Important Info: Remote Learning & More

Important Info: Remote Learning & More
Posted on 03/18/2020

Communication to Families Regarding Remote Learning March 23rd to April 3rd

March 18, 2020

Dear Foster and Foster-Glocester School Communities:

The Governor of Rhode Island held a press conference early this afternoon. There are now 33 cases of Coronavirus in Rhode Island. She announced that schools will be closed and conduct instruction remotely for the next two weeks. Accordingly, our district will begin remote / virtual learning starting Monday, March 23rd thru Friday, March 27th and continue Monday, March 30th thru Friday, April 3rd.  School buildings will be closed to students and community groups during these two weeks. This initial two-week period will afford us the opportunity to implement and refine our remote / virtual learning plans.  After two weeks the state will evaluate how remote / virtual instruction is going and make a decision about how to proceed in the future.

I’d like to recognize our teachers, support staff, and administrators for all their efforts during a vacation week to ensure that our schools are prepared to begin remote / virtual learning next week.  I’d also like to thank our parents and guardians for your flexibility this week as we all adjusted to an unplanned vacation week.

The remote instructional time over these two weeks will count as school days. They will not need to be made up at the end of the school year. Accordingly, we need try and maximize the learning opportunities we provide to students. Similarly, students need to take full advantage of the learning opportunities provided. I recognize this will require additional support and structure from parents and guardians for all our students to successfully engage in learning experiences while at home.

We are actively developing and revising remote / virtual learning plans. Those plans need to be submitted to the RI Department of Education by the close of business on Thursday.  You will receive a separate email later this week outlining the remote learning plans that will occur in our schools over the next two weeks.


CAPTAIN ISAAC PAINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PICK-UP OF EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

Principal Marcella Clark is emailing a communication directly to families at Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School. Please check your email and review the attached letter.


STUDENT OR PARENT ACCESS TO PONAGANSET MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS WHO NEED TO RETRIEVE AN EDUCATIONAL ITEM

Student access will be provided Thursday, March 19th and Friday, March 20th. 


We understand that some students need to access the building for materials and/or supplies. This access will not include our technology department as they will host separate hours early next week for equipment that may be broken and need a repair. However, if a student needs to access items from a classroom, locker, common area, etc. we will offer that opportunity while still adhering to the RI Department of Health guidelines.  To afford students the opportunity to retrieve items, we will be offering limited access to the building from 1:00P.M. - 3:00P.M. tomorrow, Thursday, March 19th and Friday, March 20th by appointment. This access will include:

  • Sign in at the front entrance;
  • A request to retrieve an item from a locker or classroom; and
  • A staff member to retrieve the item and/or provide a guided escort to retrieve the item.


Please contact the main office at 710-7500 in the morning to make an appointment or to determine other arrangements if necessary. 

 

Ponaganset Middle School
Please contact Cheryl at 710-7500 Ext. 2275 or email cetheridge@fgschools.com 
Ponaganset High School

Please contact Kyle at 710-7500 Ext. 3182 or email kfraatz@fgschools.com 

 


SURVEY SENT OUT ON MONDAY NIGHT

If you did not complete the survey sent on Monday night, please use the following link to do so today. We provided two separate surveys. One for students at Captain Isaac Paine and one for students at Ponaganset Middle and High School.


Survey for Captain Isaac Paine Parents (116) surveys completed to date).


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GHrDV10plFna2fnZ56DaXjYMa_O-Ma4nBmHDbZ22MeE/edit?ts=5e701766

 



Survey for Ponaganset Middle and High School Students (920 surveys completed to date).


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdcw_lwCbaylrRHhlU_PZODKhGBAuEVukV5WlxuOKAZoGgq1A/viewform


This information will help us finalize our plans for remote learning and to properly support our students who are eligible for meals through free and reduced lunch. 



MEALS FOR STUDENTS ELIGIBLE FOR FREE AND REDUCED PRICE LUNCH


Starting the week of March 23rd, families of students attending Ponaganset Middle and High School can pick up meals at Ponaganset High School, 137 Anan Wade Road, Glocester, RI, 02857 from 10 am to 12:30 pm on Tuesdays. Staff will be available to pass out the meal boxes for each student eligible to receive free and reduced price lunch.


Starting the week of March 23rd, families of students attending Captain Isaac Paine Elementary School can pick up meals at Town of Foster Food Bank, 181 Howard Hill Road, Foster, RI, 02825 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on Tuesdays. Staff will be available to pass out the meal boxes to for each student eligible to receive free and reduced price lunch. 
 

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All district-sponsored extra-curricular activities, community use of the school facilities, and non-essential meetings are cancelled until further notice.
 

We will continue to post updates regarding COVID-19, in addition to sharing information with our parents and staff via email and the district website.

Again, thank you for your continued flexibility as we all work through these changes and a new way of providing instruction to our students.   

Sincerely,

Michael Barnes

Superintendent Foster and Foster-Glocester Regional Schools

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