Anticipated Transition to Hybrid
Finley Farms Community,
Earlier today a message from Dr. McCord was sent to all Gilbert Public Schools families and is also linked below for your reference. In Dr. McCord's message the community was informed Gilbert Public Schools anticipates meeting criteria established by a GPS Governing Board motion from November 4 which would direct schools to transition to hybrid learning due to the recent spike in COVID-19 health metrics. At this time Finley Farms Elementary has started the process of planning for hybrid learning to begin on Monday, December 7 through the end of the semester on Friday, December, 18.
The shift in learning platforms poses a variety of challenges for students, families, and our school. As Dr. McCord's message emphasized, the driving force for decisions made at this time is the health and safety of our students, staff, and community while continuing to educate our students. I can assure you we will be working tirelessly in the days ahead to partner with you and prepare our students. I thank you in advance for your patience as our staff works through plans while conducting full in-person school over the next two days. Below you will find initial information relating to our anticipated transition to assist as you begin planning.
In August our classroom rosters were divided into two cohorts, labeled A & B, to facilitate hybrid learning. For your planning purposes, your child(ren) will remain with the cohort they were previously assigned to for the upcoming hybrid learning period and we will be contacting our newest Falcons with their assignment. Over the next two days classroom teachers will communicate learning plans and confirm cohort assignments during hybrid learning with families. Cohort A will be assigned for in-person learning to take place on Mondays/Thursdays and Cohort B will be assigned for in-person learning to take place on Tuesdays/Fridays. All students will participate in remote learning on Wednesday, December 9 & 16.
Our attendance process during at-home learning days remains the same with students being required to login to Buzz for attendance. Additionally, teachers will provide your child with activities to complete independently on the days they are not attending in-person each week when the teacher will be teaching the other half of the class.
Please note if your student qualifies for and receives Level C Special Education services they will continue to attend campus four days a week (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays) during the period of district-wide hybrid learning. Our Building Blocks program will run as normal with full services for students in preschool.
Communication with Students
Recognizing this semester has required a great deal of flexibility as adjustments continue to be made both at school and home, families are encouraged to review and discuss information that directly relates to what students will experience in the weeks ahead. Our staff will take time on Friday to review information with students, including the Hybrid structure, online platforms (Buzz, WebEx, GClassroom, etc) and provide an overview of the next two weeks. As a school we will continue to be cognizant of our students' needs and do our very best to support them academically and emotionally.
Should you have immediate questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call the office at 480.507.1624 and we will assist. Please continue reading through each section of this Falcon Flyer for pertinent information as we partner together to support our students.
Finley Farms Elementary