We hope this finds you settling into Distance Learning 2.0 as well as preparing for some quality time with loved ones this week. As information changes quickly, we will continue to send out direct communication to you as the need arises. If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to email either myself (firstname.lastname@example.org
) or your child’s teacher directly. We want to provide all the support we can.
One thing you should notice differently in DL 2.0 is our students are following a school bell schedule they should be logging in and joining their classes each day. Our school, virtual day, starts at 8:40 each day in advisory. Student attendance is taken in each class just like in school so if your child is unable to attend for any portion of the day, continue to call our attendance line and let us know. Students will engage in both synchronous (at the same time, online live) and asynchronous (on their own) during the course of a class period and teachers may build in worktime throughout the block class. It is important for students and families to check a teacher’s weekly WAAG
for plans as well as Google Classroom. If you need any support with any of this, be sure to let us know email@example.com.
When we return from break (Tuesday, December 1st-reminder there is no school Monday, November 30th), be watching for information on parent/caregiver question and answer live sessions with administration that we will be offering. Please continue to watch your email and portal for updates. Until then, stay safe and please practice the safety guidelines so we can return to in person learning quickly. We miss our students!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break,
Dana Miller, Principal
Free Meals to All Students During Distance Learning
Thanks to government funding, ALL ECCS students have access to free meals for the remainder of the school year. Participating in our distance learning meal kit program gives students nutritious and delicious meal options, supports local vendors and business partners, and supports 112 Nutrition Services. Parents can sign up weekly for meal kits, which includes 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches for each student. Meal kits are full of student favorites that come as ready-to-eat foods along with some frozen items that are meant to be baked at home. Watch for a weekly email every Thursday (starting Nov. 26) with the following week’s menu and link to order form. This free Meal Kit program is available to ALL students. You do not need to be on the free/reduced lunch program to receive these kits. Read more HERE.
Keep Your School Nurse Updated in Distance Learning
Even though we’re not physically in school it’s important that you still call in when your child is sick – especially if it’s a confirmed or suspected COVID case. Here’s why it’s so important:
- We need accurate data about the spread within our school communities as we make decisions on when, or how, to bring students back to in-person learning. Whether that’s bringing in students who need a higher level of support in small groups, or getting all of our students back in the buildings, we need to understand what our district numbers look like to make an informed decision.
- We also need data about who is being asked to quarantine at both the student and staff level to make sure our staffing numbers have stabilized when we want to bring students back into the buildings.
- Our public health agencies at the state and county level are overwhelmed given the number of positive cases. School nurses are playing a crucial role in helping them do contract tracing and investigating, and are far more likely to be able to answer your questions in a timely manner.
Our Health Services Team is here to help you even during distance learning to answer questions, work through guidance, and support you. Please help us by keeping us informed when your child is sick. You can find contact information for all of our Health Services staff here