Please take a moment to read this message from Dr. Logan, sent to families on Wednesday, July 29th
Good Afternoon All,
I have some VERY important Return to School information including:
- A DRAFT hybrid plan,
- A survey to assess and plan for 100% Remote Only programming, as needed,
- A reminder about the recent travel ban that will go into effect on August 1, 2020; and
- Transportation program protocols
In summary, all school districts in the Commonwealth are required to submit a plan to the state by this Friday, July 31, 2020 which includes 3 separate scenarios. One for 100% remote, one for a hybrid model and one for 100% on campus. The plans we will submit to the state were developed by a taskforce that included administrators, teachers, administrative staff, our transportation vendor and our cleaning company. We surveyed staff and parents twice throughout the process and included the feedback into our plans. As circumstances can change at any moment, we will also be prepared to go Remote at any time. However, at the direction of the Commissioner at this time, we must be prepared to welcome students on campus in the fall.
You may have seen recent guidance from the Commissioner for additional training time before the start of classes. We will implement that procedure at FRCS, as well. We will use two weeks of Orientation this year to review COVID-related procedures and provide Remote Learning workshops to strengthen distance learning instruction. Additionally, our plan phases in grade levels over a four-week period to allow us to move forward in a slow and steady way and make adjustments as necessary.
Please know that our first priority is our community and all of our plans are focused on staff and student safety. Every decision made has been considered through an infectious disease lens and we have done our best to anticipate all unintended outcomes. At this time, we are preparing to implement both a Hybrid Model and a Full Remote Learning Model for families in need.
- In the Hybrid Model, students will be assigned to one of two Cohort groups.
- Cohort A will attend on Monday and Tuesday of each week.
- Cohort B will attend on Thursday and Friday of each week.
- No students will be on campus on Wednesdays but assignments, lessons and projects will be posted for their continued learning.
- On their “Remote” days during the week, students will be expected to participate in the distance learning program.
- Cohort groups will be assigned by the school and will accommodate families with children in multiple grade levels, as well as meet capacity requirements on our regional transportation buses
Please read the plan in:
Families may also select to continue with 100% Remote Learning at home. The Remote programming in September will be more robust than learning in the spring and will be highly structured with attendance requirements. It will also be aligned with in-person lessons, include a combination of video and live interactions with faculty and staff and require independent work as well as graded assignments.
Final plans depend on feedback from the state (DESE) and may change due to this feedback or evolving public health information. We will continue to communicate information out as soon as it is presented to us.
We have ordered and received required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including sanitizer, face shields, face masks, disinfectant wipes, and additional cleaning equipment and added signage throughout the campus to facilitate required distancing. Additionally, we have made adjustments to our maintenance procedures in order to maximize fresh air quality. Our Operations department is looking into changing air quality filters and increasing the frequency in which they are replaced. The new filters block microns that capture COVID and have come highly recommended. We will be following protocols and guidance set by the State Board of Health and our plan has been reviewed by the local Board of Health in the town of Foxborough. Please see health and wellness protocols here.
Per state regulations, all students in grades 2-12 will be required to wear masks and students in grade K and 1 are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings. Masks will not be required to be dress code colors but offensive symbols and words will not be acceptable.
I know that these are anxious times. In order for any of our plans to work, it’s going to depend on family comfort levels and trust. For that reason, and so we may plan accordingly, please fill out the survey link below, indicating your intentions of your child returning to campus.
The school will continue to offer Regional Transportation but it will look much different. As per state guidance and protocols, buses will only be filled to half capacity. Additional requirements include:
- Seat assignments will be mandatory on all buses. Students will be expected to sit and remain in their assigned seat.
- Only one student will be assigned to a seat with the exception of siblings.
- Siblings may be assigned to sit together on one seat.
- All students riding a bus, regardless of grade will be required to wear a mask. Eating, drinking or removing a mask for any reason will not be allowed.
Bus Assignments will be made based on the pre-registration applications received, in the order in which they were received. In-district students will be given preference. If all three bus stop choices listed on an application are full, we will ask that you choose from the remaining space available and your children will be placed on a wait list for a bus in the location of your choice.
Information regarding fees, timelines and next steps will be available shortly and will be provided directly to those who have already registered for the Transportation Program.
Lastly, and very important is the recent travel order put into place by Governor Baker requiring that effective August 1, 2020, all visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts must follow new travel orders. The Commonwealth has made great progress to slow the spread of COVID-19 and gradually re-open the economy, and all visitors and residents returning to the state have a responsibility to help us keep transmission levels as low as possible. Read the full order here. If you are planning on traveling outside of the areas listed in the link above, within 2 weeks prior to the start of returning to school on campus, you must follow the guidelines of obtaining a negative COVID test or quarantining for 14 days.
Thank you for your patience, feedback, input and support through this entire process. Especially under these unprecedented circumstances, I am incredibly proud to be part of this community!
Dr. Mark Logan