I hope this finds you and your family healthy and well. I am hopeful that one of our teachers was able to connect with you earlier this week and that we are beginning to address the many questions you likely have as we continue to support your child.
I understand that the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting our families in many unique ways. My goal is to provide you with flexible options so your student has access to continued learning at home through guidance and support. We will provide through direct access to our teachers, content experiences and online instruction to support individual student needs.
Starting Monday, March 30th, we will begin offering resources to support learning at home. You will be hearing from your teacher (via phone or email or both) regarding how this will look for core subject areas.
Your teacher may be using a variety of resources to support learning, including paper and pencil, a collaborative learning site, online resources or assigning work through Synergy. Please recognize that this may look different for each class. What the teacher will provide are recommendations, but you and your student will have the ability to work at your own varied pace.
For many of you, we recognize that this learning will require access to technology for your family.
For those families without access to a device at home, we have made arrangements for laptop checkout, for use at home, through the closure. From 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 30, laptops for elementary school students may be checked out from Peoria High School.
Additional times are available from 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31 at Centennial and Liberty high schools.
For specific information on the family laptop checkout process and resources for Wi-Fi, visit our district and check our Learning at Home Here, you’ll also find additional resources and sample schedules.
Again, the learning resources we’re providing are not to overwhelm you, but to provide support during this unique time. The classwork will not contribute towards your child’s grade, but is designed to keep them engaged and focused so they are prepared for the time we return to our regular school schedule.
I understand this can be a trying and stressful time for families. We have created a Student Support Line that your child may find useful. We’ll have a counselor available to take questions or listen from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday at 623-412-5262. Another reminder that our district is updating the frequently asked questions section of our website on a daily basis. Please visit www.peoriaunified.org/coronavirus for the latest updates.
If there is anything I can do to help support you and your family, please let me know.