COVID-19 Resources and Support

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, please email covidcallcenter@fentonschools.org or you may call our FAPS CALL CENTER at 810-591-4717 and leave a message.

FAPS Continuous Learning Plan

Please CLICK HERE to view and download the FAPS Continuous Learning Plan

Back To School FAQ’s

Submit a question HERE using Google Forms.

Answers to questions will be available soon

Fenton Area Public Schools Releases

August 10, 2020

Please click the link below to see the August 10, 2020 update from Dr. Hartley.  More updates regarding Chromebook distribution, the remote start and other beginning of the year items will be sent out in the near future.

https://www.smore.com/d2wyt

July 31, 2020 Update

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.

Sincerely,

Dr. Adam Hartley

FAPS 2020-2021 School Calendar:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ArcrJEPCNBX9lBu7ZZU5Jvb57Mpw9aBb/view?usp=sharing

July 24, 2020

July 24, 2020

Dear Fenton Area Public Schools Families,

I sent out the first of many communications last week regarding our goal to return to school in August.  Understandably, that communication prompted many of our families to want more details and created a long list of questions.  We are actively listening and using feedback to help us better understand what our school community is looking for in terms of scheduling and support. Many of the questions our families have will be answered once our plan is finalized.  I originally noted the date of August 6th as the date we will want you to choose between the options.  That date will most likely change based on the fact we want our families to not only be informed of the options in front of them, but to also have time to process what is best for their child and family situation.

Please use this Google Form to ask any general questions you may have regarding returning back to school in the fall.  These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) will be posted on our COVID-19 webpage and will be answered as information becomes available.  If you have a specific question regarding your child, please email covidcallcenter@fentonschools.org and the appropriate FAPS team member will reply.

There are many items we must consider before finalizing our plan including enrollment, staffing and safety measures, along with the requirements and recommendations within the Michigan Return to School Roadmap.  Please keep in mind, as we develop our plan, it is very likely details could change based on a number of factors.

I participated in an online webinar with the Genesee County Health Department on July 22nd and while the webinar was helpful, we are still waiting on specific steps that we as a public school will take if there are any positive cases within our buildings.  These questions will be answered in future updates and on our FAQ page.

We are being thoughtful, listening to our school community and working with our Board, administrative team and teacher union leadership to put forth a plan we feel is the best plan to address teaching and learning during these unprecedented times. We know that our 3,400 plus learners, along with our teachers and support staff, will begin the 20-21 school year looking for a sense of normalcy.  We also know that as a public school district, providing a sense of normalcy is a daunting task during a pandemic.  Our plan may not meet the desired outcome for every family as our school community is large and every family situation is different.  We are working diligently to do the very best we can to accommodate our families.

Teamwork will be the key to success as we move forward.  We commit to communicating with you every step of the way and giving you the proper time to make the tough decision as a parent and/or guardian.  I ask our families to commit to being patient, understanding that each family is different within our amazing school community and to understand information may change based on factors out of our control.  While there are many different points of view and competing opinions regarding COVID-19 within our school community, in the end we are in this together and are working alongside one another to make the best out of a bad situation none of us asked to be in.

I cannot stress enough how important your feedback has been, and will be, as we move forward.  Thank you for utilizing the FAQ form as needed and thank you for understanding we will continue to navigate through this time of uncertainty together as a school community.

Sincerely,

Dr. Adam Hartley , Superintendent

July 15, 2020

July Newsletter

https://www.smore.com/4vfa0

June 2020

View the June Newsletter

https://www.smore.com/0jwu4

May 18, 2020

May 18, 2020

Dear Fenton Area Public Schools Families,

The FAPS team thanks you for your work at home to help our students remain engaged, motivated and focused on the learning that has continued after the March 12, 2020 COVID-19 shutdown.  The stories I have heard from our parents and staff point to a true learning community where everyone has stepped up to make this situation as positive as possible.  I know it has not been easy for our families as we transitioned to an all online environment where a sense of normalcy had to take a back seat.  Your efforts as our teaching partners have been outstanding.  THANK YOU!

