Message from CUSD Superintendent Camille Casteel 3/27/20
Fri, Mar 27 10:13am

Dear Chandler Parents and Families,

As you know, Governor Ducey extended school closures through April 10, and could possibly go longer.  We share your concerns and continue to work with state officials every day to get the most current guidance and direction. 

This week, the teachers returned to work after our two-week spring intersession and we have been working with them on ways to instruct and interact with their students remotely.  First of all, we encouraged teachers and staff to reach out to families and continue to provide contact and support. 

Our Chandler Emergency Management Team has been collaborating on services and we are able to update you on the following:

  • Curbside meal pick-up for students has been implemented and continues to expand locations.

  • Childcare is available for emergency essential workers including healthcare and first responders.

  • Teachers and support staff have been participating in professional development and receiving resources to prepare them for the adjusted online/remote learning environment.

  • A technology survey was distributed to families in order to determine student access to online learning resources.  Schools are working to determine who needs additional support and/or non-digital alternatives.  School leaders will communicate procedures for distribution of paper materials to families who need assistance. 

  • March 30 will be the start of students’ remote learning activities.  Teachers will communicate directly to students.  Please remember, these lessons are designed to reinforce and enrich student skills while schools are closed.  They are not meant to add additional stress to an already difficult time.  We have worked with teachers to remain cognizant that multiple people, including parents, may be using any technology available in the home and to plan accordingly.  Communicate with your teachers if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Students in PreK-6 will have assignments and activity opportunities.  There will be no official grading/collection of these assignments at this time due to the school closure.  

  • Students in grades 7-12 will participate in Google Classroom or Buzz /Agilex platforms. Completion of assignments will only be used to improve a student’s grade.

  • Parental tips for creating a successful learning environment in the home:

    • Create a consistent daily routine

    • Build a schedule that involves studying and physical breaks

    • Access our enrichment page if you are looking for more activities than the lessons provided

    • Review digital citizenship guidelines listed on our distance learning webpage in order to protect student privacy while online

    • Stay connected with your teachers

    • Ask for assistance from teachers, if needed

 

Realizing you have many questions regarding the next several weeks, we will continue to keep communication avenues open.  Please check your email for frequent updates from your teachers.  For the latest updates related to services and learning, please continue to visit https://www.cusd80.com/COVID19.  All resources will be located in one place for easy access for families.

Our efforts are focused on doing what we can to ensure the safety of our entire community as we move forward.  We will continue to monitor the situation, follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) prevention guidelines and provide information to parents as it becomes available.  

 

Respectfully,
Camille Casteel, Ed.D