Armstrong School District Closure - PARENT INFORMATION
Updated March 25, 2020
This document provides plans and procedures to be followed during the school closure as a preventive measure for the safety of our students and community in response to the spread of the coronavirus.
- All ASD schools will be closed through April 6th, 2020 per the order from Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf. The possible reopening of schools is difficult to predict, but will be evaluated regularly based on information from our team of health experts advising the District on this topic including Dr. Harold Altman, Claudia Price, RN from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Dr. Backstrom and Dr. Groomes from Armstrong County Memorial Hospital, Dr. Nickleach and Dr. Bhat from Children's Community Pediatrics, and our school nurses.
- The school lunch and breakfast distribution program is now operating at 12 sites around the district. Please find more information here.
- ASD will continue to communicate updates using the school district website, by phone, and email messages.
- GRADES K THROUGH 4: Planned instructional lessons are offered using a blend of learning packets and digital resources. If students do not have access to the Internet, lessons will be made available on paper and can be picked up at the main office of your student’s school. Please notify your child’s school if you are in need of a paper version of the learning packets.
- GRADES 5 THROUGH 12: Digital lessons have and continue to be developed for students, using Google Classroom, District used content resources like Study Island, Nearpod, Discovery Learning, and digital resources from associated textbooks. However, where appropriate, students with Individualized Education Plans may be provided learning packets. These students will be notified individually by the Student Services Office.
- If students do not have access to the Internet, lessons will be made available on paper and can be picked up at the main office of your student’s school.
- If students need a device to access the Internet, they may request it by calling 724.548.7200
- Teachers may use Google Hangouts to communicate with students in real time and provide instruction as needed.
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- Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser. Please call Xfinity at the following number to get an account setup: 1-800-934-6489. An agent will be able to assist you in getting connected to the free WiFi Service.
- Help desk services will be offered to anyone including parents, students, and school personnel needing technical assistance during school closure.
- PLEASE NOTE: Parents and students with questions about school assignments should communicate via email with their teacher. Teacher emails are posted for each individual school on the school’s website. Students using Google classroom can also communicate with their teachers via gmail and/or the Google classroom platform.
- Parents and students that do not have access to email with questions about school assignments should contact the main office of the building where their child attends school or call 724.548.7200.
- Parent concerns and questions unrelated to school assignments should be directed to the building principal where their student attends.
- Parents, Students, and Teachers that require assistance with technology should call 724.548.7200.
- Teaching staff will be responsible for monitoring student work, providing feedback and direction, and adding learning experiences as needed. Students will be graded on assignments.
- Special education, gifted support teachers, and related service providers such as SLPs, OTs, and PTs will work with core content teachers to modify, accommodate, and/or enrich lessons to meet the needs of students’ IEPs/GIEPs, and ensure that lessons are appropriate based on the documented student need.
- School counselors and school psychologists will communicate with students as needed to provide social/emotional support to meet ongoing and newly identified student needs.