Monday, March 16, 2020
Seneca Area School District Families:
The situation involving the coronavirus pandemic has escalated rapidly in the last few days. There will be no classes from now until April 6, as mandated by the state. Last week, we met with teachers to begin planning for a school outage. We are now putting a plan in place to provide services for our students and families. Here is what we are working on:
For the elementary students, we are developing packets we can email or send to parents, or that can be picked up. We are also setting up links, through Remind or Google Docs, so that teachers can deliver classroom messages to their students.
In grades 5-12, we are arranging for students to pick up their chromebooks, so that they have them at home and can use them to do school work that will be set up by their teachers. Teachers are setting up online lessons, and in some cases setting times aside so that they can chat online with their students when questions arise.
For all grade levels: School work, chromebooks, and library books can be picked up at the school Tuesday, March 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., or Wednesday, March 18 from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Libraries in both buildings will be open at that time, and students can take as many books as needed to read during their time out of the building.
Students are responsible for the care and upkeep of their chromebooks, as always. For families without internet, we are working to provide services for them during the time school is not in session. Please contact me at email@example.com, or technology coordinator Laury Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not have internet services.
We are preparing to provide sack lunches and breakfast for any students who could benefit from them. We will have pick-up areas throughout the District, and will follow up with more information. This will be available to all students during this time period.
There will be no extracurricular activities, practices, or other events during the time of the school outage. The WIAA hopes to re-start the spring seasons following the suspension.
The most updated information regarding this rapidly changing situation can be found on our school website: https://www.seneca.k12.wi.us/
It will be important for students in grades 5-12 to check their student email on a regular basis for messages from their teachers. During the school outage, teachers at all levels can best be contacted through email, which they will be checking regularly. Phone messages are not a good option during this period. Essential personnel will be working at the school, if you need to contact us.
Thanks for your patience during this challenging period. School staff members have done a great job in setting up learning activities for our students, and providing for family needs, during this time. It is important for young people to have a sense of “normal” while being out of school during this time, and we are doing what we can to provide that. Let us know if you have questions.