Home Learning

Information for Families

The Kids are Home...Now What?

Dear Oskaloosa Families,


As we move into three weeks of school closure, I would like to provide you with useful information and resources to help you navigate this time with your student(s).


Some things to keep in mind about the resources and learning opportunities provided by teachers:


  • There is no expectation that families provide instruction at home while school is closed. Teachers will work with students upon return to school to move learning forward.
  • The activities provided by teachers/buildings in the coming weeks are NOT required or graded. They are intended to help students stay engaged in learning during this time.
  • If your student is taking a college credit course, there may be required and graded work. This communication will come from Mr. Bandy, Indian Hills, and the teacher.
  • Teachers/buildings will be providing resources directly to students. Many of these will be accessible through Classlink (see directions below) and do not represent everything used regularly in the classroom. Some of these may need the help of an adult and others can be completed independently. Contact your student's teacher or building principal with questions about teacher provided resources.
  • This period of social isolation and change in routine is stressful for everyone, especially children. See a sample routine below with links to possible activities.
  • We want all students to feel safe and supported. For this reason, teachers and/or schools will be sending out regular positive messages.


The Iowa Department of Education is providing guidance on how districts should proceed during this time. This guidance defines what schools should and should not provide while we are closed in compliance with a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). For more information about guidance from the DE click here.


We understand that students and families have questions about graduation, making up lost instruction, standardized testing, etc. We are working hard to determine answers to these questions in a way that is best for students and aligns with guidance from the DE. Please don't hesitate to contact your student's principal, teacher(s), or district office with questions or concerns.


With Osky Pride,


Angie Hanson

Director of Curriculum and Instruction

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Classlink

Students can access online textbooks, Google Classroom, Schoology, and other learning materials used regularly by teachers and students through Classlink.

Here is how you access:


  • Classlink is linked under the STUDENTS menu on our website
  • Click on this link: https://my.classlink.com/osky
  • Make sure you are logged into your student's school Google account.
  • Click on login with Google. Make sure your student's Google account is selected.

Sample Daily Routine

*This is one example of how you could break up your day. Think of it as a menu of options; pick and choose what works for your children and your family.


8:00 Make breakfast together, clean up, start the day

9:00 Engage in teacher provided learning opportunities

10:00 Stay active and stay positive

11:00 Lunch Delivery Begins

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Engage in teacher provided learning opportunities

2:00 Round 2 of stay active and stay positive

3:00 Read for fun

4:00 Electronics, movie or TV break

6:00 Prepare, eat, and clean up dinner; everyone helps.

7:30 Board Games/showers/read aloud before bed

CDC Guidelines on Coronavirus Prevention

This site is available in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Just click the button and it will take you to the website.