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3.27.2020

Hi Families-

Thank you for the outpouring of support and patience you have shown over the last two weeks. Please read through the important information below regarding item pick-up/drop-off and academic work for your child.

1. Please read through this document outlining the school item pick-up and drop-off on Monday, March 30. It is extremely important that we are able to distribute personal items and collect school items on that day! You may pick up for your child.

2. Phase 1 of our Continuous Learning Plan is to make contact and stay connected with students. Your son/daughter's Crew teacher will be the main point of contact. The Crew classes are small groups, 12-14 students, that meet daily at HHS. Our Crew teachers want to provide support for your child through this time! Please check with your child to make sure they are staying in communication with our staff.

3. Phase 2 of our Continuous Learning Plan will involve academic progress for students across USD 460. There are an incredible number of considerations that must be made, and we have encouraged our staff to start "small and simple". We don't want your child to be immediately overwhelmed. It is extremely important that they regularly check their school email and Google Classroom for communication and assignments from the teachers. Google Classroom will be common platform our teachers use to distribute work and for students to return work. Expect the academic portion of our plan to begin on Monday. Some classes are difficult to replicate from home, and please understand that some classes will require more/less work than others given the context we are living in.

4. If you haven't yet, please download the new Hesston Swather mobile app on your phone. It can be found in either the App Store or Google Play. By turning on "notifications" you will be alerted to any information we push out from the building or district level. This will provide improved avenues of communication for our school district as we move forward.

Thank you for your time. Your kids are extremely important to us, and we want to support them through this confusing and challenging time. Please contact me if I can help in any way!

Ty

3.20.2020 UPDATE

Hi Parents-

Please see the following information regarding student meals and technology needs.

Please read through the following information.

School Lunch & Breakfast. Beginning March 23, we will be serving lunch and breakfast each weekday from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm outside the middle school gym. This is free for all kids ages 1-18, even those who are not USD 460 students will get a free lunch and breakfast if they need one. If you need food delivered, we can do that too. Please use the following link to let us know if you would like to pick-up food at the middle school or need delivery, which will begin at 11:00 am.... Lunch and Breakfast Form

Technology Needs. As we transition to a new way of teaching and learning, technology will become an essential aspect of our new model. We recognize that some students need a device and some need internet access. To identify those in need, we ask you to complete the Technology Needs Form. The school district is working to make sure that every family has at least one device, and our teachers will be flexible when delivering instruction. No one needs to purchase new technology. (Note: All HS students should already have a chromebook!)

Parents, I have two primary concerns and considerations as we finish the spring semester....(1) make sure kids are fed, and (2) make sure we remain connected and in contact with our students.

If your son or daughter hasn't already, they will be receiving an email from their Crew teacher. The Crew classes are small groups of 12-13 students that we will use as the primary point of contact and interaction to get ourselves started. Please talk to your son or daughter about checking their school email regularly! That will be an important source of communication and information.

Do not expect much in the way of academic work being sent home next week. Our teachers will be working through the what's and how's for a few days before we begin that portion of the spring semester.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

Ty