I know that since the shutdown, information has been coming to you like water out of a fire hydrant.  I expect the next few months to be much of the same as we end this school year and prepare for the next.  Due to the amount of information being shared in this letter, I have broken each item down to hopefully make it easier to read.  Again, thank you for your continued support.

FEA (Teacher) Contract

  • The Board of Education approved a two year contract on May 11th and the FEA ratified the contract on May 12th.
  • This is a great example of both the teachers and the Board/Administration working together to come up with a solution to pay our teachers and prepare for what we know is coming in terms of financial hardships in the state and the country.
  • I want to thank the FEA and the Board of Education for working to this end.  Our teachers will receive a full step and a salary increase of 1% across the salary grid.  These salary increases reflect an investment of over a half a million dollars into compensation for our teaching staff for the school year.
  • Included in the two year contract, ending June 30, 2021, is the beginning of the year calendar and a requirement for the 2020-21 calendar to be completed by August 1, 2020.
  • Click link below for August/September dates.
  • https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1FKnsi6LgWzi-Sf8EG38Ei13i4SXok6XqVNqW5CvEsXI/edit?usp=sharing

End of Year Dates

  • Part of the agreement with the FEA was shortening this year’s calendar and adding a day of virtual teaching training in August.
  • We will now be able to focus on the start of the 2020-21 school year and prepare for a variety of instructional models.
  • The last day teachers will accept assignments will be June 1, 2020.
  • The last day of school for all students and staff will be June 5, 2020.
  • The week of May 18, 2020 is the last week for the FHS Class of 2020.  Please join me in again congratulating our seniors and wishing them all the best!
  • End of year events are being planned and the appropriate personnel will continue to send out information on what these events look like.
  • Due to the COVID-19 shutdown and Executive Orders, some events will be cancelled and some events will take place in a virtual setting.

Personal Item Pick-Up

  • Our buildings remain closed except for essential workers.
  • We understand how important it is to collect any remaining personal items your child may have left in the classroom or locker.
  • The procedure to pick up items will be a “curbside” pick up to ensure social distancing and mitigate the number of people in our buildings.
  • Look for communication from the building principals for details.

2020-2021 School Year

  • At this time, we are planning on the following possible models for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year: ALL VIRTUAL, where no students or staff are reporting to the buildings.  HYBRID, where students and staff report to buildings on a reduced schedule.  FACE TO FACE with social distancing and personal protection equipment (PPE).
  • We are also preparing for a mid-year shutdown due to the possibility of future Executive Orders based on second waves/spikes.
  • The ALL VIRTUAL model may include using the same Learning Management System (LMS) as our online learners use now. (i.e. credit recovery, credit forward, GEARup Academy).  This LMS provides us with a K-12 online curriculum that we can edit and structure in such a way that the curriculum matches the standards covered in a FACE TO FACE model.
  • An ALL VIRTUAL start of the year (or mid-year shutdown) would be more rigorous and more in line with FACE TO FACE  instruction than what we are doing now for our Continuous Learning Plan, pending Executive Orders from the Governor.
  • To be prepared for an ALL VIRTUAL or HYBRID model, we are using both the 2014 Phase 2 Bond funds set aside for technology needs and federal virus relief grant funds (C.A.R.E. Grant) to purchase Chromebooks so every 3rd-12th Grade student has a device.
  • The additional Chromebooks will be arriving this summer and our technology department will be spending the summer months getting the inventory ready for the fall.
  • Our Y5-2nd Grade teachers will continue to share Chromebook carts for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • There are many scenarios we could see under a HYBRID model of instruction. The details of an environment where staff and students would report to the buildings on a reduced schedule will be determined based on the state and federal guidelines, the safety of our staff and students, and our ability to juggle FACE TO FACE instruction and VIRTUAL instruction with fidelity.
  • The HYBRID model will also include proper social distancing and PPE being used by both staff and students.
  • The FACE TO FACE model, a model we all know is best for our school community, will not look the same next year.  Again, the details will be shared after we work with the administration and the Fenton Education Association on how to navigate teaching and learning under these circumstances.  Social distancing and PPE will play an important part.
  • As we plan to deliver these three models of instruction for the upcoming school year, we will communicate the pertinent information to both our students and our families.
  • We do not know what the timeline looks like in making decisions regarding which models of instruction we will need to provide in the fall.  The Governor is putting together a task force of health officials and educators that will help guide the return to school efforts.
  • Here are the CDC guidelines as of May 18, 2020: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/index.html

