Page last updated: April 1, 2020 3:00 pm
We’ve had a great start to our first week of remote instruction and we thank our families, especially our students, for making such a successful transition.
As reminded last week, we will be constantly evaluating our program and protocols moving forward and will make changes that make things better for all involved. To this end, based on great parent feedback, teachers will now be emailing on FRIDAYS in reference to the next week’s work and assignments, rather than on Monday mornings. This approach will allow students and working families to better prepare for the week ahead.
Again, we thank you for your patience and commitment to engaging our students in their learning.
April 1, 2020
Good morning, Freeport families: April 8-9 and April 13-14 will now be considered school days where remote instruction will continue to take place. There will be no school on Good Friday, April 10th. Thank you.
March 26, 2020
Good afternoon FASD Families:
Please accept this communication as confirmation of our planned start of remote instruction on Monday, March 30th.
Tomorrow, Friday, March 27, all students and families will be receiving a more specific communication from respective building Principals. Please be patient as we begin this process, but our excellent teaching staff is excited to get students back learning and engaged.
Also, please be advised that our entire school community should begin planning for an extended closure, which could also affect possible use of unused snow days and other available days in the existing calendar. This will be determined once we have more specific guidance from the Department of Education. Please also be aware that circumstances seem to change by the day, even the hour, during all of this, and please be patient and prepared for more changes.
Should the mandated closure be extended, our district is prepared to maintain our Continuity of Education Plan via remote instruction for as long as is necessary.
Thank you for your continued support and patience.
March 26, 2020
The PA Department of Education strongly encourages all schools to provide some type of continuity of education for all students in the most appropriate and accessible ways possible, while also honoring the Governor's guidance for aggressive social distancing of at least six feet between individuals.
Continuity of education is the broad term given to educational practices that occur in the event of a prolonged school closure.
Schools may provide continuity of education through either or a combination of the following:
- Planned Instruction: Planned Instruction is formal teaching and learning similar to that which occurs in a classroom setting. Within this process, teachers use planned courses of instruction of new concepts/skills aligned to grade level standards.
- Enrichment and Review: Enrichment and Review consists of informal activities that reinforce or extend students' prior learning. New standards and skills are not addressed through Enrichment and Review.
These options can take a variety of forms, including online/digital learning opportunities; non-digital learning opportunities (e.g., materials sent home with students); and other approaches designed in partnership with local IUs and regional PATTAN centers. The decision to employ one or more of these methods is made at the local level based on feasibility, availability of resources, access and equity considerations, and in accordance with aggressive social distancing guidance.
The Freeport Area School District's Continuity of Education Plan is one that affords for both Planned Instruction and Enrichment and Review as necessary based on the classroom teacher's tracking of student progress through material, dictating what resources are utilized, as well as any needed adjustments in pacing or expectations. Information regarding specific assignments and materials will come via email from your child's classroom teacher.
March 25, 2020
Click here to read the District's letter issued today with information for FASD families and our community.
March 23, 2020
Per Governor Wolf’s order, Freeport Area School District's school closure has been extended through at least Monday, April 6th. Please be prepared for updates and specific directions this week for remote instruction to begin no later than Monday, March 30th. Be well and thank you for your patience.
March 20, 2020
Freeport Area Families:
While during these certainly unprecedented events our District is striving every day, every hour to do all that we can in the best interests of our school community—especially our students and all employees—it is important to remind all that your paramount priority is the care and safety of your family. During this mandated closure, we are attempting to offer resources and/or updates on nearly a daily basis. Our District realizes that there remains significant uncertainty and many unanswered questions. As you know, the news and expectations all around us seemingly change by the hour, providing for more unanswered questions, yet we seek out those answers and will share them as we receive them.
Until then, please see below as a series of updates and reminders:
- As you may already be aware, the PA Secretary of Education, Pedro Rivera, announced on Thursday, March 19th, that all remaining PSSA and Keystone Exams are cancelled for the 2019-2020 academic year.
- Regarding students engaging in formal coursework from home, while we cannot yet offer specifics regarding delivery method, expectations, or timeline, FASD is fully prepared to execute our plan for this type of coursework. There is a flurry of legislative activity at both the State and Federal level that should bring clarity to this in the coming days. Please stay tuned as we are prepared to begin rolling this out. We do understand that this perceived delay is frustrating, but our District is committed to executing this the right way, following all regulatory expectations.
- As a reminder, earlier this week, our District informed you of both supportive and academically engaging resources. All of these resources are optional and not mandated supports for families to elect to use should they be useful or helpful. All of these resources are available by clicking on the links to the right on this page.
- If you are in need of meals, please complete a Grab & Go Meals Request Form. Updated information for families in need of school meals will be posted on the Grab & Go Meals Request Form, so please check that form link daily for updates.
- We understand that several Internet providers in our region, including Comcast and Consolidated Communications, have provided no cost offers for Internet access. As many of our current and future resources are and will be housed online, if you do not currently have Internet access, these types of offers may be helpful to your household. (FASD does not formally endorse and is not in partnership with any providers or any offers.)
- Please be reminded not to visit campus for any reason until further notice. Office hours by phone are held from 8 am to 11 am, Monday through Friday. Please see the District website for direct extensions for each office.
Please continue to be assured of these consistent updates from our District, including more substantive ones in the coming days and certainly over the course of next week. We understand that we all share the most pressing question of: How long will this closure last? While we do not have a formal answer to that question, as reminded in previous communications, it is prudent for all of us in our school community to prepare for a prolonged closure of unknown end date. This reminder is not to frighten; instead, it is a pragmatic preparedness reminder given real-time, current events.
Thank you for your continued patience and support. On behalf of all our teachers, staff, and administrators, to our students: we miss you and love you and look forward to seeing you all very soon.
Yours in Service,
Ian M. Magness