Dear Elementary Parents,
As of Monday, March 23rd, our school building is officially closed for Spring Break. We will continue to keep our building closed until we hear a new directive from Governor DeWine. As a help to our parents and students, Mary Dolence and I will respond to questions by email. You can contact us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Moving forward, our primary source of communication to you will be found on our website, so I encourage you to check our website frequently.
Please be on the lookout as the elementary packets that will contain important instructional resources and materials will be mailed on Tuesday, March 31st. We ask that upon completion of the assignments contained within the packet, however, that you keep them until further instructions, for the safety of our entire school community.
During this time of heightened attention regarding the implications of COVID-19 in our lives, the Newbury Local Schools would like to minimize the impact of this ‘new normal’ of educating your child at home as best as possible. While our current plan is to continue to rely primarily on the paper-and-pencil packets being sent home, we need to be realistic about the possibility that we might not be able to continue with that plan based on the Governor’s directive. We must be ready to use more technology to help with instruction at home. Accordingly, please be prepared for the following transition, as the District is committed to the following actions:
Every elementary student has been issued a gmail email address and a password. We want the students to have gmail addresses so it is easier for them to access google classrooms and google hangouts. (The child’s email address and password are included in actual parent letters.)
If you do not have a device at home for your child to use, we will issue a chromebook for their use for the remainder of our school closing. If you need a device, please email me at email@example.com and I will arrange for you to get a device. The device pick-up date will be April 1st. You will be given a specific time to pick up the device. To ensure your safety, the time slots will be spaced 15 minutes apart and safety precautions will be in place during the device pick-up.
We are adding a tab to our website just for elementary parents. Under this tab you will find links to various websites for additional ideas to enrich your child’s learning. So many educational companies have stepped up and are offering incredible on-line learning opportunities for children. We will vet the sites and only offer links to sites that have a solid reputation and will offer value to your child’s learning.
I will be offering Google Hangouts with the K-4 students beginning soon. Please watch the website for more information soon!
Every Tuesday, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., we will offer an IT Help Camp. You can schedule a time to meet with an IT technician if you have Chromebook difficulties, or you can call the technician with any other IT questions you have.
Again, I know this is a challenging time for your entire family, but please know that we are here to support you in your efforts in any way we can. Please reach out to me or your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns. These measures are being taken out of an abundance of caution and a desire to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Please take whatever precautions necessary to keep you and your family well.
Jacqueline A. Hoynes
Newbury LSD Superintendent and Elementary Principal