Keep the Learning Going
Optional tools and activities to engage students in learning at home
More robust remote teaching and learning will come in April
Dear families,4J educators have compiled educational activities and strategies that families can use to keep students engaged in learning during the school closure prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Our goal is to provide tools for at-home learning so families have some free, optional, easy-to-implement activities to provide structure, help students stay engaged and prevent learning loss during an extended break.
Learning activities are organized by grade level. They contain a combination of low-tech and technology-based options across multiple subject areas, and include consideration for students’ special needs and physical and mental wellness.
Home Learning Resources
Families can partner with their children to complete these activities. Some activities include learning with devices and technology, while others do not—similar to the student experience during a typical school day.
Many of these strategies and resources are already used in our schools, and some provide opportunities to try something new or to show learning in a new way. No new required content is introduced and no assignments will be graded.
Resources for students receiving special education and English language learning supports are included in the links above. For students in Life Skills, paper packets were mailed to families today.Remote Teaching and Learning
We recognize that these activities do not replace classroom instruction. Plans are being finalized for supplemental education that will reconnect students with our skilled and caring 4J teachers in April.We are working to meet the varying needs of all learners across all grades, and developing technology plans to make sure that all 4J students can have regular access to curriculum materials and learning opportunities and can remain connected to their teachers and schools.
A Special Note to High School Seniors
This pandemic is disrupting your final months of high school. We are so sorry—it feels sad and unfair that events and milestones you have worked hard for and were looking forward to are being postponed, canceled, or not celebrated as usual.
High schoolers across the nation are facing the same situation and changes are being made to support you. For example, just today the College Board announced that shortened AP tests will be offered to students online, and online AP review courses have been made available for free. Online official SAT practice also is available at no cost. The International Baccalaureate Organization is considering options for this year’s IB exams. The State of Oregon has requested a federal waiver of state testing requirements for this year.
We are actively working with the Oregon Department of Education to determine what needs to be done to help you complete your diploma and whether the requirements might be adjusted. We will keep you informed as we learn more. Our priority is helping you reach your goals for graduation, and we will get through this together.
Take Care: Help Is Available
Health and mental health care during closure
The district and community partners are offering health and mental health care during the extended school closure to help support students and families.
Student Health Care
4J’s school-based health center at Churchill High School will reopen after spring break to provide healthcare to 4J students. The health center can bill private insurance and the Oregon Health Plan, and will also provide treatment for those unable to afford medical care. Call 541-790-5227 to schedule an appointment.
Mental Health Care for Students and Families
Helpful suggestions for talking to children and youth about coronavirus COVID-19 have been provided by the National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses.
HOOTS (Helping Out Our Teens in Schools), a community partner that provides mobile crisis response support to 4J and other high schools, is offering mental health support by phone for high school students, families and staff while schools are closed. Staff are able to provide short-term counseling, resource referrals and Oregon Health Plan signup. Available weekdays 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at 541-246-2342.
Lane County Behavioral Health is providing mental health services to students, families and staff (available in Spanish). Call for assistance: 541-682-7253.
4J’s school-based health center at Churchill is offering mental health services via phone to 4J students. Call 541-682-1915. The clinic is closed during spring break.
For students in immediate crisis, resources available 24/7 include:
- Looking Glass Youth and Family Crisis Line: 541-689-3111
- White Bird Clinic Crisis Line: 541-687-4000
- Mental Health Crisis Response Program (available in Spanish): 888-989-9990 (for parents of children up to 18)
More Resources for Families
Resources for financially impacted families:
• Unemployment Benefits and COVID-19
• EWEB Customer Care
• NW Natural Customer Care
• CenturyLink, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T Keep Americans Connected
• Comcast Internet Essentials (free or low-cost internet access)
• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
• Food for Lane County (food pantry sites and information)
Managing stress and talking with children about coronavirus:
• Talking to Children About Coronavirus COVID-19 (NASP/NASN)
• Talking With Children About Infectious Disease Outbreaks (SAMHSA)
• Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks (SAMHSA)
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