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Parent Educational Update 4.8.20

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

I hope this email finds you and your family safe and healthy. I apologize for the length of this email, but as we start to implement our distance learning program for all students on Tuesday, April 14th, there is a lot of information to share. Our primary goal is to provide our students with a daily routine while maintaining engagement in learning. Our first priority is for teachers to connect with students and parents for online learning.

To be prepared for next week, we are asking you to do the following and utilize the following resources:

 

  • If you are still in need of technology for online learning, please contact our IT Department Help Desk by emailing IThelpdesk@casdschools.org

 

  • We are asking that you make a connection with each of your teachers through your student email. Click on this link for instructions on how to log into your email, reset your password and contact the Technology department:  https://tinyurl.com/CASDstudentHelp

 

  • Online Learning Tab Instructions: Please visit our Online Learning tools for Parents and students by going to our CASD website: https://tinyurl.com/CASDOnLine

 

  • Desktop of student Chromebooks: Login to your Chromebook with your student ID# (12345678@casdschools.org) and your password.

 

Each student Chromebook has tabs that help direct them.  The tabs are as follows:

As a parent, it’s important that you understand we are not asking our staff to be online all day as they, too, are sequestered at home and many are caring for young children. Our teachers have been working diligently to create lessons for their students, schedule some time to meet with them and their parents, and take attendance to make sure we have connections with our students.

We realize that we will not have this plan fully operational immediately and expect it will take a week or more for students and staff to settle into a new routine. We are asking our staff to take their time and make sure they make the connections with our families, get them comfortable logging in to receive information from teachers in the platform, and create some small lessons for their students and families to get familiar with the process for instruction.

I would like to once again thank our staff for their adaptability and commitment, and for the many parents and community members who have volunteered to assist us.  Here are just a few ways we have come together as a school community:

  • 56, 082 meals have been delivered to students who are part of the Free and Reduced meal program
  • More than 50 families have been provided student desks and art supplies to establish at-home learning centers.
  • 5, 640 Chromebooks and Hot Spots are available or in the hands of students to use for distance learning activities. We have six more days of scheduled technology pick up, and we are at about 75% distribution.
  • Our technology Help Desk has aided with distance learning and has answered more than 900 family and staff inquiries.
  • We have provided extensive professional development to staff to prepare them as we enter online learning.

I am so grateful to our staff who have continued to reach out to our families and dedicate countless hours preparing for online learning. 

Thank you for your support for our staff members, and for your students. Please reach out to your school principal with questions.

Sincerely,

Rick Dunlap

Interim Superintendent