Distance Learning Extended through April 24
Due to local and national safety precautions, we are extending our distance learning program through April 24. This decision also honors Governor Lee’s request for schools to remain closed until that day.
Week 1 of Distance Learning
I am so pleased with the efforts of our students, parents, and teachers this week. Distance learning is certainly a challenge for all of us, but no one can question our efforts in getting it started. Adjustments will be made, and we will grow increasingly accustomed to new technologies and methods of teaching and learning. I am confident our efforts will pay off and anxieties dispelled (or least lessened) as we proceed with this program.
Four-Day School Weeks
Since the beginning of the school year, three consecutive four-day school weeks were on the calendar for April. Next week’s four-day school week is due to Good Friday being on April 10. The following week will also be a four-day week, because we have a professional development day scheduled for Monday, April 13.
Due to the challenges associated with distance learning, we will continue having four-day school weeks beyond the week of April 13. Distance teaching will only take place Tuesdays through Fridays until we return to campus this semester. This decision has been made in response to the demands distance learning is having on students, parents, and teachers. We recognize that personal and professional routines are being disrupted, and we understand there’s an emotional toll COVID-19 is having on many due to so much social isolation. Our plan is to give families a regular week-day break from school to assist in facing these challenges.
Sharing Your Distance Learning Experiences
We would love to get glimpses of your children’s distance learning experiences. If you are willing to share photos or videos of those activities, please send them to Mrs. Duke (firstname.lastname@example.org). We would like to share some of what we receive through our social medial platforms.