Continuity of Learning

  • Technology Support Landing Page:
    https://www.nwcsd.org/tech

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    Instructional Materials for School Closure:
    Elementary Information
    Middle School Information 
    High School Information

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    Update Friday, July 17, 2020

    Dear Niagara Wheatfield Families,

    As you may be aware, on July 13 the New York State Department of Health provided a resource for schools entitled “Interim Guidance for In-Person Instruction at Pre-K to Grade 12 Schools During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency” [NYS DoH Guidance].  The information contained in the document provides a road map for opening school for in-person instruction.

    The New York State Education Department (NYSED) provided their guidelines and expectations for reopening on July 16: “Recovering, Rebuilding, and Renewing the Spirit of New York State Schools” [NYS ED Guidance].  All Districts in NYS are required to prepare plans for in-person, remote, and hybrid learning models.  Plans must be submitted to NYSED by July 31.

    Our District Reopening Planning Timeline includes the following:

    District Safety Committee Meeting - May 8
    Continuity of Learning Committee Meeting - July 6
    District Leadership Reopening Meeting - July 15
    District Leadership Reopening Meeting - July 16
    District Safety Committee Meeting - July 17
    Continuity of Learning Committee Meeting - July 20
    Continuity of Learning Committee Meeting - July 27
    Board of Education Meeting - July 29
    Plans due to NYSED - July 31

    In order to inform our final plan we need a few important questions answered for each one of our students.  Please go to the link below and to complete the survey

    [Reopening Survey for Families]

    We ask that you complete the survey no later than Wednesday, July 22 at 12:00 pm.

    Regardless of the learning model permitted, our District will be prepared to provide quality instruction to our students.  Critical to our planning has been the ability to transition from one model to another should the circumstances necessitate.

    Thank you,

    Niagara Wheatfield Central School District

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    Update Friday, June 5, 2020

    This message provides some updates concerning NWCSD technology hardware and software for the upcoming Summer 2020 recess.

    Hardware

    Families who have been loaned a district-owned Hotspot and/or Chromebook do not need to return it for the summer. (The exception is graduating seniors who will be contacted separately and notified of when and how to return their device.) Hotspots will remain active until Friday July 31 for access to any ancillary online instructional materials that your child’s teacher may share, or other appropriate online instructional resources.

    Software

    A number of the online resources that your child may use in class will continue to be operational and accessible for independent work through Friday, July 31. These include Zearn. Raz Kids, iRead and others. Students are welcome to log into these, or other instructional websites on the district-provided or family-owned devices. 

    Support

    Please continue to utilize the Technology Landing Page at https://www.nwcsd.org/tech to complete a technical support ticket. 

    We hope you have a safe and healthy summer recess, 

    Thank You, NWCSD

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    Update Friday, May 15, 2020

    This message concerns the distribution of the FOURTH set of instructional materials. Please remember that all these instructional materials are available online. You do not need to come to the school if you can access the internet.

     

    Elementary School instructional packets will be available for pickup at your child’s school on Wednesday, May 20 from 11:00 - 1:00.

     

    Middle School instructional packets will be available for pickup at your child’s school on the following schedule: 

    6th grade students on Wednesday, May 20th from 10:00 to 1:00

    7th grade students on Thursday, May 21st from 10:00 to 1:00

    8th grade students on Friday, May 22nd from 10:00 – 1:00

     

    High School Instructional Packets will be available for pickup at your child’s school on Wednesday, May 20, Thursday, May 21, and Friday, May 22 - from 10:00 - 1:00 on each day.

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    Update Monday, April 27, 2020

    NWCSD continues to provide learning materials to students via hardcopy packets and online resources. The online resources are generally asynchronous - meaning that with some exceptions, they are not scheduled for a particular time of day. 

    However, if a family finds that even with a schedule that distributes online learning activities throughout the course of the day, their household still requires an additional device for student instructional use, NWCSD has the capacity to loan one Chromebook per family, for the duration of this school year. 

    At this time, a Chromebook may only be loaned to families whose child is enrolled in Tuscarora Elementary, Colonial Village Elementary, West Street Elementary, Errick Road Elementary, Edward Town Middle School, or the High School.

    Please fill out the linked form if your family is requesting a loaned Chromebook for student instructional use, for the remainder of this school year. Each question pertains to only your youngest child enrolled in grades K-12 as described above.

    https://forms.gle/sGYyvm11XDwmtr9j6

    You will receive a phone call / email with additional information about device distribution by the end-of-day Thursday, April 30.

