First day of new school year fast approaching
Published 12:00 am, Monday, August 21, 2017
FAIRFIELD — While whether the town will get any educational funding from the state remains an open question, one thing is for sure — come the last week in August, local schools will reopen for the new academic year.
Teachers will report back Aug. 28, followed on Aug. 30 by all sixth and ninth graders for orientation. The first full day of school for all students is Aug. 31.
Some students may think they have seen what their class schedule looks like, but an email from Nancy Brynes, director of technology cautions that what they saw on the Infinite Campus portal may not be the final version.
According to an Aug. 15 email from Byrnes, once the student and parent portal for the new school year was opened, some students were able to gain access to their schedule information through the attendance tab.
“It is important to understand that at this time the scheduling process is ongoing and any information that was viewed during this period is tentative and subject to change,” Byrnes wrote.
New school year notes
Aug. 28: Teachers report
Aug. 29: Professional development day
Aug. 30: Sixth and ninth grade orientation
Aug. 31: First day of school for all students
Holland Hill Elementary: 8:10 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.
All other elementary schools: 8:55 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Middle schools: 8:10 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.
High schools: 7:30 a.m. - 2:10 p.m.
Byrnes said with new students enrolling on a daily basis, further changes to schedules could be required. Once the schedule is finalized, she added, it will be officially released by each school and available online through the schedule tab.
When students have their schedules in hand and head to class, they will find some new things, according to Superintendent of Schools Toni Jones.
For example, Jones said, solar panel carports in the parking lots at both high schools will be completed by the start of school.
The solar car ports, built in the student parking lots, are expected to generate about one-third of the electricity used by the high schools. Both schools also have rooftop solar panels that generate another third of the electrical power used.
Other improvements at the high schools include a project to replace windows at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. At Fairfield Warde High School, students and staff will now benefit from a heating and air conditioning system for the school’s learning commons.
Replacement of the turf field at Tomlinson Middle School will start and, Jones said, will be under construction through the early fall.
The school district will also welcome new teachers and administrators.
“Almost all are to replace staff who retired, moved, or took promotional positions in other schools,” Jones said. Of the 57 new hires, 22 are due to teacher retirements.
Among the new staff members is Robert Mancusi, the district’s new director of special education. Previously the director of pupil personnel services for the Wallingford Board of Education, Mancusi is himself the parent of a special education student.