Good afternoon parents/guardians,
Spring break ends today and we
are preparing to return to teaching and learning - albeit now from home.
Teaching and learning from home will be something new for all of us - rest
assured, we will get through. You will be getting two emails today.
This email will outline the plan for students for April 6-9 (no learning April
10 - Good Friday). The second email today will provide information on
Google Classroom and Google Meet. These are the tools that EMS has
choosen to support online learning from home.
Please remember that
the school is closed. Access to the school is by appointment
only. If your student requires access to the building to pick up an
essential life item from their locker before we schedule locker cleanout and
pick up (see below), you will need to call the school during office hours and
make an appointment. No one will be admitted to the school without an
appointment being made in advance. If your child is sick and/or displays
any symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you stay home as you will not be admitted
to the school. Office hours are as follows:
- Monday-Thursday: 800am-300pm
- Friday: 800am-1pm
We are currently in the process
of creating a schedule for students to come to EMS and pick up their personal
belongings. As per AHS and CBE guidelines, we must limit the number of
people that are in the facility at one time. Once the schedule is
created and finalized, instructions for sign-up will be emailed to
Next week, home room teachers
will be reaching out to all students in their group to check-in and see how
they are doing and to also ask questions around learning from home. The
information provided by students/parents/guardians is essential for us as we
prepare the best possible learning experiences for EMS students moving forward.
be reaching out primarily by phone (email if they cannot get an answer to a
phone call) between Monday-Wednesday next week. It is imperative that
you answer the phone and/or reply to the email that is sent.*** If
your contact information has changed since the beginning of the year, please
reply to me directly so I can update our records.
Teachers will be planning and
preparing lessons and tasks for your children from April 6-9. Online
learning will commence Monday, April 13. A detailed schedule will be
emailed to parents, posted in Google Classroom and posted to the school
website next week.
Access to technology and the
internet may be an issue for you. Paper packages of assigned tasks will
be made available only to students/families who do not have access to
technology. Devices that suppport Google Classroom/Meet are
desktops, laptops, tablets, smart phones, Playstation/Xbox that can access the
internet...the internet is also required. As of now, we are still awaiting
direction on the distribution of paper packages to students from the AHS and
the CBE. Once that is received, a pick-up and drop off schedule will be
established for each grade.
I would like to thank you for
your continued patience and support through these difficult times.
Teaching and learning online from home is something that very few of us
have done before. Please know that EMS staff are a hardworking, dedicated
group of educators that will support your child(ren) through uncharted waters.
Ernest Morrow School