March 31, 2020
Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time in our nation and also in education. The physical buildings of Florence City Schools may be closed right now, but your school leaders have been working hard to make sure we all can finish out this instructional year on a positive note. Our community is uniquely equipped for this moment in time. As this community has provided us the resources to give digital devices to all our students. We will use these resources to transition to a Distance Learning platform. This communication will outline some key points in our Distance Learning plans to our stakeholders.
The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) has identified Critical Standards, which must be presented to students during this time of distance learning. Starting on April 6, 2020, FCS teachers will begin engaging our students with the remaining standards as well as enrichment opportunities in digital formats. This switch will take place in every grade and involves all students within the school system. Details in the mobilization of devices in our elementary schools to facilitate distance learning will be communicated by your school’s principals.
At the same time students are able to work on Critical Standards, ALSDE is affording students the opportunity to recover grades and credits they may have lost during the first three grading periods of the 2019-2020 school year. Therefore, from April 6, 2020, to May 22, 2020, some students will be given opportunities to bring failing grades into a passing status. These details will be shared with you by your school principal.
As well as ALSDE Critical Standards and grade recovery, FCS will also provide enrichment activities in core areas as well as in elective courses. Enrichment activities are opportunities for students to minimize an instructional gap, built on a solid base provided during the first three 9-weeks, and offers students a chance to excel and grow during this time. We cannot encourage parents or students enough to take full advantage of these enrichment opportunities to limit gaps in student learning. Although we do not have control over our current physical school building situation, we do have control over our decision to embrace this opportunity for our students to learn and grow.
Florence City Schools will continue to provide breakfast and lunch meal bags with our Feeding the Falcons program. Beginning April 7, 2020, drive-thru distribution days will move to Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the following locations:
- W.C. Handy School
- Weeden Elementary School
- Harlan Elementary School
- Florence Middle School
- Church of the Highlands at the Shoals Marriott Conference Center
- The Shoals Dream Center on Cloverdale Road.
Two drop-zone locations will also continue to operate on Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the former Cherry Hill Homes Boys and Girls Club and Hibbett Middle School.
Florence City Schools has assembled several frequently asked questions into one document, which can be found at www.florencek12.org and the Florence City Schools Facebook page. Administrators have answered questions with the most up to date information available and will continue to update the document as needed. If you have any further questions, feel free to direct message us using the Florence City Schools Facebook page.
We understand that this is a time of great difficulty and hardship. Please know it is our goal to support students, parents, faculty, and staff as we continue this school year. Each individual campus will be sending out further correspondence to help explain instructional paths being offered to our students and to help answer some questions our family members may have.
Stay Safe. Stay Alert. Go Falcons!
Dr. Jimmy Shaw, Jr.
Florence City Schools