In today’s press conference with Governor Walz, we learned that schools in Minnesota will now be closed until at least May 4, 2020. Families will need to get materials to start the distance learning process, so please continue reading for important details on how to get what your family needs.
Distance Learning Begins April 6th
Starting on April 6th, all students at Achieve Language Academy will begin distance learning. For weeks 1 and 2, most of the work will be provided in the form of paper packets with optional online resources provided. Starting in week 3, most of our instruction will be moved online. You will receive information when you pick up learning materials about how to access the digital resources. Students can expect to spend roughly 20-30 minutes per subject per day, so they will not be expected to complete school work or be online all day. Teachers will be available by email, phone, or text for students who need assistance completing their work.
All students are expected to participate regularly in distance learning. Students will need to connect with their teacher every day to be counted as “present” for their daily attendance. This can be in the form of email, phone call, text, or responding to a question online. Students who do not contact their teachers will be marked as an unexcused absence and significant unexcused absences is considered truancy. The learning materials provided will include contact information for your student’s teachers.
Picking Up Materials
Families may come to Achieve to pick up their distance learning materials starting on Monday, March 30th. Achieve will be open every day next week from 7:30-11:30 am and 4:00-6:00 pm. During those times, families can pick up meals as well as learning materials students will need for distance learning. Families should not enter the building, but should pull up along the front of the building as they do during morning drop off. A staff member will come to your car, ask you which students you need materials for, whether or not you need meals, and will bring them to you.
If your family is in need of technology, you may pick those devices up next week as well. Families may pick up chromebooks if they need additional devices at home. Devices will be issued as follows:
Families with 1-2 school age children = 1 Chromebook
Families with 3-5 school age children = 2 Chromebooks
Families with 5+ school age children = 3 Chromebooks
We will be getting internet resources for families who need them soon and we will contact you as soon as those are available. If you have issues with technology while your students are learning from home, please contact your child’s teacher and we will provide support.
Childcare for health and emergency workers will not be available next week during spring break. Childcare will resume for these families on April 6th and will continue throughout the distance learning process. If you have questions about childcare, contact Tracey Estrada at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meals will continue to be available every day at Achieve from 7:30-11:30 and 4:00-6:00. Meals are available for any child under age 18. Included in this letter is a flyer about food services in the area should you need them. Families who need meals but are unable to get to one of the meal sites can call our food hotline at 651-583-6109 or email email@example.com to arrange delivery.
We know that there is a great deal of uncertainty throughout this entire process. We know that there will be technology glitches, questions, or other concerns that will come up. Please know that every member of our staff is here to support you and your students. We are learning right along with you in this process and we will help you as best we can. I can tell you that our staff misses seeing your students every day and would love nothing more than to be able to see them come through our doors.
I have told my staff this multiple times in the past few weeks, but I will share it with you now. I am so incredibly grateful for our staff, students, and families at Achieve. While nobody wants to go through this situation, I feel incredibly fortunate to get to work with this community at this time. Our staff has consistently stepped up and asked over and over what they can do to help our students. Thank you again for all of your patience and flexibility as we learn throughout this process. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions.