Monday, March 30, 2020
Dear ECE Families,
As you know by now, our state board of education has voted to close all Oklahoma school buildings for the remainder of the school year and has asked us to transition to distance learning on April 6th. We here at ECE are sad to see such an abrupt end to a fantastic school year with our students, but we’re also grateful that our state department and our district leaders have chosen to put the safety and health of our students, staff and families above all else. This is completely new territory for us, but we are excited about the opportunity to stay connected with our students and to learn how to use what could be a very useful tool for us in the future.
Please know that our belief has always been that relationships with students are the most important component to the learning process, and that belief in the importance of human connection is what is driving our vision for what distance learning should look like in the coming weeks. Of course we know that academics and learning are important, but this is an unprecedented situation. We know that our ECE families are trying their best to navigate very challenging circumstances while also prioritizing safety and health, and this is exactly as it should be. For this reason our hope is to provide our students and their families with the resources they need to continue education for their students in a way and at a pace that works for them, while offering them opportunities to stay connected with their teachers and other ECE staff. We would like to thank you for your flexibility and patience as we navigate this unusual situation, and as always, thank you for your continued partnership in your child’s education.
Wishing your family safety and health,
ECE Assistant Principal
Our ECE families are going to be a vital part of this new endeavor, so we would like to take this time to answer some questions you may have about logistics and details as we move forward.
Please watch our Elk City Public Schools Facebook page and www.elkcityschools.com for updated information as this is a rapidly evolving situation and changes may be necessary.
Will attendance and grades still be taken?
The state department of education is not requiring districts to take attendance during this time. They have also given districts the authority for decision making on grading. As we mentioned above, we know this is a challenging and stressful time for all families, and our hope is to stay connected with our families and provide quality distance learning opportunities without causing additional stress. ECE will not be taking grades or giving student report cards for the remainder of the school year. Our teachers are working hard to create fun, creative and meaningful distance learning opportunities for all students.
How will I access distance learning opportunities for my child?
Each ECE teacher is in the process of creating a Google Classroom for their class. Later this week you will be provided with a code that will give you access to the classrooms you need. Each grade level team is working hard to collaborate so that all students in the grade level will be given the same assignments. Individual teachers may also supplement these assignments with optional activities for enrichment and remediation, as well as extra resources for fun learning activities. In addition to classroom teachers, our ECE counselors, PE, Art, Music, Title and EL teachers are working to create resources to add to classrooms.
What if I don’t have WiFi capabilities?
Elk City Public Schools is working to make it easier for families to access free WiFi. Beginning next week, families will be able to walk or drive up to the parking lots of the High School or Elk City Middle School to access free internet in order to participate in distance learning.
What if my child does not have access to a device with WiFi capabilities?
Elk City Public Schools is offering free device check out for those who need it. ECE families who need to borrow a device may come through the front driveway (the bus lane) on Friday, April 3rd during the following times to check out a device and charger.
9:00 AM-11:00 AM
4:00 PM-6:00 PM
When can I pick up my child’s personal belongings?
Members of our staff have been working throughout the last several days to gather and label student belongings so that they may be picked up this week. We are doing our best to gather personal belongings such as coats, jackets, glasses, etc. We are also doing our best to send students home with their supplies if possible. Please keep in mind that sometimes supplies are grouped for community use, so it may not be possible to make sure your child gets home with the same pencils, crayons, scissors, etc. that they came with at the beginning of the year. It’s also important to note that we are entering the 4th 9 weeks at which time school supplies are generally beginning to dwindle anyway, so your student may receive far fewer items than he or she brought at the beginning of the year. Medication pickup will also be available at these times.
Please see the schedule below for details on where and when to pick up student belongings.
Wednesday, April 1 and Thursday, April 2
9 am-11 am
PK-north drop off
Kindergarten- bus lane in the front driveway on the south side
1st Grade-east drop off
2nd and 3rd Grade-west drop off
If your child has any library or teacher books or supplies at home, please return them when you come to pick up their belongings. Thank you.
Are counseling services still available to my child?
Yes. Whether your child regularly sees one of our three counselors on staff or he or she is experiencing challenging emotions during this time of uncertainty and drastic change and could benefit from a visit with someone, our wonderful ECE counselors are still here for them. If you would like to set up a time for your child to visit remotely with one of them, you can reach them at the following email addresses.
Mrs. Karla Easttom: email@example.com
Mrs. Karlese Ellison: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Kim Hamm: email@example.com
All three of our counselors will also be adding resources and activities to the Google Classrooms of our teachers throughout the distance learning time. You can also look for resources from our Project Aware Coordinator, Mrs. Carol Garrison, on the Elk City Public Schools Facebook page. We will also share them to our ECE page as they become available.
How can I find information about meals for my children?
Elk City Public Schools continues to serve meals to any children in the community ages 0-18. Please see the information below regarding meal service. The times and locations are available below. Please watch our Elk City Public Schools Facebook page and www.elkcityschools.com for updated information as this is a rapidly evolving situation and changes may be necessary.