Now that the 2019-2020 school year is finished, I wanted
to take a moment to express my appreciation to the Fairfield Community for your
patience, flexibility, and support over the last number of months. The
challenges and uncertainties, fueled by continual changes, were met by positive
attitudes of perseverance as we addressed issues and were able to successfully
finish out the school year.
Looking forward, it is my hope to re-open our school in
some capacity, and on-time on August 12th. With that goal in mind, staff and
parents are holding meetings to discuss and plan for that eventuality. We will
work together and move forward to reach the point of re-opening our schools.
I’ve learned that there are no simple solutions to
complicated problems. Re-opening our schools is one of those complicated
problems. Indiana will not have fully recover economically before the children
go back to school. This is going to be
tougher than many people realize. Some students, parents or employees may be
reluctant to start school due to the fear of a safe environment. We must do our
best to make everyone feel safe, and have safeguards in place to address these
We will not just open the school doors, and then hope for
the best. Hope is not a strategy. Fairfield Community Schools will be developing
new procedures on how to handle a variety of situations, and then teach these
procedures to our students and caring staff. This will require change,
but we will move forward to address these crucial issues so we can provide a
safe learning environment.
Again, it is our hope and intent to return to some order
and normalcy for our Fairfield families and for Fairfield Community Schools to
re-open this fall. We appreciate your faith and patience with us as we work
through this process.
Have a safe and enjoyable summer!
Dr. Robert Evans