Extended Remote Learning Update

April 26, 2020

Dear School Community:

With the official news that we will remain in a remote learning mode for the remainder of the 2019 – 2020 school year, it is now time to move to the next phase in this process. As we return from our April vacation, you should know that our district leadership team has been working extremely hard to make this unprecedented experience better. We as a school district have established phases to the remote learning process and within the upcoming weeks will communicate and provide clear structure and direction to support all families. At this time, we have included key areas to denote as we transition into the next phase of remote learning. At the conclusion of this letter, the information related to the areas below are available for your reference.

  • Access to Materials
  • Educational Programming Accessible for All Students and Their Families
  • Opportunities for Meaningful Communication Between Teachers and Students
  • Enhanced Remote Learning
  • Identify and Support Students Not Effectively Engaged in Remote Learning
  • Social-Emotional Development/ Special Education
  • Fairhaven High School Class of 2020
  • End of the Year (Transitions/Activities/Celebrations)
  • Communication

The intent of this letter and information below is to provide you with the “Big Picture” from April 27 – June 22, 2020. However, the only thing certain about the “Big Picture” thus far in this crisis has been uncertainty. So I am trying to follow an adage that I heard years ago as it pertains to this plan (8-week period of time). “Life by the yard is hard, but life by the inch is a cinch.” If we chunk up this plan from April 27 – May 29, 2020, it’s an all out 5-week focus on completing Semester 2 at the secondary level (6 – 12) and Trimester 3 at the elementary level (K – 5). From June 1 – June 22, 2020 our plan will be to assess where our students are educationally, modify typical end of the year activities at the building level, and find safe and acceptable ways to celebrate and bring closure to this school year. Please find a way to make it through this period of time one week – one day – one hour – by the inch.

 We will continue to be empathetic and cognizant about the personal, physical, social, emotional, and financial well being of everyone in our school community when making our decisions. With that being said, our obligation will continue to be supportive to our families and students and to do whatever we can, as best as we possibly can. We stand ready to be that constant that is there for you. We’ve got this!

 I have a quote in my office that was my father’s. It states, “Today is the tomorrow that worried you yesterday and all is well.” In the long run, together we will transition to normalcy and be better and stronger than we once were. All will be well! Please continue to stay safe.

 Let us finish strong!

 In partnership,

 Robert N. Baldwin, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools


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