be contacted by someone from FAPS by the next business day to set up a time to pick up a Chromebook at the Board office.  You will need to show I.D. and complete a liability form before taking the device.

COVID-19 Resource Page: https://www.fentonschools.org/health-safety-resources/

Please visit our COVID-19 Resource page or access the COVID-19 Resource page via our FAPS App.

*This page will be updated daily.

While we are providing lunches and breakfast during the week, we are fortunate to have community partners helping on the weekends and during Spring Break.  The list below will grow and can be found on the COVID-19 Resource page on our website.

Food Resources for Weekends and Spring Break – Starting 3/21/20

The Road Community Church

301 W. South Holly

Fenton, MI 48430

Contact Person – Chris Vitarelli

(810) 922-2088

The Freedom Center Church

2473 W Shiawassee Ave

Fenton, MI 48430

Contact Person – JD Wiegand

(810) 629-5261

St. Jude’s Episcopal Church

106 E. Elizabeth St.

Fenton, MI 48430

Contact Person – Dave Rayner

(810) 629-5681

Fenton Area Resource and Referral

14165 Fenton Road #104a

Fenton, MI 48430

Contact Person – Dawn Placek

(810) 750-6244

Fenton United Methodist Church

119 S. Leroy St.

Fenton, MI 48430

Contact Person – Kathy Butts

(810) 629-2132

Sincerely,

Dr. Adam Hartley, Superintendent

COVID-19 RESOURCE and SUPPORT CALL CENTER

Monday – Friday 7 a.m.- 4 p.m.

810-591-4717

March 14, 2020 (9:00am)

March 14, 2020

Dear Fenton Area Public Schools Families,

We have responded to Governor Whitner’s executive order to shut down all schools with resolve and have been working around the clock on a number of items.  At this time, we know that we are closed until April 6, 2020 and that we cannot open our buildings for the public. We are still waiting to hear back from the state to clarify details regarding our childcare program at Ellen Street. As of today, our childcare program will be closed until further notice.

Here are updates from the last letter that was sent out to our families.

FAPS Call Center 

  • We have scheduled employees to be at the call center Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • The call center number is 810-591-4717.  If you call the number after hours, please leave a message and someone will return your call the next business day.
  • The call center is designed to answer any general questions you may have regarding the information below or other items during this closure.

COVID-19 Resource and Support Web Page

  • Please be patient as the page will be under constant construction.
  • Information such as this letter and other pertinent information regarding the closure of schools will be added daily.

Online Learning Opportunities

Yesterday was a busy day at FAPS as our teachers set up their Google Classrooms and worked diligently to prepare online learning platforms to stay connected with our students and provide learning experiences during this longer than normal closure.  I cannot say enough about our teaching staff and how dedicated they are to engage our learners outside the four walls of a classroom.

Details:

  • Learning opportunities will begin on Wednesday, March 18th and end on March 27th.
  • Spring Break will begin on March 28th and end April 5th.
  • Online learning experiences our teachers have created are meant to keep our teachers connected with their students, engage our learners and provide a sense of normalcy for our families.
  • Online learning experiences will match some of the standards and content that would have been taught in the classroom during this time but are not to any degree meant to be reflective of the rigor.
  • We are not held to any expectation from the state to provide online learning opportunities at this time, however, both the administration and the teaching staff agree it is important to stay connected and remain engaged in teaching and learning so our students can continue to grow.
  • Students and/or parents, depending on the grade level, will receive notification from the classroom teacher on login information to Google Classroom.
  • Kevin Powers, Director of Technology, is creating tutorials for parents on how to use Chrome at home.  The videos will be posted on the COVID-19 Resources and Support web page and our social media before Wednesday.
  • Both Comcast and Spectrum are offering free internet for families during this time of uncertainty.  We will be placing this information on our website.
  • Students taking UM-Flint DEEP and Mott Community College courses will continue to work on their college classes under the direction of the institutions.
  • If a device is needed at home for your child to participate in the online learning opportunities, please call 810-591-4717.

