Westwood At-Home Learning Plan.
Dr. Stiles Simmons
April 20, 2020
We hope this letter finds you all in good health. The current crisis has challenged us all in many different ways, but despite the challenge, we will get through this together. The Westwood Community School District is ready and willing to meet the academic, nutritional, and social-emotional needs of our Westwood families.
We are pleased to announce that our approved Continuity of Learning (COL) plan will begin Tuesday, April 21, 2020. The Westwood staff has worked tirelessly on the development of the COL plan, and now we look forward to its implementation. The COL plan describes the work that we all will engage in for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. It also meets the requirements outlined in Governor Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-35. You will find a copy of the plan on the Westwood Community School District website (https://www.westwoodschools.net/).
The Continuity of Learning plan, which we will refer to as the Westwood At-home Learning Plan, provides students with opportunities to continue learning remotely. Over the next several weeks, students will engage with teachers and other school staff members by telephone, Google Classroom and Hangouts, Class Dojo, email, and other modes of communication to complete learning packets, projects, research papers, and other forms of assignment. "At-home Learning" schedules for your student are posted on the Westwood Community School District website. Please click the Westwood At Home Learning Portal link at the top of the District website. Teachers will update the "At Home Learning" schedules every week.
For the first few weeks, we will make learning packets available for pick up for all students on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Daly Elementary School and Robichaud High School alongside the food distribution program. The first day to pick up learning packets will be Wednesday, April 22, 2020. In two weeks, we plan to distribute computing devices (i.e., iPads, Chromebooks, etc.) for students in grades 7-12 to continue the online learning that they are accustomed to receiving. Computing devices will only be distributed to those students who have communicated a need and who have internet access at home.
We have received the following question from many students and parents: Why do we need to continue to do school work? The answer to that question is that academic learning is necessary to prepare students for the next grade level, opportunities beyond the 12th grade, and for life in general. We are deeply concerned about the amount of learning loss that students will experience as we move into the 2020-2021 school year. That is why we have spent countless hours developing the Westwood At-home Learning Plan to ensure that our students have the opportunity to continue their education in preparation for the next level. We strongly encourage you to read the Key Elements of Grading Practices posted on the school district's website to understand how we will manage and monitor student progress for the remainder of the school year. Please click the Westwood At Home Learning Portal link at the top of the District website.
The Westwood At-home Learning Plan does acknowledge that some students and families may need additional support during this time of crisis. Social workers and support staff will continue to provide social-emotional support for students and families. Special education staff will demonstrate a good faith effort to provide special education programs and services in light of the circumstances with equitable and quality services for students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). Should you have any questions about support services please contact your child's Principal. We want to assist where we can, and we want all of our students to be able to participate fully in the Westwood At-home Learning Plan.
Food distribution continues each week at two sites: Daly Elementary and Robichaud High School. Families may pick up meals from either site on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Finally, we have made changes to the Westwood Community School District website to provide easier access to important information about At-home Learning schedules, grading practices, and other resources. You can also continue to ask questions and find answers to your questions along with information about the MEET UP and EAT UP meals program on the Coronavirus/COVID-19 webpage. We thank you in advance for your support and participation in the Westwood At-home Learning Plan.
Stiles X. Simmons, Ed.D.