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Extended Closure / Distance Learning Updates

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Caldwell School District parents

 

4.1.2020

 

Teacher Check-Ins with Families

 

This week, you can expect your student’s teacher to make contact with you. Teachers have been asked to communicate with all their families regularly using District-issued email, Class DoJo, Remind, Google Apps for Education, Skyward, or through a telephone call. Be aware the telephone call may be from a non-District telephone number or unknown number. 

 

Our teachers will reach out to see how families are doing, as well as ask if you have access to the internet and a computer, or electronic device, other than a smartphone. The information our staff gathers will be critical in our efforts to launch course-based and grade-level online resources. 

 

Thank you for taking the time to respond to this important call from your teacher. 

 

Additional Information:

  • The district will provide translation support as needed for communication purposes.
  • Staff will communicate their scheduled virtual “office” hours with families on a weekly basis. 
  • IEPs, Eligibilities, 504s, ELPs, and ALP meetings will be conducted through virtual methods (i.e. District provided line, Google Hangout, Zoom, etc.). 

 

Devices

 

Your child’s school will contact you about when devices/Chromebooks will be available for check out and the process. This may take a few days, please be patient.

 

Wifi Access

 

Several Wifi and Internet providers are offering discounts for families with students. Here is a link to review what options are available  

 

SparkLight has added Wifi access spots in Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell Fruitland. Here is link to them.  The name is “Sparklight Free Hotspot.” There is no  password.

 

 

Free meals continue 

 

We ran out of meals at some sites and will make more. Please be patient as we adjust, it can be a challenge to predict how many meals to make.  

 

The state’s stay-at-home order allows for travel to pick up meals. We will serve free “grab and go” meals for children age 1 to 18 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. weekdays at: 

  • Sacajawea Elementary School 
  • Van Buren Elementary School
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • Lewis & Clark Elementary School 
  • Caldwell High School

 

Free meals also are available 11 a.m. to noon weekdays at Farmway Village, provided by Oasis Food Center volunteers. 

 

Families should stay in their cars and drive-thru as meals will be served curbside. Walk-ups are also welcome and will have a separate line with individuals keeping 6 feet apart. Meals should not be eaten on site. Unfortunately, meals are not available for adults.

 

Your child does not need to be a student at the school to receive a meal.

 

Thank you!

 

 

 

March 30, 2020 

 

Caldwell School District parents

 

Teacher Check-Ins with Families

 

This week, you can expect a phone call from your student’s teacher. Be aware the call may be from a non-District telephone number. Our teachers will call to see how families are doing, as well as ask if you have access to the internet and a computer, or electronic device, other than a smartphone. The information our staff gathers will be critical in our efforts to launch course-based and grade-level online resources. Thank you for taking the time to respond to this important call from your teacher. 

 

Devices

 

Your child’s school will contact you about when devices/Chromebooks will be available for check out and the process. This may take a few days, please be patient.

 

Free meals start Tuesday

 

The state’s stay-at-home order allows for travel to pick up meals. Starting Tuesday, March 31, we will serve free “grab and go” meals for children age 1 to 18 from 10a.m. to 11:30 a.m. weekdays at: 

  • Sacajawea Elementary School 
  • Van Buren Elementary School
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • Lewis & Clark Elementary School 
  • Caldwell High School
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Free meals also are available 11 a.m. to noon weekdays at Farmway Village, provided by Oasis Food Center volunteers. 

 

Families should stay in their cars and drive-thru as meals will be served curbside. Walk-ups are also welcome and will have a separate line with individuals keeping 6 feet apart. Meals should not be eaten on site. Unfortunately, meals are not available for adults.

 

Your child does not need to be a student at the site to receive a meal.

 

Thank you!

 

March 27, 2020

 

Caldwell parents

 

I hope you are healthy and well and have been able to enjoy Spring Break during this unprecedented time.

 

Next week, we enter a unique time for all of us: an extended school closure. 

 

In case you missed it, the Idaho State Board of Education directed schools to close until April 20 as part of an effort to protect all of us during this pandemic, and Gov. Brad Little announced that Idahoans should stay at home through April 15. 

 

During this extended closure, our goal is to do our part to prevent the spread of the virus and keep everyone safe: our students, our employees, and our community. 

 

Based on our capacity, we will provide essential services identified by the Governor and State Board of Education: meals and distance learning opportunities.

