As the district officially transitions to remote learning, there is a lot of information coming at you. Please let us be a resource to help. This email gives further information and details to support your family in this.
I am so proud of our community and how we have proactively worked to support our students and that our teachers dove into uncharted territory in finding ways to support student learning while not being at school. I look forward to continuing to build on this work to best support our students in this unusual time.
Remote Learning Plan for Families - Please see attached for a detailed plan around our remote learning. This plan gives specifics on: daily minutes goals, learning materials, communication tools, learning platforms, and communication plans for each grade level. You can also visit our website at http://www.skinnernorth.org/remote-learning.html for further details and our weekly plans, which are updated each Monday. (Due to spring break, 4/13 will be the next posting.)
Setting Up a Home Learning Environment - We have created some guidance around setting up a home learning environment. This document is a resource for you. Remember remote learning does not replace classroom instruction. Everyone is feeling stress in different ways. We are all doing our best in an unprecedented time and we are here to help. Please feel free to reach out to school staff for support whether for academic or social-emotional needs.
Grading - While students are expected to complete assignments and schools are able to grade work, grades will be counted only if they improve a student’s grade and will not negatively impact any student’s academic standing. Students who do not engage in academic work can be issued an incomplete and will be expected to make up incomplete assignments following the remote learning period.
Information Resources - A guide around remote learning from CPS is available at https://cps.edu/SiteCollectionDocuments/Remote-Learning-Guidance-for-Parents.pdf and my principal reports to the LSC are attached. These contain information that may be helpful in navigating the situation and provide updates.
Technology Needs - As we continue to do more remote learning, we understand that families may not have the resources necessary to access online content. We want to make sure students have what they need to stay engaged while school is not in session. If your student needs a Chromebook or has other needs that we can assist with, please complete the following form (https://forms.gle/nEo1DvmNv4gLkmse9) or reach out to Katie (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Derrick (email@example.com) directly. We will have Chromebook pick up this Wednesday (4/8) from 9-10. Please let us know in advance if you plan to pick up a device.
Non-Digital Learning Plan - The district is creating packets filled with engagement activities for your students to complete throughout the closure. Packets can be picked up at food pick up sites Monday-Fridays from 9-1pm. If you plan to pick-up a packet, please reach out to the school (teacher or administration) so that we can create a plan to ensure that your student receives support. If you need Skinner North specific resources printed, please reach out to your student's teacher and/or Derrick and Katie. We will work with you to get copies. (Please note: Our school will no longer be open daily as we will no longer be a food distribution site.)
School-Wide Office Hours - We are here to support you. If you have any questions, we have digital and non digital office hours. We will have a staff member available on Google Meet during the listed hours of the school day starting the week of 4/13. Students (using their CPS email addresses) or parents can join the link or call-in number to ask any questions they have for school staff. If you need to talk outside of these time slots, please email Katie (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Derrick (email@example.com). We will respond promptly.
Mondays - 8:30-9:30AM and 12:30-2:30PM
Tuesdays - 8:30-10:30AM and 12:30-2:30PM
Wednesdays - 8:30-9:30AM and 12:30-2:30PM
Thursdays - 8:30-10:30AM and 12:30-2:30PM
Fridays - 8:30-9:30AM and 12:30-2:30PM
Connect using the following directions:
Digital Office Hours: Join digital office hours through Google Hangouts Meet at: meet.google.com/tcs-pwur-qgh, Meeting ID meet.google.com/tcs-pwur-qgh, or via Phone at (US)+1 609-429-5796 PIN: 678 085 736#
Non-Digital Office Hours: We will have a staff member available by phone during above stated office hours. Call via phone at (US)+1 609-429-5796 PIN: 678 085 736#. Students or parents can call this number to ask any questions they have for school staff.
Opt Out Forms - These are available for Zoom and Seesaw if you do not consent to your student using the platforms. They are available at https://drive.google.com/file/d/16wdmX9AdzjwglJ276CL5_mKJ5Mjud-zv/view?usp=sharing (Zoom) and https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SyI7lkEkipIvUsH5puKxkUNrA644ScqY/view?usp=sharing (Seesaw).
Note Regarding Zoom - Teachers using Zoom will abide by the following security precautions: 1. Don't post Zoom meeting invites on social media or any site that can be accessed by the public; 2. Use a password in addition to a meeting code for participants to gain entry; 3. Use the waiting room feature (now a default) so the host has to allow any participant to enter; 4. Use the feature that doesn't allow participants to enter before the host; 5. Use the setting that prevents participants from sharing their screens, so only the host can share his/her screen; and 6. Optional: host can lock the meeting after it starts.
Food Distribution Updates – During the district’s scheduled spring break, which begins Monday, April 6, families may pick up grab-and-go meals at 136 school sites across the city from Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Beginning the following week (Monday, April 13), the district will launch a consolidated meal plan under which 276 schools that were most frequented by families will continue to provide free meals, and schools that were less utilized by families will no longer serve as distribution sites. For the full list of meal sites open during spring break and under the consolidated site plan beginning April 13, please visit cps.edu/mealsites or call 773-553-KIDS. Meal sites will not be open on Friday, April 10 to give our staff members off for Good Friday, and we ask families to plan accordingly.April 10 to give our staff members off for Good Friday, and we ask families to plan accordingly.
o From CPS - Please fill out the form below to receive meal delivery if you are unable to come to your child's home school to pick up food. Please note that one form submission will result in one delivery and you should only submit one form per day. If you need an additional delivery, please fill out the form two days in advance of needing another delivery. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeC99Ohs-MYSyEAIz3Ubt3aZUShyBARlqr8bAvzt1RTuoUAuw/viewform
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