Dear Hopewell Valley Families,
Last night the Board of Education approved two E-Learning days that will take place instead of opening schools on April 5 and 6. I realize that the timing of this change is a challenge for some district families, but I think these days will provide us an excellent opportunity to put our work on blended learning into practice.
Our staff is working hard to create meaningful and relevant online lessons for our students. Many assignments will be available as early as today and definitely by Thursday afternoon. I have included the FAQ’s below for your reference.
After the break, a survey will be distributed to parents and students to provide us feedback on the E-Learning Days. We will also debrief with staff members from each building to discuss what worked and where we can make improvements.
Thank you very much for your patience and flexibility as we try something few districts have ever tried to accomplish. Enjoy your break.
Thomas A. Smith, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Frequently Asked Questions
Will school be open on April 5 and April 6?
No, schools will be closed on April 5 and April 6. The Hopewell Valley YMCA will offer SCOPE for any parent who requires child care. Information is available here.
Do students need to login on April 5 and April 6?
No. These E-Learning days will be self paced. Learning can take place anytime before the break, over the break or after the break; anytime prior to when the assignment is due.
When will assignments be posted? Can I complete them before break?
Assignments will be posted or distributed as early as Tuesday, March 27, but definitely by March 29 (prior to break starting). All assignments are self paced, so they can be completed before, during or after break; anytime prior to when the assignment is due.
Are any assignments due on April 5 or 6?
No. All assignments are due when determined by the teacher, but no assignments are due during break.
Do students need to be online for a minimum number of hours?
No. The E-Learning experience is not computer-based for a set number of hours. Instruction should include students engaging in activities off the computer. For example, an elementary science experiment where the students observe and document a rain storm. This can include hourly observations of weather conditions, temperature and amount of rain.
What if I am on vacation and/or I do not have internet or computer access?
These E-Learning days are self paced. Learning can take place at anytime before, during or after the break. Assignments are due at teacher discretion and accommodations will be made for students who do not have access to computers or the internet.
All students in grades 6-12 have a district provided Chromebook. If any student in grades K-5 requires a Chromebook to complete the assignments, please contact your building principal and one will be provided.
A limited number of WiFi hot spots are available to any individual who does not have internet access. Please contact your building principal if you need internet access.
The Timberlane Media Center will be open on Thursday, April 5, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm and Friday, April 6, from 9:00 am - 12:00; Central High School Media Center will be open on Thursday, April 5, from 9:00 am - 12:00 and the Stony Brook Media Center will be open on Thursday, April 5 from 9:00 am - 1:00, for internet access and printing. Adult supervision is required for elementary students.
What if I have a question, will a teacher be available to respond?
Teachers will make every effort to field student's questions in a timely manner. For those that may have a significant challenge in resources to do so, time will be created before and/or after the break to address questions prior to work being graded.
My kindergartener doesn’t know how to use a computer; what happens?
In addition to work being listed online, students in grades K-5 will receive paper copies of their assignments.
My child has a 504/IEP special needs, what happens?
Accommodations will be made so that all students can participate in this E-Learning experience. Extended time and other accommodations will be honored.
What classes will have work?
The middle school and high students should check all classes on their schedule. Teachers will prepare approximately 30 minutes of work for each class.
On the elementary level, students should follow their special schedule for that day (e.g. Art on Thursday, Music on Friday). A mindful/wellness exercise will be provided for all students.
How will I know which assignment is an E-Learning assignment?
E-Learning assignments will be clearly marked by the teacher as “E-Learning.”