Dear Students, Parents and Families:
As the Governor’s Office has mandated schools be closed through at least April 20, we are making every effort to implement a Distance Learning Plan in a timely manner while assessing our students’ remote access to participate in the learning plan. We will begin implementing the plan this week and continue to update you about the progress. We ask for your patience as we begin remote learning. We know there will be challenges along the way and ideas and decisions that may need to be revisited as we learn to teach our students in a new, creative way. Some of you have shared how teachers are already connecting with your child during this extremely challenging time. We are extremely grateful and appreciative for your support.
Distance Learning Plan (DLP)
The Academic Office has designed a comprehensive and innovative DLP over the last several days. It is designed for our teachers to engage with their students and continue learning. To access the website and begin connecting with your teachers, click here.
This week the District will begin the first phase of the distribution of Chromebooks to students who are determined to be most in need, beginning with the Senior class. Subsequent high school grades will follow. The process for elementary and middle school students will also be based on need and the supply of Chromebooks.
At the time of distribution, the District will ensure a safe and efficient pick-up process of the Chromebooks such that families and students are abiding by social distancing at all times. The District’s Building Department staff will also be sanitizing all Chromebooks at the time of delivery. We are committed to ensuring a safe process and abiding by all state and federal guidelines related to COVID-19. Details regarding the pick-up process, including location for pickups, dates and times will be forthcoming. Please continue to monitor the District website and social media for the latest information.
The Partnership for Connecticut has also donated 60,000 laptops to high school students in 33 districts, including Waterbury Public Schools, across the state. Those will also be distributed in a safe and efficient manner when they arrive in three to six weeks.
The Governor’s office is collaborating with internet providers to help students stay connected at home to support remote learning.
For a complete list of providers offering online access in various ways, click here.
Supplemental Learning Workbooks:
Due to a generous donation, over tens of thousands of Pre-K – 8th grade students in several districts, including Waterbury Public Schools, will receive high quality take-home workbooks that will provide excellent reading and writing instruction while learning from home. Students will be able to keep the Scholastic workbooks indefinitely. The books are aligned with Connecticut state learning standards. Parents are encouraged to work with students at home to complete these exercises. The District will also establish a smooth, efficient and safe distribution process that abides by all social-distancing protocol. Expect communication from the District, as well as elementary and middle school Principals, regarding dates and times.
Dr. Verna D. Ruffin, Superintendent