Farnsworth 5-8 Distance Learning Schedules and Other Updates
Dear Farnsworth 5-8 Families:
We hope your family is doing well and staying healthy this week of spring break. We have a few updates to share regarding Distance Learning, the student work day on April 10, and childcare for emergency workers.
Additional information about lesson plans, grading and other expectations during Distance Learning will continue to come from your student’s teachers. Thank you for your continued patience and support as we enter this new world of learning. We are all in this together!
On Monday, April 6, SPPS will begin our Asynchronous Distance Learning (any time distance learning) program for all students.
SPPS Distance Learning relies on students to use their iPad device and participate in online learning platforms such as Seesaw and Schoology. Teachers may use other district-approved technology to engage with students via email, using online courses, setting up group chats and forums, and sharing videos and audio recordings.
Teachers will be mindful of resources that may not be available to students in a Distance Learning environment. Successful completion of assignments is not dependent on particular materials or resources (for example, access to a printer). A variety of choices, options and examples of possible resources will be provided to students when possible.
Asynchronous Distance Learning (any time distance learning) happens when a teacher and a student interact with learning activities in different places and at different times. This style of Distance Learning gives students and families the most flexibility.
At Farnsworth 5-8, we have provided the following suggested schedules:
Assignments will be posted daily according to these schedules for 5th-8th grade students. 5th grade and Foundations teachers will take attendance at 9:30AM for the previous day based on completion of the Daily Connect activity in Schoology.
For more information, visit spps.org/distancelearning for:
- Distance Learning Overview by Grade Level
- A Day in the Life of a Distance Learner
- Approved iPad Apps
- Technical Support for Help with Your iPad
- Tip Line for Online Bullying
April 10 Student Work Day
SPPS will follow our originally approved calendar and retain Friday, April 10, as a teacher professional development day for all schools. This will be used as a student work day, with no contact with educators. Students may use this day to complete any school work that was assigned during the week. Teachers will communicate the expectations for the student work day in the coming days.
Essential Kids Care
Beginning Monday, April 6, emergency workers can receive free childcare for children ages 5-12, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each school day at five SPPS sites. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided. Students can bring their iPads to work on Distance Learning assignments. Transportation between a student's home and the closest Essential Care site is available.
Extended-day care is also available for a fee, from 6-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m. each day, at all five schools for the children of emergency workers only. Transportation is not available for this extended care time. The fee for extended care is $15 per child for each morning session and $15 per child for each afternoon session.
For more information about who is eligible for care and to register, visit spps.org/ekidscare.