Letter from the Director - August 24, 2020

August 24, 2020


Bridges Families –

We are so excited to have kicked off our first week of orientation and to begin week two. Our staff is working incredibly hard to set up for a great school year!


The first round of materials distribution has been completed. However, we have a few families who still need to pick up materials. Please call the school to coordinate your materials pick up as soon as possible and let your child’s teacher know if you are unable to do so.


As we enter into the 2020-21 school year, we recognize the many challenges that online and blended instruction bring to students, families and caregivers. Below are the roles and expectations for students and their families/caregivers when participating in online instruction. The teacher, as the facilitator of learning, will partner with students and families to ensure that they communicate regularly, plan instruction effectively, and offer support and feedback when needed.


We know that some of you are still waiting on Chromebooks or hotspots. Please be patient as the county is distributing close to 50,000 devices. You will be notified, via email, three days prior to your pick up date. In the meantime, your child’s teacher has distributed paper/pencil assignments that are in your child’s materials. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have questions.


As we begin week two, please remember that we are gradually building up to a full schedule. The schedule for this week is as follows:

Monday, 8/24 Students online from 8:30-10:00

Tuesday, 8/25 Students online from 8:30-10:00

Wednesday, 8/26 Students online from 8:30-9:00 and from 10:00-11:00

Parents attend virtual Open House from 9:00-10:00 or from 4:00-5:00

Thursday, 8/27 Students online from 8:30-11:00

Friday, 8/28 Students online from 8:30-11:00

Monday, 8/31 Begin full day schedule


Lastly, listed below are the roles/expectations for students and families for online instruction. Please take a look at these, as we partner with you to help your child have a positive online learning experience.





As the learner, the student will support their own learning by:


· Following the designated schedule for attendance in online learning.

· Participating in learning through synchronous (live) class times following the established norms for the class.

· Asking the teacher for help when needed.

· Turning in assignments at the direction of their teacher.

· Taking responsibility for participating in the class, turning in work, and following the class norms for completing independent work.

· Communicating with the teacher if he or she is absent or has difficulty completing work, attending a synchronous session or meeting the teacher’s deadlines.

· Attending only class sessions to which they are assigned. · Knowing where to get technology help (Guides to Technology for Parents and Students).


As a supporter of learning, families and caregivers can support their learners by:


· Supporting the learner through encouraging and motivating the student during virtual learning.

· Helping keep students on track by accessing teacher communications to know the expectations for learning.

· Guiding students as they complete work and assist when possible and encourage students to seek help from the teacher.

· Allowing students to work independently and allow students to grapple with the content.

· Helping students maintain a daily schedule that the teacher communicates.

· Assisting in designating a space for learning with minimal distractions to the degree possible.

· Asking for help when needed to support your student. · Asking for technology assistance when needed to support your student. (Guides to Technology for Parents and Students)

· Maintaining communication with the teacher.

· Ensuring that the school and the teacher have up-to-date contact information for you to promote school-home communication.


Best Regards,

Lisa Cruz, Director