Email from elementary principal regarding remote learning, March 16

A MESSAGE FROM SCHOHARIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
 
Information on Remote Learning
On Friday, March 13, 2020, all Schoharie Elementary School students were sent home with a compilation of suggested resources you can use at home with your children to help keep them engaged and maintain their skills during these uncertain times.  This flier of suggested activities, along with the packets of resources and books we provided, are meant to support your children to maintain the skills they’ve already learned this year and keep their minds busy.
If your child was absent on Friday, you may come to the elementary school main office vestibule between the hours of 11-1 to pick up these materials, where they will be placed by class.  Should you have any questions regarding the pick up of these materials, please call us at 518-295-6651 for assistance.
We understand many of you are still working full time jobs, and do not expect you to take on the additional roll of educator.  Your children should be able to complete most of the online activities and reading independently, as they do this already in school.  Teachers will be able to monitor their progress online, and may reach out if they see students are struggling.  Do not hesitate to email or contact your child’s teacher for suggestions or support if needed.  Many teachers already have, or are setting up, a Google Classroom for this purpose.  Others will continue to use the Remind App or Class Dojo if already established.  Their email accounts are excellent ways to get in touch with them.  Additionally, you may leave a message with the main office, which we will forward to the teacher if needed.  
Spectrum Offers Free Broadband/WiFi
 
Given that schools across the state and beyond are sharing learning resources online in light of COVID-19, it was announced this weekend that Spectrum will be offering free broadband and WiFi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students affected directly or indirectly by COVID-19, beginning Monday, March 16th. Those who do not currently have a Spectrum broadband subscription can call 1-844-488-8395 to enroll. Installation fees will also be waived, according to the company.
Information and decisions regarding how best to keep everyone safe during the CoVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak is constantly evolving, based on guidance from the government and Department of Health.  We take the health and well-being of all of our students, staff, families, and community members seriously, and will work to keep you updated on any changes as they occur.
Communication
Please check your email frequently as we communicate out information regarding this ever-evolving situation.   As the world works together to combat this outbreak, more and more resources are emerging on how best to help our children during this difficult time.  Please visit the Schoharie Central School District homepage, where you can find many of these resources on a dedicated page to COVID-19.  Ms. Molle is also working to keep the elementary school library page updated with resources, and links to teachers’ online learning communities, as available. 
Sincerely,
Andrea Polikoski