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March 30 High School Learning Update
Posted 3/30/20

Dear High School families, 

Thank you for supporting your student with their learning during this challenging time. Our teachers worked hard on Friday, March 13 to put together lessons for students in the case that we had to close school sites. Later that day, we learned our schools would in fact close. Our lessons have since been sent out via Google Classroom/Echo and our students are learning from home. Thank you for your patience and support. We appreciate the ongoing partnership. 

There have been questions about how students will turn in the work they are completing on paper and how both paper and online assignments will be counted in their classes. The work students are completing now (before Spring Break) digitally or in paper form, may be turned in as completed online, or  when students return to school. No student will be penalized for submitting work after school resumes.  

Furthermore, it is important to understand that the work students are completing now (before Spring Break) is meant to continue their engagement in learning during this unexpected school closure. The school work completed will not be formally graded, however teachers may provide students with feedback and completed work may have the effect of improving a student’s overall grade.  Students may submit work before Spring break for feedback but a student's grade will not be negatively impacted for work not completed during the school closure. It is important for families to have time to establish a routine for learning and completing school work at home. We recognize the challenges posed by school closure and the uncertainty our students and families may be feeling.  In addition to the academic lessons, students will be assigned in April, social, emotional and mental health lessons will also be provided. These lessons will not be graded, but provided to support our students and families as we all adjust to a new routine.

Now that schools are closed through May 1st, teachers will begin working on lessons and units that students will work on April 13 - May 1st with the assistance of their teacher.  Students and teachers will interact regularly online, through use of video conferencing.  More information will be provided later this week to ensure students have the time and tools to complete the online tasks assigned.  

If you do not have access to WiFi, Comcast has made Xfinity WiFi hotspots available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. Look for the “Xfinity WiFi” network from your device, connect to it and launch your browser. Additionally information regarding low cost internet service is available at https://internetessentials.com/

Thank you for being flexible, supportive and connected.