Dear Fayerweather Community,

With a great deal of work, collaboration, time, and planning, Fayerweather Street School is confident in our decision to begin the 2020-21 academic year in Scenario 2: the Hybrid Model. 

In order for our Hybrid Model to be successful, we will continue to lean on our collective and collaborative relationships with families, staff, and students, ensuring that best practices are implemented in classrooms and at home. Although we have been incredibly fortunate to have the resources and community to create and implement Scenario 2, we will continue abiding by Massachusetts state, DESE, and CDC guidelines and will be prepared to move to Scenario 3: Remote only, if or when needed.

I would also like to take this time to share my appreciation of our Fayerweather community in what has been a total team effort. Parents, staff, the Board of Directors, and health professionals have helped guide Fayerweather’s work this summer by attending Covid Task Force meetings, Town Halls, staff meetings, providing counsel, and asking important questions. Your work and dedication allows Fayerweather to develop a plan where we can safely and joyfully welcome students back to school. Thank you for your continued flexibility, guidance, and support during the new school year.

Please click on the links below for details on the FSS Fall 2020 Reopening Plan. The links will be updated as changes and final decisions are made. Please check the Fall 2020 Reopening page on our website and reach out should you have any questions.

We are excited to see your faces again. Let us continue working collaboratively to make sure our students, your children, are receiving the best care and education possible.


Dr. Kim Ridley
Head of School    
Michael Bowler
Assistant Head of School


Fayerweather HandbookThe updated 2020-21 Parent Handbook includes an A-Z of the people, programs, guidelines, and resources available to families at Fayerweather. Please make sure to pay attention to the following sections for modifications in operations due to COVID-19.
  • Parking, Drop-Off, and Dismissal, pages 21-23
  • Magnus Health App and Daily procedures, page 32
  • Parent Involvement, pages 7-8
  • Staff Lists and Emails, pages 11-15
Health and Safety Protocols Addendum: Click here to see our plans for safe opening and ongoing operations during this global pandemic. Here you will find information on masks, hand washing, physical distancing, movement around the building, and protocols regarding confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community. Please make sure to pay careful attention to the following sections:
  • Screening for Symptoms, page 3
  • Response Protocols for Exposure and Infections, pages 7-10
  • Eating and Food Items, page 6
  • Sample Notification Email, page 11
Parent Forms: Please sign or fill out the following forms before the school year begins which are available by logging in to your MyFSS account.
  • Acceptable Use of Technology
  • Parent Information Update
  • Community Involvement, including information about a pilot program, PBL Fridays
  • Permission forms for 2020-21 such as: walking, rideshares, public transportation, photo, and others.
Fayerweather Community Calendar: The Fayerweather website calendar contains our A (grades 1-4) and B (grades 5-8) week schedules, along with any other school happenings such as Curriculum Nights, Parent Teacher Conferences, holidays, and professional development days.
MedicationsPrescription medications, including EpiPens and inhalers, should be brought to school with physician’s orders, in a pharmacy container or with pharmacy dispensed paperwork. Please be sure to bring these to Nick on September 3, between 11 am - 2 pm. He will be accepting appointments in 15-minute blocks. Please contact Nick ( to schedule a time or to set up an appointment if you’re not available on September 3. 

Additional Information and Resources:

Supporting Educators and Staff: We take our responsibility for the health and safety of staff very seriously. Staff have been provided with the PPE of their choice, upgraded technology for remote learning if needed, and support and breaks from Adult Buddies and Specialists. For more information about the specialists/buddies rotation for your cohort, please contact your teacher. Adult buddies will be podding with a cohort on a similar rotation to specialists so that every teacher has a resource for breaks, planning time, and support with students and families. All specialists and buddies will be tested and have remote time before podding with a new cohort.

Engaging with Families: Fayerweather Street School believes that clear, consistent communication between teachers and families is the basis for a successful school-home partnership. Our cohort system this year will help to streamline and improve weekly email communication because of the small class sizes and clear point of contact for families. During the remote learning portions of the hybrid schedule, teachers in Grades 1-4 will communicate with students and families using the Seesaw platform. In Grades 5-8, teachers will communicate with students and families using the Google Classroom platform. These educational technology platforms will act as a “one-stop-shop” for parents and students as they engage in remote learning. More details, including tutorials for families on each platform, will be shared in the coming month. 

