Over the last few weeks we have been preparing for distance learning. Teachers have been working really hard to provide supplemental instruction for all students. This work is meant to keep kids engaged in their learning and help bridge the gap during the school closure.
Supplemental materials include anything that teachers have assigned between March 11th – April 10th. These materials, although important, can only help improve a student’s grade. They will not count against a student if we were not able to connect either virtually or through paper packets.
The Department of Education has given us some guidance on distance learning and I’m happy to say that we will be ready for class to officially start, virtually, Monday morning at 8:00 am.
We will be starting a soft roll-out through Google Classroom starting tomorrow morning at 8:00. Students can log into their Google Classroom and join a meeting with each of their teachers. All students should follow their regular schedule, attending classes 1, 2, 3, 4, 8 & 9. It’s been awhile, so they may need to check their StudentVUE to ensure they are attending the correct classes. Your teachers will post a link in their Google Classroom for students to access the live course. Each class period will be 25 minutes with a 5-minute break in between. The schedule will be posted on the school website. During the afternoon, your teachers will hold office hours where you can message them or have them call you for additional help on homework.
At this point, anyone who requested a Chromebook to access online learning should have one. If not, you can email me and we can arrange a time for you to still pick one up.
My hopes for you during this time:
Develop a routine - get up at the same time every day and follow a schedule.
Find some time to read every day.
Make physical activity part of your regular routine.
Read every day, find a good book to immerse yourself in.
Make sure to help out around the house. Our parents and grandparents are under a lot of stress during this time, please make sure you aren’t adding to it. Do something nice for them, help around the house or with your siblings. Be nice to each other and treat everyone with respect.
Spend quality time with your family. Play a board game, cards or dice - find some family activities that everyone will enjoy.
I really appreciate everyone's patience as we work through this unprecedented situation. There is no playbook for how to switch from in-class learning to virtual learning in such a short amount of time. We will make mistakes along the way. Please know that we are doing our very best to reach every kid and provide the best education we possibly can.
Again, we miss you guys so much. Hang in there, keep up the hard work, stay healthy and take care of each other.