Coronavirus COVID-19 Off-site Education and Resources

 

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With the onset of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, where our lives are being transformed daily; we hold tight to the fundamental values and beliefs as a community partnership that our actions mu

st always be focused on the best interest of our students. This is a societal crisis that requires us to work together, support each other, and have patience for the actions and efforts. There is no playbook to contend with the challenges we are encountering, only a steadfast commitment of conviction to do what is right and preserve equity in opportunities and outcomes for our students.

Shenendehowa administrators and teachers have developed formalized plans for educational opportunities for students during this time. 

Teachers have been and will continue to communicate with students in their classes. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or principal via email with specific class-related  or school-related questions, all email addresses can be found here: https://www.shenet.org/contact-us/

Students in grades 6-12 already have district-provided Chromebooks.  Your school principal will be sending out information next week to arrange for device pickup for those who don’t have one at home.

NEW We have developed a presentation and video to provide clarity about reasonable expectations for students, families, and teachers.  

 

Elementary Online Learning

Shenendehowa Elementary Schools have organized a Virtual Learning webpage to assist families in accessing educational resources during the suspension of on-site classes.  Access to your school’s K-5 Virtual Learning webpage can be found on Shen’s main website as well on your school’s homepage. You may also find the link below, next to your school principal’s name.  Our goal is to provide logical and reasonable Virtual Educational Opportunities for our students. These educational resources are grade-level and course-relevant, so students can be intellectually engaged and continually practicing skills in preparation for a return to on-site instruction.  

Students with disabilities will continue to have their Individual Education Plan (IEP) modifications and accommodations implemented, through virtual educational opportunities to the extent that is practicable.  For any parents who are having difficulty accessing information online, please reach out to your building principal for potential options. Our elementary schools have office hours from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.  The office will not be staffed at this time, but we are checking our voice messages remotely.  You may call the office anytime and leave a message or email us. 

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Spectrum Free Internet Offer – 1-844-579-3743 –Spectrum Internet Assistance Program 

K-5 information translated into different languages

 

Middle School Grades 6-8 Online Learning

Shenendehowa Middle Schools have organized an on-line “continuity of learning” for our students where teachers will be posting assignments and work.  We have asked teachers to develop materials and assignments to help keep students engaged during this time and to work to provide a “continuity of learning” as we navigate these uncharted waters.

We ask that all students/parents click on Gr. 6-8 Continuity of Learning  which will lead to a resource document where students can look up their teachers name for each of their classes and be directed to that teacher’s resources (ex. Information Page, Google Classroom, Website, etc.).  Most of the resources are the same that the students have been using all school year. At this time, we ask that students begin to work on their specific assignments. Please pay special attention to any deadlines/due dates for any assignments.  Please note – only students have access to their teacher’s Google Classrooms.

In addition to this webpage, many teachers will likely be emailing parents/students directly using their established online connections.  Please check your email regularly and encourage your child to do the same. This “Continuity of Learning” webpage will be updated throughout the extended closure, so please check this regularly.  If you have any questions pertaining to your child’s education, please contact your child’s teacher first and if unable to reach them, feel free to reach out, by email, to the Academic Administrator or Building Principal. 

 

High School Grades 9-12 Online Learning

To provide “Continuity of Learning” for students, teachers will be posting various learning materials, videos, and assignments for students to continue with the learning process. Many of our teachers have been using these resources and approaches all year to some degree, thus the platforms will be familiar to many students.

We have collected the links to all teachers’ Google Classrooms and compiled them in one location in an effort to assist parents and students. Information related to each teacher and class can be found by clicking this Gr. 9-12 Continuity of Learning. The courses are sorted by department, teacher and period of the day it occurs. The sorting by period is not indicative of virtual meeting times, but rather a mechanism for students to locate the virtual links to their class. For many, the continuity of online learning has already commenced, as many of our teachers and students have already been communicating.

While all situations vary, we ask that you help your child establish some type of routine as we all navigate this tough situation. While times and approaches will differ, we have asked students to try to set aside time each day for school work and some form of physical activity. We have also asked them to try to maintain typical routines with respect to sleeping patterns.

If you have any questions pertaining to your student’s education, please contact your child’s teacher. As always our Academic Administrators and Building Administrative Team are available to assist with any questions you may have.

 

PBS/NYS Education Department Announce Expanded Remote Learning During Statewide School Closure

