I would like to thank all of you for your patience and support as our school continues to navigate these uncharted waters in response to the presence of COVID-19 in our greater community. In yesterday’s press conference, Governor Gavin Newsom, with the backing of State Superintendent of Schools Tony Thurmond, shared the expectation that all school districts in California will continue to be engaged in distance learning for the remainder of this school year in an effort to further prevent the spread of COVID-19. I have consulted with the Humboldt County Office of Education (HCOE), other local school districts, and Public Health Officer, Dr. Teresa Frankovich, who has advised all school districts in Humboldt County to follow the Governor’s recommendation and plan for continued closure of facilities through the end of this school year.
According to Dr. Frankovich, “The situation is changing quickly and there is increasing evidence as we look at impacted areas across the country, that aggressive social distancing can significantly help to slow transmission of this infection. Maintaining distance learning and keeping school facilities closed through the end of the school year, will allow schools and families to plan appropriately. Schools are critical in assisting Public Health in emphasizing the importance of shelter in place and social distancing. We are thankful for their proactive efforts. Schools and Public Health will continue to monitor the situation and should circumstances allow for an earlier return to school, we will make that decision together.”
Though our campus at Fieldbrook will remain physically closed, our students’ learning and teachers’ instruction is not ending. We are embracing this new challenge of providing distance learning opportunities to our families for the remainder of this school year. We understand that every family is under unique and challenging circumstances at this time. We are all learning how to effectively take care of ourselves while continuing to serve our learning community to the best of our ability. We are still here for our students and are learning more each day how best to connect and engage with each of them. The school and our families are partners in this effort. We appreciate your understanding and support as we build our distance learning program together.
As we enter this new phase of extended school closure, we will continue to provide paper packets and other materials on Fridays. Please visit your child’s classroom website for updated assignments and other resources. Families may borrow school-owned Chromebooks as needed. In addition, we will be happy to assist with Internet access. Please contact the office with any technology concerns. Our outstanding music programs are offering enrichment opportunities and Zoom sessions for students to continue learning. Along with many other sites in the county, we are also providing meals for families in need. If you have not already done so, please contact me if you would like more information about these services.
Last night the state released new guidance on grading, assessment, and accountability. As we determine how these guidelines affect our distance learning program, we will keep you informed about changes regarding classroom expectations moving forward. We will do our best to adapt to this fluid situation. While we recognize how important it is for our students to participate in distance learning opportunities aimed towards meeting grade-level standards, our primary goals remain the safety and well-being of our students, families, and staff.
Please continue to follow the Shelter in Place orders, practice social distancing, and continue to routinely hand wash and clean frequently used surfaces. Thank you for doing your part to help flatten the curve locally. Please know that we have your families in our thoughts at this most difficult time.
Please do not hesitate to contact me via email with any questions or concerns. Stay safe and be well!
Justin Wallace Superintendent/Principal Fieldbrook Elementary School District
Last night, the School Board unanimously voted in favor of my request to close school through April 10, 2020. We will update you on our closure status should it be extended beyond that date. At this time, the soonest school would reopen is April 20, 2020 immediately following the scheduled Spring Break. The school website remains the best source of information. www.fbk8.org
As a school, we continue to focus on 3 main priorities: community connection, educational resources and support, and food services.
Each of our teachers has set up a daily digital Zoom meeting to facilitate connections between students and our staff while they are out of the classroom. We encourage students and their families to attend at least a portion of their classroom’s daily 2-hour video chat. Please refer to classroom webpages for specific times and visit the Zoom Information page on our website for instructions on accessing this technology. Teachers and staff are available through email and by calling the school at 839-3201. Continue to join us on Instagram (@fieldbrookschool) and Facebook (@fieldbrookschool).
Educational Resources and Support
Visit the school website www.fbk8.org and click on “CLASSROOMS” to access each teacher’s resource page. The resource page includes digital copies of activity packets and recommendations for enrichment activities and websites. If you need a paper-copy of your child’s activity packet or school supplies to assist in their learning, the school will be open tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18 from 9-12. All packets are in the office. If you choose to come onto campus, please respect social distancing norms and avoid lingering on campus. We also ask that students remain in vehicles and that adults pick up the packets in the office. If another time/day is more convenient for you to pick up materials, please call the office.
Lunches are available for pickup M-F from 11am -12pm at the school. Any person under the age of 18 may pick up a grab-and-go lunch at the school. Lunches must be taken off campus to eat. If making the drive to Fieldbrook causes a burden, many districts throughout the Northern Humboldt area provide the same service. Any child can pick up lunch from any location.
We are all adjusting day-by-day as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shape our daily lives. As the state provides more guidance to schools, we will do our best to make adjustments that have the least impact on your daily lives. We will continue to bring you updated information as it becomes available. We are all in this together so we appreciate your continued support and patience.
Fieldbrook School is a rural public elementary school serving students in Transitional Kindergarten to Grade 8. Students enjoy the benefits of a large, quiet campus surrounded by farmland and redwood forests. Our rigorous academic programs include a strong music program and arts and technology integration.