NAFCS Update: March 5, 2021
Collectively, we have made much progress with our efforts to limit the societal impact of Covid. We appreciate everything everyone has done to help our students make it through this year. It has been quite a journey for all of us.
At this time, we are announcing two changes to our 7-12 education program in response to changing conditions.
First, on Monday, March 15, we will eliminate the use of the A/B schedule for all 7th and 8th-grade students. Beginning on this day, students who have previously chosen in-person learning will physically attend school 5 days a week. Students who have chosen the virtual option may continue with that pathway 5 days per week as well (no change for virtual students).
Second, on Monday, March 22, we will eliminate the use of the A/B schedule for all 9-12 high school students. Beginning on this day, students who have previously chosen in-person learning will physically attend school 5 days a week. Students who have chosen the virtual option may continue with that pathway 5 days per week as well (no change for virtual students).
If any grade 7-12 students wish to change their learning path from virtual to in-person, please contact your building administration. Finally, we need to remind everyone of two important points:
1. The suspension of the A/B schedule for our secondary students requires rigorous adherence to all mitigation measures. Specifically, social distancing and face masking will remain. With more people in the schools, it becomes even more necessary to faithfully practice fidelity to these generally recognized good health principals.
2. Everyone needs to be reminded, the School Administration will continue to monitor the overall community impact of Covid. While we hope these schedule changes remain intact for the remainder of the school year, there is the possibility that positivity rates could increase. If they do, we will reinstate any and all needed mitigation actions (i.e. schedule changes, etc.) for our faculty, staff, and students.
I’m looking forward to the first day of spring.
Traditional Learning Experience
The school year will start with the traditional learning experience that NAFCS has offered in the past. Steps have been taken to ensure that students and staff will be prepared to attend school in a safe and healthy environment. We will provide all students in grades K – 12 with an electronic device (iPad or Chromebook) to assist in the learning experience. In the event that closing school(s) is necessary due to COVID-19, we will provide continuous learning through a Digital Synchronous Learning (“DSL”) experience. Unlike last spring, students will be attending school on the same bell schedule as if they were attending school in the physical setting. There will be no days off during the week, and students will be expected to log-on and attend each course/class level for which they are enrolled, during those eLearning days.
Virtual Learning Experience
For families not wanting the traditional school setting, NAFCS will offer students a Digital Synchronous (virtual) Learning Experience option for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Each DSL (virtual) student will receive an electronic device. It is important to note that internet access must be accessible during the school day for this DSL (virtual) experience. This is not something NAFCS will be providing to digital synchronous virtual learners. Students attending DSL (virtual) school will be on the same bell schedule as if they were attending school in the physical setting. There will be no days off during the week, and students will be expected to log on and attend each class as if they were onsite. If a student is under quarantine, exhibits symptoms, or is generally medically fragile, etc., and do not have internet access, the district will work individually with those families to provide a non-traditional learning option.