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Parents need help during closing? Find answers here

This Question and Answer page is a resource to support parents while school is closed because of COVID-19. If you don’t find what you need, please reach out to your child’s school.

Online Learning

 

How does my child access online learning?

What if my child has technical problems?

  • Chromebook issues, can’t log in, forgotten passwords
    • Call 315-894-5000 x 50505 (hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
    • Email cvcsdtechspt@cvalleycsd.org
  • Software issues (IXL, Envisions Math, STAR, etc.)
    • Contact your child’s teacher

What if my child does not have access to technology?

  • If your home has internet, but your child does not have access to a device—reach out to your child’s school to request a device.
  • If your grade 5-12 student does not have access to the internet, reach out to your school.
  • If your grade PK-4 student does not have access to the internet:
    • Please pick up your child’s new learning packet at the following locations (please drive up to the front of the school where a staff member will assist you). We ask that you please remain in your car.
      • Fisher Elementary for students in PK-2
      • Barringer Road for students in 3-4
    • Packet pick up will be 10 a.m.-noon on the dates below.
      (Note: When you return your completed packet, you will receive two more weeks of new learning.)

      • Monday, April 20, 2020 (New Learning Packet Starts)
      • Friday, May 1, 2020
      • Friday, May 15, 2020
      • Friday, May 29, 2020
      • Return final packet on Friday, June 12, 2020

How can I monitor my child’s participation/progress?

Teachers will use a variety of means to monitor and communicate student participation and progress. At the elementary level (PreK-4) this may be via email, Class DoJo, or telephone conversations. At the middle and high school level, this may be via parent portal, email, or telephone. If you feel your child is experiencing difficulties participating, please reach out to their teacher or the building principal for assistance.

Content

 

Will this be new material?

Yes, teachers will now introduce new material. Gov. Cuomo and the State Education Department have made it clear that learning must continue, despite COVID-19.

Will this be graded?

Yes, your child will be graded based on:

  • Effort completing assigned work
  • Participation in class activities (if technology is available)
  • Teacher feedback

Grading at Fisher and Barringer:

The district recognizes providing feedback to at home learning serves as a means to reflect students’ effort, participation, as well as provide communication to the parents/guardians. All staff in grades PreK-4 will use the same standards based proficiency scale that is reflected on the current elementary report card. This 0-4 point scale will be utilized to address grading practices for our students. Any questions should be directed to the building principals.

Standards Grading
  • 4:  Consistently Exceeds Grade Level Standards: Meets and participates in all aspects of the distance learning assignments/tasks/learning activities and exceeds the learning objective with proficient work.
  • 3:  Meets Grade Level Standards: Meets and participates in most of the aspects of the distance learning assignments/tasks/learning activities with consistent work.
  • 2:  Approaching Standards-Needs Additional Support: Meets and participates in some aspects of the assignments/tasks/learning activities with inconsistent work.
  • 1:  Does Not Meeting Standard: Meets and participates in little or no aspects of the distance learning assignments/tasks/activities with inconsistent or no work.

Grading at Jarvis and CVA:

The district recognizes providing feedback to at home learning serves as a means to reflect on students’ effort, participation, as well as provide communication to the parents/guardians. All staff in grades 5-12 will use the following standards-based proficiency evaluation system for our 4th Marking Period grades. Teachers are expected to input grades into SchoolTool using a 0-4 point scale. A change to a 0-4 scale will not eliminate percentage grades for our Middle School and High School students. Rather, the 0-4 scale grades will be converted into percentages. Any questions should be directed to the building principals.

Standards Grading
  • 4:  Exceeds Grade Level Standards: Meets all aspects of the assignment or activity and exceeds the learning objective with proficient work.
  • 3:  Meets Grade Level Standards: Meets most of the aspects of the assignment/task/learning activity with consistent work.
  • 2:  Developing Standards: Meets some aspect of the assignment/task/learning activity with inconsistent work.
  • 1:  Not Meeting Standards: Meets little aspects of the assignment/task/activity with inconsistent or no work.
  • 0:  No work attempted: No grade entered

How will this look at the elementary schools where there is limited technology?

Elementary schools will focus heavily on paper packets. Parents will pick up pack packet at their children’s schools. Each packet will contain two weeks of material. Two weeks later, parents return completed packets and pick up two more weeks of material. (See the pick-up/return schedule). In addition, teachers will consider:

  • Google classroom submissions
  • Google Meets
  • Class Dojo
  • Emails
  • Phone calls
  • Student submission of paper packets bi-weekly
  • Mail-i.e. Letters

How will the school meet IEP and 504 requirements?

Social distancing limits the ways the school can provide learning accommodations. Our team of Student Services staff, principals, teachers, therapists, social workers, and service providers work to meet student needs. Please contact the Pupil Services office with specific questions at 315-574-3115.

Parent/Guardian Role

 

What are parents/guardians supposed to do?

Parents and guardians are not teachers. We do not expect you to develop lessons or teach. Instruction will be teacher-guided learning. We ask that you support your child’s learning at home:

  • Stress that this is is school and it is not optional,
  • Help your child stay connected with school,
  • Maintain a daily school routine,
  • Encourage your child to complete assigned materials and participate in online class activities, and
  • Encourage your child to reach out to his or her teacher with questions or problems.

What does teacher-guided learning look like?

Teacher-guided learning simply means that the primary responsibility for education with our teachers. Teachers will use a variety of virtual learning tools and written resources as needed.

Please  reach out to your child’s teacher when you have questions. Teachers are available to guide students through the learning and answer questions as well as serve as a resource for parents.

What if my child objects or refuses to participate?

This is a new experience for everyone. We expect frustration and, in some cases, students who will refuse to do the assigned work. Please understand that this is not optional. This is still school, even if we are not in a school building.

If you have problems keeping your child focused on schoolwork, immediately contact your child’s teacher. Do not wait.

Emergency resources

 

Contact information

 

Academic questions

  • Start with your child’s teacher.
  • Director of Curriculum Kathleen Carney, kcarney@cvalleycsd.org

Technology support

  • Chromebook issues, can’t log in, forgotten passwords
    • Call 315-894-5000 x 50505 (hours: Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-4 p.m.)
    • Email cvcsdtechspt@cvalleycsd.org
  • Software issues (IXL, Envisions Math, STAR, etc.)
    • Contact your child’s teacher

Emotional or behavioral support

  • Contact your child’s school at the numbers below.

Note: Our offices are staffed 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

Central Valley Academy

  • 315-895-7471
  • Principal Richard Keeler, rkeeler@cvalleycsd.org
  • Assistant Principal Sally Krama, skramas@cvalleycsd.org

Gregory B. Jarvis Middle School

  • 315-866-2620
  • Principal Charles Pratt, cpratt@cvalleycsd.org
  • Assistant Principal Jessica Bowman, jbowman@cvalleycsd.org

Barringer Road Elementary School

  • 315-894-8420
  • Principal Aaron Carey, acarey@cvalleycsd.org

Harry M. Fisher Elementary School

  • 315-866-4851
  • Principal Michele Pilla, mpilla@cvalleycsd.org

Meals/Cafeteria

For dietary concerns or to arrange for meals:

  • 315-894-5000
  • Food Service Manager Barbara Cristman, bcristman@cvalleycsd.org