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Superintendent's Update
4/6/20

Hello, Plainfield Families and Staff:

This update reports on distance learning, school vacation week, lunch meals and grading.

This is Superintendent Di Pietro providing a weekly update for families and staff. I want to first tell all families that we appreciate the support you are providing in this effort! We are doing all we can to help students continue their learning during this virus pandemic.

 The State response to COVID-19 has required new responses and new directives. The Governor has determined that schools will remain closed at least until the end of April. We anticipate that schools will remain closed at least until May 4th given the continued rise of cases.

 Plainfield has established a home-supported, distance learning program to sustain student learning. By providing this direct home instruction, the school year will end mid-June as originally planned. Your children – our students – need to continue their studies to complete the school year in order to be promoted or graduated.  We all need to take this virus seriously and make sure students continue to learn.

Teachers upload new lessons weekly to the district website.  Using technology to the extent possible and understanding the difference between young learners and older students, we plan to provide a variety of lessons that are closely aligned to grade level expectations.  Teachers are developing lessons to keep students moving towards grade-level goals to prepare them for the next grade or graduation.

Teachers will provide these lessons between the hours of 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM but in some cases the lessons may need to begin earlier or end later.  The lessons and materials will be available all day for students to work at various times.  We have defined the school office hours from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM.  Teachers will make an effort to be available for support by email or video-conferencing.  If you need to call the school, you should call between these hours.  To keep services available to families and keep our staff safe, we need to limit hours to clean schools daily for a safe start to each day.

PLEASE KNOW - THAT WE DO UNDERSTAND THE CHALLENGES FACING FAMILES.  We have families with insufficient access to computers and internet particularly families with 2 or more children at home competing for the time to be on-line and learning.  We know that a number of families have problems providing support to their children when parents are working daytime shifts or have children being cared for without access or support during the available instructional times.  This is far from perfect, but our district continues to research ways to improve family access to technology and to consider options for families to keep students engaged in learning through the shutdown.

We have also adjusted our grading for students by considering the first seven months of instruction from mid-August to mid-March as the student’s grade for the 1st 2-trimesters (Grade K-5) or the 1st 3-quarters in Grades 6-12.  The shutdown instructional period will be used as a grade to determine sustaining or elevating the student’s grade.  This is not a pass/fail system.  Students will be graded for their learning during this instructional time, but their effort and performance will be used to support their grade for the year.  Students need to keep up with their work, and our staff will credit their work towards a final grade.

Families are encouraged to take advantage of the free bagged-lunch and breakfast program being offered weekdays from 11 AM to 1 PM at Plainfield High School, Plainfield Central School and Moosup Elementary.  The meals are available to all families for any child 18 or under.  Children do not have to be in the car to pick up meals.  Nearly 900 meals are picked up daily.  We are prepared to serve up to 2,000 meals daily.  The more meals that are taken, the more reimbursement we receive for these meals.  Please take advantage of this free opportunity.  The bagged meal program will be available Monday through Thursday (April 6th – 9th). The program will not be offered during vacation (April 10th – 17th).  The program will be available again staring Monday, April 20th.  

Every Monday, I plan to have an update on the progress of our State, Town & School efforts to limit this virus and return our students to school.  On Wednesday mornings at 7 o’clock A.M., WINY radio has invited me or a school leader to talk about progress of our Plainfield Schools.  Please listen in to stay informed.  Again, thank you for all you are doing.  The State’s motto – Stay Safe, Stay Home – reminds us not to panic but to take this virus seriously in order to limit the impact of the virus.



Update
3/27/20
To All families and Staff – A Message from Superintendent Di Pietro

Please continue to allow me to provide an update to all families and staff on the efforts of Plainfield schools during this COVID-19 school shutdown.  The Governor has extended the school shutdown at least until April 20th.  Schools need to provide at-home instruction that will count as instructional days.

There are FIVE important messages in this call. 
1. 
Schools will remain closed at least until April 20th but students must participate in AT-HOME instruction provided by Plainfield Schools.  In this way, the school year will end Mid-June.

2. If you need support to allow your children to access the internet by computer, please call your child’s school.  If support cannot be provided, print materials will be provided for instruction.

