March 25 Letter to the Hawk Community
Dear Hawk Families,
As you are aware, Governor Northam closed schools across the state for the remainder of the academic year. This means our buildings and campuses are closed. We are as eager as you are to begin the process of remote learning with our students. FCPS offices in collaboration with school principals have been working to develop a solid plan, When it is finalized and approved we will share it. Next week, teachers will begin their professional development on remote learning. This is as new for our teachers as it is for our total community. In the meantime, students should continue to access the county resources for continuity of learning (bulleted below).
Ending the face-to-face school year so abruptly was not what we wanted although it is understandable. We empathize with all of the students and families, and especially our Senior Hawks, Class of 2020. We hope to find ways to celebrate our Class of 2020 and all of their hard work and success.
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is working on guidelines for schools which includes SOL’s and graduation. FCPS is also working on ways to support students with 504’s and IEPs. Ultimately the goal is to create processes and instruction that will help all of our students be successful. All seniors that are on track to graduate will graduate. We are also working on plans for seniors that will need some help. I will share information as I have it and I am allowed.
Here are resources for the community:
FCPS is providing families with centralized resources to support continuity of learning. These resources are not required and will not be graded. Information and activities can be accessed here: https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-academics-distance
FCPS Blackboard Link for parent access which has specific MS and HS learning materials: https://www.fcps.edu/resources/technology/fcps-24-7-learning
Access to Mental Health resources: https://www.fcps.edu/news-features-and-events/news/coronavirus-update/coronavirus-update-mental-health-resources
Access to Food and Nutrition resources here: https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-food-resources
Access to different ways we can support our community: https://www.fcps.edu/news/coronavirus-update-support
Access to internet resources:
Comcast and Cox are providing free or low-cost internet to families in need.
We are currently working on frequently asked questions to support technology needs. It will be shared in the near future. We look forward to working with you and your child. Keep in mind, having our students back in manageable routines will assist everyone as we engage in these unprecedented times.
Take care of yourselves, take care of each other!
We miss you!
Martin Grimm, Principal