School Closure Extended Until At Least May 4, 2020

Below is the message to the FRCS Community sent by Dr. Logan on Wednesday, 3/25

Dear FRCS Community,

Today, Governor Baker announced that all Massachusetts public schools will remain closed until at least May 4, 2020. I understand this will continue to negatively impact many across our community, but please know we have an interim plan to support student learning and numerous needs during this time.

Most of our teachers have been utilizing a variety of online learning platforms to connect with their students this past week. Learning activities beyond the Blizzard Bag program have been used solely to keep a school/home connection and have not been posted as graded assignments. Given these past few days will be made up at the end of the year (June 23, 2020 is our last day), the learning posted during this missed school time cannot and will not be part of student’s graded work.

With all schools closed through the end of the regularly-schedule April vacation, we enter a new phase of online learning:

  • All teachers this week have created Google Classroom learning for each of their classes.
  • They have been building their individual platforms with assignments, resources, and a framework for teaching and learning.
  • They will be reaching out this week and next to help students transition to this new online learning.
  • Please know the goal is not to create a virtual classroom that will mirror a student’s school schedule.
  • It will blend online class work with small group and individual work, both online and through independent work.

Related, the state will be providing additional guidance about what online learning means for required assignments and grades, and how these can, cannot, or must be included in a formal student’s record.

Similarly, we expect guidance on how this all impacts student promotion, such as: whether only grades up to the initial closure will be used to determine grade promotion; whether new online learning assignments can be used in considering overall grades and promotion; or whether they will require a Pass/Fail exam, for example, in each subject and grade.

There is much to be determined, and while we have been planning several contingencies along these and many other elements of the educational process, we must also await specific directives from the state. Stay tuned!

As you know, we have been assessing the technological home needs of our school community over the past week. We have over 100 students who will need a device to support our plan. Additionally, we plan to provide devices to as many families as possible, understanding that with many adults working from home and/or households with multiple students, computer access may be limited. We will distribute devices (streams, similar to laptops) starting next week and will send that plan out in a separate communication, as well as continue to update you all through teacher, principal, and district communications.

Thank you for your patience and support during these unprecedented times. Our teachers and staff have been working incredibly hard to provide teaching and learning in an ever-changing environment, while also supporting their own family needs. I have been virtually working alongside these incredible all-stars to develop multiple plans under often unknown circumstances and respect and appreciate their individual and collective commitment to our students. Way 2 go, Team FRCS!

Again, please know I genuinely appreciate the impact school closure has on families, yet together we will show the resolve and resiliency to support our community throughout this time.

I wish you all good health throughout these challenging times.

Sincerely,

Dr. Mark Logan
Executive Director/Superintendent

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