Update on Distance Learning1/7/2022
Dear Cleveland Families,
PPS sent a message last night about Cleveland moving to Temporary Distance Learning (TDL). This was a difficult decision to make. Our students, staff and families have been through many transitions in the last year and a half and I know that these changes bring anxiety and uncertainty. I want to assure you that we are committed to maintaining continuity of instruction for our students during this time.
Teachers are working today to prepare for distance learning. Your student should check the Canvas pages of their teachers this afternoon for instructions and links to the class meetings.
The login for Canvas is the student’s PPS username and password.
If your student needs a hotspot or their chromebook is not working, they may come to the school on Monday between 8:00 and 9:00 AM to get technical support. Please remind them to bring their non-working chromebook so that we can send it in to be repaired. They will be issued another chromebook to use.
We will follow our regular schedule next week. Below is a chart of the schedule for next week.
Classes will meet virtually at the same times as the classes met in person. Students need to join the virtual meeting through the Google Meet link on the course Canvas page. Attendance will be taken based on the student being present on the Google Meet. Lessons will be structured so that students have time with their teachers and peers online as well as time allotted for independent work offline.
Teachers and students have worked hard this semester to build community and I know our teachers want to maintain that next week. It will be very helpful for students to have their cameras on while attending class virtually. Google Meet has an array of background filters that students can use if they only want their image to be available in the virtual classroom. Please encourage your students to keep cameras on during class.
Meal service will be provided at Franklin High School and students may pick up food between 1:00 and 3:00 PM.
Extracurricular activities are paused for the week. Some events will move into a virtual setting and others will need to be rescheduled.
COVID-19 Safety Practices
Please continue to let the school know if your student tests positive for COVID-19. If your student’s symptoms are mild, they will be able to join their classes virtually while being quarantined at home. We will continue to contact trace for the cases we had here this week. Again, close contact students will receive an email if the close contact occurred in the classroom. We are also being assisted by contact tracers that have been hired by the district and you may receive a call from them to let you know that your student was a close contact at school other than in the classroom.
I would encourage your student(s) to practice some of the same protocols we use at school to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Students should wear masks if they are socializing with people who are not in their household. A distance of 6 feet is recommended when congregating. Vaccinations are a key component in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and reducing the severity of symptoms should a person contract the virus. The student health clinic will remain open next week. If you have an appointment for a vaccine, you will be able to keep it.
Our counseling staff, social worker and school psychologists will be available next week via email and virtual appointments. Do not hesitate to reach out if your student needs extra support. I want to assure you that our goal is to return to in person school safely so that our students get the support they need from their caring teachers and support staff. I already miss seeing students. I remain committed to having a safe and supportive environment for each and every one of our students.
Jo Ann Wadkins
Cleveland High School