Unit 40 Remote Learning Parent Resources

Keeping students engaged in learning, especially in times of uncertainty, is of critical importance.  Due to the nature of the remote learning, your involvement is a crucial component to your child’s continued learning.  We are in this together, parents and educators, to ensure that your child continues to learn and grow during this time.  

While your child’s academic wellness is a priority, their emotional-well being should be considered too. Below are some suggestions.

View the full Unit #40 20-21 Back to School Plan and the Unit #40 Remote Learning Framework.

Second Quarter Student COVID-19 Self-Certification and Verification Form: Due October 30, 2020 - sign, date, and return to school office ASAP

A Message from Nurse Donna Regarding Face Masks

In Family Choice Remote Learning and need tech assistance?

Submit FCRL Tech Help Desk Request

Effingham High School

A Message from Mr. Roberts for In-Person Students

A Message from Mr. Roberts for Remote Students

Effingham Junior High School

A Message from Mr. Schwerman for In-Person Students

A Message from Mrs. Baker for Remote Students

LTC SPARK Parent Hub: Supporting Parents and Remote Kids

Scroll to the bottom of the page for Google, Seesaw, and Zoom assistance. Choose the tool and click on Computer Help for a specific list of how-to resources. LTC Parent Podcast Series includes:  Impact of COVID-19; Social-Emotional Learning; Basics of Remote and Hybrid Learning; Importance of Reading.

Technology Resources

Email

Check your email regularly.  Teachers may use email to send important information and feedback for students.  Contact your child’s teacher with any questions or concerns.  All Unit 40 staff email addresses are available on the Unit 40 webpage under Quick Links in the Staff Directory.

How to Scan HW with a Phone and Email to Teacher

How to Email Picture from Phone

How to Scan HW with Notes on Apple devices

If you are not receiving emails from your student’s teacher, contact your student’s school office.

Email etiquette for students

Facebook

Follow the Effingham Community Schools Facebook page for current information and postings.

School Messenger

School Messenger is the communication application for Unit 40 schools.  Parents receive text messages and phone calls regarding updates.  Teachers may also use this application to contact parents.

If you are not receiving text messages Unit 40, contact your student’s school office.

Google

Many students in grades 4-12 use Google Apps for Education for productivity applications.

Student accounts:

s######@effingham.k12.il.us

(###### is the 6-digit student number)

Contact Julie Flack at flackj@unit40.org (grades 6-12) or Megan McDonald at mcdonaldm@unit40.org (grades 3-5) to reset your student’s Google password.

Google Classroom

Students in grades 4-12 will have coursework delivered to them via Google Classroom.  Students are encouraged to check their Google Classroom courses daily.

Google Classroom Video for Parents

How to Submit a Photo in Google Classroom

Google Classroom Cheat Sheet for Parents

Google Classroom Parent Guide

EHS Class Codes

EJHS Class Codes

Central Class Codes

Google Classroom First 5 Activities

LTC SPARK Parent Hub: Scroll to the bottom of the page for Google assistance. Choose Google from the left menu. Then choose Computer Help for a specific list of how-to resources.

Seesaw

SeeSaw is the communication and lesson delivery platform for students in grades PreK-3.  

What is SeeSaw? Video - video

Seesaw Introduction for the Parent App - video

Seesaw Information for Parents - handout

Getting Started with Home Learning - video

FAQs for Parents

Use the latest version of the mobile app

LTC SPARK Parent Hub: Scroll to the bottom of the page for Seesaw assistance. Choose Seesaw from the left menu. Then choose Computer Help for a specific list of how-to resources.

Zoom

Teachers may offer the opportunity for digital engagement

Setting Up Zoom for Students

Zoom Directions for Students

Parent Guidelines

Issues with Video? Try this

LTC SPARK Parent Hub: Scroll to the bottom of the page for Zoom assistance. Choose Zoom from the left menu. Then choose Computer Help for a specific list of how-to resources.

AR

Students may continue to take Accelerated Reader tests on books that they read or listen to.

For more information on how to assist your student with taking an AR test at home, follow this how-to guide.

Reading Eggs

Students in grades K-5 have access to Reading Eggs, Fast Phonics, and Reading Eggspress. This provides students with animated online lessons where students learn essential phonics and reading skills at their level and pace. Contact teacher for student logins.

For information on how to get started at home, follow this quick start guide for students and parents.

RAZ-Plus

Students in grades K-5 have access to RAZ-Plus which is a blended learning platform with leveled books in print and digital formats as well as comprehension checks. Contact teacher for student logins.

For information on how to create a parent login and view your child’s progress, click here.

Mathseeds

Students in grades K-1 have access to Mathseeds which provides students with animated lessons where students learn essential mathematical skills at their level and pace. Contact teacher for student logins.

Use this Parent Letter to get started at home.

IXL Math

Students in grades 2-5 have access to IXL Math which has practice questions for math. Contact teacher for student logins.

Use this Parent Handout to get started at home.

Khan Academy

If your child’s teacher is using Khan Academy, they can login here.

Learn more about Khan Academy.

Keep Reading

Most importantly, keep your student reading daily.  Check out the Digital Content available on the Effingham Library Website, Global Digital Library, and other teacher directed resources.

Mrs. Hewing’s Favorites and Read Aloud Channel

Supporting Remote Learning

How to Set Up a Remote Learning Space for Your Kids - New York Times

22 Remote Learning Tips for Parents Helping at Home - Teach Thought

Checklist: Planning for Virtual or At-Home Learning - CDC

How to Proactively Prepare for Distance Learning - New York Times

Parents Tips and Tricks for Distance Learning - Common Sense

Working from Home

Coronavirus Triple Duty: Working, Parenting and Teaching from Home - NPR

5 tips for effectively working from home during the coronavirus outbreak, when you have kids - CNBC

9 tips to be productive when working at home during COVID-19 - Forbes

Back to School on a Budget - LTC Spark Series