Monthly Archives: March 2020

Learning At Home

Good At Learning – Good At Life

With so much uncertainty we appreciate that this situation may be difficult for families. The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) understands that you are concerned about your child’s education. We would like to reassure you that we are here to support you. At this point in time, we encourage you to focus on health and well-being.

Children and young adults are naturally curious learners and there are opportunities at home to engage their learning. We will continue to share a variety of educational ideas to support well-being, literacy, numeracy and our students’ individual passions for learning, while they are away from school.

We encourage our families to begin by following the link to WELL-BEING to find a variety of websites, with both online and offline activities, that you may find helpful at this time. This website will continue to develop .

Visit website at: https://learningathome.nlesd.ca/

COVID-19 Student-Friendly Resources

Students, Parents/Guardians, and Staff may find some of these links useful during this time:

Coronavirus student guide: Virus explainer and news updates – PBS

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/daily-videos/coronavirus-student-guide-virus-explainer-and-news-updates/

Managing Coronavirus Anxiety in Kids

Brainpop – Coronavirus

https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/

And associated lesson

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/daily-videos/coronavirus-student-guide-virus-explainer-and-news-updates/

Just for Kids: A new comic exploring the new coronavirus

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus

Kids Health: Coronavirus: What Kids Can Do:

https://kidshealth.org/en/kids/coronavirus-kids.html

Kid’s Help Phone – We’re here for you during COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

https://kidshelpphone.ca/get-info/were-here-for-you-during-covid-19-novel-coronavirus/

Resources for Educators and Parents

Gov NL Coronavirus Page

https://www.health.gov.nl.ca/health/publichealth/cdc/coronavirus/

Gov NL Information sheet for schools and daycares

https://www.health.gov.nl.ca/health/publichealth/cdc/coronavirus/Coronavirus_Information_for_Schools_and_Daycares.pdf

Canadian Psychological Association

https://cpa.ca/docs/File/Publications/FactSheets/PsychologyWorksFactSheet-COVID-19.pdf

ChildMind.org

https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/

National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – A Parent Resource

https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource

World Health Organization: Coronavirus

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

https://www.who.int/redirect-pages/mega-menu/health-topics/popular/coronavirus-disease-(covid-19)

Help Your Family De-Stress During Coronavirus Uncertainty – Common Sense Media

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/help-your-family-de-stress-during-coronavirus-uncertainty?j=7697108&sfmc_sub=170833419&l=2048712_HTML&u=143305953&mid=6409703&jb=118&utm_source=media_nl_20200313_b&utm_medium=email

Updated Information for Parents/Guardians Regarding School Closure

A Message from Mr. Blackmore:

Good evening once again parents, guardians, and students.  By now thanks to social media, many of you are aware that last evening the school district launched a plan for students and parents to visit schools in order to pick up learning materials and personal property which has since been rescinded. To promote the social distancing advocated by the chief medical officer the school district released a memo today outlining that all public schools will remain closed to parents and students – there will be no bus runs tomorrow morning for students, nor pick up by parents in the afternoon.

As the protocols surrounding the covid-19 virus continue to evolve, we understand that there are many questions and concerns you will have – in particular for our grade 12 students. Please understand that we do not yet have the answers to many of your questions as new information keeps changing the landscape of what we think we know. Our last correspondence from the district informed us that by next Friday, March 27th there will be plans put in place for students to receive property and or learning materials. If parents need to pick up medical prescriptions or supplies, they are asked to please make contact with myself or Mr. Mulrooney. Community use of schools continues to be suspended as well as scheduled meetings such as school council and parent-teacher conferences as well as all extra-curricular activities.

This week, report cards were to be sent home on Friday – our K-6 reports are almost ready for dispersal and we will communicate how and when they will be dispersed, but our high school reports we are going to slightly delay. We currently have high school students – particularly in senior high school courses – who have failing grades due to unsubmitted work. With the uncertainty regarding the continuation of the school year, I implore high school students to use google classroom or make contact with your teachers through email to rectify your failing grades as soon as possible. To say the least, all of this uncertainty is stressful – but again we beg your patience and pledge that we will do what we can for our students. For now, we ask that in light of the measures being taken to contain this virus throughout our province and the world that everyone heeds the suggestions regarding Covid-19 – in particular when it comes to social distancing, hygiene, and self-isolation for people who have traveled abroad. We will share more information as it becomes available. Have a great evening.