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Cottage Message March 27

Greetings Cottage Families,                                                                                                                                            

 I wanted to share some of the common questions that have surfaced from staff and families in recent days in this Frequently Asked Questions sheet.    

 

  1. How long are our schools going to be closed?

***3/29 UPDATE:  SAN JUAN UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNOUNCED ON FRIDAY, MARCH 27TH THAT SCHOOL CLOSURES WILL BE EXTENDED UNTIL AT LEAST MAY 1ST.  ***

We are closed at least through spring break. We will keep you posted. Our goal is to have our students in school as soon as it is safe to do so.

  1. What precautions should families take while schools are closed?

While students and staff are out of school, Public Health officials stress the importance that everyone maintain appropriate social distancing measures (avoid gatherings of no more than 10 people, stay home as much as possible, avoid playdates, malls, dining in restaurants, etc.).

  1. Will students and staff have to make up this time in the summer?

Given the gravity and scale of this emergency throughout California, the Governor has issued a waiver for all districts. We will not be making the time up.

  1. If we have to remain closed for longer than April 13th, will distance learning options be available to students?

*** 3/29 UPDATE: AS SAN JUAN UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS EXTENDED SCHOOL CLOSURE THROUGH MAY 1ST, WE ARE WORKING ON A PLAN TO ENSURE THAT ALL STUDENTS HAVE TECHNOLOGY ACCESSIBLE.  UPDATES WILL BE SENT OUT LATER THIS WEEK WITH A DATE AND TIME FOR CHECKING OUT A CHROMEBOOK IF NEEDED.***

Staff have been working to establish our online learning/distance learning plans. Our teachers are busy preparing these online lessons and learning opportunities. For those of you without either a device or internet, we will work with the district and do the best we can to ensure that all students have the materials necessary to participate in learning.

  1. Will my child’s assignments be graded?

Your child’s teachers will be assessing some of the work your child does and providing feedback to help reinforce learning and build proficiency. We understand that not every child has the same supports available during these unprecedented school closures. Some students may have limited access to the Internet while others may have parents who work in health care, law enforcement, or some other field that keeps them from being home with their children as often. For these reasons, we will not be academically penalizing any student who does not, or cannot, participate in these lessons. However, it is strongly encouraged that your child take full advantage of the lessons our teachers are preparing and contact their teacher immediately if they require any assistance. We are here to help.

  1. Is it mandatory that my child complete the work provided?

As mentioned above, no student will be academically penalized if they do not, or cannot, participate in the lessons provided while schools are closed. We understand that some students’ unique circumstances may make it more difficult to master content through a distance learning program. However, the staff of Cottage Elementary remains committed to supporting students through these unprecedented school closures and the work provided is strongly encouraged. If your child is struggling, please contact your child's teacher or myself so that we can work to support them.


7. I don’t have a device for online learning opportunities. What should I do?

If you do not have a device that your child could use for learning during these school closures, the San Juan Unified School District may be able to provide one for your child to use. The District is working on a plan to determine how many families may need support with technology and your child’s teacher also sent out a survey so we can support all students as best we can. Additionally, our teachers are considering alternative activities that do not rely on technology for those students who cannot access lessons electronically.

  1. I do not have access to the internet. What should I do?

If you do not have Internet service, but live in an area where Internet connectivity is possible, Comcast may be able to provide free Internet for your family for 60 days. For more information, please call 1-800-934-6489. Alternatively, some community hubs may offer free Wi-Fi access. Some of these locations may be closed or have reduced hours in accordance with the governor’s stay at home directives, but Wi-Fi service may still be accessible outside buildings such as the public library, Starbucks, or our own school offices. If you attempt to access the Internet in this way, please remember to adhere to social distancing requirements and any other local or state level directive.

  1. How will Special Education students be served?

As per the United State Department of Education Office for Special Education fact sheet from March 16, 2020, Students with disabilities will receive a free and appropriate education program as required by state and federal law. As with general education classes, special education services may look different, and may be provided through varied options. Some of these options could include distance instruction, online instruction, the telephone, instructional packets, projects, and written assignments. Our special education teachers are working with classroom teachers to ensure we are doing everything we can to meet IEP goals.

  1. What about state testing?

Given the gravity and scale of this emergency throughout the state, the end of year state testing has been canceled for this year.

  1. How long will the breakfast and lunch meals be provided?

*** UPDATE 3/29: WE ARE CURRENTLY DISTRIBUTING 120-130 MEALS PER DAY.  MEAL DISTRIBUTION MAY BE SUSPENDED DURING SPRING BREAK, APRIL 6-10.***

Breakfast and lunch items are currently being provided at Cottage Monday – Friday. Our plan is to provide the meals until school opens again. The only reason the meal service would stop is if the government directs it to close due to safety.

  1. I’m not receiving emergency alerts or email updates from the District. What can I do?

Please look regularly at our district and school web page and our school Facebook page for the most current information and updates. In an effort to not overburden families, I am currently sending updates via text, email, and phone to all Cottage families every Tuesday and Friday. Those updates are also being posted on the school webpage. If you are not receiving the notifications, it is likely we have incorrect contact information; please email me at: Arthur.estrada@sanjuan.edu so we can update your information.

 

Cottage Staff thanks you for all for your patience and support as we navigate this difficult time together. We will continue to work hard to support our children and families so please let us know how if there are questions you may have or areas of support that we can help identify.

 

Sincerely,

 

Arthur A Estrada Jr

Arthur Estrada Jr.

Principal, Cottage Elementary