Genesee School District

Continuity of Learning

Dear Genesee Families,


What an unbelievable turn of events for our nation. We left school on Thursday, March 12, 2020 anticipating a great Friday ahead, only for you to find out that school would be cancelled until April 5, 2020. Which didn't sound too bad given the week of spring break was in that time frame.


Following that, we were postponed until Tuesday, April 14, 2020.


And a week ago today, during what was our spring break, school buildings across the state were closed for the remainder of the school year.


Throughout this pandemic, we have kept the health and safety of our students, parents and staff at the forefront of our decisions. We created a book library for you to get free books, teachers sent home simple activities for you to complete, food service continued, and communication was provided by administrators and teachers. We did all of this while adhering to the state essential employee order.


Last Friday, districts across the state were provided with the state's expectations to continue learning until the remainder of the school year. Superintendents and administrators have spent many hours on these plans and logistics to implement them. All of these plans are based on local control and may look different from other districts with the intent of meeting the needs of their own communities. I am pleased to say that I received verbal notification this morning of our plan's tentative approval, the first day that our ISD was officially accepting plans.


The plan has two components, one for families with internet access and one for those without. The intent of the plan is for students to continue learning and connecting with teachers and students. It is not meant to replace a full day of instruction, and by no means are students expected to be online all day or spend their full day completing packets at home. Limiting online time is in alignment with guidance from our state and similar to other states in our nation.


The state, nor Genesee School District, expects you to homeschool your child. Students across the state and nation will be missing a marking period of instruction and everyone is planning ways to address this when students return in the fall.


We believe we have created a Continuity of Learning plan that will work well for Genesee families through our last day of school. Next week, you will receive information on classroom "times," teacher office hours, logins to Google Classroom, and more.


Google login information is being put in the mail between now and Monday. For parents of K-2 students, Google Classroom is brand new to them. Please make sure you see your child's assigned username and password at the bottom of the letter. All students in grades 3-12 should have used Google Classroom, but we included login information to assist parents just in case you need help.


For students who do not have access to technology, seven weeks worth of learning opportunities are being created and will be delivered to your doorstep. Deliveries will begin on Tuesday, April 14 and run through Monday, April 20. We will make every attempt to give you a heads up on the day your items are being delivered.


Teachers will begin training and creating materials next week. We will be fully running on April 20, 2020. We will end the year on our originally scheduled date of June 4, 2020.


If you are interested in reading the full document, our plan is listed below. It will also be posted on our website.


Additionally, some of the key components are highlighted below for you. Please feel free to call your child's school with further questions beginning on Monday.


Please stay safe, Genesee, and stay home if you can! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend!


Take good care,

Dr. Melody Strang

Superintendent

Daily Work Time Guidelines for Lessons and Assignments

Kindergarten through Grade 1 - 45 minutes

Grades 2-3 - 60 minutes

Grades 4-6 - 90 minutes

Grades 7-11 - 30 minutes per class/ per day

Grade 12 - Different requirements which are being mailed home to you and which Mrs. Brendel and Mrs. Utter are calling you about

What Might Your Students' Learning Consist Of?

Students with Technology Access


Two online meetings with teacher(s) a week - recorded for those students who are unable to participate (Times have been scheduled to eliminate overlap as best as we could for those of you with more than one child)


Daily learning targets and assignments for each school day through June 4, 2020


Access to teachers during "office hours"


Counseling and social work assistance as needed


IEP and 504 goal support


Access to the supply of books in front of the Administration Office exterior doors. A new shipment of young adult books and children's books are being delivered Monday.


Depending upon the teacher, some of you may receive a delivery of materials such as math workbooks, writing journals, etc.

Students without Access to Technology


Materials to continue learning for seven weeks


Books you can keep


Weekly phone call from classroom teacher(s)


Access to teachers during "office hours"


Counseling and social work assistance as needed


IEP and 504 goal support

Mental Health and Crisis Support

The district will continue to provide counseling and social work assistance to all students in need of mental health and crisis support. In addition to current methods of phone calls to identified students, Genesee School District will implement the following:

  • Bi-weekly wellness surveys to all secondary students

  • List of “look-fors” will be provided to teachers, along with a communication plan to the counselor or social worker to inform them of the concerns

  • Hotline provided by the Intermediate School District

  • Resources such as strategies for handling crisis, plus more, in our community newsletter to go home the end of April

  • Helpful strategies for all families posted on Facebook throughout this time

  • Weekly check-ins with counselor/social worker for those students with greater needs

Thank you for your continued support of Genesee School District!

Be well! Stay Home, Stay Safe!