Learning during 2020 School Closures

Overview of TSD @ Home Learning

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  • In response to the public health threat of COVID-19, the Thompson School District (TSD) has created a remote learning plan, which outlines our commitment to ensuring that each of our 16,000+ students can remain engaged in learning, while our school buildings are closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Staff and families can learn more about TSD’s response to COVID-19 and find a variety of resources, information, and support at TSD Resources for Families. 

    Our district progress:

    ⇒ During the first week of extended Spring Break (March 23-27) and the first week of closure (March 30-April 3), staff worked on plans, focusing on ensuring students had devices to support remote learning. We identified sites for distribution of meals, Chromebooks, learning packets, and supplies. 

    ⇒ TSD Learns! was published to provide learning ideas for students and families - contains many activities that students can use for self-directed learning during school closures. It also has a webpage for family resources. Note: The TSD Learns! webpage will continue to be available if students and families are looking for extra activities. 

    ⇒ During the first week of TSD @ Home Learning (April 6-10), TSD staff reached out to students and families to check-in and offer support and connection. Staff also began providing students with simple, manageable assignments and activities that focus on practice, review, and enrichment.

    The primary goal for TSD is to ensure strong teaching and learning for each student. In these unprecedented and uncertain times, we are also remembering that we should focus on the "whole person" and our relationships. Each and every member of our TSD family has unique situations, concerns, and worries. We must attend to:

    ⇒ social and emotional needs of students, staff, and families,

    ⇒ ensuring equity in access to technology and Google Classroom,

    ⇒ initiating clear and ongoing two-way communication with families, and

    ⇒ providing our staff with the best professional learning opportunities to support their online instruction.

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