Students across the Springfield area may not being getting up and heading to the bus Monday morning, but their Spring Break has come to an end.
Springfield Public Schools will be expanding their “SPS At Home” virtual learning to all of the district’s students.
“Our talented teachers will remain the foundation of a student’s educational experience. SPS At Home will help ensure that our students and teachers remain connected and engaged in learning together,” Dr. John Jungmann, superintendent of SPS, said in a statement. “We hope this tool will help our students and their parents in the days to come. We’re learning together – wherever we are. We’re just doing it differently for a while.”
The district is asking parents to be alert for communication from the school related to SPS at Home:
- Communication through SPS email.
- Canvas announcements, messages and virtual conferences.
- Support for student assignments.
The district is also providing additional information for the home teaching:
SPS At Home for Elementary Students: Grades K-5
A workbook of learning opportunities for elementary students is provided online and a packet of materials has been mailed to each student’s home. The packets are expected to arrive by the end of this week. The workbook contains 10 days of offline and online reading, writing, math, science, art and physical education activities. It also includes a sample daily schedule, directions to access online resources, a daily checklist for each activity by content area, parent guides, student activities for each subject area, and QR codes that open web links and other tools when scanned.
For secondary students, teachers will be contacting students and parents with information on how to access their lessons and activities using Canvas, the district’s course management system that supports online learning and teaching. Packets containing offline activities will be mailed to middle school students without internet access.
Students receiving special education services and who have an IEP will be contacted by their case manager for specialized learning opportunities. In addition, SPS At Home provides the following special education resources:
Materials for pre-Kindergarten students are currently in development and will be made available soon, as will translated curriculum for English Language Learners. Other resources available through SPS At Home include the following: