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FHS 2nd Semester Updates
FHS 2nd Semester Updates
Fayetteville High School
Friday, December 18, 2020

As the 1st semester progressed, Fayetteville High School staff committed themselves to making appropriate adjustments to how we provide a rigorous education experience for your child in the midst of a pandemic. In the spirit of continuous improvement, we collected feedback from students, parents, and community stakeholders to see what has been working well and what needs to be improved as we move towards the second half of the year. The result of this work is the information provided below. While there is a lot of information, please review these items with your child at your convenience and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

VIRTUAL ATTENDANCE TRACKER (VAT)

Beginning Monday, January 4, 2021 students will receive email notifications from the Virtual Attendance Tracker (VAT) on their assigned virtual days. This notification will include a link where students will be expected to document their attendance and agree to engage in their coursework and complete assignments. This link will also be posted on the FHS website under the EXPLORE tab and will be listed as Virtual Attendance Tracker (VAT). 

The form will close at 12:00 pm each day, so students will need to log in before then if they wish to be counted present in their classes. Any student who does not complete the form by noon, will have a “V” code entered in their attendance indicating they have a virtual absence. PLEASE NOTE: All students in all learning environments will need to complete this form on Fridays and District Virtual Learning days. Additionally, if you plan on keeping your child at home on a day they should be attending in-person, you will need to contact Fayetteville High School to excuse the absence. If this is not done, your child will have an unexcused absence marked on their attendance records.

This new process will replace our existing practice of teacher assigned exit tickets to document attendance, which in turn, should reduce some of the workload that your child is experiencing.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

Engage in class every day regardless of learning preference (i.e. login in to Google Classroom, complete work, and/or attend Zoom/Google Meet sessions). Exceptions include illness, bereavement, medical appointments, etc. Parents will need to contact the school within 48 hours of the absence to excuse it.

Students should bring a fully charged Chromebook and their charger to school each day so they can engage in classroom lessons and complete in-class activities.

Check your g.fayar.net email at least 3 times per day (morning, afternoon, and at the end of the day) on a daily basis. Make sure to communicate with your teachers. If you need to send them an email, compose it in a professional manner. You can learn how to do this by watching the video HERE.

Communicate with teachers extenuating circumstances that prevent work from being done on time. Be proactive in communicating with teachers about anything that impacts your learning.

Utilize virtual office hours to receive intervention on Fridays. Additionally, the FHS National Honor Society offers tutoring.

Departments

Office Hours

Fine Arts/Oral Comm/CTE

9:00-10:00

Social Studies

10:00-11:00

Math

11:00-12:00

World Languages/Health & PE

12:00-1:00

English

1:00-2:00

Science

2:00-3:00

The Fayetteville Public Library has partnered with Fayetteville Public Schools to provide students with an FPL i-Card, an “Internet Only” library card. Students can access the library’s online resources via the FPL website www.faylib.org. The FPL i-Card gives students access to ALL library eResources including online tutoring through Brainfuse. Brainfuse includes:

  • Live online tutoring that is available daily from 2:00 PM to 11:00 PM CST.  Interaction with live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests. 
  • 24-Hour Writing Lab:  Submit essays and other forms of writing for constructive feedback.
  • Homework Questions: Submit homework questions for expert guidance.
  • Foreign Language Lab /Spanish-Speaking Support

Here are some helpful videos about the iCard:

Take ownership of your education and hold yourself accountable to the work assigned to you.

Attend Advisory sessions when teachers assign you to them. 

Utilize extended Advisory time to complete assignments and stay up to date in your classes. Time management is a critical component to success, so check out the following videos to find different strategies that work for you and try sticking to them so you can develop a habit.

Complete the Virtual Attendance Tracker (VAT) form by 12:00 pm each day the student is learning virtually. PLEASE NOTE: ALL students must complete the form on Fridays and District Virtual Learning Days to document their attendance. This process will start January 4, 2021.

RECOMMENDED SUPPORT FROM PARENT(S)/GUARDIAN(S)

Assess your child’s academic needs and inform FHS Associate Principal, Warren Collier (warren.collier@g.fayar.net), if a change in learning environment preference needs to be made. 

When considering a learning environment change, please take the following into consideration:

  • Students who are failing multiple classes find more success when they receive in-person instruction in the 2x3, 4x1, and 5-Day Traditional learning environments.
  • Students who have strong time management skills and are self-motivated have found success in the Home Campus Virtual learning environment.
  • Students in the 5-Day Traditional learning environment will spend Fridays in the cafeteria working on assigned work posted to Google Classroom.

Fayetteville Public Schools issued a survey to parents during the 1st semester that gave families an opportunity to change learning environments. While this survey has closed, FHS will still accept requests for learning environment changes.

Fayetteville High School can only take action on reported cases of COVID-19 and probable close contacts if the Student COVID-19 Reporting Form is completed. Parents are encouraged to fill this form out any time the following criteria are met:

  • You or your child has been EXPOSED to COVID-19, OR
  • You or your child has been tested for COVID-19 and are in quarantine (ADH requires anyone tested for COVID-19 to quarantine pending test results).

Please update Fayetteville High School with changes to contact information (phone numbers, address, email addresses, etc.) In order for the school to communicate effectively with families, we need to have the most current information. Please communicate this information with Julie Domer, FHS Registrar, at julie.domer@g.fayar.net.

TEACHER RESPONSIBILITIES

Teachers will post a “Week at a Glance” for the upcoming week of school by the end of the day on Fridays. The “Week at a Glance” should include pertinent information that students/families need to plan out their upcoming week. The “Week at a Glance” does not need to include actual assignments.

Teachers will assign no more than 3 graded assignments per week (excluding summative assessments). Assignments may be assigned on Friday or due on Friday, but not both.

Teachers will take daily attendance for in-person students at the beginning of each class period.

It is an EXPECTATION that gradebooks be updated every two weeks so students and parents have an accurate view of progress.

Teachers will be flexible with their assignment/assessment deadlines and offer grace to students who may turn in work late to enable them to demonstrate their knowledge of content and help them earn a passing grade in the course.

Teachers may hold classroom ZOOM, Google Meet, or other synchronous meetings for virtual students to attend, but will not downgrade the student if communication has taken place between the student/parent and teacher ahead of time explaining the circumstances for the absence. 

Teachers will make every effort to name assignments in Google Classroom and Home Access Center (HAC) the same thing so students/parents can easily identify missing work.