Governor Cuomo recently extended all NYS School Closures to April 15th. He will re-assess the situation in two weeks. In the meantime, District Staff are working around the clock to move systems online and create dynamic learning resources in order to provide students with continuity in their instruction. Many district staff have created Google Classrooms for their students. Here are two great videos and a handout to help parents get started.
GOOGLE CLASSROOM GUIDE FOR PARENTS IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES
I am being bombarded with incredible FREE resources that educators and companies are sharing during this time. I will keep posting the ones I find to be exceptional.
First up, Digital Learning For Emergency School Closures by DC Schools. This has curriculum plans and digital by grade and subject area. You can download a ton of awesome material.
Second, Audible has just made listening to stories FREE! This is my favorite thing to do and I am sure our children will love it as well. ENJOY!
Below are resources to help parents and caregivers to talk with their children about the Coronavirus Crisis. Also listed are Crisis Hotline Numbers and Local/Community Resources should your family members need Mental Health Support.
Resources to help you talk to your children about the Coronavirus Pandemic
Family Service League (FSL)- Mobile Crisis & DASH
DASH is a 24/7 voluntary program for individuals in crisis due to substance use, mental illness or other life stressors. 24-Hour Hotline: 631-952-3333
FSL- Trauma & Suicide
Provide critical care, immediate guidance and support to individuals, groups, and families struggling with suicide, grief, crisis or disaster. 24-Hour Hotline: 1-888-375-2228
Sagamore Mobile Crisis Unit - onsite (either at home or school with parental presence) psychiatric evaluation for resistant, acute psychiatric adolescents under age 18. 631-370-1701 11 am and 7 pm.
Long Island Crisis Center 24/7 Crisis Hotline: 516-679-1111
North Fork Counseling Family Service League - Mattituck 631-298-8642
Riverhead Mental Health Clinic – 631-852-1440
Mather Hospital Psychiatric Unit – Inpatient unit for adolescents who require 24 hr. hospitalization and Partial Hospitalization for adolescents who do not require 24 hr. hospitalization. ER psychiatric evaluations. Inpatient Adolescent Psychiatric – 631-476-2775
Stony Brook Psychiatric Emergency Room ER Psychiatric Care for adolescents and adults 631-632-8333
Stay calm...teaching online has never been easier!
There are many free resources and step-by-step guides to help educators to get started.
Start here with this amazing blog by Kathleen Morris - everything you need to know with a ton of FREE resources!
Resources for Teaching Online Due to School Closures - great blog with tons of resources and insights on how teachers around the world are approaching school closures.
Join a Facebook Group to share ideas with educators around the country and world!
Check out this CLEARINGHOUSE for Online Education!
I know many of my colleagues, parents and students are probably feeling the same strange mixture of fear, anxiety and relief that I am experiencing after hearing our district was closed due to the need to address deep cleaning in preventing the spread of the Coronavirus. These are strange times indeed and there is no way to tell how long this situation will continue. We are entering a Brave New World - one in which we need to find alternative ways to carry on the business of teaching and learning. Our children need us to figure this out especially our most vulnerable, disabled students. With this in mind, I have created this blog to share ideas to keep all our students supported and learning.
There are many companies and groups posting FREE resources for virtual learning. Here are a few to start exploring:
Scholastic Learn at Home - Resources for families, administrators and teachers.
Circle Time - early learning videos and live activities for young and emerging learners
Khan Academy - free online learning K-12
IXL Personalized Learning - free online lessons Pre-K - 12
cK-12 - video lessons and online activies for math, science, social studies and photography
Check out these other FREE Learning Opportunities from HOME