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Weekly Update, 4/5/2020

Dear Apex Cougar Families,

 

Happy Spring Break! I hope this message finds you healthy and well! 

 

Spring Break

Spring Break is April 6-10. Students and staff are on vacation during this week. 

 

Food Collection and Distribution

Anyone who needs food assistance should visit wcpss.net/food to find the food distribution site nearest you. If you cannot get food from one of these sites, please contact someone at your child’s school, so we can try to provide assistance. We are continuing to add new food assistance locations and options, so please check this page regularly for updates. Our food distribution sites will be open during Spring Break, April 6-10, including Good Friday.

 

Beginning April 13th: Remote Learning

Here is our Apex Elementary School Schedule for Remote Learning. Please note the times that learning activities will be posted/provided. Please feel free to access this learning at a time that is most convenient for your family.

 

If your student receives services through an IEP or 504 plan, your child’s special education teachers and related service providers will contact you. In light of current circumstances, they are also working to create continuous learning opportunities with the intent of allowing students with disabilities to learn in a manner consistent with the adjusted learning schedules and formats for all students. With the shift  to continuous remote learning and adjusted school experiences for all, it is reasonable to expect that learning activities for students with IEPs, like all other students, will look very different. You should expect that your student’s teachers will contact and discuss with you specific learning activities for your child. It is not expected in these circumstances that special education or the implementation of 504 plans and related services will be the same as they were before March 16, 2020.

 

It is our intent to provide continuous remote learning in a variety of ways, including pre-recorded lessons, “real-time” or “live” sessions with teachers and students, and/or printed materials when appropriate. All continuous learning will be provided in lessons that students may access in a manner that is not dependent on using a device at a specific time. We recognize that there are significant challenges in access to technology. We have assessed needs around accessibility and are engaged in a process for the distribution of devices.

 

Expectations and Guidelines for Students and Families in Remote Learning

The State Board of Education has provided general guidance that states, “It is paramount to remember the unprecedented condition students are learning in and to focus on engagement more than evaluation.”  Additionally, the State Board guidance makes clear that learning should be “accessible by all students for which the learning is intended” and that districts “will focus on supporting student progress and communicating feedback to students and families rather than on assigning grades.”

 

The following guidelines and expectations have been created to ensure that Remote Learning provides continued learning and support opportunities for students and/or families while maintaining maximum flexibility for teachers, students and families. It is important to keep in mind that as circumstances evolve, so will these initial guidelines and expectations.


Student Device Distribution

Our first wave of student device distribution will be April 8th. Students who currently have wifi access, but need a device, should have already been contacted about device pick up. The next wave of student device distribution will include both wifi hotspots and devices. Students who need both a wifi hotspot and a device will be contacted once hotspots are made available.

 

UNC-TV Partnership

UNC-TV and the NC Department of Public Instruction have established a partnership that will support remote learning with content that will be accessible to studentsespecially those with limited or no internet accessat no charge. 

Each weekday, two blocks of programming on UNC-TV's North Carolina Channel will serve:  

  • Fourth- through eighth-grade students, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 9th- through 12th-grade students, from 1 to 6 p.m. (actual times may vary, please check the weekly schedule online here).  
  • For PreK through third grade, UNC-TV's 24/7 “PBS KIDS” channel -- Rootle -- will continue providing programming appropriate for that age group. 

These educational program blocks are available on the North Carolina Channel, available statewide for free over-the-air, through cable providers and streamed online.

 

Maintaining Your Student’s Emotional Safety

WCPSS has provided a website for parents regarding student’s emotional safety during the COVID-19 shutdown. 

 

Field Trip Refunds

Thank you to parents in 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade who filled out the Google Form indicating if you would like a refund. We will begin to process refunds next week. 

 

AIG Updates

Ms. Bell has provided some updates for AIG students and families. Please see the AIG Website for these updates.

 

Support

Please know that I am here to support and serve you as your Apex ES Principal. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you may be having. My email is kcaggia@wcpss.net. I continue to appreciate your patience and support as we work through the rollout of remote learning. We are in this together, one step at a time! 



Apex Elementary’s Vision: One family working together to provide a supportive, rigorous learning environment while developing life-long learners.

 

Warmest Regards,

Katie Caggia