2020-2021 Budget (and Beyond)

  • Due to the financial stress the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on the state of Michigan, public schools are expecting reductions to the 2020-2021 state aid.
  • We may also be given a prorated per pupil amount for the remaining state aid payments for the 2019-2020 school year. A proration would mean the state significantly reduces our funding for the current school year.
  • FAPS is developing a budget that reflects these assumptions.
  • We do not expect to know what the per pupil amount will be for 2020-2021 until late summer or possibly fall.
  • As we prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, we are planning on a variety of situations so we are ready to begin the year strong no matter what happens.
  • Our priority, as always, is to develop a budget that preserves the quality learning experiences our students and families experience, preserves the support our teachers and support staff need to be successful and preserves our financial health for the future.

FAPS Food Distribution Update

  • To date, we have provided 47,868 meals for our families.
  • Thank you to our amazing food service staff, bus drivers and support staff for making this happen!
  • As we end the current school year and begin to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year, we are phasing out our COVID-19 Food Distribution Program.
  • June 3, 2020 will be the last day we distribute food at the Ellen Street Campus and via the busses at our designated stops.  If you have been going to Ellen Street for food pick-up, please plan on picking up meal packs at one of the three K-5 buildings.
  • We will stop distributing food all together on June 17, 2020.  The distribution on the 17th will include 3 days of breakfast and lunches. If you are in need of support after June 17th, please refer to our Community Partner list here:https://www.fentonschools.org/health-safety-resources/social-emotional-support/
  • Meet Up/Eat Up will again take place at Tomek-Eastern Elementary beginning July 6th.  This program is open for any child up to age 18 and takes place every day, Monday-Thursday.  Meet Up/Eat Up will end on August 5, 2020.  More information will be sent out closer to July.

Current FAPS Family Re-Registration on ParentVue

Jimmy Dean stated, “ I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”  As we navigate through these choppy waters in the next few months, we will communicate all necessary information with you as we prepare a variety of instructional models, develop the 2020-21 budget and continue to wonder what is next.

Again, the way our school community has worked together over the past few months is a great sign that no matter what challenges we are faced with, we will succeed together.

Sincerely,

Dr. Adam Hartley, Superintendent

April 18, Fenton High School Parents/Students

Letter To Parents/Students – Click Here

End of Year Activities – Click Here

April 16 (7:00pm)

April 16, 2020

Dear Fenton Area Public Schools Families,

Beginning tomorrow, April 17, 2020, our Continuous Learning Plan (CLP) begins as we continue to work together to finish strong this school year.  While this is not how we want the year to end, we will step up to the challenge and do what we can to end on a positive note. The key to a successful plan is for our students to stay engaged in learning and stay connected to our teachers.  Everyone has been doing a great job. This plan allows us to bring more focus to the weekly lessons and allow students to have an end goal in mind. I again want to thank our school community for coming together when needed and helping each other get through this time of uncertainty.

The CLP/Assurances document and the Google Slideshow contain a large amount of information.   I apologize in advance for the amount of information given all at once. The Google Slideshow was created so you may go back when needed and be updated on the items covered.  I have broken down a few key items our students and families need to know:

PK-5

  • The 2nd Trimester Report Card is the FINAL REPORT CARD for the 2019-2020 school year.

  • The activities/assignments/projects/etc… from March 12, 2020 to the end of the year, will not be graded with a traditional standard based grade (1,2,3).

  • It is very important for our students to participate in the learning process so they are prepared for the 2020-21 school year.

6th-12th Grade

  • The Lowest Final Grade on a student’s 2nd semester report card will be the current grade they have in the class as of March 11, 2020.

