Dear Parents, Staff, and Community Members,
We are still waiting for guidance and direction from the PA Secretary of Education and Governor on a number of issues. Although the Pennsylvania Department of Education updated the FAQ’s on their website today - https://www.education.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx, however no official direction has been presented. As soon as we learn more, we’ll be sure to update you.
The scheduled March 24, 2020 school board meeting will be live streamed because of the Governor’s mandatory shut down of all schools in the Commonwealth. Information on how the community will be able to participate will be sent to the community on Friday, March 20th. This information will coincide with the publishing of the board agenda.
To ensure our students are able to continue their academic growth, the teaching staff, administration, and technology department have developed a link on our District website, https://www.casdschools.org/site/Default.aspxPageType=1&SiteID=4&ChannelID=1792&DirectoryType=6 to provide educational resources that students can access via their Chromebooks, personal computers, or any other electronic device with internet access. The assignments and lessons posted on the website will provide students with an opportunity to strengthen previously taught skills and strategies. In addition to these lessons and activities, additional resources are provided by grade level and content area. Please know that these resources, lessons, and activities are not mandatory, as we know not everyone will be able to work through the provided assignments.
In the event we have to start an online learning program for our students, we are continuing to work with a partner to expedite onboarding Coatesville Area School District with Build Something Different Education (https://www.bsd.education/). BSD packages Professional Development, and technology integration into the classroom, and contains a platform to land our students, teachers, and their projects in a classroom management tool with real time analytics. BSD integrates with Google Classroom and through discussion has committed to supporting our district. We had a presentation by BSD at the last Committee meeting. We will be discussing this again at the March 24, 2020 board meeting.
Also, all students have been assigned Microsoft licensing and a provisioned mailbox for their use. This is a district issued E-mail account and should be kept in mind, like other resources, is provided for appropriate use. At this time, we are sharing this as a method for communication between staff and students during the closure. E-mail can be accessed by going to www.office.com and clicking “Outlook,” students should logon using: [studentID]@casdschools.org and their regular password (for example email@example.com). Helpful steps and how-to can be found on our district Technology page under “O365 Help” https://www.casdschools.org/Page/6561.
As we work through this challenge please do not hesitate to reach out to the Technology department via a help ticket which can be entered by going to http://helpdesk.casdschools.org or E-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org for any Technology needs or requests. Please include as much detail as possible, as well as a best way to contact you during the day.
The Technology department will respond and provide assistance as quickly as possible. We are not currently performing any hardware repairs, swaps, or pick-ups but will continue to explore all options available to meet the needs of our district.
We would like to share a resource for internet to families who do not currently have internet and are qualified low-income households. Information for Comcast Essentials can be found at https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19. New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax. Applications are due by April 30th, 2020.
Yes, you can disconnect Internet Essentials service at any time. If you are a new customer and apply by April 30, 2020, you will receive two months free. After which, you can either cancel the service (which you can do at any time) or keep it as a regular paying Internet Essentials customer for $9.95 per month plus tax. Because there is no contract, a customer can disconnect their Internet Essentials service at any time without penalty.”
If you selected a self-installation kit, please allow 5-7 days to receive your kit.”
Our community has come together to help distribute over 2,938 meals to our families so far. The Coatesville Area School District is so grateful to all who have helped us. Thank you for supporting our school district and our community. We will continue to follow the same meal program:
We will be providing a grab-and-go breakfast and lunch for students (they can be picked up together) between the hours of 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Rainbow Elementary School, Caln Elementary School, Scott Middle School, the Senior High School, Benner Building, West End Fire Hall, Olivet Methodist, Modena Borough Hall, and South Coatesville Borough Hall. We will also be delivering meals to Indian Run Village and Regency Park Apartments. This is available for any child under the age of 18. We will be continuing to communicate with additional location sites as they become available. If you have any questions about receiving food, please contact Erin Robinson, 610-466-2405 Robinsone@casdschools.org or Brenda Wolf, 610-466-2404at email@example.com.
In addition, Iccara Pizza is providing free lunch for our Coatesville students K-12 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM! The options are a slice of pizza with apple juice or orange juice, or spaghetti with sauce and an apple juice or orange juice. Iccara has expressed that they want to help our community as much as they can during this time. Iccara Pizzeria is located at 691 W. Kings Highway. This free lunch will be pick-up only!
Thank you for your support, patience and flexibility. Working together, we can keep our communities healthy and safe.
CASD, Interim Superintendent