Home Learning Plan

Dear Bennett School District Families,

 

We recognize that this was likely a difficult week for many of our families as more cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in our state, emergency declarations were made by our community’s leaders and all of us have been struggling with the best way to protect our children and loved ones during what will likely be a long period of uncertainty.

 

The Governor's Executive Order on school closures through April 17th means we will be providing services to students in a variety of ways and using our best effort to meet their needs.  We, of course, are hoping for a quick return to school, but planning for every situation. 

 

Home Learning Plan

Our district administrative team has developed a home learning plan to take effect on March 30, 2020.  Schools have been reaching out to families to find out more information in regards to technology needs and Internet accessibility.  Instruction will be delivered digitally or through written materials, by BSD29J instructional staff, and aligned with the Colorado State Standards.  Families will receive access to Google Classroom including technology and home learning support materials to ensure students are well prepared to receive home learning. 

 

Academic focus:

  • Grades PK-3: Students will receive home learning activity choices focused on literacy, mathematics and teacher-designed lessons through print materials. Teachers will have office hours where they are available by phone and email to answer any questions and will be checking in on students.
  • Grades 4-12: Online courses focused on Core Content using Google Classroom and Zoom and courses needed for students to graduate will be the priority. Printed materials may be made available on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Special Education: Special Education professionals will coordinate with general education teachers to provide support to students with disabilities. Students receiving special education services or supports will continue to receive these supports via phone, video conferencing or other mediums dependent on family resources. 
  • Gifted & Talented: Staff will coordinate to provide support to students with Advanced Learning Plans.
  • ELL: ELD Education Professionals will coordinate with general education teachers to provide support to students with ELD needs.

Daily attendance/participation: Student attendance will be recorded daily by teachers in Infinite Campus (IC) based on the activity, lesson or unit completed. 

Contacting staff: During Spring Break, teachers will reach out to students and families with their specific learning plan for their class.   

Technology: Technology self-help resources will be available on our district webpage and will answer many common questions around applications and technology. Specific questions regarding student assignments should be directed to school staff. 

We appreciate your flexibility and understanding.

 

We will have a schedule set up for next week for families to drive through and pick up materials, technology, and band instruments that will be needed during this time.  The administrative team is currently working on that schedule, and we will get that information out this weekend. 

 

Currently Comcast has a program available that offers free Internet for families for two months.  Please see the information below or go to internetessentials.com:

In response to emergency measures associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19), Internet Essentials will increase speeds from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for all customers. This speed increase will happen automatically - no action is required by customers. In addition, new customers will receive two months of free service. Click here for more details.

Pricing & other info.

 

 

As this is a rapidly changing situation, information and circumstances may change at any time.  Recommendations for social distancing and/or if you develop symptoms (fever, cough, and shortness of breath) is to follow CDC Guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

These times are unsettling and scary for us and our kids. It is important to provide reassurance and support to our children by keeping shared information simple, age-appropriate and fact-based and by retaining schedules and routines.

 

If you or anyone in your family is experiencing mental health concerns, please take advantage of mental health services available to you. Ask your health care provider for recommendations, or contact either

Arapahoe County: https://www.allhealthnetwork.org/

Or Adams County: https://www.communityreachcenter.org/.  

If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, please call the Mental Health Crisis Line at 1-844-493-TALK, or by texting “TALK” to 38255. 

 

Additionally, BSD29J has created a web page with online learning resources for families: https://www.bsd29j.com/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1700049&type=d&pREC_ID=1861854  

And a web page with resources on COVID-19 found here:

https://www.bsd29j.com/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1586048&type=d&pREC_ID=1845659

 

As I mentioned in my last message, our Food Service Director and Transportation Director will be coming up with a schedule for food distribution whether that be at a bus stop or at the primary elementary school.  We will have more details later next week. 

 Identification or paperwork will not be required to receive food. In addition to serving students who are on the free and reduced lunch program, we understand that other families may also be struggling at this time.

Please help us get out the word to those that need the help. 

 

It has been amazing to see our community come together during this time of crisis. While there has been panic buying and some cases of coronavirus-related fraud, there have been far more stories of people supporting their neighbors and those in need.

I am exceedingly proud to be part of this community. Working together, we will get through this.
 

Robin Purdy

Superintendent

Bennett School District 29J