Dear Yale families,
We hope that this first week of distance learning is going smoothly for your student. We hope that if you have any questions or concerns, reaching out to teachers and administration has been easy. During this time, our goal is to provide your family with access to resources and learning material. We do not want this to be an added stress to your family. It will look different for each family, so please make it work best for you and yours.
We have had a lot of families asking the same questions: How are we returning this? What if we don’t do it? Will this be graded? Again, we are only providing the resources and the materials. We are not grading families on how they are using them in their homes. For PK-5th, we will not be requiring the packets to be returned to their teachers. Teachers will check in weekly with their students in various forms of communication: class app, a phone call, email, or even Zoom. Please use this time to ask any questions about the materials provided by the teacher. For junior high and high school, anyone wanting to return work please do so by email. Students can simply take pictures of completed work and email that back to the teacher. Incomplete work will not be held against the student; however, completing the work to the best of the student’s ability is in the best interest of your student’s education and learning. The opportunity to learn and strengthen skills is more important than receiving a grade.
We have started the process of cleaning out lockers and student desks. We are bagging up all materials and will have days and times for you or your student to come pick up their personal belongings. At the elementary, parents will drive through the back parking lot (like after-school dismissal) and will be able to retrieve your student’s belongings. At the high school, parents will use the front drive to pick up locker items. We will release specific dates and times, once we determine how long the cleaning out process will take. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding during this time.
As always, our first priority is the safety and well-being of our students. We want to ensure that every student has access to the education they need and deserve.
We miss you,
Emily Nickell, Yale Elementary Principal
Rocky Kennedy, Yale JH/HS Principal