My hope is that you are doing well. My hope is that you, your children, and your family are healthy. My hope is that you are able to focus on the most important things during this time, namely the well-being of your family and those you care most about.
With that hope, also comes uncertainty and concern. All families in our community are being directly affected by the seismic shifts that have occurred over the past three weeks. There are parents that are not sure where their next paycheck is coming from. There are families that are grappling with caring for a medically fragile loved one and the potential risk that person is in. There are neighbors caring for first-responder children while trying to support their older children with remote education. We are in the midst of an event that many people have not seen in their lifetime. For me personally, many within our school community have shared their individual circumstance. They have shared their angst, fear, and the uncertainty this event has created in their lives. Even within that uncertainty, they have also shared their solidarity, hope, and faith in each other.
If you have listened to Governor Mike DeWine’s daily press conferences over the last several weeks, everyday he reinforces that we are in this together. I want to echo these sentiments. In Fairbanks Local Schools, we are here to support our students, families, and community during this extended closure and public health event. In uncertain times, the most important thing we can provide is clarity.
As we navigate this together, to ensure our educational mission there are several services that we will continue to provide our students and families. We need to make sure this is clear to everyone we serve. Over the course of the closure we will continue to provide food services, remote education, mental health/well-being support, and technology support. We will provide regular updates with current information to allow families to plan and adjust. These services are needed to continue to support our students, families, and community. We want our families to know these structures are in place and will continue to be throughout this closure.
Additionally, we know that we cannot plan for every individual circumstance. We will continue to be flexible and adaptable to meet individual needs as they arise. Our most important concern is the care, welfare, and well-being of our families. Please reach out to our district leadership, principals, school counselors, or teachers. We will do our best to meet your needs as soon as possible.
My hope is this creates some level of clarity and certainty in uncertain times. Our schools will continue to provide these essential services as we navigate these challenges together. Thank you for everything you do for Fairbanks!!
-Adham Schirg, Fairbanks Local Schools, Superintendent