Message from Ms. GM 3/24/2020 - Distance Learning

  • I hope that this email finds you well and safe at home with your families and loved ones. As we enter this new week, I am reaching out to share additional details regarding our distance learning program.
    As Dr. Harrison shared in his communication on Friday, we have been preparing for a shift in student learning. Effective tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25th, we will transition from a focus on learning activities designed to maintain current levels of academic knowledge and skill to learning that is focused on teaching and developing new material, skill and content. To support this work, please know that Google Classroom will remain the primary access point for student-teacher interactions, and that it is critical for students to plan to check in with each class on a daily basis. In so doing, please note the following:
    •  All access to Google Classroom and related documents/files require the use of students’ Irvington credentials. Students will not be able to gain access to documents or other files from personal, non-Irvington accounts.
    • If a student has not joined one or more Classroom pages for their courses, the codes for their classes should be obtained by emailing their teacher directly. 
    • Students are responsible for completing the assigned work during this period in the same way that they are responsible for assigned work during more standard learning sessions. 
    • Should students have questions regarding course work or materials, please be sure they contact their teacher immediately.
    • As a reminder, if you are experiencing a need for social or emotional support, our School counselors, psychologists (Kelly Murphy/Noreen Sabia), our Student Assistance Counselor (Danielle Gamar) and our district Social Worker (Gina Menendez) continue to be accessible via email during this time.
    With regard to attendance and active engagement and participation, if your child experiences an illness that limits his or her ability to engage in school work, please contact Julie Orlando (our attendance clerk) via email at . Ms. Orlando will then notify teachers, your child’s School Counselor and Ms. Basha, our school nurse, of your child’s “absence” so that flexibility can be applied to ongoing remote learning expectations. 
    Thank you for your continued partnership, support, and flexibility during these challenging times. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. This is certainly a time that we all have more questions than answers- thankfully we have one another and together we will be great!
    Best always,