Hello, Students and Parents –
First, let me say that I hope all of you are well and continuing to follow effective social distancing practices so that you and your families remain healthy. I know we all look forward to the day when our lives can resume more “normally”, and I appreciate all that everyone in our McFatter family is doing to help facilitate getting us to that day.
As you know, school has officially been closed for Spring Break this week, but I assure you that much work has continued, behind the scenes, to ready everyone for reopening school (in an online environment) this Monday, March 30. We have conducted two laptop distributions (one happening today), to get needed devices into students’ hands. Teachers whose classes were not already in an online format have been working behind the scenes to set up the necessary platforms and processes so that students will know what is expected from each class, and will know how to reach out for support from their teachers. Some teachers, even here during Spring Break, have already begun reaching out to students to communicate that information, and all teachers will be doing so as their first order of business when we resume on Monday the 30th. In order to facilitate these reconnections between students and their teachers, we ask that all high school students log in to their Canvas platforms, using their school login, on Monday to ensure that they know what their next steps are for each class.
The academic purpose for the week of March 30th is to conclude the third quarter, so teachers will be working with students to close out any remaining assignments that were pending when we closed on the 13th. Any new assignments given during the week of the 30th will be graded and counted in the fourth quarter average, so that students who may need these first few days to work out how and when they will be online will not suffer any sort of academic penalty in the third quarter. For the midterm exams, any student who has taken a third quarter exam already, will have that counted as his/her midterm exam grade. For any midterm exam a student did not take – either because the student was absent the day it was given, or because the teacher hadn’t yet given the exam when school closed on the 13th, students’ third quarter average will be counted as the exam grade.
Beginning March 30th and continuing for as long as school remains physically closed, our McFatter teachers, counselors, ESE Specialists, BRACE Advisor, administrators, and other support personnel will have daily (Monday through Friday) Office Hours during which they will be immediately – or near-immediately – available to students and parents for assistance. Students and parents may of course reach out to McFatter personnel at any time, but during Office Hours, each staff member will be repeatedly and frequently responding to emails, handling web-based inquiries, etc., so these are the perfect times for students to ask teachers a question when they’re stuck on something, or for a parent to reach out to a staff member regarding any concern you might have. We’ve posted those hours here on the website and have shared them via social media, so I encourage students and parents alike to keep that list, and reach out whenever necessary for help and support.
This coming Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (March 30, 31, April 1), we will have real-time assistance available between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. for students needing technical assistance. Anyone needing technical assistance during that time may contact the school via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (754) 321-5700.
These are stressful and unprecedented times, but I know that we will get through them, and get through them successfully, by working together. Should you have questions, comments or concerns for me, please feel free to email me at Jeanette.email@example.com or, if you prefer to speak with me, I am also available via audio or web conference during my daily office hours, 9 a.m. to noon Mon-Fri. Just email me, and we can set an individual time and format that works for you. I will also be hosting an open, “Join me in my online office” this coming Tuesday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., for any member of our McFatter family – student, parent, staff member – who wishes to “pop by” virtually to ask a question, share a concern, or just say hello. Details on how to access that open web conference will be posted to our website and social media on Monday March 30th.
We at McFatter have always said that it is our mission to provide every single student with what he or she needs to be successful, and that it is our goal to make sure that every one of you never regrets your decision to trust us to educate and assist your child. That mission, and that goal, have not changed, even if our way of getting there must, for now, look a little different. Please let us know how we can support you in these efforts, and most of all, Be Well.
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