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Coronavirus Update: Spring Break, Webinar for Parents, Help with Schoology

 

Spring Break will Continue as Scheduled Next Week – April 13-17

Next week, the Snoqualmie Valley School District will follow our scheduled Spring Break, April 13-17.  Teachers will not be providing new instruction or assignments for next week, however supplemental learning resources will be available online. It’s also a good time for students to complete previously assigned work.

 

During Spring Break, the District will continue two vital services for families:

  • Free breakfast and lunch meals for students will continue to be offered Monday through Friday. Delivery to five school locations and designated bus stops will continue on the current delivery schedule. Refer to the COVID-19 Food Services tab for specific times and locations.
  • Essential Child Care services will continue during spring break as well. While schools are closed, our district is providing school-aged child care, in partnership with the Snoqualmie YMCA and Si View Metropolitan Parks, free of charge, to essential personnel providing critical support during the public health crisis. Refer to the District’s COVID-19 Child Care tab for details.

 

In response to a few inquiries the District has received regarding Spring Break, please note that the following considerations contributed to our decision to keep this scheduled break in place.  Our staff have been working long and hard hours these past few weeks, preparing for our new reality. –They have been learning new ways to instruct remotely; developing lessons and videos; connecting with students, parents and other staff; trying to find equitable access for their students; attending to their own children in their households; and caring for their families. This Spring Break was a negotiated break with our teachers working 180 (+/-) days/year.  And, just as this has been a stressful time for students and families, our teachers are also feeling that stress as well as the loss of seeing their students, one another and the familiarity of how things were. Providing this scheduled break will help energize and focus the efforts of our teams as we move forward to embrace this new mode of learning and teaching through the rest of the year. Your support is very much appreciated now and for the weeks ahead.

 

Free Webinar for Parents on April 8:

Positive and Productive Childcare While Kids Are Not in School

During this unusual time of home confinement, this webinar covers things that parents can do to help children learn to behave better and become more independent and responsible. Behavior Management Expert Randy Sprick will present strategies for how and when to use consequences for misbehavior, how and when to use praise, and suggestions for making daily life more pleasant and relaxed around the house. If you’re interested, a free webinar is offered tomorrow - Wednesday, April 8 at two times: 11 am PT (2 pm ET) or 5 pm PT (8 pm ET). See webinar details.

 

Schoology Suggestions for Students and Staff

Schoology is the Learning Management System on which all staff at our secondary levels (grades 6-12) are using to post remote learning activities during the closure. With schools across the nation now relying on online learning platforms, Schoology and other companies are experiencing high traffic volumes and, at times, capacity issues. If you experience an error in loading a page, refreshing the page once or twice should help resolve the issue. 

 

Additional assistance:

  • For more information (including a parent guide), please refer to the Schoology webpage on the district website.
  • If you’ve misplaced your unique login, email your teacher, counselor or school secretary for assistance.
  • If you need help using Schoology, click here to access a Schoology help guide – select a topic or type a question in the search field.
  • Again, if your student needs a device or assistance to access internet service through a hotspot, please email SVSDinfo@svsd410.org with your needs.

 

A Note about Staff Technology: 

As the District works to equip our staff with updated technology that is comparable to our students, your patience and understanding is appreciated. Our first priority, as part of our One-to-one Computing Initiative this fall, was to equip our 6-12 students with devices.  And since the school closures, we’ve been busy assigning devices to elementary school families who need technology equipment and internet access. For our staff, the District has ordered devices to be able to adequately serve our students; however, those orders are backordered, due to the high demand currently. Unfortunately, many staff are working with older technology, and like some of our families, may have poor connectivity. The District is working to alleviate this issue, however, some things are out of our control while additional resources are simply out of stock and not available until later in April.

 

As we delve into distance teaching and at-home learning, please remind your students about the need for proper digital citizenship and the privacy our students and our staff expect. This is a time to be kind to one another as staff and students, alike, will need time and grace to learn how to thrive in this “new normal.” Thank you for your kindness regarding this topic.

 

Love Snoqualmie Valley Connect Families to Community Support

Need help?  Want to help? The website www.lovesnoqualmievalley.org is consolidating a variety of community resources in one handy location. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this resource is designed to help connect people who need help with organizations that are ready help. Support ranges from food, shelter, transportation, rent, childcare, and more. If you need help, please fill out this form. If you have questions or additional resources to add, please email Emily Ridout at emily@svaonline.org.

 

SVSD COVID-19 Updates and Family Resources

Continue to check the district website for our COVID-19-related updates related to SVSD schools and community resources. Click on the YELLOW banner across the top of our home page.