FHS Distance Learning Plan

FHS Distance Learning Plan
Posted on 03/27/2020
Distance Learning

Please read for important information about our plan at FHS to implement Distance Learning during Governor Walz’s Executive Order to close schools until at least May 4th.  While this is not the spring that anyone was anticipating, I feel the need to share how impressed I have been with our staff’s response. I know there is some level of angst in all of us, but there hasn’t been much evidence of that here at FHS.  Collaboration in one form or another began immediately to conquer this challenge head on. One HAS to seek positives in times like these, and believe me, FHS staff has done just that! I’ve seen strategies, methods, and solutions that will undoubtedly endure, not only throughout distance learning, but will most definitely have lasting effects on the way we do things in the future at FHS. 

In addition to our staff’s response, I have been equally impressed with the attitude and benevolence in our community by all of you.  Not only have members of the community stepped up to organize help and support for families in need, but we have also received many messages of support and trust by parents of this community.  Just awesome!

I know that all of you have been bombarded with information, so I am going to try and take a different approach.  FHS administration has put together a website, The Hub. Here you will find all information related to Distance Learning.  Our goal when creating The Hub was intended to provide a resource filled with information that supports both parents and students. Know that this site will be updated continuously and recommend you set it as a favorite to visit frequently.  Also, if you have any suggestions or questions left unanswered, feel free to reach out to any of the FHS administration.


Although the site has all of the information you need, I will continue my weekly Sunday emails in the same format. Hopefully following past practices will help create some sense of normalcy in this time of uncertainty.

I will leave you with some wise words shared by one of our very own FHS teachers on social media that I came across last night:

Parents, Governor Walz has stated that distance learning will be enacted from March 30-May 4. I’m here to remind you that YOU ARE NOT HOMESCHOOLING YOUR CHILDREN. That is not your job. We teachers have got this. We have a plan. We will worry about curriculum and accountability. You do not need to purchase workbooks or curriculum (unless it is your desire to enrich your kids further). You do not need to set up an elaborate daily schedule, UNLESS THAT HELPS YOU. Your job is to support your kids by creating a learning space and reminding them of their work. The most important thing you can do is keep open communication with your child’s teachers and school. Let us know how we can help you. Let us know if you or your child is struggling with an aspect of learning. We have many ways to get in direct contact with your child to answer the questions they have. Help them advocate for themselves (send an email, request a Google Meet for face to face help). This is OUR job. We will be ready and waiting for them. Above all, remember: we are in this TOGETHER. There will be plenty of grace and patience going around. We are PARTNERS. We will get through this. I promise.

  • Shared by Ms. Johnson: FHS Art Teacher (author unknown)

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