Recalibration of Friday Schedules
Greetings Ferguson-Florissant Family,
I’m writing to provide an update on our schedule for virtual learning.
This evening the Board of Education approved a recalibration of our Friday schedule. Students will now have a full day of asynchronous learning on Fridays for the duration of virtual learning. What that means is that students will be working independently on Fridays. They may use the time to complete assignments, review material covered during the week, or dig deeper into a topic of interest. Teachers are not required to provide additional lessons to fill the day.
Friday afternoons will continue to be used for professional learning for teachers or other important work including professional learning communities and collaboration on how to provide the best learning opportunities for students. Friday mornings will be reserved for teachers to do the work that they need to do independently to provide the highest quality educational experience for their students.
Board President, Dr. Donna Thurman shared during the meeting, “Teachers, we hear you. We are concerned and want to help.” She went on to say, “Families, we hear you too. Grandparents, aunts and uncles, parents, and others we know you’re working hard to support your children. We’re listening and we want to help you too.”
The change to the Friday schedule will take effect on October 2. As a reminder, tomorrow, Thursday, September 24 is a half day for students, Friday, September 25 will remain as previously scheduled.
The Board and administration are continuing to monitor the COVID data as well as recommendations from health experts and at this time plan to review our virtual learning plan and a possible return to our buildings at the end of first quarter on October 23. Please watch for a survey seeking your input on virtual learning and returning to our buildings. This survey will be coming soon.
Families, teachers, our other staff and community members, I know you are all working hard on behalf of our students. Keep persevering! Please know that you are appreciated, and you are not alone. I hope you will take advantage of resources and other supports from the District and our partners. That information may be found at www.fergflor.org/united. Remember, we will get through this together.
Dr. Joseph Davis
Message from Dr. Davis for First Day of School with Schedules, Meal Distribution, Student Expectations and More
Greetings Ferguson-Florissant Families,
Tomorrow, Monday, August 31 is our first day of school, and we can’t wait to see our students virtually. As we prepare for the start of a school year like none other, I want to acknowledge that together we are facing many challenges. While we have provided our teachers and families an additional four days to gain familiarity with our new learning management system, Canvas, Zoom, and other tools, I realize there is so much that is new, and the stakes are high. Our students deserve a great start to a year filled with high quality teaching and learning, and our teachers and staff have been working hard to ensure that happens.
I’d like to address several topics that will provide our families with the information needed to have a strong, successful start to the year.
Admissions and Registration
Due to the large number of families registering over the last week including many families who are new to the District, we are experiencing some delays in processing registrations, and our phone lines have been overwhelmed. We have assigned additional staff to assist with this process, and they are working hard to get all students in our system as quickly as possible. If you know of new students who wish to enroll in the district they can begin the process at New Student Enrollment.
Technology services has arranged expanded hours and additional days to accommodate family schedules and get Chromebooks to our remaining students as quickly as possible.
- Days and Times
- Monday - 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
- Tuesday through Friday - 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
- Ferguson Middle/Ferguson Middle Annex
- Cross Keys
Please remember the following information applies to Chromebook distribution for students across the District:
- The student must be enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year.
- If you have just enrolled your child you will be notified when your child is registered and may pick up your child’s Chromebook the next business day.
- You must be the parent or guardian of record, or a student 18 or older and have a photo ID.
- The parent/guardian will sign a 1:1 device agreement.
- All Chromebooks in the family must have been returned to pick up new Chromebooks.
- If you have a Chromebook to return, you can return it when you pick up your Chromebook for the 2020-2021 school year.
- Families will remain in your vehicle; however, the parent/guardian receiving the Chromebook will need to wear a mask. If you do not have personal transportation and need to make other arrangements, please contact your child’s school. We want to help.
Meals will be Distributed on Wednesday and Friday. Wednesday meal distribution will include Wednesday lunch, Thursday breakfast and lunch, Friday breakfast. Friday meal distribution will include Friday lunch, Monday breakfast and lunch, Tuesday breakfast and lunch, and Wednesday breakfast.
Student Expectation Code
On Wednesday, August 26, the Board of Education approved a revised Student Expectation Code. Please review the expectations with your child. While we are currently learning in a virtual environment, our expectations remain for students to conduct themselves as if they were physically in our buildings and conduct themselves accordingly. Please see specific expectations by grade level below.
- PreK-2 Student Expectations for Virtual Learning
- 3-5 Student Expectations for Virtual Learning
- 6-8 Student Expectations for Virtual Learning
- 9-12 Student Expectations for Virtual Learning
Our website has a wealth of information and valuable resources. Listed under the Parent section is a link to Software Tech Support for issues related to Canvas, Zoom, Gmail, Parent Portal, Student 360, Seesaw, Clever, Galileo, or any other instructional resources. Also listed in the Parent section is a link for Chromebook Tech Support for any issues with the Chromebook hardware.
You can find information about virtual learning and other resources for families at www.fergflor.org/united. You can find information about our learning management system, Canvas, including materials from our Canvas Parent Training at www.fergflor.org/canvas. We are continually adding content to those pages, so please check them regularly.
We know that this is an incredibly tough time across the globe. I want you to know that we are working diligently to be responsive and supportive. We want all of our students to have a great year even with the challenges we face. We will get through this together!
Dr. Joseph Davis
Message from Dr. Davis Regarding Start of School and Student Schedules
Greetings Ferguson-Florissant Family,
As the start of the new school year is rapidly approaching I hope this finds you well. I know that there are many questions regarding virtual learning, schedules and even the start date for the year.
Last night the Board of Education met and approved moving the first day of school to August 31. This shift in the start date for students will permit a smoother start to the year and allow our teachers to become more familiar with our new learning management system, Canvas. The later start also will permit students and teachers time to connect and ensure that everyone is ready to learn prior to the first day of virtual classes, and we will have a district-wide check in prior to the start of school. You will be receiving a separate email with details about your specific check in times. Our expectation is that everyone will log on during the check in period and practice navigating Canvas, Zoom, and any other online learning tools.
In light of the change to the first day of school, first quarter will now end on October 23 rather than October 21 as previously scheduled, and third quarter will end on March 23 rather than March 19 as previously scheduled. The last day of school will still be June 3.
A schedule for distribution of Chromebooks and other materials will be coming from your school very soon. Your school also will have a schedule for virtual meet the teacher and virtual open house nights.
Students’ daily schedules for virtual learning are included below and will be on your school’s website as well as www.fergflor.org/united where you will find important information on safety, access, schedules, and supports including resources for families as we navigate the school year in these challenging times.
I realize that you would appreciate having information as soon as possible, and it’s taken longer to communicate than we would like. We want to meet your expectations, but we also want to be sure that the information we share is as accurate as possible. There are so many aspects to the decision making process to ensure that students have access to high quality learning and that teachers are equipped to provide high quality instruction in this new virtual learning environment, and addressing all of those aspects takes time. I appreciate your patience as we work hard to provide the best education possible for our students while maintaining safety as our highest priority. We will get through this together.
Dr. Joseph Davis
Board of Education Special Meeting
Watch the special Board of Education meeting held on Wednesday, July 22, where the BOE and administration staff discussed and presented the re-entry guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year.