Falcon Flyer

Anticipated Transition to Hybrid

Principal's Nest

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.


Hybrid Rosters

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.


Attendance

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.


Specialized Programs

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 (keegan.bassett@gilbertschools.net) 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.



Keegan Bassett

Principal

Finley Farms Elementary

Onsite Learning

During the district-wide hybrid learning, Finley Farms Elementary will be offering limited onsite learning services. Please visit our district website for more details and to register. Registration will open at 4pm today (12/2/2020).

Chromebooks

Students will need a computer device during hybrid learning in order to confirm attendance for at-home learning days along with accessing learning activities. Chromebooks will be available through the classroom if a student is in need of a device to bring to and from school.

Arrival & Departure

Students will continue with our current protocols for arrival to and departure from campus. Please note, families joining campus for drop off and pick up are required to wear a face covering when physical distancing can not be maintained. Thank you for your support and cooperation.

Daily Student Health Assessment

Before attending each day on campus, you and your student must complete a student health assessment. Please view the assessment here. Students who are sick or feeling any COVID like symptoms can’t be on campus. For more information including health resources and information please visit www.gilbertschools.net/healthservices.
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Face Coverings

All students will continue to be required to wear face coverings to school. Make sure your child brings a mask each day they are in school. We also suggest each student brings an extra mask in a ziplock bag with their name on it to store at school. Masks are not required while students are eating or engaging in strenuous activities such as PE or recess in which social distancing can occur.

VIK

If you are interested in registering for our before and after school VIK program please visit our website for more information and registration details.

Support for Online Learning

Family Tech Support

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