Dr. Moore's Update to Families

Dr. Moore's Update to Families
Posted on 03/26/2020
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SDIRC Families,

As we approach the end of our spring break week, I’m reaching out to update you on the work that is being done within our District, and what you can expect in the coming weeks as we implement our Instructional Provision Plan on March 31st, and your child utilizes the plan at home.

Since announcing school closures on March 13th in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our team has been working diligently in all areas to provide consistency and support to our students and families.

Over the past week, we have distributed over 5,500 laptops to households without a device to access our Instructional Provision Plan, ensuring no student will be without the tools they need to be successful. We have provided information from various internet providers who have opened their networks to the public, giving everyone the ability to connect to the internet that is necessary to access the Instructional Provision Plan. We will continue to distribute laptops to students K-12, in our traditional public schools who do not have a device at home. A final laptop distribution will be held on Tuesday, March 31st and Wednesday, April 1st. Please use the following link to find out more about the schedule: Laptop Distribution Schedule.

We are proud to share that our Mobile Cafes have provided over 12,000 meals to children. Based on community feedback, we expanded our routes to ensure every child has access to meals. We are excited to announce that we are expanding our offerings and making an afternoon snack and evening meal option available from the Mobile Cafes beginning on Monday, March 30th. The schedule for snack and evening meal distribution will be available on our website on Friday, March 27th. Please use the following link to access the current mobile café schedule for breakfast and lunch distribution: Mobile Cafe Schedule.

We want our families to know we are here to support you as we enter this new reality as we implement our Instructional Provision Plan. We have designed our plan to be responsive and flexible to the needs of our students and families. Within this new reality, all members of our community are facing the burdens of having to adapt to new and unfamiliar situations. The desire of our district is to provide continuity in the education of all our children, and contribute to a sense of consistency and normalcy, while not adding unnecessary stressors for families. As we engage in this new experience together, we encourage you to reach out to us if you experience any difficulties or barriers in supporting the instruction of your child in the home setting. It is our ultimate hope that we have created a model of instruction that will meet the diverse needs of all the learners within our school communities.

As we prepare for next week, please take the time to review the following link which includes a resource entitled "At-Home Learning: What to Expect for Students, Parents, & Families.” This resource provides information on how to prepare for our transition to the Instructional Provision Plan, frequently asked questions, and options for instruction. We are hosting a LIVE Facebook Event for our Family Partnership Initiative. This event will be March 30th from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. and will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel, and available for viewing after the broadcast. Families are encouraged to submit questions related to the Instructional Provision Plan, Student Services, and all things related to school closures and our District’s response to COVID-19 to: socialmedia@indianriverschools.org.

We have many resources available to our families on our District’s website and coronavirus webpage, including a preview of the Instructional Provision Plan, Mobile Café schedule, frequently asked questions for different subject areas, a Quick-Reference Guide for Extended School Closures, and helplines to have your questions addressed quickly and efficiently by one of our staff members. We continue to push out information on our District social media platforms, and communicate with families through School Messenger calls and text messages. I encourage you to check these communication platforms daily to stay up to date with current information.

Please know that even in this time of uncertainty and change, we are here to support you. This unexpected change of circumstances has brought our district family even closer together and has provided learning and growth opportunities for all. As families step into a new role at home, you can do so with confidence in knowing that your school district is behind you every step of the way.

Dr. David K. Moore