Teaching & Learning

As educators, we nurture children by engaging ALL students in learning essential concepts and skills that cultivate creative, healthy, caring, and analytical thinkers who participate in and contribute to a diverse society. Fairport curriculum and programs endeavor to affirm and demonstrate research-based tenets of the whole child approach to education ensuring that EVERY child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. All instruction will continue to be aligned to the New York State Learning Standards and meet the needs of the whole child by prioritizing academics, as well as social-emotional, and physical health and well -being of our students.

In-person Instruction

Upon a return to fully in-person learning for Grades K-6, the number of students in classrooms will follow CDC guidelines regarding proper social distancing.

Schools will minimize the movement of students. This includes lunchtime and eliminating or conducting virtual large-group activities. Whenever possible students will utilize outside space for physical education instruction. We will adhere to six feet between students when engaging in physical activity, band, and chorus.

To the extent possible, students will remain in small cohorts if/when leaving the classroom, such as for recess or any necessary transition, so as to reduce their exposure to additional students.

Critical mitigation strategies: The Fairport Central School District will abide by the March 19 CDC guidelines including:

  • Practicing distancing less than 6 feet and greater than 3 feet to the greatest extent possible

  • Cohorting students where possible, particularly in grades K-6

  • Continuing mandatory face covering policy throughout the school day

  • Continuing to engage in COVID-19 testing in our schools, randomly testing 20% of our staff and students per month

  • Promoting correct hygiene and respiratory etiquette

  • Maximizing ventilation and air exchanges to support effective airflow

  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting high-touch areas in our schools and buses

  • Managing master scheduling/period-by-period attendance to identify where students are each period

  • Continue with contact tracing protocols to support effective follow-up if cases are identified

  • Alternative instructional spaces will be assigned to classrooms where distancing is challenging to maintain

Virtual Instruction

Virtual instruction will be provided to students K-12 choosing not to attend full-time in-person instruction. Learning opportunities will include a greater emphasis on synchronous instruction, with teachers finding ways to provide live instruction and lessons to students to ensure students are directly engaged in learning on a daily basis.

K-5 virtual students will be assigned a spot in a district-wide, fully virtual grade level class. That class will meet for the full school day, dependent on master scheduling. There will be check-ins, whole and small group work sessions and independent practice. Breaks and lunches will also be built-in. Virtual students will have special area classes and we are currently working on the logistics.

Fully virtual 6th grade students at Johanna Perrin will attend full-day instruction each day of the week. Virtual students will be participating in classes with other virtual students only. The virtual teacher will be working in collaboration with the rest of the JP teachers to make sure the curriculum is aligned with the in-person students. Students will be given a new schedule for their classes and will have natural breaks in the day.

Fully virtual 6th grade students at Martha Brown will attend full-day instruction each day of the week. Virtual students will be incorporated into classes of in-person students, and will “move” from class to class on the nine-period schedule. Breaks and lunches will also be built-in.


Students in grades 7-12 will continue with their hybrid learning models or fully virtual learning models as they have for the 2020 - 2021 school year thus far.

Definitions

Asynchronous learning – these are learning experiences that the student will be expected to engage in that will NOT involve live, real-time interaction with the teacher. Examples of asynchronous learning experiences may include a pre-recorded video of the teacher providing direct instruction, a video of another teacher teaching a skill, a link to an article for a student to read and respond to, a math or science problem set to be worked on and submitted for feedback, etc.

Synchronous learning – these are learning experiences that involve live, real-time interaction with the teacher. Synchronous learning may be used, among other things, for a large group, small group, and/or individualized direct instruction, collaborative discussions, writing conferences, intervention services, student assistance, and community building/social-emotional learning experiences.

To ensure high-quality virtual learning experiences, we will standardize the use of a single online learning platform, Google Classroom, to the extent possible, and develop a common, coordinated set of guidelines for teachers to follow when using the platform with students.

Students are required to attend instruction on a daily basis, even when that instruction is being provided in a virtual or distance learning environment. Daily attendance will be recorded through SchoolTool, the web-based program currently adopted by the Fairport Central School District.

All Instruction will focus on both core and elective or special area classes and will continue to be aligned to the New York State Learning Standards.

K-12 students were given direct instruction in hand and respiratory hygiene during their initial physical education classes in the fall and will be reinforced through classroom PBIS activities.

Physical Education classes will be outside as much as possible and will follow the New York State Learning Standards and observe social distance requirements.

The FCSD Library Media Specialists will collaborate to prioritize and provide consistent instruction and resources in computer literacy, research, and digital fluency skills. Such instruction and resources will be developmentally appropriate based upon grade level and in collaboration with classroom educators in order to support curriculum and instruction.

CTE instruction will be taught by certified instructors and the District will work toward ensuring all standards are met. For virtual and hybrid instruction, the instructors will identify and teach essential content to students. When appropriate, independent work will be assigned when instruction occurs in this manner. Instructors will consider inserting current topics related to their fields, along with current industry safety and infection control practices in their instruction.

For students enrolled in BOCES programming, administrators from Fairport and BOCES will collaborate as best as practicable so students can engage in their programs and meet specific course requirements.

The District will continue providing opportunities for Work Based Learning (WBL), either in person or remote to the extent possible. WBL hours are still required, but the school may exercise discretion as the school year progresses. The WBL coordinator will coordinate with employers to accommodate safety guidelines. Knowing that opportunities may be limited, school counselors, service providers, and the WBL coordinator will work collaboratively to prioritize which students should be given WBL to meet graduation or CDOS exit credentials. Internships may take place virtually, where practical. In regard to students with disabilities, WBL experiences will need to align with IEP goals. Depending on the student and circumstance, the WBL coordinator and support team may consider placements within the school building if outside placements are not available.

Student Career Development will continue to provide in-person and/or virtual support. Virtual options will be considered (job shadowing, guest speakers, conferences, career fairs, interview skill preparation, etc.) when possible.