Fenton Area Public Schools superintendent
On Oct. 1, 2020, we welcomed approximately 80 percent of our students back into our school buildings to learn within our classrooms. Our FAPS staff were excited to see our learners and prepared to make the 2020-2021 school year a great year no matter the situation the pandemic has placed upon us. Almost a month later, our excitement is still strong, and both our in-person and our Tiger Virtual Academy staff and students are doing an outstanding job navigating through the many changes we have experienced. We are committed to adapting, being flexible and learning new ways to take on the many challenges that arise each day.
There are always challenges within a school community as we strive to meet the needs of over 3,300 students. This year has been even more challenging with the learning curve of the new instructional design of face-to-face learning and virtual learning, along with the many other added requirements placed upon us due to COVID-19. COVID-19 brings new challenges each day in the form of substitute teacher shortages, administrators contact tracing into the evening and over the weekends, having to transition quarantined staff and students to a virtual platform, not having a normal school day, and other changes that impact our staff, students and families.
The “new normal” is here and each day a variety of challenges arise.
The silver lining through all of this uncertainty and change is how well the FAPS school community is working together. In the face of adversity, our community leaders are stepping up and our school personnel are constantly asking, “How can we help?” The relationships we built before the pandemic are now helping us support our families and helping us navigate through these unprecedented times, not only in education but throughout the world. The phrase #WeAreFenton truly is reflected in the hard work everyone is doing. Thank you for your continued support and Go Tigers!