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    Update Friday, April 24, 2020

    This message concerns the distribution of the THIRD set of instructional materials. Please remember that all these instructional materials are available online. You do not need to come to the school if you can access the internet.

    Elementary School instructional packets will be available for pickup at your child’s school on Wednesday, April 29 from 11:00 - 1:00.

    High School and Middle School instructional packets will be available for pickup at your child’s school on Wednesday, April 29, Thursday, April 30, and Friday, May 1 - from 10:00 - 1:00 on each day.

    Online access to these packets and additional information about our Continuity of Learning Plan will be available on our website.

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    Update Thursday, April 23, 2020

    Families of children in Middle and High School: Please read the following linked document with some additional information about instructional materials and grades for students in the Middle and High School.

    Continuity of Learning Plan: Secondary Level Update on Grading

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    Updates Friday, April 17, 2020

    NWCSD is opening up access to Google Meet as part of Google Classroom for two-way communication and support of student learning.  Teachers may choose to use this application as part of supporting students during remote learning.

    Google Meet / Hangout Parent Letter

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    HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS now have access to @nwcsd.org email accounts as part of their existing @nwcsd.org Google Suite for Education Accounts.

    Parent Notification Letter

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    The Department of Homeland Security / Homeland Security Investigations Buffalo Office has provided the following flyer concerning Internet Safety Tips for Parents. This is good information at all times, but even more relevant now that children are actively participating in online learning due to COVID-19 related school closures. Please review this important information.

    DHS / HSI Buffalo Internet Safety Tips for Parents

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    Update Monday, April 13, 2020

    Continuity of Learning Plan Letter to Families

    Please also note that beginning Wednesday, April 15, families who have not picked up their child’s instructional
    packets may do so in the lunch pick up line, at the HS and Tuscarora Schools.

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    The Niagara Wheatfield Central School District has a plan for continuity of education while schools are closed. While there is no true replacement for the regular instruction your child experiences each day with his or her teachers, we have provided our families with materials to review and continue their learning while school remains closed. There are paper based activities for printing as well as digital content available. 

    You may have heard that Spectrum is offering "free access to broadband and WiFi services to households with students who do not already have the services." If you know of someone who might benefit from this service, feel free to share with them that Spectrum may be contacted about this short-term program at 844-488-8395. (NWCSD shares this news simply as a courtesy, not an endorsement of service.)

    If you were not able to pick up a packet during the pickup times, the same packets have been provided for at-home printing following the links below. If you would like to have your child work digitally on the packets rather than printing,  one way is to use PDF escape. This site will allow you to add text boxes and write/draw on the pdf work provided which then can be saved and downloaded. 
    Video directions for pdfescape: https://www.schooltube.com/media/Using+PDF+Escape+to+fill+in+pdfs/1_1i1bmd4t
    Pdf escape link: https://www.pdfescape.com/

    Digital Recommendations located on the Clever Portal:
    Many of these resources may remember your child’s progress, so the best way to login is via Clever which provides single sign-on access to many of the resources listed. Clever login instructions below.
    Resources

    Other External Resources
    The following direct links are for external, online and television instructional resources, aggregated by the NYS State Education Department, our local BOCES, and others provided by the Public Broadcasting Network (PBS). Teachers may include some of these resources in their own communications to students. But any of these resources would be valuable for engaging students in learning from home

    WNED - PBS
    Orleans/Niagara BOCES
    Eire 1 BOCES
    NYSED

    Accessing the Clever Portal
    NW Clever Portal URL:  https://clever.com/in/nw
    Choose "Log in with Google" and use your child's Google account as shown below.
    Clever Login

    Clever can be accessed using the student’s Google account in the following format: 

    Google Account Student User Name Format: 

    • First four digits: 4051 
    • Then the first initial of their first name, and the first 4 characters of their last name
    • Then their birth day of the month (Must be 2 digits)
    • Then @nwcsd.org

    User Name Example: If John Smith is a student whose birth date is 03/13/2006
    Login Name is 4051jsmit13@nwcsd.org

    Elementary Password: abc
    ETMS password: FalconsXXXX (last 4 of Student ID)
    HS: Student created

    For Google Account Password Resets email: passwordreset@nwcsd.org
    To reset your child's Google password please email from an account that is on file with the school or be prepared to give your child's student ID number and full address.