FORT PAYNE, Ala. — As Fort Payne City Schools begin to plan for the new school year, they are asking families what they want.
They've prepared a survey and ask families to complete one for each student enrolled in a Fort Payne city school.
Click here to take the survey, prepared by Fort Payne City Schools.
Two options are being presented for the new school year, beginning August 12: traditional (on campus) or virtual (online at home) school. Virtual school is online instruction will be hosted by Fort Payne City Schools through the Alabama State Department of Education. It's a full-time online program with support from teachers, and Superintendent Jim Cunningham says it will be more rigorous than this past spring and require an extensive daily time commitment. Students will be required to be virtual for an entire nine-week period.
New student registration is also underway for students entering pre-k through 12th grade. This link is only for NEW students who were not enrolled in the FPCS last year.
Cunningham sent this message to district families:
"We are currently making plans to begin the school year following our current school calendar. The first day of school will be August 12, 2020. We are also adapting schedules and increasing our cleaning and personal hygiene activities to promote the healthiest instructional environment possible.
"It is impossible to elaborate on all of the details regarding our planning in this letter, but please know that our goal is to provide the healthiest and highest quality instructional environment feasible for your children. We plan to follow the current Alabama Department of Health Guidelines, but in some instances, it may be difficult to maintain absolute social distancing at all times while providing high quality instruction.
"There will be two options for returning to school on August 12th: traditional (on campus) or virtual (online at home) school. Online instruction will be hosted by Fort Payne City Schools through the Alabama State Department of Education through a full time virtual offering that allows students to learn online if parents choose to keep them at home for the upcoming school year. While the students will have support from teachers, it will be more rigorous than what you experienced in the spring and will require an extensive daily time commitment. The survey below is designed to elicit responses from you in order to assist us in our planning for the upcoming school year. Please give serious thought to the questions in the survey and respond as soon as you are able, preferably by Thursday, July 2nd.
"We appreciate your patience during this process and assure you that we are working tirelessly to provide the best education for your children."