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January 12, 2022

Dear Fayetteville Public School Families:

We have made the decision to transition all Fayetteville Public Schools from in-person to online learning on Thursday, January 13, and Friday, January 14, 2022. Thursday and Friday will be considered Alternative Method of Instruction (AMI) days. All schools will return to in-person learning on Tuesday, January 18, following the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., national holiday on Monday.

We have made the decision based on the criteria outlined in an earlier communication. This transition to online learning is necessary due to the high number of COVID-19 related staff and student absences and the high rate of transmission in our community.

Please review the following information regarding online learning and this transition:

ONLINE LEARNING:

Note: Fayetteville Virtual Academy students will continue coursework from home.

Students will:

  • Utilize the Internet (either at home, a public wifi spot, or district-provided network location) with a district-provided device to access education anytime.
  • Access content and assignments via Google Classroom or Class Dojo
  • Attend live classroom events via ZOOM to interact with teachers and peers; Secondary students should follow their schedules
  • Communicate with teachers and classmates about learning
  • Complete online formative and summative assessments

Teachers will:

  • Provide pre-scheduled live classroom events via ZOOM for instruction; students will be marked absent if they do not attend the scheduled ZOOM sessions.
  • Provide digital content to support district curriculum a variety of ways:
  • Online articles
  • Videos to reinforce learning (teacher created is ideal but not required)
  • Other state/district/school provided programs (examples in material)
  • Assign digital projects to expose students to several mediums
  • Provide opportunities for students to communicate their learning
  • Provide parents with links and updates regarding class and student information
  • Regularly conduct online formative and summative assessments
  • Communicate with students, parents, and families via communication platforms such as SchoolStatus, Class Dojo, or Google Classroom.

Parents can:

  • Contact teachers and administrators about their child’s education
  • Access their child’s progress through a parent portal

TECHNOLOGY:

  • FPS is a 1:1 district, all students in kindergarten through twelfth grade are assigned a device for learning at school and at home.
  • Chromebook insurance is available for $35 for a 12 month period and covers the first repair to a device and discounted repairs on subsequent repairs. Insurance may be purchased online at https://vstore.fayar.net/
  • Students experiencing problems with their device should contact their homeroom teacher for further direction on technical support.
  • Families should reach out to local Internet providers to explore low-cost options available that meet their Internet access needs. Those who need additional support should contact their building principal.

CHILD NUTRITION:

Student meals will be available for pick up on Thursday only between 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. outside your child(ren)’s school. Parents or guardians may pick up one free meal pack per student that contains two free breakfasts and two free lunches per student on Thursday. To receive a free meal pack, parents or guardians should provide each child’s name and school location. Students do not need to be present for pick up. Families with children at more than one campus should plan to pick up all meals at one school site location that is most convenient for them. Please note: ALLPS meal pick-up will be held at FHS. FVA pick-up will follow the normal meal schedule.

Thank you for your attention to the important communication you are receiving. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher.

Sincerely,

John L Colbert, Ed.D.

Superintendent