This message was sent to the FRCS community on Thursday, January 14th.
Dear FRCS Community,
I want to provide you with some important updates as we prepare to implement our hybrid phase in, and return to campus for in person learning. Please read this email thoroughly, as there is a lot of information to share!
Hybrid Start Date
On Tuesday night at the FRCS board meeting, our Board of Trustees discussed, based on a thorough review of four specific areas of consideration, – and confirmed the hybrid start date of January 25, 2021 which was voted on before the holidays. The trustees affirmed that decision to re-open was the right one, based on three areas within the school’s control (technology, staffing, and quality of instruction). School personnel, working together, have made in-person instruction as safe as possible, as well as making learning synchronous.
The hybrid phase-in schedule will be as follows:
- January 19, 2021 – All Staff
- January 25, 2021 – Kindergarten and Grade 1
- February 1, 2021 – Grade 2, Grade 3, and Grade 4
- February 8, 2021 – Grade 5 and Grade 6
- February 22, 2021 – Grade 7 and Grade 8
- March 1, 2021 – Grade 9 and Grade 10
- March 8, 2021 – Grade 11 and Grade 12
Students will attend school, in person, two days a week based on the Cohort assigned to them in August. Elementary School teachers will remind their students of their Cohort assignment. Middle and High School students can be reminded of their Cohort assignment in Google Classroom next week.
- Cohort A: attends on campus Monday and Tuesday
- Cohort B: attends on campus Thursday and Friday
- Wednesday: No in person student attendance to allow for thorough cleaning of the school building. (Please continue reading to see changes to Wednesday’s expectations for students)
Important: Students who are dropped off on a day that is not their cohort day will sit in the main office until they are picked up by a parent/guardian.
If you wish to change your selection, please contact your building Administrative Assistant no later than Tuesday, January 20, 2021. Once our hybrid phase in plan begins – please note that your selection of hybrid or full remote learning for your student may not be changed until the end Term 2.
Please note our office hours:
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
- Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Important to Know
Daily Screening Form
Per Department of Public Health guidelines, the FRCS COVID-19 Symptoms Daily Screening Form must be completed BEFORE your student boards the school bus and enters the school building each morning. The form must be filled out by students, teachers and staff, and any visitors who are coming to FRCS. Please note that the form has been updated and may be translated into the language of your choice. The NEW link can be found HERE. Please save the link and keep handy for your convenience.
In Person Expectations
Please click on the links below to view the in-person learning expectations and protocols for your student's school. Families are expected to monitor themselves and students and at home. Any signs of illness or exposure to COVID in the home please keep your student home and consult the nurse for further instructions. Please do not send a sick student to school!
Social Distancing and Masking
Limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Know that separation of 6 feet or more between individuals will be adhered to, where possible. Masks or cloth face coverings must be worn at all times during the school day (except when eating) and at all times while riding the school bus.
Students are required to present in a professional manner and in our school Dress Code when on campus for in-person learning. Our goal has been and is to maintain a professional, appropriate, and consistent appearance, free from distractions to better support the learning environment.
School Issued Devices
- Students should leave their school issued and personal devices at home when they come to campus for in-person learning.
Middle and High School
- Middle and High School students are required to bring their school issued devices (Chromebooks) to school with them for in-person learning. However, please leave the charger at home.
- Please be sure to charge Chromebooks overnight so that they are fully charged and ready for students to use all day.
No Extended Day
In an effort to keep our students and staff healthy and safe – we are unable to offer our after school Extended Day Program this year. We realize these decisions may be an inconvenience for some families, but our priority is always to keep our school community safe and healthy.
Families/students who completed the Regional Transportation application process in the fall have bus seats reserved as the hybrid in-person learning begins. Siblings/families will be seated together. Students will be expected to always wear a mask on the bus. More information about our Regional Transportation program during the pandemic can be found here.
Drop Off/Pick Up
In an effort to minimize contacts, the school buildings will not open their doors until 7:25 each morning, so that students may go directly to their classroom. Please refer to the in-person learning expectations for each school for specific details about arrival and dismissal. MS/HS lockers will not be available for use.
Important for Elementary School Families: Parents may not accompany students inside the building at drop-off. Please use the designated drop off lanes and remain in your vehicle. If needed, a member of the Elementary School staff will assist your child, and help them make their way safely to the building.
Extra-Curricular Activities and Sports
In an effort to keep our students and staff safe and healthy, we will not be offering in-person sports or activities for the remainder of the school year. All clubs and activities will continue to be held remotely.
Lunch (and breakfast) will be eaten in classrooms. Students may bring their lunch from home, or may order school lunch for FREE. Meals will be FREE all school year for ALL FRCS Students - those who are learning remotely as well as those learning in-person. All students must pre-order on the FRCS School Choice Lunch Website if they plan to get school lunch. More information about free lunch for the 2020-2021 school year can be found here.
New Expectations for Wednesdays starting 1/19/21
- Elementary School students will attend their special(s) remotely, as scheduled on Wednesday, for the remainder of the school year. Classroom teachers will coordinate with specialist teachers and will communicate information to families directly.
Middle and High School
- MS and HS teachers and students will attend period two each Wednesday.
This new schedule goes into effect on January 19th. You can read more details about the reason for the change, here.
In order to continue with four days of synchronous learning, FRCS has been working to increase the bandwidth of internet from 2gb to 10gb. The 10gb bandwidth has been successfully installed by Verizon, and is now fully operational on campus.
On behalf of the teachers, leadership team and the Board of Trustees, I want to personally thank you for your patience and support during this anything BUT normal school year!
I will continue to keep you informed as decisions are made and I wish you and your family a wonderful rest of the week.
Interim Executive Director