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March 21, 2020

COVID 19 School Closure Update #2

Principal's Message

Greetings Neidig Families,

We all navigated week number one of the closure. We know you are working with your children at home, and we know you are doing your best. Thank you! We also know the COVID 19 pandemic is impacting more than just your child's education. The shut down is impacting almost all aspects of our lives. This is hard. This is an opportunity for your children to see you as a leader with staying positive, kind, and helpful.


STAY HOME

PLEASE follow the recommendations and slogan of the PA Department of Health - Stay calm, stay home, stay safe. Many are following that advice, and I am hearing reports of many who are not. When our children ask for play dates and sleepovers, it is hard to say no. We want them to be happy, and we want to combat the boredom that arises with this situation. Please follow the social distancing guidelines to keep yourselves and others safe. Group gatherings are not appropriate. Use the resources found on this page and many other social media sites to help combat that boredom in safe, appropriate ways.


CONSTRUCTION

As you saw in Dr. Harner's email, construction at our school has stopped. Construction is considered non-essential, and the contractors were forced to temporarily stop working on Friday, March 20. Yes, this will put the project behind schedule. The construction at Neidig is a major project for us, and we have to acknowledge that COVID 19 is much bigger than our project. Everyone is making sacrifices due to this pandemic. I wish I had more answers for the Neidig community related to this topic, but we have to let time pass to determine the severity of the impact on the project. I will share information about the Neidig project as it becomes available.


HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST?

That is the million dollar question! We do not know. As you saw in Dr. Harner's update, we do not anticipate our schools opening next week. We are awaiting guidance from state and county officials, and all signs point to an extended closure. Dr. Harner was clear, "Science and current events do not support returning to school in the short term."


OUR TEACHERS!

I am very proud of the Neidig teaching team! Their professionalism is shining through as they connect with students and families! As Dr. Harner has clarified, the current days that we are closed are not school days and there is no new instruction for our students. However, many of our teachers continue to share a variety of activities to help our students stay connected to our school community. This includes Seesaw messages, Flipgrid videos, Google Classroom connections, emails, book read-a-louds, literature discussions, and much more. For more optional learning activities, please see the At Home Learning Opportunities for Students and Families.


Thank you, and please reach out to me if you have questions.


Scott D. Godshalk, Neidig Principal

sgodshalk@qcsd.org

Neidig's Read Aloud Site

NEIDIG'S READ ALOUD PAGE


Have you visited this site again?!?! There are MANY videos posted and 7 different readers!


The Neidig teaching team wants to stay connected with our students during the school closure. Students love listening to stories, so to assist, we created this site. Students can click on the link and listen to some of the adults at Neidig reading a story. Enjoy!

QCSD Website

Please keep the main QCSD website handy. Our district is posting many resources for families to keep you up to date on the COVID 19 Pandemic. Please take some time to click that link and review the resources.

FREE FOOD! PLEASE READ!

If your child receives free or reduced lunch at school, they can still pick up free meals each weekday morning!


Students who are eligible to receive free or reduced lunches at school will continue to be eligible for this during the closure. Students on free or reduced lunch will be able to pick up food at no cost on Monday through Friday from 11:30 to 1:00 PM at the Quakertown Community High School, located at 600 Park Ave.

If this applies to your student, please take advantage of this program. CLICK HERE.

Chromebook / iPad Work Orders

The message below was sent out by Mr. Joe Kuzo, the technology director for our school district:


I want to first thank all the parents and students who came out today to swap out there devices in order to provide learning opportunities online for our students. Our community is great and it truly shows in these unfortunate times. In an effort to continue to support our students and their District provided technology, we have established a process to limit social interaction and still maintain our devices. We will begin to offer technical support hours at the Senior High School based on an appointment which we will schedule with you after you submit the following technical support form. We ask that when you arrive for your appointment, you pull up to the digital sign in front of the high school main entrance on Park Ave. and we will come to you. Curbside support will limit everyone's exposure to others. We will limit the number of people who arrive for support to ensure we follow our social distancing efforts. The planned hours will be 10:30a-12:00pm with today being our first successful day. Based on current needs, we have decided our next day of support will be on Tuesday. Please ensure you submit the form below. We do not want any walk-ups as we are doing our best to enforce our social distancing efforts and keep an organized workflow for everyone. We thank you for your cooperation and patience as we all work through this unfortunate time together. You may also reach out to me directly via email for any specific questions you may have.


Technology Support Request Form: https://forms.gle/sRs2Fjp8yCYGtdVu8


Joe Kuzo

Director of Technology

jkuzo@qcsd.org

Leader in Me Family Resources

The Leader in Me is not a program. It is a philosophy for school and life. There is so much we can all benefit from right now. We want to support you with Neidig routines that your children can teach you! Check out these amazing LIM FAMILY RESOURCES. You will find activities, lessons, and videos. This is a great site!

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Are you Using Social Media????

Of course you are! Check out the hastag #qcsdshareyourlearning on Twitter and Facebook. Including this hashtag in your posts allows others to easily access and view this topic. There are hundreds and hundreds of posts already. Check it out to see what your friends and teachers across Quakertown are doing during this time!

QCSD At Home Learning Opportunities - Learning For All

The QCSD Office for Teaching and Learning (OTL) organized the online resources used at each grade level. This is a wonderful resource during the school shut down. Please click the link below to access this link.


Learning for All