Local Public Media Channels to Broadcast Educational Content for Pre-K to 12th Grade
Expanded educational resources and “Learn-at-Home” programming is now available for all of New York’s students in response to school closings across the state. In addition, NYSED has launched a dedicated website featuring remote continuity of learning resources to provide districts and teachers with increased options.
Students from prekindergarten through 12th Grade will have access to PBS educational programming every weekday starting Monday, March 23rd on-air. These efforts will help ensure that all students can “Learn-at-Home,” whether they have a computer or broadband at home.
PBS to Broadcast Educational Content for Pre-K Through 12th Grade
Pre-K and young learners can still watch familiar shows like Sesame Street. Elementary student broadcast schedules include trusted programs like Wild Kratts, Peg + Cat, and Cyberchase. Middle school and high school programming include shows like Nova, History Detectives, and Shakespeare Uncovered. As always, many additional programs are also available to stream on the free PBS Video and PBS KIDS Video apps.
Since every PBS station in New York has multiple digital channels, programming will be available for young children (PreK to 4th Grade) and older children (5th to 12th Grade) on different digital channels. They can be viewed for free over-the-air with a television antenna or on cable.
Parents and educators should check WMHT for additional information on schedules and channel lineup. 
Local stations will also provide more specific educational information and resources developed in conjunction with local school districts, BOCES, parents, and teachers.
New York’s educators and parents can continue to access free educational resources that supplement and augment learning on the website, PBSLearningMedia.org. PBS LearningMedia provides original digital content and supplemental viewing guides for on-air programming that assist in learning. New special collections have been created for each grade level to make it easy for parents and teachers to select appropriate content if they are new to using the service. Webinars and online support materials have already been taking place and will continue to help educators make use of PBS LearningMedia as a distance learning tool.
Remote Instruction and Continuity of Learning Resources Website
NYSED’s remote Continuity of Learning Resources website is live now and includes options and examples of technology and non-technology-based resources for districts and schools, as they develop distance learning plans for students during closure due to the Novel Coronavirus.
Among many other resources, this new site features lists of digital content to enhance distance learning in a dozen subject areas including early learning, English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies and Special Education. Educators will also find digital tools to assist in communicating with students and families and creating engaging instructional opportunities for students.
NYSED’s site also provides non-technological suggestions for schools and parents to consider when planning for continuity of learning. There are many ways students can continue learning that do not require access to a computing device.
NYSED will continue to update and add resources to this dedicated website as they become available.

 

Important Info:

  • Mental Wellness Support – The outbreak of COVID-19 has been stressful for all. Fear and uncertainty about sick family members or fear of becoming ill, food insecurities, loss of employment, and other factors associated with this unprecedented event can be overwhelming, If your child is experiencing an emotional wellness concern during this unsettled time please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We have created a unified form for parents/students to complete if they need assistance: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSchHSYQJWR4BXjAahHp-yHbVakGmSdiLujB4pSb0dm6rftJhQ/viewform. Once submitted, one of the district’s Student Support Counselors, School Counselors or School Psychologists will be in touch to discuss strategies, skills, and supports.
  • Spring Sports – All spring sports are currently postponed in New York State.  The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has established April 27th as the decision date to determine if State Championships can be conducted.  
  • District Facilities and Grounds – The District’s facilities and grounds are closed, other than for official purposes. This includes playgrounds, fields and the track. The paved walkways and roads are open for walking, running, and biking as long as these activities are not occurring in groups, strictly adhering to social distancing
  • Childcare – If you are a parent or caregiver who needs child care, please complete this parent need for child care survey. Based on the information you provide about your job, employer, number of children, and financial need, OCFS may be able to help you find the child program you need. It may be a challenge to find child care due to COVID-19 related program closures, however the staff at OCFS are trying their best to support families to find high quality child care that they need. In addition, the OCFS website has several resources available https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/childcare/.
  • The YMCA is providing childcare to anyone who has to report to work. More info…
  • Update for Daycare for Essential Worker: Capital District YMCA School-Age Child care Now Covers “Essential” Workers, New Locations, a Daily Rate — Financial Assistance Offered! Click here for more information.
  • State Assessments – We have been informed by the NYS Board of Regents that the administrations of the 2020 elementary- and intermediate-level State assessments(Shenendehowa Assessment Memo – Spring 2020) have been suspended for the remainder of this school year.
  • Meals for those in need – Shenendehowa Food Service and Transportation Department will continue to deliver breakfast and lunch for students, free of charge, while schools are closed at the locations listed below. These sites will be open on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for food pickup.
    • Cheryl’s Lodge/Halfmoon Heights-12pm
    • D&R Village-12pm-12:30
    • North Pointe Apts-12pm-12:30pm

We will be passing out meals on Monday (Monday lunch and breakfast), Tuesday (meals for Tuesday and Wed), and Thursday (Thurs and Friday).

Backpack program meals will be delivered on a limited basis, once a week. More information about the delivery schedule will be communicated.

  • What to do if you are sick – If you or a family member begin showing symptoms of a respiratory disease and suspect it may be COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. See the following CDC chart about when to contact your healthcare provider: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1P3VAdy4p-f8nVG2fc6T-fwt4lK3kyGNq/view. Before going to your healthcare provider’s office, inform them that a case of COVID-19 is suspected, and follow their advice.

 

Update Communications:

The budget vote and board election scheduled for May 19 has been postponed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. A new date has not yet been determined. More info…

NYS using CARES Act funds to provide childcare to income eligible essential workers at no cost. More info…

Information regarding quarter four grading during the suspension of onsite classes…

The School Mental Health Resource & Training Center is providing monthly educational webinars for families and caregivers. More information…

The CDC has provided a step by step guide on how to make or sew your own face covering. More info…

If you need food, it is available through the MACSC Food Line. More info…

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update 3/26/20. More info…

If you are a parent or caregiver who needs child care, OCFS may be able to help you. More info…

One-stop shop for off-site education and continuity of learning for Shen students K-12…

K-5 Virtual Learning Information in Different Languages…

Coronavirus Update 3/20/20 – Message from Dr. L. Oliver Robinson, Superintendent of Schools

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update 3/18/20 Use of facilities and grounds (fields, playgrounds, track) suspended. More info…

Coronavirus COVID-19 Update 3/17/20-We have been notified that a student at Acadia Middle School and a private school student that rides a Shenendehowa School bus both have a confirmed case of COVID-19.