Food Services

  • FAPS will be serving food and will be working with local churches and organizations to ensure our families are supported.
  • More information will be coming out on Monday on the details of both opportunities to pick up food and the delivery of food.
  • Anna Goss, Director of Food Services, met with our head cooks yesterday and they are finalizing the plan.
  • Utilize the call center (810-591-4717) for questions.

Picking Up Personal Items

  • Building administration will have their buildings opened today and Monday for families to pick up any personal items.
  • Fenton High School and AGS Middle School will be open today from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Ellen Street and the three elementary buildings will be open today from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
  • ALL buildings will be open Monday from 8 a.m.- 10 a.m
  • After 10 a.m. on Monday, March 16th, ALL buildings will closed to the public.

Cleaning

  • Our custodial staff will begin a “summer cleaning schedule” starting on Monday, March 16th.
  • Deep cleaning will occur in all buildings during this shut down.  Traffic in buildings will be minimal.
  • Our buses will be cleaned thoroughly.

Social and Emotional Support

  • We understand this can be a traumatic time for our families.
  • On Wednesday, March 18th, we will have a SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) Contact Form on the COVID-19 Resources and Support web page for both students and parents.
  • This will be designed to help connect our families with our school psychologists, social workers and counselors.
  • If you are in need of support and unable to complete the form online, please contact the call center at 810-591-4717.

We again applaud the efforts of ALL FAPS staff during this unprecedented time in our community and throughout the country.  Please look for more updates that will be sent via email, a phone call and Facebook.

Sincerely,
Dr. Adam Hartley FAPS Superintendent

March 12, 2020 (11:55 p.m.)

Governor Whitmer’s executive order at 11 p.m. tonight included shutting down all Michigan schools beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, and returning on Monday, April 6, 2020.

Based on the facts Governor Whitmer presented and the growing number of cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) within the state, we will close tomorrow, March 13, 2020 for students.

Please look for more information from your child’s building principal that will be sent out next week regarding picking up personal items and other information pertinent to this long closure.

We understand we have families that rely on us for a number of supports outside of providing an education.  We are determined to help our families during this closure in any way we can. We will be meeting tomorrow, and the upcoming days, to plan on how we can help our families in need.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate through this unprecedented time in our schools.

Sincerely,

Dr. Adam Hartley, Superintendent

March 12, 2020 (10:11pm)

March 12, 2020 (10:11pm)

Dear Fenton Area Public Schools,

I met with our administrative team today, including our Director of Operations, Director of Technology and Director of Food Services.  We also had FAPS parent and Board member Scott Pushman, Police Chief Jason Slater and Officer Cole present. The agenda items included what we have done so far to communicate with you on the coronavirus (COVID-19) regarding precautionary measures, what steps we will take starting today to mitigate the spread of the virus, and long term plans if the situation gets worse before it gets better.

I also met with the health department tonight, along with other county Superintendents, to receive updates and listen to their most recent recommendations.  We will continue to look to the CDC and the health department for recommendations while communicating with both the Genesee Intermediate School District and local health authorities.

Here are the latest updates as a result of these two meetings:

  • We will continue to have our schools open and run on our normal schedule.
  • All after school activities and events are suspended until further notice.  This includes athletics, STEAM and Southern Lakes Park and Recreation programming.
  • All field trips are cancelled through spring break (March 27th).
  • Tomorrow is a half day for all students.
  • We have cancelled all PD and curriculum meeting times during the day from now until spring break.  We want our teachers in the classroom to maximize their time with our students during this time of uncertainty.
  • We have postponed the start of our AGS Middle School spring athletics programs to April 6, 2020.
  • A thorough district wide cleaning schedule is being followed.
  • We will continue to plan for the potential of our district closing should it become necessary, based on the information provided by state and local health officials and the impact of the virus in our county.
  • This proactive planning includes tomorrow’s teacher professional development on how we can engage our students in learning outside of the traditional school setting and how we might be able to provide nutritional support to families in the event we are closed for a long period of time.
  • Visit our webpage created to inform our families on COVID-19. This webpage will be updated as needed.

