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Fairfield City School District Music Education Program Earns National Recognition

A strong commitment to music education has earned the Fairfield City School District a Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation.

In its 20th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students...
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Child Find Notice

The Fairfield City School District is continuing the effort to identify, locate, evaluate, and provide services to any child with a suspected disability between the ages of 3-21. Children may have diagnoses including, but not limited to, the following: autism, traumatic brain injury, hearing impairments, visual impairments, speech and language delays, learning delays, behavioral concerns and multiple disabilities. It is our goal to identify and provide services as early as possible. If you suspect your child may benefit from this type of screening or service prior to enrolling in school, please call (513) 829-4311.
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FHS Physics Students Solving Tomorrow's Environmental Problems Today

AP Physics students in Kurt Etter's classes are hard at work solving tomorrow's environmental problems today. As a state finalist in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, the Fairfield High School scientists have submitted a project to reduce the amount of pollution emitted into the environment. Their entry, called "Operation Thaw," requires the students to solve a community problem using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) concepts. Their idea is to (read more by clicking the headline above)...
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FCSD Recruiting Applicants of Color for 2019-2020 School Year

The hiring season for schools has begun! The Fairfield City School District has a Diversity Plan which is School Board approved.  One important component of the plan is to recruit, hire and retain staff members of color.  The Fairfield City School District is an equal opportunity employer, and we are currently seeking applicants of color for the upcoming school year (2019-2020).  If you have friends, family members or acquaintances who may be interested in applying to work in our schools, please encourage them to apply (click the headline above to read more)...
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State of the District Presented to Board of Education February 7

Superintendent Billy Smith shared with board members the State of the District during the work session on February 7. In it, Mr. Smith highlighted student opportunities and achievements, staff development and training, safety and security, and continued efforts to maintain a positive school experience. He also updated the board on progress with community partnerships, district outreach and community engagement opportunities. To view the presentation in its entirety, click the headline above.
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Letter to Parents/Guardians of Bus Riders

Dear Parents / Guardians of FCSD Bus Riders,

Recently, there has been some discussion about our transportation services, policies, procedures, and state law as it relates to our transportation services. The purpose of this communication is to address some of the concerns that have been shared as well as make some clarifications about our practices and procedures. First and foremost, we want our parents to know that the safety of our students is always our most important priority. Our commitment to safety applies not only in our school buildings but certainly extends to our transportation services as well. As a district, we are very fortunate to have bus drivers that take the time to get to know their students personally and provide a safe and secure environment while transporting a large number of students.

It is very common for us to receive questions about combining bus routes. We only combine bus routes when it is absolutely necessary. As you may or may not know, there is a shortage of bus drivers and substitute bus drivers locally and nationally. Our Human Resources department has worked hard to recruit and retain quality employees to transport our students, but we continue to experience a shortage for these critical positions. As a result of these shortages, it has become necessary to combine bus routes. However, we do want you to know that this only takes place when the regular bus driver is not available and we are unable to secure a substitute bus driver. The practice of combining bus routes has been and will continue to be a last resort. Unfortunately, due to the continued expected shortage of drivers, this practice will continue to be utilized when necessary.

When routes are combined, we often receive numerous questions such as: What is the capacity of our buses? What is the legal limit of students that may be transported on our buses? How many students are legally permitted to sit in a seat? Are students asked to stand or sit on the floor on our buses? Our buses have the capacity to legally hold up to seventy-two passengers, which may result in three students riding in a seat. At no time is any student asked or permitted to be seated on the floor or stand. If a student believes that a seat is not available, he or she should notify the bus driver immediately. If the driver discovers that there are not enough adequate seats for every student on the bus, we want to assure our students and our parents that we will make other arrangements for students to be transported. It is not acceptable for any student to stand or sit on the floor. As a result of these most recent concerns, we have asked our drivers to have a heightened sense of awareness in regard to students attempting to sit on the floor or stand.
In conclusion, we want to reinforce our commitment to providing a safe and secure environment for our students, regardless if they are in one of our buildings or on one of our buses. We hope that the information in this statement is helpful for our families. We want our parents / guardians to be confident that the safety of their children is our most important priority. If you should ever have a question or concern about the safety of your child on one of our buses, please contact our transportation department at 513-829-6603.
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FCSD Equity Leadership Team Updates Board on Diversity Plan Progress Dec. 20

The Equity Leadership Team (ELT) of the Fairfield City School District presented its annual progress report on our diversity work at the December 20 meeting. Committee members updated the board on the work being done within each of the four guiding pillars:
I. Recruit, hire and retain teachers, administrators and staff of color.
II. Increase cultural awareness of all students, teachers, administrators and staff of the FCSD.
III. Increase community engagement and parental involvement.
IV. Increase student engagement and learning opportunities to emphasize the value and importance of the participation of diverse students in all curricular and extracurricular activities.
Members of the ACT-SO (African-American Cultural and Technical Scientific Olympiad) class at the high school shared feedback on the new class and projects they are working on for local, regional and national competition. Projects include sculpture, painting, photography, biology, dermatology research, playwriting, poetry and entrepreneurship.
The ELT is also expanding the scope of the plan to reach students with disabilities and special needs, economically disadvantaged students, and individuals with mental health needs. To view the presentation, please click the link above.
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2017-2018 Quality Profile Released

As part of the Alliance for High Quality Education, the Fairfield City School District is pleased to announce the publication of the 2017-18 Quality Profile. Designed to be a companion to the state report card, the Quality Profile offers a comprehensive look at the district, giving insights into every aspect of the educational experience provided to students. Across the state of Ohio, nearly 85 school districts will release this publication in the coming weeks.
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