TO: All CCSD #1 Families and Staff
FROM: Paige Fenton Hughes, Superintendent
Beginning Thursday, you will be getting calls from your children’s teachers and perhaps counselors and other staff members. If you have more than one child in the system, you’ll receive multiple calls. I am letting you know because those numbers will be unavailable when you see the call come in. iPhones will show “no caller ID” and Samsungs will show “restricted.” If you see those calls on Thursday, please answer so we can touch base with all our students and gather some essential information for us to be able to deliver learning opportunities to our kids. We will also be determining how best to deliver instruction to every student in the event there is no Internet access or no available device to access online resources. We have lots of options, but we’ll need to be in touch with you to make certain we serve every student.
The district will be offering tips about how to get back in a learning routine and how parents can support their child’s learning. Parents shouldn’t worry that they have to be the teachers of the material. It’s important during this time to simply facilitate the process of accessing the learning resources. Being supportive and nurturing and reminding students of the importance of education are the critical factors.
At this point, we do not know what will happen after April 3; however, the district is preparing for the possibility we will not be back in school at that time. We will be able to meet the learning needs of our students with the support of our families. With that in mind, over these next few days please think about the following:
- Establishing a routine at home that allows your child(ren) time to access learning resources and spend some time engaging with the material. This routine should be what works best for your family situation.
- Creating a learning space that is free of distractions and conducive to learning.
- Checking the district’s websites and social media for updates and tips.
We are all learning during this uncertain time. We’ll see what works and what doesn’t and adjust accordingly…and that goes for us in the district and you at home. Again, what we want to do right now is re-engage students in learning, get some routines established, and be ready for the continuation of our school year on April 6 whether that be in our schools or from home. We have such supportive families and a truly amazing, innovative, and creative staff. Spring break gave us some time to learn from others and plan accordingly. We’ll be in touch by phone by the end of the week, and thanks to all of you for your flexibility and willingness to work with us.