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  • Coronavirus


    The Fox Chapel Area School District is constantly monitoring the latest news about the spread of COVID-19 in Western Pennsylvania and working diligently to ensure a safe start to the 2020-2021 school year for our entire community.

Return-to-School Coalition Updates

  • Aug. 12, 2020

    Dear Fox Chapel Area Family,

    On Monday night, the Fox Chapel Area School Board approved the Return-to-School plan for the district. This plan is available on the district’s website at www.fcasd.edu/coronavirus. The Board also approved beginning the 2020-2021 school year with families having a choice of engaging in one of three instructional models for Pre-K-12: a hybrid option and two fully online options.

    Yesterday, we sent a communication to our parents and guardians and asked them to be sure they had selected their preferred instructional model for each child by noon today. That data are crucial in establishing our class rosters. While we had originally hoped to have class rosters shared this week, due to the Board approval of the hybrid model on Monday night and the need for a second round of data collection, we anticipate roster availability will be shared, at the latest, on Monday, August 17. If rosters are completed sooner, we will certainly share them with you at that time. Additionally, you received an email entitled “Mandatory PowerSchool Student Update” from the school district on July 30, 2020. You MUST complete the steps outlined in that email in order to be able to view your child’s schedule in PowerSchool on Monday. Please complete the Mandatory PowerSchool Student Update so that you are not delayed in viewing your child’s schedule. If you are unable to find the email, please complete a Community Help Desk ticket as soon as possible.

    The final report from our Return-to-School Coalition is now available on the district’s website. The report can be viewed here.

    The instructional model for our students will have some variation at each level. Please note the following summary of the three instructional models at the elementary and secondary levels:

    Elementary Option #1 Hybrid

    Elementary students will be grouped into two cohorts. 

    Cohort Group #1: 

    • Will attend school in person on Monday and Thursday of each week. 
    • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday will be a blend of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (self-paced) online instruction provided primarily by the same Fox Chapel Area teachers students work with during face-to-face days. 


    Cohort Group #2: 

    • Will attend school in person on Tuesday and Friday of each week. 
    • Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be a blend of synchronous and asynchronous online instruction provided primarily by the same Fox Chapel Area teachers students work with during face-to-face days. 


    The two cohorts of students at the elementary level are being split by full classes, so different classes will be meeting in person on different days.=

    The division for elementary cohorts will be respectful to families who have students in other buildings as much as possible and will be balanced according to a host of student indicators. Cohort assignments will also afford elementary siblings to be able to attend school on the same days. 

    Elementary Option #2 FCA Virtual: Blended Learning (Fully Online)

    FCA Virtual: Blended Learning – synchronous and asynchronous instruction using Fox Chapel Area teachers and curricula (must be available during the school day for online instruction). 

    Elementary Option #3 FCA Virtual: Completely Asynchronous Learning (Fully Online)

    FCA Virtual: Completely Asynchronous Learning – includes options for students to schedule meetings with Fox Chapel Area educators.

    Secondary Option #1 Hybrid

    Hybrid instruction includes a mix of in-person and online instruction. Students will be grouped into cohorts and assigned to report to school on designated days.

    Cohort Group #1 (Last Names A-L): 

    • Will attend school in person on Monday and Thursday of each week. 
    • Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday will be a blend of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (self-paced) online instruction provided by Fox Chapel Area teachers. 


    Cohort Group #2 (Last Names M-Z): 

    • Will attend school in person on Tuesday and Friday of each week. 
    • Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be a blend of synchronous and asynchronous online instruction provided by Fox Chapel Area teachers. 


    Families with multiple last names will default to the oldest student in the household’s last name in an effort to keep siblings in all schools attending in-person instruction on the same days.

    Middle school and high school students will be able to receive synchronous instruction from their teachers on the days they are not in the building.

    If a student in the hybrid model would need to be quarantined, he or she would continue to follow his/her schedule in the online environment during the quarantine period.

    Secondary Option #2 FCA Virtual: Blended Learning (Fully Online)

    FCA Virtual: Blended Learning (synchronous and asynchronous) with curricula provided by Fox Chapel Area teachers.

    Secondary Option #3 Fox Chapel Area Online (Fully Online)

    Fox Chapel Area Online (FCAO) asynchronous curricula facilitated by Fox Chapel Area educators. FCAO includes a combination of Edgenuity curricula and Fox Chapel Area teacher-designed curricula in Schoology.

    During the next week, our administrative team will be working hard to finalize specifics of each building’s instructional model and schedule. We appreciate your patience as we work through these details. We know our parents and guardians are looking forward to hearing as much as they can about the 2020-2021 school year, and we will communicate that information as it becomes available.

    We hope that you find these weekly communications helpful in relaying the most important information to our parents and guardians. We plan to continue these updates throughout the school year.

    Sincerely,

    Mary Catherine Reljac, Ed.D.
    Superintendent


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