Gov. Doug Ducey announced that all Arizona schools will remain closed through April 10 and could possibly remain closed longer still. As a result, many districts and charter schools have moved to remote learning.
Chandler USD was scheduled to come back from spring break this week, and as teachers returned, they began training on ways to interact and instruct students remotely, per the email.
District officials said a technology survey was sent to families to determine students' level of access to online learning resources. Schools are still working to determine who needs additional support and/or nondigital alternatives, and school leaders will communicate procedures for distribution of paper materials to families who need assistance, according to the district.
Superintendent Camille Casteel said in an email to families that lessons are "designed to reinforce and enrich student skills while schools are closed" and that "they are not meant to add additional stress to an already difficult time."
"We have worked with teachers to remain cognizant that multiple people, including parents, may be using any technology available in the home and to plan accordingly," Casteel said.
Students in pre-K through sixth grade will have assignments and activity opportunities. There will be no official grading or collection of these assignments due to the school closures, Casteel said.
Students in grades seven through 12 will participate via Google Classroom or Buzz/Agilex platforms. Completion of assignments will be used only to improve a student's grade.
Also in her email, Casteel offered tips to parents for creating a successful learning environment at home:
- Create a consistent daily routine;
- Build a schedule that involves studying and physical breaks;
- Access our enrichment page if you are looking for more activities than the lessons provided;
- Review digital citizenship guidelines listed on our distance learning webpage in order to protect student privacy while online;
- Stay connected with your teachers; and
- Ask for assistance from teachers, if needed.
"Realizing you have many questions regarding the next several weeks, we will continue to keep communication avenues open," Casteel said. "Please check your email for frequent updates from your teachers. For the latest updates related to services and learning, please continue to visit https://www.cusd80.com/covid19. All resources will be located in one place for easy access for families," she continued. "Our efforts are focused on doing what we can to ensure the safety of our entire community as we move forward. We will continue to monitor the situation, follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) prevention guidelines and provide information to parents as it becomes available."