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- District has lots of technology supports. Here is the link: https://www.seattleschools.org/student_portal/technology_supports_for_families
- iPad distributions for remaining families: Alynda is ready to help in the office. They are checked out to the students. Ring the video bell and they will deliver to you with social distancing in mind. Can also email Amy Young.
- iPads cases and keyboards are set to come mid-October.
- There is nothing known about laptop sleeves. Amy Young will talk to the district to see if there is a plan.
- iPads and laptops are checked out for the school year, similar to a library book. They will need to be returned at the end of the school year. (Last spring these were donated and kept by families, hence the confusions).
- We can’t turn off the “chat” function, even if we want to.
- Teachers should be aware that when a student uses @ with a student’s name, they can be added to the class meeting (so in theory a 2nd grader can be added to a 5th grade class). Mr. Roos will follow up with Microsoft Teams.
- District has a partnership with Microsoft Teams.
- Kindergarten to 2nd using Seesaw. Teachers should be in touch with families about these platforms. If you’re not hearing back, copy Mr. Roos on the email.
- District is working on a universal screening in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.
- We don’t yet know how spring assessments will work.
- Can parent volunteer to help run the Teams portion of classes (e.g. muting, sharing screens, admitting guests, etc.)? We can discuss it. We are looking for parents to help with tech support. Please let our PTA know if you are interesting in helping.
- The district is constantly talking about going back to in-person. There is no prediction right now. They’re trying to plan for when that might happen. School passed their audit yesterday being ready for going back (e.g. each class has 15 desks to be ready for A/B class; half class comes in M/T, and second half comes Th/F, and W is all online). District is in constant communication about the plan.
- If your child/family is struggling with the current schedule of synchronous and asynchronous, reach out to your child’s teacher.
- The schedule is showing the routine, but might not reflect the whole time in front of the screen. Might be less than on the schedule. There should be a lesson, and then followed by an asynch time that is on their own. The lesson would be 15-20 minutes, and then off the computer to do their work. Teacher would be available to answer questions, but not necessarily doing the lesson online. Teachers are asked to be flexible and try to be as accommodating as they can with family’s schedules. Again, reach out to the teacher to try to work out the best plan.
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