School Day Schedule: For in-person days, Pk-K will start at 8:30 am and end at 3:00 pm, Grades 1-6 will start at 8:30 am and end at 3:15p, and the Unit will start at 8:15 am and end at 3:05 pm. On remote days, Grades 1-4 will start at 8:30 am and end at 2:00 pm, and Grades 5-8 will begin at 9:00 am and end at 2:30 pm. Every Friday, for every cohort, whether in-person or remote will end at Noon. Your teacher will be communicating specifics about the cohort’s schedule, both for in-person and remote weeks by September 1.

Hybrid Model: Fayerweather Street School will begin the Fall 2020-21 academic year under Scenario 2: the Hybrid Learning Model. This model creates three groupings: PK-K, Grades 1-4, and Grades 5-8. Within each grade level, students are divided into smaller cohorts of roughly 8-13 students. 
  • Grades 1-4 cohorts and Grades 5-8 cohorts will alternate a week of in-person learning at school with a week of remote learning.
  • Given that early elementary learners developmentally struggle the most with remote learning, the Pre-K, TK, and Kindergarten cohorts will attend school in-person Monday-Friday every week.
  • The school website shows when each cohort is in-person or remote. Teachers will share the cohort’s schedule with you by September 1 so you know what a sample in-person and remote week schedule will look like.
  • Families who require remote only instruction will be assigned to a cohort and will learn remotely during their cohort’s weeks in the building via Zoom and the Owl Camera technology, paired with follow-up from cohort teachers, learning specialists, and when possible, staff buddies assigned to families.
  • During remote schedule weeks there will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning activities, pre-recorded lessons and interactive videos, and individual, small, and large group meetings via Zoom.
  • Everyday will start with a morning meeting/advisory session to go over a checklist for students of their work for the day and anticipate possible misconceptions or directions to go over for asynchronous learning parts of the day. 
  • Teacher Office Hours: Teachers will schedule in multiple blocks (if possible) for students to check in during a teacher office hours (morning and afternoon). Teachers will use this time for drop-ins scheduled via email AND will proactively invite students to check in 1:1 or in small groups during these times to get enrichment/support. 
Families have been sent a survey asking how their children will return to school. This mandatory survey is due Monday, August 31 at Noon. Families will be able to switch between models, but the school may need up to four weeks to accommodate your request to return to Hybrid Learning if you have been remote only. This allows us to assess the classroom layout, to make modifications, and to be assured that teachers are fully prepared to welcome your child back to the classroom safely.

Please be advised that Fayerweather will request a COVID-19 test before your child returns to Hybrid Learning with in-person weeks from fully remote learning.

CohortsTeachers worked to form cohorts based on grade level, as well as the same factors used in creating full classes, such as supportive and inclusive friendships, learning needs, and group dynamics. Parent input is valued, though final placement decisions were made in collaboration with teachers and administrators. Cohorts will not change during the year and will not mix in-person while at school. Teachers may collaborate and mix cohorts while remote.

Parent/Caregiver responsibilities during in-person or remote learning: Parents are responsible for ensuring their children attend school every day, whether for in-person or remote learning. We will ask families to help teachers identify any potential learning barriers or issues that arise so we can find ways to support you and your family.

MyFSS Parent Portal: The Resources tab on MyFSS has links to your Magnus Health account, the Parent Handbook, Parent Association information including meetings and class reps. Please bookmark this page and refer back to it for updated information.

Virtual Town Halls: Fayerweather Street School held multiple town halls this summer to speak to our reopening plans, hear feedback, and field questions from our parent community. Click the following link to access recordings of our summer Town Hall Meetings and we will continue adding recordings from future meetings.

FAQs: During these past four months of planning, Fayerweather has gathered questions posed by our community. Click the following link for an extensive list of our FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions.
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