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Distance Learning FAQ:

posted Mar 23, 2020, 1:47 PM by Beth Dean   [ updated Mar 26, 2020, 2:28 PM by Robert Lindner ]

We'd like to thank you all for your support and flexibility as teachers and students are getting used to our distance learning model. We understand that this is a challenging time because of concerns about how the coronavirus may impact our community and loved ones around the country and due to the fact families are entering a new educational landscape. We want you to know that our building staff remains ready to support students from afar. Here are some common questions and answers that may help as we navigate this unfolding situation.

Q: Is school still in session?

A: Yes, students continue to be in school just not physically present. Lessons are being provided remotely through Schoology or, in some cases, packets were and will be provided from the office. Every student should have a school issued Chromebook or personal device to complete these lessons. Students are still expected to continue their studies and be in contact with their teachers regularly by email.


Q: When will students return to school?

A: The earliest return date will be April 20. School will open on April 7 to allow students to turn in physical work and get the next set of lessons and assignments if you do not have internet access.


Q: Schoology is difficult to use, what can I do?

A: It is recommended students/families use the website version rather than the app. There are also help videos posted on our school technology site http://sh.lposd.org/technology which may help. Many teachers are using the “Updates” feature to post assignments and communicate with students. Another helpful site is http://techtraining.lposd.org/home/remote-learning-for-students which will have several videos on technology teachers are tyring to use.


Q: What if my child cannot make teacher deadlines/due dates or meet their expectations?

A: Please encourage them to work daily and keep up the best they can at this time. Communicating with their teacher is really important so encourage them to email their teacher with questions and just to make a connection. We are still working out how to best provide distance education to students. We will all need to be flexible and work with students and families to ensure ample opportunity is given to all students during this time. In most cases, deadlines and due dates will be extended after we return to school and opportunities will be given for students to make up assignments or complete alternatives.


Q: Are school events getting cancelled or postponed?

A: Yes, any event occurring before April 20 will be cancelled or postponed. Events planned after April 20, such as Prom, will be postponed until further clarification comes from the State Board of Education and the State of Idaho concerning best practices.


Q: I don’t have the internet, what should I do?

A: There are options:

  1. Physically printed materials were available and another set will be available April 7 from the office.

  2. You can use one of the many free Wifi options available in the area such as the school’s hotspot from the parking lot which has recently been improved.

  3. You can take advantage of the many internet options below.

AT&T: AT&T COVID-19 response. AT&T will offer open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families.

Comcast: Comcast is offering an internet essentials package for free. To sign up for a free internet essentials package for 60 days, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.

Spectrum: Free internet access for students. Free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395 or (855) 243-8892

Charter: Charter is offering free internet for 2 months.

Sprint: Sprint is providing unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

T-Mobile - T-Mobile is offering internet at a discount and has expanded roaming access for Sprint customers to use the T-Mobile network. Sprint’s network will have expanded coverage and capacity – including in rural areas – over the next 60 days.

Verizon: Verizon does have special offers. Two months waived internet and voice service charges for current Lifeline customers and new affordable internet option for low-income households.


Q: I have questions that were not answered in this FAQ, what can I do?

A: If it is a class/teacher question, email the teacher. If it is a more general question, email the principal at david.miles@lposd.org or call and leave a message at 208-263-3034.

An important message from Principal David Miles-

posted Mar 19, 2020, 8:03 AM by Beth Dean   [ updated Mar 19, 2020, 8:44 AM ]

Dear Families of Sandpoint High School,

 Thank you for the support you have given us this year and specifically right now. It is always our goal to work with the community to create the best educational system for all of our students. I know there are a lot of questions, concerns, fears and anxiety right now, but rest assured Sandpoint High School is moving forward with a plan of action to help.

 Sandpoint High School is working hard to provide all of our students with continued educational opportunities and experiences. Our plan is to provide distance learning lesson plans delivered using our online Schoology platform. In some cases, packets will be available from our front office by contacting the teacher by email or phone. It would be best practice for students to check both their Schoology and Google email accounts as well as their Schoology class pages to access their teachers and the work assigned. Making quick contact by email with each teacher will help us decide who does not have internet access. Teachers will also be checking their phone messages regularly if email or internet is unavailable. We are continuing our current lessons with modifications to fit the situation with the expectation that students will continue to work on each of their classes during this time. We are also working on plans to extend this type of learning if this situation lasts beyond spring break.

 Students will be expected to continue working and learning to the best of their ability during this time. We still intend to give grades and feedback and credits for the courses they are taking which will be determined by the work students produce. With that stated, we completely understand unique situations and we will be flexible where we can be and are willing to work with families to determine how to best help in this regard.

 Most related educational services will continue to be provided by email or telephone: counselors are still available to help and assist, the front office will be here daily, and Special Education services will still be accessible by contacting those teachers. We are working on ideas to allow a limited number of students into the building for such things as tutoring, internet access, appointments with specific school individuals, and other services, but no concrete plan for that exists at this time. If you feel you need to meet, contacting that individual by email or telephone to create a plan is the best option at this time.

 Our district will be offering a Grab and Go school lunch option from 11am-1pm at the following sites: Farmin-Stidwell Elementary, Kootenai Elementary, and Clark Fork Junior/Senior High School.

 I have attached some additional resources to this email which may help you through this unique time. I thank you for your understanding and patience as we work to make this the best possible educational experience under the circumstances. Be safe and contact us at the front office if you have questions.

 Sincerely,

  FAQ's re: COVID-19 closure

  Families: Talking to students about CoVID-19

  Students: Talking to students about CoVID-19

--

David Miles II

Principal

Sandpoint High School

208-263-3034

 

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE:  This email and attachments accompanying it contain information belonging to the sender, which is legally privileged.  The information is intended only for the use of the individual or entity stated in this email.  If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of this email or attachments is strictly prohibited.  If you have received this email in error, please notify us by email or telephone to arrange for disposition of the original.

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School is closed until April 6th - Office is open!

posted Mar 17, 2020, 12:46 PM by Beth Dean

The LPOSD school board voted on 3/16 to close all schools within the district due to concern over the spread of the Covid-19 - Our teachers are busy putting together distance learning lessons.  The lessons will be distributed over the next few days via the internet and paper packets for those without that may be picked up at the front office from 7:30-3:30pm.  If you have any questions or concerns please call us at 208-263-3034 or email your student's teachers.  

Spring Break 2020!

posted Mar 10, 2020, 1:41 PM by Beth Dean

March 27th - Non Student Day End of Q3
Spring break is March 30th through April 3rd.  
School will resume Monday April 6th - "A" Day

We need Your input!

posted Mar 4, 2020, 2:54 PM by Robert Lindner

We are looking for parent/community input for our school! 

Use the link to help us out:

Finals Week Jan. 25-28

posted Jan 13, 2016, 11:42 AM by Beth Dean

Finals will begin on Monday, and continue through the week culminating on Thursday, January 28th.  The details of the schedule may be found under quick links on this site. Please be mindful of the instructional period and limit interruptions during class time.  If you find it necessary to contact your student please do so through the office 263-3034. Friday is a non student day.  Second semester begins February 1.  As always, thank you!

January Early Release- 1-27-16

posted Dec 18, 2015, 10:02 AM by Beth Dean

The monthly early release Wednesday at Sandpoint High School has been changed from 1-20-16 to the following Wednesday 1-27-16.  Dismissal remains the same at 1:15pm

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