One day after Governor Mike DeWine extended school closure to May 1st, the Intergenerational Schools’ Boards of Directors unanimously voted to adopt a Distance Education Plan. This plan will take effect on Monday, April 6th.
Although we are physically a part from our students, we remain an Intergenerational Community committed to creativity and building personal connections in pursuit of Lifelong Learning. Throughout this process we are holding close to 2 Key Commitments:
We commit to keeping strong personal relationships with our community at the center of everything we do.
We commit to a lifelong learner lens.
Preparing our Students to Learn at Home
The Distance Learning Plan will require our students to have access to a computer and the internet. However, many of our students do not already possess this technology. To help address this hardship, we have purchased Chromebooks and Internet Hotspots to loan our families. Distribution of these devices will begin at the end of the week.
These essential pieces of technology amount to about $80,000 so far and it is likely we will have additional expenses related to this situation.
Supporting our Students and Families
A switch to learning at home will be an adjustment for the entire family. To help with the transition, the following supports have been put in place:
We have created a web page for our families to access resources and get answers to frequently asked questions.
A help desk phone line has been created for our families to get expert assistance with computer equipment or software issues. This service is free of charge to all Intergenerational Schools' families.
In addition to instructional time, all of our teachers will be available to our students and families to answer questions and provide assistance for four hours each day.
A group of staff members will be dedicated to checking in on families of students who miss the daily class online meeting, everyday. We want to make sure every student is being educated and provide assistance or connect families to resources if they are experiencing difficulties of any kind.
Thank you to everyone who has reached out to offer support to our students. COVID-19 continues to cause economic hardships on our societies most vulnerable and underrepresented populations. As an urban public school, we have always been there to provide support and resources to our students and their families. During the school year, all of our students receive free lunch and breakfast. We also connect our families to crisis intervention and routine mental health services. When these immediate needs are not met, education suffers.
Please help us continue to be a strong, stable, and trusted resource for children and their families by making your gift today. You support is greatly needed and appreciated.