(Please keep in mind this is a fluid situation and these updates could change rapidly)

I cannot stress enough how important it is that we all work together and continue to show our students how to be resilient in the face of adversity.  We are fortunate to have amazing staff members, city leaders and families in Fenton all looking out for one another. We will continue to monitor this ever-changing situation and continue to plan for the potential of closing school if needed.  Look for other updates as new information is available.

Sincerely,

Dr. Adam Hartley, Superintendent

March 12th (8:13am)

Dear FAPS Families,

We now know of two positive cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan. One in Oakland County and one in Wayne County.  Many universities and colleges are moving to a virtual platform and the CDC has made recommendations to limit events that bring in large crowds.

Please know Fenton Area Public Schools remains committed to working with our families to continue taking important precautionary steps to maintain a safe learning environment.

Please continue to:

  • Keep your child home if they are sick or showing symptoms of influenza, and advise others to do the same.

  • Always cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or sleeve.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and warm water are not available.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The symptoms of COVID-19 mirror the symptoms of any influenza virus:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath

We know trying to keep up with the information being shared with this ever-changing situation can be like drinking from a firehose.  This webpage is designed to help inform our families and communicate any pertinent information that is needed regarding COVID-19.

Sincerely,

Dr. Adam Hartley, Superintendent

March 11 (9:07pm)

March 11,  2020

Dear Fenton Area Public Schools Families,

I wanted to update you on the recent changes to our school calendar.  These changes are the result of both the FAPS administration and the Fenton Education Association working together in the best interest of our school community, and most importantly, our kids.

These changes are a proactive effort in order to be prepared for situations we are seeing other school districts across our country experiencing due to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This Friday, March 13th, will be a half day for ALL students (PK-12).  Originally, March 13th was scheduled as a half day for PK-5 only.

Elementary report cards will be sent home with students on Monday, March 23rd.

Also, Kindergarten Round Up scheduled for tomorrow, March 12th, will be rescheduled for a later date (TBD).

The afternoon of March 13th will be a Professional Development for all teachers.  During this time, we will be setting up virtual learning platforms and providing learning opportunities to our teaching staff on best practices when it comes to virtual learning.  Please know there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within Fenton or Genesee County and we do not intend to close school at this time.  This is a proactive strategy to be prepared if we must shut down in the future, as other school districts have done across the country.  We want to be ready to provide an education to our students in or out of our facilities.

Governor Whitmer reported last night that there are now two positive cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan. One in Oakland County and one in Wayne County.  Many universities and colleges are moving to a virtual platform and the CDC has made recommendations to limit events that bring in large crowds. Fenton Area Public Schools is committed to working with our families to continue “business as usual”, while preparing for any necessary changes that the future may hold.  To reiterate the important precautionary steps we can all take to maintain a safe learning environment please continue to:

  • Keep your child home if they are sick or showing symptoms of influenza, and advise others to do the same.
  • Always cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or sleeve.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and warm water are not available.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The symptoms of COVID-19 mirror the symptoms of any influenza virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

We are aware this is an ever-changing situation and it can be like drinking from a fire hose watching the media outlets.  We are working on a webpage that will be on our home website that will include information and any changes to our daily routines your child may experience.  Please know this is on the front burner and we will be sharing any information that is pertinent to FAPS and our families.

Sincerely,

Dr. Adam Hartley, Superintendent

Food Services

During the mandatory school shutdown Fenton Area Public Schools will be providing breakfast and lunch service.

Visit our Food Service Information page to learn more

Where Can I Get Help?

If you need support during this time please visit our social and emotional support page for a variety of resources including links to a variety reputable information sources.

Click here to visit the page

How Can I Help?

We are suspending volunteer sign up at this time due to the district wide shut down and practicing social distancing.  Thank you for such great support!

Learning From home Resources

Starting Wednesday March 18th Teachers will utilize online learning tools to help continue educating our students. If you need to borrow a Chromebook, have questions on how to access Google classroom, need information about how to view online report cards or other technology questions visit our Learning From Home resource page.

Visit our Learn From Home Resource page here

Childcare

More information regarding childcare opportunities will be coming soon as we wait for guidance from the Governor’s office.

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