Chester, Deep River, Essex, and Region 4 Schools
Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, we will fully transition beyond Phase I: Supplemental Distance Learning to Phase II: Remote, E-Learning. Beginning on Monday, our teachers will be reaching out to our students via email and Google Classroom to begin learning in this next phase. Under this new model, our instructional activities are scheduled to occur Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. All students are expected to begin engaging in assigned lessons, activities, and projects on Monday, March 23rd. All of our teachers will use Google Classroom to provide instruction, instructional support, and feedback on assignments and assessments. At the elementary level, your child’s teacher(s) will have direct communication with you about how to access each virtual classroom. For our students at the secondary level, students already have this access; if they do not, please ask them to email their teacher(s) for the access code. Teachers and principals will monitor attendance, student progress, assignment completion, and participation. It is expected that during this period of remote, e-learning that students participate daily.
Teachers will be available daily Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to answer questions from students and parents as needed. Parents and guardians are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher via email.
For a directory of teacher and staff emails:
E-Learning and Digital Citizenship
Our e-learning experiences are aligned to content-area standards and developed in the spirit of a hybrid synchronous and asynchronous learning model, which allows students to work at their own pace to give them time to think, process, organize, and respond in a virtual classroom environment. Our teachers will recommend daily and weekly schedules to keep our students on track, but there is flexibility in how students and families create their own schedules to meet learning needs. Students are encouraged to:
establish daily routines;
find a learning space in the home to focus on and engage in e-learning daily;
balance screen time and non-screen time activities;
take breaks; and
integrate movement and exercise into their daily schedule.
As our students fully immerse themselves in remote, e-learning at home, they are expected to continue to comply with district expectations outlined in our District Acceptable Use Policy and our expectations related to digital citizenship as described in ISTE Technology Standards for Students :
"Students recognize the rights, responsibilities, and opportunities of living, learning, and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal, and ethical."
E- Learning and Technology Resources for Families