March 23 PSD community update

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District updates are emailed Mondays and Thursdays and posted on the website by the next day. If you missed it, the March 19 community update is available here. Find additional information on the PSD COVID-19 response web page and the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment website.

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This update covers:

  • Health officials stress continued practice of social distancing
  • PSD’s community newsletter GHH
  • Remote learning opportunities
    • Family tech support
  • CollegeBoard releases update about spring AP tests
  • Food distribution
  • Graduation
  • Frequently Asked Questions


Continued social distancing, hand washing

The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, as well as state and national health officials, are emphasizing the importance of washing hands, self-quarantining and social distancing. Read more from health officials about what each of us can do during this time.


Not receiving PSD’s GHH newsletter email? 

If you have unsubscribed and wish to re-subscribe, please email info@psdschools.org. If you have not unsubscribed but are still not seeing it in your inbox, please check your "junk" or spam in your email and move us to your safe list. PSD’s Thursday update to families is formatted as a GHH newsletter. If you are already receiving them, you do not have to do anything.


Remote learning opportunities

We know there may be anxiety about remote learning. We ask that we all have grace with one another as we figure out this “new normal” together.

  • March 23-27 can be thought of as a transition week during which staff and students alike will learn how to engage in remote learning, test technology and work with one another in a new way.
    • Lessons will not necessarily replace new learning that would occur if schools were open; rather, the lessons and activities will provide students opportunities to practice and reinforce concepts students have recently learned; engage in projects that may extend and enrich student learning; and introduce new concepts or skills, when appropriate.
  • You can expect that teachers will reach out to ask how your student and family are doing personally, what technology you have access to, and what questions or concerns you or your student have.
     
  • PSD remains committed to maintaining strong connections between PSD students and the adults in their lives. Learning will look different than it has before, with teachers and staff connecting through a variety of means – teleconferencing, video chat, phone calls and more.
     
  • As staff get settled in to working remotely Monday and Tuesday, please be patient as principals finalize and communicate plans for the next phase of remote learning at your child’s school March 30-April 17.

We recognize that the current conditions in which we’re living are not normal. Many parents and guardians are trying to balance watching their children with working remotely. Some in our community may have lost jobs and are trying to figure out how to get by. Our hearts go out to everyone. PSD wants to bring a sense of normalcy to our students through remote learning opportunities. At the same time, we recognize that it may not be possible for students or their families to be fully present given the conditions in their lives today.


Tech support during remote learning

PSD technology staff are providing technology support for students, families, teachers and staff during this remote learning time. Teachers and staff have been given basic troubleshooting tips for technology issues that may come up while working with students.

If you still have questions after first working with your teacher or need additional assistance with a student district-issued laptop, please email covidtechhelp@psdschools.org. Please know that PSD technical staff are responding to many questions at this time. Thank you ahead of time for your patience.

Soon, families will be able to find additional technical support information on the PSD Remote Learning for Students web page.


CollegeBoard update about spring AP tests

The CollegeBoard released information about how Advanced Placement (AP) tests will be administered this spring. The following are highlights; you may read the full announcement from CollegeBoard here.

  • Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will NOT take place. Students will take a 45-minute online, free-response exam at home.
  • Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, CollegeBoard will determine two different testing dates.
  • The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3, according to CollegeBoard.
  • To be fair to all students, some of whom have lost more instructional time than others, the exams will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March.
  • Colleges support this solution and are committed to ensuring that AP students receive the credit they have worked this year to earn. For decades, colleges have accepted a shortened AP Exam for college credit when groups of students have experienced emergencies.
  • Students will be able to take these streamlined exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. Taking a photo of handwritten work will also be an option.
  • We know that the digital divide could make this more difficult to access for some of our students. We are currently gathering information about which students might need help getting mobile tools or connectivity.


Food distribution

Ensuring kids have access to nutritious meals while PSD schools are closed is a priority. Please find information on the Free Meals during School Closures web page about food distribution, meal sites and hours of operation.

Thank you to everyone who has reached out and volunteered to help. Please note that PSD staff will deliver food to identified mobile home communities where family transportation access is limited.

If you are interested in helping with these efforts, please consider donating money or time to the Food Bank for Larimer County, which continues to support our communities’ families – always and especially during these unprecedented times.


Graduation

No decisions have been made about high school commencement ceremonies, following Gov. Jared Polis’ order to close schools. We know staff and families are anxiously awaiting updates about this important milestone in their students’ lives, and we will share more information as it is available.


Frequently Asked Questions guide for families

To share information with as many people as possible, we’ve created a Frequently Asked Questions guide. Please let us know if you see a missing question/answer that we should add, and feel free to share this resource with others.