  • Students will have the opportunity to improve that grade as of March 11, 2020 through a variety of assignments and assessments covering the content taught between January 21, 2020-March 11, 2020.

  • The assignments/assessments covering new content, given from March 12, 2020 to the end of the school, will not be graded on a traditional grading scale and will NOT impact a student’s final 2nd semester grade or G.P.A.

  • It is very important for our students to participate in the learning process so they are prepared for the 2020-21 school year.

Next Steps

  • Building administrators and teachers will communicate the details of each grade level and department instructional weekly plans, including virtual office hours.

  • 6th-12th Grade students, on Monday, April 20, 2020, please check your current grades that will be posted on ParentVue and StudentVue

  • If you need hard copy learning packets, please see the Packet Distribution link in the Google Slideshow.

  • Look for the first weekly lesson plan on Google Classroom starting on Monday, April 20, 2020.

Please take the time to look over the Google Slide presentation.  The most important action for our students to take is to participate in the learning opportunities our teachers are providing.  We are looking forward to continuing the school year and while our buildings remain closed, our minds will remain open.

Google Slide Presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1syCVYf45kyrbm8JynJ-dKAFeZgHGyyuA8B2DasgJl0c/edit?usp=sharing

Plan/Assurances: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aZ_K7Z5L2K4UAl73xJIE-EW674QZmDGp/view?usp=sharing

Sincerely,

Dr. Adam Hartley, Superintendent

April 10, 2020 (3:30pm)
April 10, 2020
 
Dear Fenton Area Public Schools Families,
 
All of us at FAPS wish you and your family a very safe and healthy Easter holiday. No matter how you celebrate this holiday, I hope you have a sense of hope on Sunday and see a light at the end of this tunnel. At FAPS, we know we will get there by working together and maintaining a sense of normalcy by providing learning opportunities for our students.
 
The week of April 13th will again be a week where our teachers stay connected and engage our learners. Beginning on April 20th, we will transition to our FAPS Continuous Learning Plan. This plan includes a more structured, focused approach that will be consistent throughout the district. I will be sending a detailed summary of our plan next week once it is approved by the Genesee Intermediate School District, per Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order.
Our administrators and teachers have been working diligently, and will continue to collaborate with one another, to create a plan that puts the safety and health of our students and staff first. This plan will follow the directives within the Executive Order and will include opportunities for our students to relearn concepts taught during the 3rd Marking Period and introduce concepts that would have been taught if we were in session. It is important to understand that our distance learning plan cannot, and will not, take the place of the face to face instruction that we are accustomed to in Fenton Area Public Schools. With that being said, we will be providing our students learning opportunities through a hybrid model (Online and Packets as needed) and are eager to finish the year strong. Look for details of our plan next week.
 
Here are other important updates:
Meal Pack Distribution will run April 13th and April 15th. Please see the attached document or visit our COVID-19 webpage to review the new social distancing guidelines.
Buildings are closed. We will be setting up times for families to pick up personal items once the Stay at Home Order is lifted. Per the Executive Order, we may only allow essential workers in our buildings.
 
Playgrounds are not cleaned. The City of Fenton has closed all parks and are asking families to not use the equipment. While our playgrounds remain open, please keep in mind we are not cleaning the equipment and law enforcement will ticket you if you are not following social distancing.
 
Information on end of year activities such as graduation, prom, 8th grade graduation, 5th grade transition and other events will be communicated as decisions are made. Depending on the events, and depending on future Executive Orders, end of year events may be cancelled or postponed. Alternate events may take place, such as holding events online.
 
It has been a long month and we expect the next month to be the same. There are many positives that have risen to the top through this adversity and we will get through this as a school community. Please stay safe and Happy Easter to all of you.
 
Sincerely,
Dr. Adam Hartley, Superintendent
April 10, 2020
April 10, 2020
Dear Fenton Area Public Schools Families,
FAPS Food Distribution to resume Monday, April 13th.
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 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

Childcare

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

Learning From home Resources

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

Staff Resources

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