Dear ASFM community,
Happy Teacher’s Day!!! I would like to start this Weekly Eagle message by congratulating, thanking, and celebrating all of our amazing ASFM Educators on this special day. Your ongoing commitment, dedication, and care as educators has proven to be the backbone of our ability to support our ASFM students and parents during these unprecedented times!! With great sincerity and pride, I thank you for all you do on a daily basis for our students, for each other, and for our entire community. Never ever have we seen the importance of educators more than today; a moment when we are all reimagining teaching and learning and going above and beyond the typical call of duty. Thank you for leading the way and supporting us all on this complex journey!!
I am also happy to announce that the Official ASFM 2020-2021 School Year Calendar has been approved and is ready for use. The above link will take you to the published calendar on our ASFM website. Please take special note of the disclaimer at the bottom of the calendar that reads: Specific dates might change pending SEP official calendar publication and COVID-19 contingency realities. The dates that are pending within the calendar and could change refer primarily to the listed teacher inservice days (CT/consejo tecnicos), the official SEP first day of regular classes, the official last day of regular classes, and the vacation days. What we know for sure is that all ASFM students should be ready to begin learning (either onsite or online) with the required, preliminary activities on Monday, August 10, 2020.
I would also like to use today’s message to inform the community of the 2020-2021 school year planning that is currently taking place:
- The administrative teams and I are working hard to create several start-up models for our August 10th first day of academic activities. These models will be presented to the ASFM School Board for approval and then shared with the community as soon as possible.
- We are working on three basic models: full Onsite; full Distance Learning Plan (DLP); and a Hybrid of the two (partial onsite and partial DLP). All models will place the community’s health and safety as the number one priority at all times.
- Our hope and desire is to safely resume classes onsite on August 10th, but as we all know, there are many variables out of our control that have to be determined before then.
- The onsite and hybrid models being developed will need to meet specific health standards, comply with official State regulations, follow successful trends from other parts of the world, and allow for effective teaching and learning.
- We will all have to be as flexible as possible as we finish the current school year, enjoy the summer break, and prepare for the return to learning in August. Most importantly, we will have to be flexible with how we initiate activities in August.
- We will be working with our ASFM medical staff and medical professionals from the city to help determine many of the key aspects of the onsite and/or hybrid models and to ensure safety and wellbeing at all times. This same medical team will also help us determine any other related requirements such as quarantines, daily health / temperature readings, specific health needs for students and staff, use of PPEs, etc.
- Lastly, rest assured that we will do our best to work with all parents, students, and staff who have specific needs and/or situations that might prevent them from starting the school year in either an onsite or hybrid model on August 10th.
As you can see, we have much to do throughout the summer months to prepare for August and be ready for a healthy and safe start to the school year. Although we are hopeful that we will be back in session in some form or another on August 10th, we are also aware that the realities of the upcoming summer months and the worldwide pandemic will determine our path. We are also aware that the entire 2020-2021 school year might require the school and the community to “toggle” back and forth between the three above mentioned models.
Thank you again to teachers and to parents for all your effort and dedication to our ASFM learners. Take care, stay safe and don’t forget to watch my weekly video where I talk about the book, The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz. As always, please feel free to reach out to me personally if you have a question, doubt, positive comment, or concern; or if you want to just say hello.
Dr. Michael W. Adams