What is the District’s Communication Plan and what measures will be taken to ensure families are not overloaded with information?
Given the importance and urgency of messaging that will need to be shared at various stages throughout the school year, the District will look to prioritize the information and intentionally space out messaging as much as possible. The District has increased and expanded our communication tools so that families may receive messaging where they want it and from all levels including the classroom, school and District overall. It may take some time and two-way engagement to ensure we are reaching our community in the best ways - but we are more equipped than ever before to make this happen. It will be a collaborative effort and we look forward to working together with our families to refine the process over time.
When is the first day of school and what, if any changes, to the school year calendar (no school, vacations, etc) will there be?
The new calendar, approved by the School Committee on August 5, 2020, is linked below. The new calendar reduces the number of school days from 180 to 170 days for the 2020-2021 school year, allowing for 10 additional days for teacher preparation. The first day of school for remote learning is now scheduled for Wednesday September 16th. Updated FPS School Year Calendar