Poplar Bluff School District COVID-19 Parent Resources

Dear Poplar Bluff Families,

As the District is closed in response to COVID-19, we are committed to supporting your student's learning while they are away from school. This website is a work in progress, so check back often as new things may be added. Your child's teacher may reach out to you with more specific information. You can access resources for each grade level using the tabs at the top of this page. The activities are OPTIONAL. Assignments will NOT be required or graded. We simply want to help engage and support student learning at home. We are appreciative and thankful for many educational companies that are offering free access to their resources during this time.

Internet service/cellular data: Several carriers are advertising that they are removing data caps and not throttling connections during this period. We recommend that you contact your cellular or internet service provider to see what offers are available: waiving late fees, delayed payments, etc. Some local providers are: AT&T, Verizon, or Sparklight (Cable One/NewWave)

Additionally, the Poplar Bluff School District has extended a guest wi-fi network to several parking areas at our school buildings around town for students and families to access during this closure. For additional information, login instructions and access locations, please refer to: https://mules.me/guestwifi.

NEED A BOOK TO READ?

The Poplar Bluff Public Library offers ebooks and audiobooks to download to your device. You can read or listen to books from your computer's browser or download the Libby or Hoopla book apps to your device. You will need a library card to check out digital books. Don't worry - - you can apply for a digital eCard even though the Public Library is closed at this time. Just fill out the application under the eCard tab on the homepage (need to be 13 years or older so parents will need to apply for the eCard and monitor downloads for the little ones).

  1. Download Libby to your device (android) (apple) or visit Libby on your computer

  2. Log in with your library eCard number

  3. Search and download your items (you can even put items on hold)

  4. Adjust parental controls

  5. Check out up to 10 items at one time

  6. Each item is due auto returned after 21 days

  1. Download Hoopla to your device (android) (apple) or visit Hoopla on your computer

  2. Log in or create an account with your library eCard number

  3. Search and download your items (no holds)

  4. Set Kidsmode if needed

  5. Check out up to 5 items per month

  6. Each item is due auto returned after 21 days

Audible
Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening. It's that easy.

MAKE A SCHEDULE

We recommend providing structure for your children. At school, students get used to their days following a certain structure. Communicating with your child that they will have a structure to follow for the next several weeks will set expectations and set everyone up to make the most out of this time. Keep in mind that younger children may only be able to focus on a task for 10 or 15 minutes. Take lots of movement breaks, sing songs, do arts and crafts, and get outside when you can.

Sample Visual Learning Schedule compliments of Jessica McHale


LISTEN TO AUDIOBOOKS AND PODCASTS
Pinna The streaming audio service Pinna is offering families and teachers two free months of access to their audio streaming service for kids ages 3-12. To activate, go to Pinna and use the promo code: PINNA4KIDS.
Brains On!
Wow in the World - NPR
Story Pirates- Apple
Extra Blurt Game Show Podcast
Smash Boom Best- Debate Podcast
Lunchtime Doodles -12:00 pm CST