Supporting Fairfield Schools
Updated: Sep 8
As the parent of two children in the Fairfield Public Schools, I understand the confusion and uncertainty families are facing about the future of their children’s education. Will they be safe at school? How do we know that our students are learning what they need to learn and “keeping up”? What about their social needs? How can working parents simultaneously educate their children? And what about teachers, many of whom live here in our district, who are teaching with children of their own at home?
COVID-19 has also brought into relief the impact of social and economic disparities on how children learn. Distance learning is widening the education gap, leaving behind children for whom English is a second language, disabled and special education students, and students who lack access to needed technology. These disparities disproportionately affect students of color.
We need to address these issues with respect for all sides of the conversation, and understand that our economy cannot recover during this pandemic unless and until education issues are addressed.
As we continue to live through this pandemic and later emerge, we need to continue to:
● Address inequities in our educational system;
● Assure that students’ basic needs are met - food, shelter and safety, as well as technology, both devices and connectivity;
● Support social and emotional learning (SEL) training for teachers and ongoing assessments to be sure we meet the needs of our students under the stress of COVID-19;
● Allow for flexible, innovative approaches to learning;
● Learn how to keep students involved when they are unable to be safely at school – when distance learning is the only option;
● Support parents with resources and tools for distance learning and after care / childcare options;
● Offer families coping support as conditions change.