Health mandate extending the closure of all K-12 public schools through the end of 2020 school year
As you are most likely aware, Governor Dunleavy issued a health mandate extending the closure of all K-12 public schools through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Staff were saddened to hear the news, given the impact it would have on our students and families. With that said, student learning will continue from afar, and we will continue to do our absolute best in providing distance educational services to our students.
In the elementary school, teachers are implementing an online learning platform known as MobyMax. MobyMax allows teachers to work with their students digitally, while supporting grade level instruction across core content areas. Elementary teachers are also implementing individual, grade level based lessons that involve supplementary learning activities and/or online learning resources – all of which directly support our curricular programs at the CES. In addition, all teachers utilize a variety of methods to connect with students and families, which may include phone calls, emails, texts, or even Zoom Meetings.
In the middle school, teachers are utilizing both the Google and Zoom online platforms. Google Classrooms have been created to assist teachers in delivering content area lessons, learning activities, and/or assignments. Zoom Meetings are being implemented by teachers to directly connect and support students on a weekly basis. CMS Teachers have also implemented an alternating weekly call list, so students and families have a chance to connect with a different teacher each week. In addition, all CMS Students were assigned a CMS Teacher Mentor. The role of a Teacher Mentor is to monitor and track the progress of the students they were assigned. Teacher Mentors will reach out to their assigned students and families regarding individual student progress, as well as are available to offer help and support as needed.
Please know, both the CES and the CMS are brainstorming ideas regarding opportunities for our students to participate in Virtual Activities and Events. That’s right, even though we find ourselves in unprecedented times – it doesn’t change the fact that we are here for kids! With that said, please continue to refer to each school’s bulletin for virtual opportunities that your child may wish to participate with. In addition, if you happen to have any ideas for potential virtual school activities or events, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Last, but not least, please take note that the original CCSD In-service Days scheduled on the school calendar for April 23rd and April 24th have been changed to student contact days. Therefore, please plan on regular, distance education delivery during those days (4/23/20 & 4/24/20).
In closing, it’s my hope this letter finds you and your family doing well. While the CEMS Staff very much understands that this is a strange and almost surreal time for our families, not a day goes by that we don’t think about our students and miss them dearly. If there is anything we can do to support you or your child(ren) with our distance education services, please reach out and connect with us.
Jackie Hanson Principal, Craig Elementary & Middle School, email@example.com