March 25, 2020
Dear Parents and Families,
During the school closure and Stay at Home order by Governor Inslee, the school district is working hard to support our kids and families.
The district is serving breakfast and lunch to about 350-400 kids in need each day. Meal distribution will continue, at the same times and locations, during the Stay at Home order and through Spring Break.
We continue to update the learning resources available to our students on the district web page, at longviewschools.com, for students to continue learning during the school closure. These resources are listed by grade and cover literacy, math, science, social studies and history. This week, we will be adding structured, weekly learning schedules for students to follow. These learning schedules tie directly to the resources available on the website and will help support your efforts at home.
To assist families with internet access who may be struggling with having the computer necessary to connect to these on-line resources, we will be checking out Chromebooks to students and their parents at our lunch distribution sites on Friday, March 27 and Monday, March 30 between 12:00 pm-12:30pm.
Chromebooks will be distributed to any of our students at the following locations: St. Helens Elementary, Kessler Elementary, Monticello Middle School, Northlake Elementary, Columbia Heights Elementary and Mint Valley Elementary.
Xfinity has made WiFi Hotspots in out of home locations available for free to anyone who needs them. Follow instructions at https://wifi.xfinity.com/ to locate and join the Hotspots in various community locations. You can also access WiFi from areas near most of our schools by using the LPS-BYOD WiFi network.
In addition, we plan to launch a teacher driven remote learning model after the previously scheduled Spring Break, which ends on Friday, April 10. On April 13 and 14 our teachers will be designing remote, weekly lessons that will be available to all of our students beginning April 15. Instructional activities may be delivered to homes through digital technology tools, paper copies of learning packets, or a combination of both. Your student’s teacher will be contacting you with more details when the remote instruction begins.
I also want to remind you that we have extended this year’s school calendar to include seven additional instructional days. These additional days will have us in school on May 8 and June 12, which were previously scheduled “snow days.” We will also be including June 15-19 as instructional days for our students.
We are committed to educating our students during the school closure, while recognizing that the crisis continues to evolve. It could affect school employees and the community in ways that we cannot anticipate fully, so we will remain flexible with our plans. If possible, please be accessing the learning resources page on the district’s website at longviewschools.com and take advantage of the weekly learning schedules that will be posted this week.
If you need information about meal distribution, learning resources, counseling resources, or have a different question, the web site has updates meant to address your needs.
We hope you are staying healthy and appreciate your support and patience during this unprecedented time.
Dan Zorn, Superintendent
Longview Public Schools