JGESA will be providing as many resources as possible to families.
This site will be updated frequently.
Other than Khan Academy and Headrush these are sites not associated with JGESA and simply posted as a reference for families.
JGESA understands that there are many questions around how students will learn starting March 30th. We are in uncharted waters and are doing our best to make this as simple as possible. If you have questions please feel free to reach out. Our goal is not only to provide an education for all our students, but to also maintain the amazing community of students, families and staff that make JGESA special.
Beginning March 30th JGESA will resume school, however it will be on a Distance Learning model. This means students will work from home. Please update this survey to make sure you have all the supplies you need at home – this looks much like the document you filled out a week ago; we are asking you to update it again as circumstances may have changed. It also includes an updated Chromebook Agreement for those that have checked out a JGESA Chromebook for home use.
JGESA students will still be expected to read, practice math in Khan Academy, and work on projects daily. The JGESA project-based learning model lends itself well to a Distance Learning model. Our students are already well versed in designing and doing their own projects with Advisor guidance. This guidance will continue, simply online or via phone rather than in person.
Advisors will be doing daily Advisory with students. They will also be checking-in with individual students on a scheduled basis. Emails will be coming out to each student from his/her Advisor to let them know when and how to plan to connect.
The schedule below is very similar to what students have been used to when physically at school - simply starting a bit later. This schedule is a guideline. We fully understand that not every household will be able to adhere to this exact schedule. Please view this as a template for how your child can allocate their time. As an example, doing 30 minutes of reading daily - not that they must be glued to their computer from 8:40am-3:20pm daily. In fact, we don't want them doing that. Project based learning is about so much more than being online. Students should still be doing projects. If that means building something in the garage, planting a garden, playing an instrument or any other project we want them to continue to do these types of learning. And, as always, students can build a project proposal in Headrush and work with their Advisor to get standards for doing so.
Suggested Distance Learning Daily Schedule:
8:40-9:00 Check-in/Advisory (this is how/when daily attendance will be taken)
10:00-12:00- Project time (check email/connect with Advisor)
12:00-1:00- 20 min. lunch (40 min. physical activity; mental health break, mindfulness, meditation, break time)
1:00-3:00- Project time (check email/connect with Advisor)
Communication is key to making distance learning work. Not only will Advisors/Paras be checking in with students, but students and parents will need to communicate your needs with us. Email will be the primary communication from JGESA to parents. Please commit to checking your email daily. JGESA staff will be available 8:30am-3:30pm daily.
JGESA is addingadditional resources to our website daily that will assist students and parents in Distance Learning. We've included step-by-step instructions for parents that want to view progress in Headrush or Khan, as well as many other resources. Students we've provided hundreds of ideas for projects experiences and activities. There are even links for virtual field trips that can be taken from your home.
Students receiving specialized services will be in contact with their Case Manager (Katie - firstname.lastname@example.org or Anne - email@example.com) to continue receiving their specialized services. There may be situations in which the services the student receives at school may not be available remotely. If your student receives speech or occupational therapy services, our providers will be joining the distance learning model on Thursdays. Paraprofessionals will be available to further assist students who require additional support.
Case Managers will be in contact with families in regards to student Individualized Distance Learning Plans (IDLP). Electronic copies of the IDLPs will be sent out by March 30, 2020. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Katie or Anne.
We realize this first week of Distance Learning is a short week. We believe this will work in our favor and allow us to test the Distance Learning process for the four days, then make any adjustments needed before school resumes again on 4/13. Spring Break will still occur April 3 - 10th. During these dates there is No School but we do encourage students to fill their time with meaningful activities. Staff will not be responding to students April 3-10th.
Attached to this email you will find:JGESA has posted our full Distance Learning Plan to our site as per Minnesota Dept. of Education instructions.
Hotline for Families
Below is a hotline that has been created for families to obtain information about childcare resources and other general questions about the school closure. While many of the details around specific plans will come at the district level, please feel free to share the hotline with your families to inquire about state level resources and questions. The State Information Hotline at the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) will be staffed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to answer questions about childcare resources and general questions during the time of school closure.Metro: 651-297-1304Greater Minnesota: 1-800-657-3504Other hotlines available
Below you will find a wide variety of links to educational resources and things to do while distance learning. Many of these would make great project ideas.
Student Distance Learning Resources
JGESA is working hard to make sure all the resources our students need during this time of distance learning will be easily accessable. We've created a full section specifially for students to use while learning at home.
Links below for JGESA parents during distance learning