 

Buildings, playground equipment closed

 

Our buildings are closed to the public. Limited access will be provided to staff to provide meals and prepare learning materials for distribution. Our playground equipment is not cleaned and not available for use until further notice. Open spaces around our schools are available for walking and running for individuals but no group activities. 

 

Meals

 

The state’s stay-at-home order allows for travel to pick up meals. Starting Tuesday, we will serve free “grab and go” meals for children age 1 to 18 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. weekdays at:

Sacajawea, Van Buren, Lincoln, and Lewis and Clark elementary schools and Caldwell High.

 

Families should stay in their cars and drive-thru as meals will be served curbside. Walk-ups are also welcome and will have a separate line with individuals keeping 6 feet apart. Meals should not be eaten on site. Unfortunately, meals are not available for adults.

 

Starting Monday, free “grab and go meals” for children age 1 to 18 will be available weekdays from 11 a.m. to noon weekdays at Farmway Village, provided by Oasis Food Center volunteers. 

 

Preparing for distance learning

 

Families: Please continue parent-directed learning this coming week. You will be contacted by school administrators and/or teachers for information as we prepare to provide distance learning opportunities in early April.

 

Staff: Administrators will be organizing resources to support teachers to deliver distance learning opportunities and connecting with teachers and staff.  

 

Special needs

 

Special Education/504: Starting March 30, parents and guardians of students who have individualized education plans (IEPs) or 504s  will be contacted by case managers by telephone to identify the next steps to support your students’ needs. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSER) have communicated that schools may not be able to provide all services in the same manner as they have been during this national emergency. With parents as our partners, we will make our best effort to ensure that all students are learning during this time. Special education/504 case managers will be communicating with families on how meetings will be scheduled to meet  eligibility and annual review timelines. 

 

High school

 

We’ve been meeting with administrators about the unique concerns of our high school students, especially seniors and ensuring they can graduate and whether special events will be held. Some graduation requirements were waived by the State Board of Education including senior project and college entrance exams. Look for more information from the principals in the coming days.

 

Technology concerns

 

Thank you to those who completed our survey about your technology needs. We ordered items to support wifi access at home, but high demand has delayed delivery indefinitely. However, we do have a limited number of devices for family check out. Your child’s school will provide details. 

 

Our No.1 priority is our staff, students, and the community's safety. Please understand that we will continue to monitor and adjust the plan as mandated by our State Board of Education and our Governor. We will all need to practice patience, flexibility and understanding as we adapt to this “new normal.”

 

We will continue to update you each week. 

 

Thank you!

 

Dr. N. Shalene French 

Caldwell School District Superintendent

 

March 23, 2020


Parents and staff

Today the Idaho State Board of Education approved a “soft close” of the state’s schools until April 20. This means all Idaho students including ours in Caldwell will not return to campuses throughout Idaho until at least Monday, April 20.

What does that mean for us after Spring Break?

The State Board directed districts to provide instructional opportunities to the best of their capacity during this closure recognizing many districts are currently on Spring Break.

We began planning for a short extended closure during the four days before Spring Break. After break, we will be engaging our staff and will update parents on how instructional opportunities will be provided. We may need to extend the school year.

The State Board also took other action today that impacts our students and provides flexibility during this statewide soft closure.

Here are some highlights from the meeting, the Board:

Suspended the senior project graduation requirement for the class of 2020
Suspended the college entrance exam required for the class of 2020 and 2021
Approved seeking a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education for ISAT testing in English Language Arts, Math, and Science and the alternative ISAT

We will continue to monitor the situation. As soon as we know more, we will update you!

Stay Healthy

N. Shalene French
Caldwell School District Superintendent

 

Caldwell School District March 20, 2020 Update

 

Is online education an option?


Not at this time. The district will provide online resources for families should an extended closure be necessary.  We also will be asking parents to provide information about their ability to access the internet to access resources.

 

What about graduations, proms and other spring events?


No decisions have been made about these events.

 

Will we extend the school year into June?


We simply don’t know. What we do know is the state has a process for waivers to account for lost instructional time for emergencies such as a “snow day.” We will apply for this waiver. 

 

What should I tell my child about COVID-19?

 

The National Association of School Nurses and National Association of School Psychologists have authorize a short guide called "Talking to Children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  

Click here for English version and en Espanol

 

Where can I get more information?

 

  • About our district, check this website. Our first communication will be to parents and staff through email, text or phone call and then our website will be updated.
  • About Idaho, monitor the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare website at: https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/
  • The U.S. Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/