Fulton School News

Parent Communication, COVID-19, April 6
Dear TFS Community,
I don't have any specific announcements for you today, but I wanted to touch base. Your children and your family are in my thoughts constantly, and I want us to stay connected during this time of strange isolation.
I've been reading about the six stages of a crisis: pre-crisis, impact, heroic, honeymoon, disillusionment, and reconstruction. For TFS, I'm looking ahead to the next few months, trying to stay on top of what our community might need and how to best react in the short term, medium term, and long term.  
This coronavirus crisis is a little bit different from other crises for two reasons.  The first is that it's going to be a marathon, not a sprint.  Most crises happen quickly, end quickly, and then reconstruction takes a long time (imagine a flood or a tornado). The coronavirus pre-crisis, impact, and heroic phases are all long and flat and vary by region. The honeymoon may be longer (yay!), but disillusionment might be also.  The reconstruction will be emotional and financial, instead of physical.  
Secondly, most crises impact a community relatively uniformly (everyone gets flooded or everyone has building damage).  The coronavirus is affecting all of us differently.  Some feel little or no effect, while others will be devastated with loss (personal or financial). Some will feel anxiety, stress, and/or loneliness due to the isolation and uncertainty, while others might welcome the chance to hunker down at home. In our own school community, I see a wide variety of all of the above.   
In the short term, we will stay at home and continue online learning. We will all settle into a "new normal."  Remember, we do not expect you to homeschool your child. We are only asking you to provide structure, space, and connectivity.  Please let our teachers or me know if your child needs more accountability or other support from them. This can be an overwhelming time, and our teachers are trying to alleviate some of that, not add to it.
In the medium term, it's hard to imagine how we would end up back in the building this spring. If we don't return, maybe this summer we can have prom, graduation, and even a big outdoor bash just to celebrate being together again.   
In the long term, we will rebuild.  We will take what we've learned (things like online platforms, new recipes, and maybe what we take for granted) and make improvements to our classrooms and our lives.  We will assess what we've missed academically and find ways to catch up or reorganize.  

The good news is that we are all in this together.  Colleges are already revamping how to evaluate next year's applicants without the usual standardized testing, with accommodated 4th quarter grades, and without spring athletics and other activities. Schools are all rethinking sports, events, and milestones. As we rebuild and heal, we are going to be stronger, wiser, a lot better at technology, and a lot happier to be together again.  I saw a lovely little piece from an artist friend the other day that said, "2020, the year we were all there for each other." 
As always, please reach out to me if you have questions, concerns, or if there's anything we should know about in your lives over the next few weeks.
Kara Douglass
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