Distance Learning Letter

April 20, 2020

Greetings Families,

This is a difficult time in our nation and community. Although there are many challenges that we are facing right now, I hope that you and your children feel supported and successful with our distance learning plan. I am looking forward to the day that we can all be together again at school.

Most students will be accessing distance learning through Google Classroom online. Others will be working with paper packets. Either way, your teachers are working very hard to deliver high quality instruction and assignments while we are away from the building.

Attached you will find the new Oceanlake Elementary Distance Learning Schedule that we will be using for the remainder of the year.  To create this schedule, we used the Oregon Department of Education’s guidance and an understanding that our time needs to be highly flexible to ensure everyone has access to the lessons and teacher assistance.

There is a FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) sheet to answer some of your questions but I am sure that you have plenty more. Teachers are working to connect with each of you and will continue to be in communication weekly through the end of the year. In addition, each certified staff member will hold office hours so that you have the best time to call and ask any questions that you have. All teachers are regularly checking email and their Remind account. Please be in touch with us so we can support you.

Distance Learning for All begins for Oceanlake on Monday, April 20th. The first week of lessons are designed to help students transition from traditional school to our new distance learning platform. Most lessons will focus on teaching students the “how to’s” and expectations of distance learning, with lots of student practice in new systems and processes.  As the weeks continue, the lessons will take the shape of typical content lessons.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we learn together to do school differently. Our office is available via email and phone to take your questions and provide assistance. Although this is not the school we wish we had, I am happy that teaching and learning will go on for students.

Sincerely,

Sandy Mummey
Principal