3.The April vacation from April 10 to April 17 will be maintained.  Students, families and staff may benefit from the Spring break during this crisis.  ALL SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED!

4. Plainfield Schools are now providing 800 free meals per day.  Meals include a lunch and a breakfast for the next day.  We are prepared to offer up to 2,000 meals per day.  Please take advantage of the free program funded by the federal government.  Meals are served at PHS and PCS from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM and at Moosup Elementary from 12 Noon to 1:00 PM.

5. Please collect and store the supplemental work that was provided these past two weeks.  Your child’s work will be included towards their overall grading for this time period.

As of Monday, March 30th, Plainfield Schools will be providing families and students with instruction which will be counted as school attendance days.  Families will be provided with on-line instructional support for students to complete work.  Teachers will be making connections to homes via the Internet.

If your family has no access to internet or you need to borrow a computer for your child to participate in this instruction, please call the school that your child attends to ask for support.  If you have no access to internet and require that lessons be available in print form, also, please call the school.  We are making every effort to ensure that families have the resources they need to allow students to attend school, daily, during this virus shutdown.  Expect to receive a phone message from your child’s school.

This message and information related to how students will be graded during the shutdown will be posted on the district website.  Again, please expect a call from your local school regarding formal instruction at home which will count as school days, and, which returns our end of school year to mid June.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS, YOUR SUPPORT AND YOUR SACRIFICE.  You all are appreciated for the part each of us plays in helping to control this virus while we find a response.


A Message from Superintendent Di Pietro

Hello, Plainfield Families and Staff

This is Superintendent Di Pietro calling to provide an update for families and staff. I want to first tell all families that we appreciate the support you are providing in this effort. We are doing all we can to help students continue their learning during this virus pandemic.

The State response to COVID-19 has required new responses and new directives. Please listen to the entire message for important information regarding Plainfield schools. This same message will appear on the district website at www.plainfieldschools.org.

The Governor has determined that schools will remain closed at least until the end of April. The newest Governor’s order requires all schools to immediately start planning for distance learning. This means that teachers must now provide lessons to students at home that will count as school days. Students must complete and submit this work for teacher review as part of their school year grade. By providing this direct home instruction, the school year will end mid-June as originally planned. Your children – our students – need to continue their studies to complete the school year in order to be promoted or graduated.  We all need to take this virus seriously and make sure students continue to learn.

Plainfield will begin by asking parents to make sure that students complete all of the materials that were sent home for these past two weeks.  Students should complete this work to the best of their ability and we will make arrangements to pick up the materials.

 Teachers are working on a website to upload new lessons.  Using technology to the extent possible and understanding the difference between young learners and older students, we plan to provide a variety of lessons that are more closely aligned to grade level expectations.  Teachers are developing lessons to keep students moving towards grade-level goals to prepare them for the next grade or graduation. 

Teachers will provide these lessons between the hours of 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM but in some cases the lessons may need to begin earlier or end later.  The lessons and materials will be available all day for students to work at various times.  We have defined the school office hours from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM.  Teachers will make an effort to be available for support by email or video conferencing.  If you need to call the school, you should call between these hours.  To keep services available to families and keep our staff safe, we need to limit hours to clean schools daily for a safe start to each day.

 I do hope to encourage more families to take advantage of the free bagged-lunch and breakfast program being offered weekdays from 11 AM to 1 PM at Plainfield Memorial School and Plainfield High School and from 12 Noon to 1 PM at Moosup Elementary.  The meals are available to all families for any child 18 or under.  Children do not have to be in the car to pick up meals.  Nearly 500 meals are picked up daily.  We are prepared to serve up to 2,000 meals daily.  The more meals that are taken, the more reimbursement we receive for these meals.  Please take advantage of this free opportunity.  For your children, it may add to their comfort to have a free school meal.  

 Every Monday, by 1:00 PM, I plan to have an update on the progress of our State, Town and School efforts to limit this virus and return our students to school.  On Wednesday mornings at 7 o’clock A.M., WINY radio has invited me or a school leader to talk about progress of our Plainfield Schools.  Please listen in to stay informed. Again, thank you for all you are doing.  The State’s motto – Stay Safe, Stay Home – reminds us not to panic but to take this virus seriously in order to limit the impact of the virus.

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