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March 19, 2020

To the Tinmouth School Community,

Thank you for patience as we initiate the distant learning program for Tinmouth School. We have tried to keep the procedures outlined below simple in light of the sudden pandemic onset. The staff is aware of the panic and confusion that an unexpected school closure can create. We are first and foremost thinking of our students and trying to provide a home schooling environment that is respectful of families. The following paragraphs outline the procedures that will be initiated in the upcoming weeks.

On Monday, beginning March 23rd, we will be distributing weekly schoolwork and materials for students. We are asking parents to drive up to the front door of the school where staff will hand out weekly packets of work. Monday distributions of schoolwork will take place from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM and again from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

On Fridays, work is returned on the same schedule – from 7:30 – 9:00 AM and again from 3:00 -5:00 PM. There will be staff collecting the materials returned. The first return date is on Friday, March 27th.

The packets you receive will have a suggested schedule. We know that routines can be calming in times of sudden and unexpected change.

The packets also contains a survey of the best times and platforms for when you can be reached. We will provide weekly feedback to students and progress updates to parents and need to know the best avenue to stay in touch. Please return this survey on Friday, March 27th along with completed student work.

Additionally, we have included a form for you to indicate how much assistance each student received in completing assignments. This is important in order to provide students with the support they need to understand underlying concepts and learning targets. Student feedback as well as future assignments is based on their understanding of these targets and concepts (which are listed on each assignment). Please be diligent in returning these forms along with completed schoolwork on Fridays.

If school closures extend beyond a two week period we will design and send home teaching videos through see-saw, youtube, and google classroom that instruct and scaffold students so that proficiencies and learning targets can be achieved. They will be assessed on these proficiencies and receive report cards at the end of the semester. Currently, we are relying primarily on paper copies for distant learning. We purposely minimized the initial need for online learning due to concerns that there would be competing needs among family member for computer access.

The conferences scheduled for this week were cancelled. Report cards will go home in the next week. Comments will be on these report cards indicating how each student is progressing. You will have an opportunity to schedule a mutually agreeable time to discuss these reports with you child’s teacher via phone, email, skype, zoom, or google chat.

Starting Thursday, March 19, breakfast and lunch is available to all students. There are 4 pick-up points for Tinmouth. These are as follows:

            N East Rd & VT 140 at 7:44-7:54 AM

            East Rd & Mountain View Rd at 8:04-8:14 AM

            Tinmouth Mountain School at 8:23-8:33 AM

            McNamara Rd & VT 140 at 8:40-8:50AM

            Mill River Union High School from 9:00AM to 6:00 PM (North Side of

             Building)

 

Please stay healthy and safe.

 

Maureen Fitzgerald-Riker

Principal, Tinmouth Mountain School

 

 

 

 

 

 

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