Parent Information Regarding Virtual Learning

Parent Information Regarding Virtual Learning
Posted on 03/13/2020
Parent Information Regarding Virtual Learning

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you know, our schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 for a minimum of two weeks.  We have preparations made for all learning to take place remotely through on-line virtual lessons.  The teachers will be using a variety of web tools to facilitate learning and will be available during their regularly scheduled periods for questions and student interaction.  All teachers will be taking attendance and recording attendance in Genesis. There will be graded assignments, quizzes and/or tests and other types of assessments given and the progression of the curriculum will continue.  Your child will also be assigned “homework” which will be done outside of the class schedule.

Period

Start

End

 

1

9:30

10:00

 

2

10:03

10:33

 

3

10:36

11:06

 

4

11:09

11:39

 

5

11:42

12:12

 

6

12:15

12:45

 

7

12:48

1:18

 

8

1:21

1:51

 

9

1:54

2:24

 

 

 

 

 

The Virtual Learning Day Schedule allows for four hours of teaching/learning with a 30-minute lunch break and 3-minute breaks between periods.  Additional student learning activities will take place through assignments to be done as at-home study.

All students and teachers are expected to work through their regular schedule based upon the Virtual Learning Day Model above.

If you need to contact an administrator, supervisor or any other school employee, please leave him/her a message on their school voicemail and he/she will call you back.  We will be checking voicemail remotely.

If your son or daughter is sick and will not be able to participate in the virtual day, please call him/her into the attendance office as you normally would.  Just as with regular attendance, a doctor’s note, drivers road test, etc will be excused once the notes are provided upon our return.

As you can imagine, this type of school closing is unprecedented and we all will be learning as we go along. It is our hope that the many pieces of preparation that are in place will help to provide continuity of learning in a safe and healthy environment… your own home. Please discourage your children from congregating in one student's home as the goal of the school shut down is to allow for social distancing to avoid the spread of germs. 

We will, of course, be monitoring the situation and will be sending out additional information as necessary. While it sounds a bit silly, one of the stresses everyone will face is being cooped up with the family for this extended period of time while watching the news and reading on social media the many scary statistics and details of the COVID-19 Virus.  Please do your best to keep yourself calm as we all know that the more calm the parents are, the more calm the children will be. 

These next weeks are going to be the extreme test of our patience as parents, our tolerance and resilience as families and our understanding and kindness as a community.

Please stay healthy and best of luck to all as we embark on our Virtual Learning adventure together.

Best regards,

Beverly MacKay

Superintendent of Schools