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3-25-2020
ST. CHARLES COUNTY SCHOOLS CLOSED
UNTIL APRIL 24, 2020

 

OFSD Families, 


In collaboration with the St. Charles County Department of Public Health, all St. Charles County School Districts will be closed through Friday, April 24. The Superintendents and Health Officials will reassess the situation closer to that date and be in further communication. 


Current 2-Week Closure (March 23-April 3)

There are no changes to our 2 Week Meal Access Plan or our Learning Opportunity Plan. 


Extended Closure (April 6-April 24)

We will notify families about the plan for further Learning Opportunities and Meal Access when that information becomes available. We will continue to provide updates to our families about ongoing services and resources in our community.

 


Access to the Buildings

All public access is restricted until further notice.


Access to Meals (March 23 - April 3)

Student breakfast and lunch packs (both meals in a single bag) will be made available during the closure of March 23 - April 3 between the hours of 10:00am - 12:00pm. The exact schedule for pick up will be determined following the completion of the Access to Meals Survey.  Pick up locations will be at Discovery Elementary school and the parking lot at St. Francis Church in Portage Des Sioux. This will be a front door, drive-up service with no access to the schools. Our Chartwells Food Service staff will be handling all of the food prep and Orchard Farm administrators will handle distribution. If you are unable to pick up meals due to illness or lack of transportation, delivery options are available and detailed in the survey below. 

For Access to Meals, click this link: https://forms.gle/4in6wiRvyZ6NQYFu9


Access to Learning Opportunities (March 23 - April 3)

The district will provide instructional practice/support activities for students at home so that they do not regress on essential learning during the extended closure. By 12:00 PM on Monday, March 23rd, district teachers will have communicated instructional practice/support activities via the methods listed below. Continuation of learning is the emphasis. Students are encouraged to complete this work. Students that turn in/submit completed work to their teacher should receive feedback. To be clear, all districts in St. Charles County will not be “grading” student work to be included in a grade book during the March 23 - April 3 closure. Should a closure extend past April 3, we will revisit expectations for student assignments and grading practices. 


PreK and Grades K-5 (Email to parents and posted on SeeSaw)

Elementary teachers have prepared a menu of learning activities for students to engage and learn. Teachers will maintain correspondence with parents through email and SeeSaw. Students and parents should send emails to teachers if they have questions. If you require a printed copy, they will be available, beginning March 23, for pick up at the Early Learning Center lobby at 3489 Boschertown Rd.


Grades 6-12 (Email to parents and students, and posted in the student’s Google Classroom)

Secondary teachers have created learning activities for students to continue to practice and support essential learning skills. Teachers will maintain correspondence with students through email and Google classroom. Students and parents should send emails to teachers if they have questions. Teachers will provide suggested home activities, online resources that students can use at home (usernames and passwords included) to enhance learning, and to offer other learning services. Students enrolled in LAUNCH virtual courses will continue their virtual learning as normal. Completion of this work is highly encouraged to ensure students remain on track for their learning goals, especially in core areas and any MAP, EOC, AP and/or college-level courses. Students who complete this work will be better prepared for formative and summative assessments when they return to school.


Assistance with Technology Access?

We are currently surveying grades 6-12 families about technology access. K-5 students’ assignments/activities can be completed independent of technology access. Should you need technology support, please contact the District Help Desk at 636-757-6895 or email helpdesk@ofr5.com 

Grade 6-12 Technology survey, click this link: https://forms.gle/PdWmEcaymUHBFTbS6


Future Updates

As this situation continues to progress, we will be staying in close communication with our families and community to assist them through these tough times. While this situation is not ideal, the Orchard Farm School District will continue to do everything in its power to educate our students while helping to ensure their safety and the safety of our community. As needed, we will share information and resources through our School Messenger parent notification system as well as our district website and social media channels.


Dr. Tom Muzzey, Superintendent of Schools

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