March 20th Update: Important Information and Plan for Distance Learning

 

1335 Calle Bouganvilla Thousand Oaks, California 91360     805.492.3569 www.bridgescharter.org


20 March 2020


Good Afternoon Bridges Families:


Wow, what a week!


I hope you are all staying healthy and enjoying time together as families. We miss seeing your smiles, hearing your laughter, and getting your hugs, and we can't wait to be back in our normal routine!


I wanted to take a moment to provide you with an update with our plans during long term closure. Teachers and staff have been working around the clock to set up a digital learning experience for your child that will allow them to continue learning and that will support you as parents through the closure.


Shift from Enrichment to Distance Learning 

Where as this past week we have been providing resources and enrichment, the requirements from the CDE for schools during this long term closure is to now move into a Distance Learning model of instruction.


Distance learning means instruction where the teacher and students are in different locations, and the instruction is typically provided via a digital platform. As a student enrolled at Bridges, Distance Learning is NOT optional. It is a requirement during school closure, and we will be providing all the support you need to be successful.


Teachers will begin migrating to this Distance Learning platform beginning next Monday, however, as we test the platforms, construct schedules, and adapt to these new modalities for teaching and learning, we will not begin full implementation of Distance Learning until March 30th when your child's participation will be required.


Technology Needs

Equitable access to these educational opportunities is a high priority for us. If you need access to technology, internet service, or other needs to make Distance Learning accessible for your child, please reach out to Dr. Kelly or Ms. Cindy or your child's teacher so that we can do our best to provide the supplies your child needs to be successful.


Zoom Info Session with Dr. Kelly 

I will be hosting a zoom information session about Distance Learning to share expectations and to provide guidance on Monday, March 23rd at 10am. This zoom meeting is for Bridges parents. Since zoom can only accommodate 100 participants, please RSVP below; if more than 100 parents RSVP, I will set up another session.


Essential Supply Drive-Thru Pick-Up

Teachers are compiling essential supplies and packets for your child to be successful as a Distance Learner. Staff will be passing out these supplies through a "Drive-Thru" on Tuesday, March 24th from 10am-11am.


For families whose last names begin with A-M, please try to arrive between 10-10:30am

For families whose last names begin with N-Z, please ry to arrive between 10:30-11am.


We will also have chrome books available to check-out during this time, but you will need to let your child's teacher know in advance that you wish to pick one up so that we can have it ready when you come through the line.


Finally, we will be migrating to google classrooms starting March 30th -- our central hub for these classrooms is here: 

https://sites.google.com/bridgescharter.org/bridgescharterschool/home


Resources from our amazing specialist teachers, daily family challenges, and other resources continue to be provided and updated daily on our padlet:

https://padlet.com/kelly_simon3/jmlc6c3flrsb


We appreciate your patience and support during this challenging period.


We are here to serve and support you. Be well, stay safe, and sending virtual hugs,


Dr. Kelly and Ms. Cindy

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