April 3, 2020
Hello CJSHS Community,
These are challenging and strange times that we are experiencing because of COVID-19, both here in Chimacum and around the world. At CJSHS, we are working hard so that students can stay engaged and connected with their teachers and their school. Following is information that is pertinent to keeping that connection Chimacum Strong.
Our teachers have been hard at work preparing lessons, meeting with students online, and preparing packets for students who don’t have access to technology. Teachers have established schedules and have commenced instruction. Packets are being sent via bus routes and, in some cases, are on a table in the commons at CJSHS. We have also had our Ed. Assistants call to complete a district survey to see if families have need for a computer. We began checking out computers yesterday for those who needed them. If your student has need of a computer, please email Mark Gudger at email@example.com.
We know that our Seniors have a unique set of circumstances, and we’re working with the state to develop procedures and plans to ensure they can graduate on time. This still has not been finalized at the state level, but we will get information out as soon as it is available.
Our food services staff, EA’s, and transportation have done a wonderful job delivering meals to kids, and will continue to do so. Because next week is spring break, five days’ worth of meals will be distributed on Monday only, so that our staff can have the rest of the week off. More information is available on the Chimacum SD website: https://www.csd49.org/News/2082#sthash.Ki2Oo8DN.dpbs.
Finally, next week (April 6-10) is spring break. Lessons and contact from teachers will resume on Monday, April 13. While it may not be the break we’d been planning for, we want to recognize that everyone – staff, students, and families – have been working hard to adjust to this new situation, and it’s good to pause for a little while. My wish for you is that you and your families remain happy, healthy, and safe. I look forward to seeing you again sometime soon!
March 20, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
This has been a trying time these last weeks. The COVID-19 health threat is extremely fluid and we know the uncertainty can be unsettling. Thank you again for your continued patience as we plan and respond to this unprecedented school closure to protect public health. We are in close communication with health officials and State government officials and will continue to update you as this difficult situation unfolds.
The last couple of days CJSHS teachers have been working and planning to provide educational opportunities for your students. Our teachers are eager to support our students as soon as possible, but it’s important to understand that we are very limited by state and federal policy in how we can provide instruction during this closure. As we wait for guidance from the State and Federal government, we know you want to keep your child learning during the State mandated closure. We have compiled a list of at-home learning resources, which will be posted on the school’s website and Facebook page.
Our teachers and staff will be communicating with your child by Zoom virtual meetings, Google Classroom, or by phone regarding how they can support you and your students in this challenging and unprecedented time. It is especially important during times of uncertainty that your child maintain a connection with their teacher and school. Our educators have and will continue to create learning engagement materials while schools are closed. The materials do not replace the experience of being in school but can help students maintain the learning that has taken place this school year.
- End of 3rd Quarter: The end of the term has changed to March 16, 2020. Teachers will be posting grades in a couple of weeks. If your student has missing assignments, please email or mail them to teachers.
- Continued Learning Opportunities:
Many teachers will be posting learning opportunities at least 1-2 times per week on Google Classroom. These are to keep your brains active and learning during the closure! We will be starting with opportunities to review the knowledge that students have recently covered in classes. If you do not have easy access to Google Classroom, please contact teachers and the materials will be mailed to you.
Students and their families can select materials to explore while at home.
- Print materials: For families that do not have consistent access to the internet, a set of learning materials has been printed as “packets.” These packets are available March 20 from 12:00-2:00 at our school’s office. If you are unable to pick up packets during this time, they will be available at our food distribution sites at Chimacum Junior/Senior High School from 9:00-11:00.
- Continued development of learning engagement materials: To prepare teachers to support students during the closure, all teachers participated in a two-day-long training this week to enhance their knowledge and skills in using digital tools for creating and making available learning engagement materials. While each teacher may communicate with families differently, you should expect to receive communication from your student’s teachers weekly.
- Smarter Balanced Testing: This has been suspended. If school starts up again on April 27, there will be a window in which seniors can take the test as a pathway for graduation. Mr. Gudger will provide more information in the upcoming weeks.
- Survey: Please complete our district survey regarding technology at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc49Tv1ntaisof16eSLYoUDNjPuEltDS88zOjHAGzqnfw7FRQ/viewform to let us know which method of communication you prefer, if you are interested in checking out a District computer for your child to use at home during the closure, and what other supports we can help you access during this time.
Thank you again for your support as we navigate this challenging and developing publi