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Posted on April 3, 2020

School Closure and COVID-19 Updates

Remote Services Update: April 3, 2020

The Helena Public Schools will return from Spring Break on Monday, April 6, 2020. At this time, schools in Montana remain physically closed so upon return on Monday, students will be learning from home via remote learning. Please look for an update from your child’s school and/or teacher with specifics for Monday and next week.

Please know that, as a district, we continue to work through forthcoming decisions that we will need to make as this health-related school closure continues. As of now, all schools in Montana are physically closed through next Friday, April 10. However, the possibility of continued closure remains and as a district, we continue to plan/prepare accordingly. In the interim, please see the below updates related to food services and changes that impact our Grab & Go sites and schedules.

Grab & Go Food Services: The distribution of free school breakfast and lunch Grab & Go meals will resume on Monday, April 6, 2020. Please note that due to federal guidelines and restrictions, the below locations and schedules have changed. These changes will allow us to expand meals to seven days per week while remaining aligned with federal guidelines.

Deliveries will take place 3 days per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

  • Monday will include Monday and Tuesday’s breakfast and lunch meals.
  • Wednesday will include Wednesday and Thursday’s breakfast and lunch meals.
  • Friday will include Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s breakfast and lunch meals.

Below are the locations and times when meals may be picked up.

  • Bryant Elementary: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:45am to 1:00pm
  • Broadwater Elementary: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00am to 11:15am
  • Central Elementary: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1:15pm to 2:00pm
  • Four Georgians Elementary: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00am to 11:15am
  • Warren Elementary: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:45am to 1:00pm
  • Dollar Tree Parking Lot (3085 N Montana Ave): Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00am to 11:15am
  • CVS (603 N Montana): Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11:45am to 1:00pm

Please remember that parents do not need to have their child/children with them to receive these meals. Meals are free for any child, ages 1 to 18 years, regardless as to whether or not that child is enrolled in one of our Helena Public Schools.

Helena Food Share: Please know that the Helena Food Share is open and has food available for anyone who needs emergency food assistance. Helena Food Share’s pantries (in Helena and East Helena) are providing “Grab and Go” food boxes for those in need of emergency food assistance. This service is limited to two boxes a month and will be available at the front door of the Helena Food Share pantry facilities. Customers will be asked for a photo ID and the number of people in the household. New customers in need of food are welcome; just bring a photo ID. Please visit the Helena Food Share‘s website and Facebook page for frequent updates, hours and addresses. HelenaFoodShare.org

Please also remember to continue to contact your child’s principal for needs related to Chromebook devices. Chromebook deliveries occur each Friday including any needs received by the prior Wednesday. For example, Chromebook requests received by next Wednesday, April 8 will be met with new/exchanged devices next Friday, April 10. Those scheduled for a delivery will receive a personalized message with the date, time and location of their delivery for the coming Friday. Deliveries occur either at or near the listed residential address.

As we head into the weekend and a return to remote learning on Monday, please know that our entire school system remains committed to meeting the needs of our students. During this difficult time, we continue to be inspired by the encouragement and engagement of our students and families. Simply put, we miss you all but continue to work towards the day when we will be together again. In the interim, please continue to reach out with any needs that we can help address.

Thank you all and a special thanks to our first responders, doctors, nurses, civic leaders, volunteers and everyone serving our Helena community during this time of need.

Additional information for our families:

 

Posted on March 18, 2020

COVID-19 Digital Learning Bridge

What is a digital learning Bridge?

While Helena schools are closed to protect our community from the effects of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, our instructional staff are making every effort to keep communication open and continue learning. While we don’t yet know how long this closure will last, we are pleased to offer these tools:

Clever: Our digital learning portal

Clever IconClever is a portal for students in all grade levels to access learning tools and resources collected by their teachers. Use the icon to the left or the link:

https://clever.com/in/helenaschools

to access the Clever portal. To log in enter a student’s email address (jsmith@helenastudent.org) and password. If you need your student’s username and password, email the student’s teacher as soon as possible. Many online textbooks, assessment tools, and other student needs are directly linked in Clever.

Email: Microsoft Outlook

The most important component to successful online learning is communication, and email is our primary method of communication in this online learning environment. Teachers and administrators will monitor their email throughout the school day, and students should check their email regularly for messages from their teacher or school.

Learning Environment: Microsoft Teams

Many teachers are using this platform to assign work, give students feedback on assignments, and conduct face to face meetings. Students can log into Teams using the Clever portal.

 

Learning Environment: Moodle

Some teachers are using this platform for additional assignments, quizzes, tests and many other activities. Students can log in to Moodle courses using the Clever portal.

 

 

A day in the life of an HSD1 student:

Not sure how to structure learning days at home with K-5th grade students? Here are some helpful resources developed by our teachers, instructional coaches, and staff: