Klondike Lane Elementary

At-Home learning

March 27, 2020

Dear JCPS Families,

We’ve been preparing for your child’s return to required schoolwork on April 7th. Today, we have a very important update about how this learning from home, called Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI), will work for you and your child.

NTI will allow students to access and complete learning activities either online or through hard copies -- whichever is most comfortable and convenient for you. Your child can use a computer and access the internet to complete assignments but it’s not necessary. Here’s what you need to know and do:

  • Families who are in the Free or Reduced Lunch program are eligible to receive a Chromebook computer from JCPS. You will receive another communication explaining how to request a Chromebook via email or phone call. Chromebooks are limited to one per family while they last and must be returned at the end of the school year. Please don’t request one if you already have a computer at home.

  • Students who are English Language Learners, homeless or have special needs will get special consideration as well.

  • If there are Chromebooks remaining after these initial requests are filled, JCPS will open availability to all families with the remainder of the computers distributed by a lottery system.

  • Families who don’t have internet access can call Spectrum, which is offering free Wi-Fi for 60 days, or other internet providers who are offering discounted rates.

  • Families who have computers at home don’t need to do anything. Any iPad, PC, laptop or gaming device with internet access will work fine.

  • If your child doesn’t have access to a computer or the internet, printed copies of new Choice Boards and other lessons will be available at JCPS’ Emergency Food sites which will be open three days per week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Decisions on assignments will be made by your child’s teacher(s). The teacher(s) will be in touch with your child via email, the Google Classroom portal on their computer or, perhaps, phone.

  • Click on the JCPS NTI home page. It’s the most important link to your child’s education beginning April 7th. The JCPS NTI home page will have everything your child will need to get to their school’s NTI portal, get lessons from their teacher(s), turn them in and communicate with their teacher(s). We suggest you and your child navigate around this home page and do a few test runs before school work resumes.

  • If families need assistance with a JCPS Chromebook they can reach out to the IT3 support line at https://bit.ly/33OytIh

We know there will be some hitches as we roll out a new way for nearly 100,000 students to continue learning from home. We understand you will have questions. Bear with us. The dedicated teachers, staff and administrators at JCPS care about your child and their education. We’re doing everything in our power to make it a great education, even in the most challenging of times. With your help and your child’s cooperation and willingness to learn, we can do it …. together.


March 27, 2020

Dear JCPS Families,

We wanted to clarify some information you just received in an email from JCPS. The link to technical support listed near the bottom of the email is NOT the way to request a Chromebook. Families who are in the Free and Reduced Lunch program will receive another email later today explaining the process for requesting a Chromebook from JCPS.

JCPS Communications (March 24, 2020)

March 24, 2020

Dear JCPS Families,

We hope all of you are healthy and staying engaged in some learning activities with your children during this unique time in history. While JCPS classes inside school buildings and traditional classrooms have been cancelled until at least April 20th, our staff has been working hard on a plan to resume your child’s education on April 7th.

We will be using non-traditional instruction (NTI) beginning April 7th. NTI will be a way for your child to learn remotely. Teachers will have a mix of hard copy and on-line learning materials for students to use from home. We are in the final stages of developing a plan to get Chromebook computers from schools and into the hands of families who need one to facilitate their child’s remote learning. You will receive details on how to request a Chromebook, how they will be delivered to families and how teachers will connect with students by the end of this week.

Here’s a video with more information about NTI: https://youtu.be/3zSvdI8n8CI

We have a few other updates to share:

  • K-PREP testing has been cancelled. The statewide achievement testing had been scheduled for mid-May.

  • JCPS is collaborating with the Frazier History Museum on an educational opportunity for our students. We’re calling this project “Coronavirus Capsule”. The museum is documenting what students are seeing and feeling as well as how they are coping with the ongoing, historic pandemic. Students are asked to record their thoughts and experiences through writings, photos, videos, art or music - anything they choose to express themselves. The Frazier would like to use their reflections as part of a virtual exhibit, and eventually a physical exhibit at the museum. Send submissions to education@fraziermuseum.org with the subject line Coronavirus Capsule.

  • JCPS’ Emergency Food program needs some bags – that’s right - bags. If you or your business have several of the large, thick paper shopping bags with handles that you might get from a department store, shoe store or carry-out restaurant, we need them to pack up breakfasts and lunches for families at our Emergency Food distribution sites. Drop the bags off at JCPS Nutrition Services, Building 2, C.B. Young, 3001 Crittenden Drive 7 a.m.–3 p.m. Wednesday-Friday this week.

We promise to keep you informed and give you another update on our plans for NTI by the end of the week. Thanks again for entrusting your child with the dedicated teachers, staff and administrators at JCPS.

JCPS Communications (March 20 6:46 PM)

March 20, 2020

Dear JCPS Families,

We promised to keep you informed of any new developments regarding your child’s school and education as we continue to navigate the Coronavirus health crisis together. Today, we have some very important news to share:

  • All JCPS schools will remain closed at least through April 20th as recommended by Governor Beshear.

  • JCPS is opting to use its Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) days beginning Tuesday, April 7th.

What this means for you and your child

NTI days, which use a mixture of online activities as well as hands-on learning, would count as school days. These days would not have to be made up at the end of the school year. However, the at-home course work would now be required, would be graded and will require teachers to be available to students.

We have developed a plan to get Chromebooks to every student who needs one. We are also working on a plan to ensure students have access to the internet.

To the JCPS families whose children already have access to a laptop, computer, PC, iPad or other technology and wi-fi at home, you won’t need to do anything to have your child ready to participate in the NTI days. Your teacher(s) and school will be contacting you. But we do need your help in spreading the word about this initiative to your neighbors, friends, church members and child’s classmates who may not get these messages. You may also know a family that needs technical help with a Chromebook or connecting to the online lessons provided by teachers.

We know you have questions about how all of this will work. We will have many more details on our plan, including how to get a Chromebook and how to find internet access, in additional communications to you over the next few days.

We understand this will take a big effort by our entire community to ensure every JCPS student is ready to resume required schoolwork April 7th.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility. The JCPS family is strong and committed to the educational success of every one of our kids.

JCPS Communication (March 20th 1:52 PM)

March 20, 2020

JCPS Update

Dear JCPS Families,

We wanted to update you on a couple of things this afternoon.

JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio will hold a news conference at 6 p.m. tonight. He will be sharing important information regarding the length of our school year, when school buildings might reopen and how JCPS plans to resume teaching students while they are at home. The news conference will be live streamed on the JCPS YouTube channel.

Also, the U.S. Department of Education notified states today that they are likely to approve any request to waive mandated student testing for the 2019-2020 school year. We have been assured by the Kentucky Department of Education that it plans to ask for a waiver. If Kentucky’s waiver request is approved, all K-PREP testing scheduled for May would be cancelled.

We will be sending you another communication tonight, after Dr. Pollio’s news conference, which will contain important information about JCPS’ plan to resume delivery of a high quality education to your child in the near future.

Thanks again for entrusting your child to the hard working teachers, administrators and staff at JCPS.

JCPS Communication (March 19, 2020 5:10 PM)

March 19, 2020

Dear JCPS Families,

We know it’s been a strange and unprecedented couple of weeks for you, your children and the rest of the JCPS family. We promised we would keep you informed of what’s going on while JCPS schools are closed and we all deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s the latest:

  • The Jefferson County Board of Education is meeting tonight at 7 p.m. You will be able to watch the meeting live here. The main item on the agenda is approval of the district’s Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) plan. If JCPS approves and opts to employ its NTI plan, your child will be participating in distance learning via the internet. You will be receiving a number of communications in the next two weeks explaining how that would work.

  • Many of you have asked for help in accessing your child’s Digital Backpack from your home computers or cell phones. Here’s a video that shows you how. You’ll need to use Google Chrome as a browser. If you are still having trouble connecting, you can contact a JCPS IT specialist for help.

  • The JCPS Choice Boards which have supplemental, optional learning activities and exercises for every grade level can be found here. We’re seeing and hearing lots of good stories about the way you and your children are using these to continue learning every day.

  • Our Emergency Food distribution sites have been a huge success. We are distributing more than 12,000 free breakfasts and lunches to children 18 and under, no questions asked, every weekday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Here’s the list of the 53 distribution sites and a map of the sites across Jefferson County.

  • JCPS counselors have come up with a number of tips to help families cope with the stress of being cooped up at home most of the day.

  • All JCPS buildings including the VanHoose Education Building and the Lam Building are closed to the public. This will impact parents and guardians who are trying to register their children in-person. You can register on-line here. Questions? Call 313-HELP from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday- Friday.

We will keep you up-to-date on any further developments as they happen during this unusual time. Thank you for entrusting your child to the hard-working teachers, administrators and staff at JCPS.

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