Dr. Kane COVID19 Letter #6 English & Spanish versions
March 21, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians, QACPS is committed to providing families with activities and resources to support learning while students are out of school due to COVID – 19 (coronavirus). As we begin the second week of school closure, I am sure that some families are looking for new resources to keep students engaged in learning. While some families may be better positioned to continue student learning using distance learning methods; a lack of access to the Internet and limited wireless data plans present barriers for others. QACPS will likely use Google Classroom once we are up and running, however, equity is a critical consideration. It is important to note that any learning model that is utilized must be accessible by all students. In addition to the materials that were sent home with students and the QACPS Suggested Guidelines for Parents and Guardians for Supporting Prek-12 Learning During School Closures, the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has provided additional resources for parents to use with students at home. New activities for all core content areas and grade levels can be found here.
You may have heard that MSDE has collaborated with school districts to build a cadre of resources to support continuity of learning. Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent, is stressing the importance of consistency across the state. Currently, there is a great deal of uncertainty pertaining to academics (assignments, grades, exams, credits) and we continue to work on a uniform way to engage students in learning. I am also sensitive to the fact that some teachers are also without internet access at home and some teachers, like many of our families, have had interruptions in their daycare and may be limited in their ability to fully engage in online work on short notice. A survey is being administered to get an accurate understanding of any limitations to internet access for teachers. Likewise, parents and caregivers are asked to complete a parent survey so that we can better understand the limitations to families’ access to the internet. Please access the survey for parents and caregivers here.
Finally, I wanted to share two additional meals pick-up locations. Starting Monday, March 23, 2020, we will begin meals pick-up at Roundtop Park and Templeville Community Church (Iglesia Hispana De Templeville) from 12 pm – 1:00 pm. Meals will continue to be served at the original locations, as well: Queen Anne’s County High School, Sudlersville Middle School,
and Grasonville Elementary School from 12 pm – 2 pm, Monday through Friday. Please see the table below for the address and hours of operation for the new locations. All locations will provide three (3) meals per day which includes a bagged lunch, dinner, snack, and breakfast for the following morning at no cost. The meals may be picked up in front of each school building. There will be no entrance to schools. Students must be present to receive the meals.
Meals Pick-up Time: 12 noon – 1 pm
Crumpton Volunteer Fire Department
300 3rd Street
Crumpton, MD 21628
101 Park Lane
Chestertown, MD 21620
Templeville Community Church (Iglesia Hispana De Templeville)
3703 Barclay Road
Marydel, MD 21649
You can be assured that we will continue to share resources for continuity of learning and any other updates pertaining to the school closures as they become available. For now, thank you for your patience and stay healthy.
Andrea M. Kane, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools