Hello New Fairfield Families,

Happy new year and welcome back! As you undoubtedly realize, we have returned during a significant peak in the covid pandemic. We have an unprecedented number of students and staff who need to quarantine. And yet, a large majority of our students and staff are in school. The challenge that we aim to find the balance for, is how to best meet the needs of both groups of students, in a way that is manageable and sustainable.

To that end, for our students who must remain at home due to covid or out-of-school covid contact, we are temporarily revising our Q-School plan. This is a short term solution to manage the significant number of students who are out of school. This plan will be in place for this week and next. Towards the end of next week, we will review the data, the successes, and challenges and reassess the situation.

As you likely know, we are not authorized to close nor to provide voluntary remote learning. What we are authorized to do is to provide remote instruction for students who are required to quarantine or isolate due to covid. All others are expected to attend school as usual.

Starting tomorrow, Q-School will look like the following:

Grades K - 5: (Same as prior to the break, with additional teachers)

Work uploaded into Google Classrooms/SeeSaw

Synchronous Zoom from 9am - 12pm, in grade-level breakout rooms with one teacher per grade

Grades 6 - 8:

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Synchronous Zooms, following students’ schedules for Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and World Language

(If a teacher is absent from school, there will not be a Zoom for that class period)

** These are 1-way Zooms for students to listen and see what is happening, in a non-interactive format

Grades 9 - 12:

Work uploaded into Google Classrooms

Synchronous Zooms, following students’ schedules for all classes excluding PE

(If a teacher is absent from school, there will not be a Zoom for that class period)

** These are 1-way Zooms for students to listen and see what is happening, in a non-interactive format 

We feel strongly that in-school learning is always the best option. But, when it is not an option, we take seriously our responsibility to do the best we can for students. We believe that this plan will allow us to best meet the needs of students who must remain at home while not detracting from the in-person experience for the students at school. We are incredibly grateful to our professional teaching staff that is working with us to implement this plan when we know that there are many communities offering much less to at-home students. Please recognize that our teachers are going above and beyond to support our community.

Families of students who are quarantining, who have alerted us to that, will receive an email this evening, explaining the details of accessing Q-School. In the event of a delayed opening, Q-School will have a corresponding delay. In the event of a school closure, Q-School will not take place.

Please know that this plan was developed with the needs of our students in mind and a true desire to strike a perfect balance that is best overall. We are challenged to continue to create solutions to situations that we’ve not ever faced and we make every effort to get information to you as quickly as possible and develop plans that make sense. 

As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions.

Very truly,

Julie Luby

Assistant Superintendent of Schools