March 27, 2020
As you are aware, on Tuesday, March 17th, Governor Laura Kelly ordered all public schools in Kansas to remain closed for regular operations through the end of the school year. This extraordinary action is to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our state and community.
While our school buildings may be closed, we want learning to continue for all students in a reasonable way. MVHS teachers are working diligently to design and implement a new Continuous Learning Plan for all students while adhering to state and county directives. We appreciate your patience and grace as we work through this process.
Students should expect to begin learning activities on April 1st, 2020 by checking their school provided Outlook email and logging into our district provided learning management system - Canvas. The primary tools teachers will use for communication and instruction will be via Skyward, Canvas, and district-provided email. Zoom, a video conferencing software, may also be used for “office hour” assistance and/or live instruction.
Our plan for providing continued learning will focus on the remaining essential knowledge and skills needed for our students. While some coursework may have needed deadlines for completion, students can work through the learning objectives in Canvas at a time during the day that meets their needs. This increased flexibility carries with it increased responsibility for students to continue to make progress and we are here to help.
Each teacher will establish and communicate their available office hour. While students are encouraged to reach out to their teachers via their school email anytime, the office hour timeframe is set up as the time that teachers can use to respond to those questions. Teachers may also elect to hold open Zoom meetings during this time to allow ‘live’ interaction for students. Look for email communication from teachers to begin Monday, March 30th.
The district is providing FREE meals to students to be picked up at specific locations on Mondays and Wednesdays until the end of the regularly scheduled school year. This service began Wednesday, March 25, and will continue on Monday, March 30th. More information can be found on the district website, https://www.usd232.org/Page/8130.
We realize you may have more questions for which we do not yet have answers. Information will be shared with you in the coming days about grades, the end of the fourth quarter, and more. Again, thank you for your patience and grace.