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Letter to Families - April 9 Good Friday and Easter Update

April 9, 2020

Dear Midview Staff and Families:

 

We are closing in on a month away from each other and it’s getting more difficult on many fronts.  However, I agree with the Governor’s sentiment today that, “We have made a difference!”  I do believe this, and like him, I challenge you all to keep up the good work.  The distancing is important to make sure that a large number of our community remains healthy. 

 

I know not having district facilities open is disappointing, but they remain closed and cannot be used.  Please do not climb the fences or squeeze between the gates.  This goes for the football field, track, baseball/softball fields, batting cages, tennis courts, basketball courts, and playgrounds.  You are still welcome to walk the campus or utilize open spaces in very small groups.

 

I know our students are resilient, but with Good Friday tomorrow, you can hopefully spend the day less focused on your work or schoolwork and more time with your loved ones.  Let’s be thankful that many of our families are not sick and that we have extra time together.  We have to stay positive and focus on the silver lining when faced with adversity. 

Remember that we are following our normal school calendar for days off and tomorrow and Monday are non-school days for students. 

 

I know this has been a frustrating time for so many of us.  Just know that things will get easier as we establish better routines and settle into this new way of life.  If you’re anything like me, you’re balancing working from home, getting kids to do their online learning, letting the dogs out, finding food to eat, and trying to learn how to work next to your spouse when you’re both on calls or virtual meetings. 

 

Here are some helpful links that may be of use in talking with your child and/or family during this time:

 

https://drugfree.org/parent-blog/welcoming-an-adult-child-back-home-because-of-covid-19/

 

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2020/03/30/how-to-teach-social-emotional-learning-when-students.html?cmp=soc-twitter-shr

 

Just remember that we are here for you during this time.  We understand the frustrations and we are doing our best to try and make things as easy as possible for our students and you.  Please stay in contact with your child’s teacher and principal, they have great resources to support you with and can even put you in contact with our counselors if needed.

I’ve attached a few links to this letter/email that may assist you as you work to supervise and support your child with online activity.

 

?      Securly Online Activity Monitoring -  https://www.securly.com/home-parent

 

?      Common Sense Media Parent Controls - https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/parents-ultimate-guide-to-parental-controls

 

?      How to keep your children safe online - https://pixelprivacy.com/resources/keep-children-safe-online/

 

Please make sure to stay in contact with your child’s teacher and principal as you work through your child’s Google classroom or assignments.  They will be able to share links, help, and support tools to assist you.  They will also be able to schedule a meeting virtually to walk you through anything you may be having issues with.

Happy Easter!

 

Thank you and stay healthy,

 

Bruce

 

Dr. Willingham

Superintendent

 

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