Wed. Dec 8th, 2021

Pleasure is escalating in advance of Fairfax County Public College (FCPS) learners returning to 5 times a week of in-particular person studying this fall. Prior to university allow out in June, West Springfield Elementary College principal Dr. Kelly Sheers frequented the households of dozens of households who have been in digital understanding considering that the pandemic commenced. Learners ended up excited to see their principal for the 1st time in much more than 15 months. They shared what they’ve figured out in the earlier year and what they are most thrilled for this summer season.

Kenneth Hays, father of 3rd-grader Finnian and 2nd-grader Alexandra, pointed out a single payoff of virtual understanding was watching his children’s technological know-how capabilities explode. “That is a big difference really, on the lookout at how much they’ve arrive,” Hays mentioned. “I’m surely far better at typing,” Finnian extra. “It’s been diverse. But I just cannot wait around to go back.”

Dr. Sheers visits with a loved ones outside the house their residence.

Kenneth Hays also took a instant to thank Dr. Sheers for her difficult perform during this time. “No problem is fantastic. I can only consider anything going on powering the scenes,” Hays mentioned. “Whenever nearly anything was considerably less than best, we’d often consider about every thing you men have been juggling.”

At an additional check out, Aaron McDonald, father of fourth-grader Ava and second-grader Gabe, thanked Dr. Sheers for halting by and acknowledged the get the job done of lecturers over the previous yr. “The teachers have been fantastic, and we have finished the very best we can to guidance them,” McDonald claimed. “Like they say, we are all in this alongside one another.” 

Dr. Sheers visits the McDonald family on their front porch.
Dr. Sheers visits the McDonald family on their entrance porch.


Dr. Sheers wished to generate that concept dwelling for the duration of each and every visit. She suggests regardless of the length the pandemic has compelled on anyone, FCPS will always be ‘Stronger Together.’

“I want to construct that sense of local community,” Dr. Sheers reported. “I have not witnessed some of our virtual people for about a yr and a fifty percent. So, this is just my way to clearly show my appreciation to the households for supporting their youngsters at property, and reconnect with them, and truly meet some of our new households for the 1st time.”

For some new FCPS people, this fall will be their first time inside of faculty properties. All through Dr. Sheers’ visits, she confident individuals learners they will get entry to West Springfield Elementary prior to their initial day, so they can get oriented and discover their new classroom.

Dr. Sheers visited family members properties over the span of a several weeks, hoping to garner enjoyment for the tumble and assist college students truly feel welcome. For the duration of every single check out, Dr. Sheers let learners pick out their favored colour sunglasses and gave them a card that examine “You Shine So Bright!”. This was a much desired observe of encouragement, as we glimpse toward brighter days in advance. 

Browse extra about the outreach initiatives of Dr. Sheers in The Washington Submit and look at our movie on YouTube.