Coronavirus Update – March 23, 2020

 

Dear Fairmont Families,

My heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you. All of us have been tasked with navigating the coronavirus crisis personally, professionally, and as a parent, and that is no small task. As the father of four children, ages 4 to 14, I can personally attest to the fact that moving to an online learning platform is not without its challenges! At this time, our hope is to reopen our doors on Monday, April 20, but obviously, this hoped-for date is dependent upon many factors outside of our control. Please be assured that we will not reopen until it is safe to do so and will continue remote learning as long as necessary.

This week, our teachers are working to provide increased live instruction opportunities, with, in some cases, more morning check-ins, teacher-directed instruction time, and afternoon closure meetings on Zoom (depending upon program level). Preschool – 8th-grade families, you can anticipate additional information on how remote learning is evolving in your inbox tomorrow. We will continue to focus on refining and improving the remote learning experience, while planning for the restart of our schools on-site and fully staffed, just as soon as it has been deemed safe to do so.

We also understand the unprecedented level of financial uncertainty this situation has created for our families and staff. We are happy to share that we have been able to ensure the payment of non-teaching staff through the end of the month. After careful consideration, we have made the following changes to our tuition policies and hope you will find them helpful as you navigate your unique circumstances in this crisis:

  • Preschool and pre-kindergarten programming will be charged at 50% starting April 1 and through the duration of our closure.
  • Our Elementary, Junior High, and High School programs are receiving our remote learning program. This program will continue at our regular full-tuition rate.
  • Families participating in our extended daycare and/or transportation services will receive a credit for the period of March 16-31, 2020, and will not be charged for this service until we reconvene.
  • Any payments for Spring after-school programs will be refunded.

If your family’s circumstances do not allow you to finish the school year with us, we are waiving our usual related fees to release your liability if you withdraw mid-year. Our finance team will be able to accommodate your request with three (3) business days notice. If you must withdraw from the 2019/2020 school year, we will make every effort to ensure your child’s return to Fairmont for the 2020/2021 academic year. You will be prioritized for placement in case of a waitlist.

You are always welcome to reach out to coronavirusquestions@fairmontschools.com with any questions. I remain grateful that our entire school community has come together with patience and grace during these challenging times. I wish you and your family continued health and safety.

Sincerely,

Chad Jackson
President
Fairmont Schools