Dear Claypit Hill Families,

As we continue to navigate this surreal situation, I wanted to follow up regarding yesterday’s district-wide communication from Dr. Unobskey.  Claypit Hill’s teams of teachers, including specialists, special educators, and support staff, have spent the last two days in meetings.  Together, we have developed a shared understanding of the state’s guidelines on virtual learning during this extended school closing, and we have identified some tools and resources that will help to facilitate learning interactions.  Recognizing that changes in routines and uncertainties about the immediate future can cause tremendous stress for both adults and children, the social-emotional well-being of our students will remain our top priority.  

As Dr. Unobskey stated, these days do not count as “school days.” Therefore, students are not required to complete the learning activities that teachers will begin to roll out tomorrow.  While teachers may provide feedback to students, the assignments will not be graded.  We will pause forward movement in the curriculum.  During the next few weeks, the learning activities will be intended to provide daily structure and opportunities for practice, review, and extension.  

While completion of assignments is not required, we are committed to ensuring equity in terms of access.  Please let us know if your family encounters any obstacles in accessing online learning.  In terms of technology, please remind your children that, while using school devices and learning platforms, they are required to honor the behavior expectations outlined by LARK.   That means that their use of technology should be Legal, Appropriate, Responsible, and Kind.  It is more important than ever that adults at home closely monitor technology usage.  Many Cubs will be seeking connections with peers during this period of social isolation.  We want to encourage and nurture those relationships while ensuring that their interactions are appropriate, kind, and inclusive.  Per usual protocol, all Google docs should be shared with classroom teachers.

I would be remiss if I did not also include a reminder about our responsibility to practice careful hand-washing, maintain social distancing, and self-monitor for any symptoms of the virus.  I can only imagine how hard it is to keep our Cubs away from each other.  Just remind them that we are doing it because we care for all of our Cubs, their families, and everyone else in the community.  The cooperation of all will help us get back to school and routines as quickly as possible.

Student-teacher relationships will be our focus throughout the next few weeks, as we plan for students to see and hear from us regularly.  If you or your children need anything, please do not hesitate to reach out.  I can confidently say that every single member of our staff is available to you and wants to help you navigate these uncharted waters.  I am wishing health and happiness to all of our Cubs and their families.

All my best,