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Ms. Martha Ryan

STRAWTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

March 24, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians:

I hope this letter finds you and your family safe and well. I thank you for your continued patience and support as we continue to enhance our online learning for students. I wanted to update you on a few items of importance regarding this evolving situation.

A reminder to please email my secretary, Mrs. Campanella at mcampanella@ccsd.edu if your child is ill and unable to participate in online instruction for the day. We will also reach out to you if your child is not participating in online instruction for a continued period of time and we have not heard from you.

I am pleased to share that there is now a link on our school webpage titled “Shared Resources.” If you click on the link it will take you to our Google Drive with folders of activities or instructions for accessing work for grade levels and special subjects. Please bear with us as we continue to enhance this link.

As you are aware, teachers are using multiple platforms for delivering online instruction based on the grade level and needs of their students. Please understand that at this time, there is no mandatory requirement to be holding online learning sessions, such as Zoom meetings or Google Hangouts. Students and parents can email teachers with questions, or request an appointment between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Teacher schedules may vary depending on the method of instructional delivery. They will let you know the best time to reach them during the instructional day.

I understand that it can be very challenging for parents to either work from home or handle other responsibilities while monitoring a child’s online instruction. We are sensitive to this and realize that each family will do the best they can under these difficult circumstances. I also realize that some homes are sharing devices among both parents and siblings. We are doing our best to provide instruction that is engaging and can be completed with a level of independence by most students. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at mryan@ccsd.edu if I can be of help or support. I also encourage you to review resources in the Psychologist/ Counselor/Behaviorist folder if your child or family is struggling with anxiety or stress. You can also reach out to me if your child needs to speak with one of our support staff.

My thoughts are with you and your child(ren). I look forward to the day when we can all be back together again.

Sincerely yours, Martha Ryan