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3-31-2020
ST. CHARLES COUNTY SCHOOLS CLOSED
UNTIL APRIL 24, 2020

 

OFSD Families, 


With the extended closing of district schools through April 24, we wanted to provide an update on the programs and services in place to support our students and families.  As we progress through this closure, we will continue to communicate with our families about ongoing services and plans for the community. Please take a moment to review the important areas listed below. 


Access to the Buildings

District buildings continue to be closed except for essential work approved by administration. In accordance with the ‘Stay Home’ Order issued by the St. Charles County Executive, at this time we have not organized a date for staff or students to come to the buildings to retrieve items. 


In addition to schools being closed during this extended break, all district activities (including all

sporting events and practices, concerts, musical events, etc.) and all community uses of

facilities have been canceled as well.


Access to Meals (Continue for the duration of the closure)

Student breakfast and lunch packs will CONTINUE to be made available during the duration of the closure. 

  • Pick up locations and times are as follows
    • Discovery Elementary school (10:00am-12:00pm)

    • St. Francis Church in Portage Des Sioux - parking lot (10:00am-11:00am)

    • If you are unable to pick up meals due to illness or lack of transportation, delivery options are available

  • On Mondays, we provide 2 days worth of breakfast and lunch. On Wednesdays, we provide 3 days worth of breakfast and lunch. 

Our Chartwells Food Service staff will continue to handle all of the food prep and Orchard Farm staff will handle distribution. 

*If you have already completed the survey there is nothing you need to do. Your meals will continue.  For anyone in need of this service, please complete the survey below. In order to have an accurate meal count, if you signed up for Access to Meals and are not picking up your meals, please email wsteinhoff@ofr5.com to be removed from the list.

For Access to Meals, click this link: https://forms.gle/4in6wiRvyZ6NQYFu9


Access to Learning Opportunities (April 6 - April 24)

The district will continue to provide instructional practice/support activities for students at home so that they do not regress on essential learning during the extended closure. Continuation of learning is the emphasis. 


While Orchard Farm, like all districts in St. Charles County, did not “grade” student work during the March 23 - April 3 closure, we have an adjusted approach for the extended closure (April 6 - April 24).  See below. 


PreK and Grades K-5 (Email to parents and posted on Seesaw)

Elementary teachers will continue to prepare a menu of learning activities for students to engage and learn. Teachers will maintain correspondence with parents through email and Seesaw. Students and parents should send emails to teachers if they have questions. If you require a printed copy, they will be available for pick up at the Early Learning Center lobby at 3489 Boschertown Rd.

  • Students are encouraged to complete activities and submit their work for feedback, if possible.

  • Students will be promoted to the next grade level. Students will not receive a letter grade on their report card. Standards will not be reported on for the 4th quarter.

Grades 6-12 (Email to parents and students, and posted in the student’s Google Classroom)

Secondary teachers have created learning activities for students to continue to practice and support essential learning skills. Teachers will maintain correspondence with students through email and Google classroom. Students and parents should send emails to teachers if they have questions. Teachers will provide home activities, online resources that students can use at home (usernames and passwords included) to enhance learning, and to offer other learning services. Students enrolled in LAUNCH virtual courses, Edgenuity, AP courses, and College Credit courses will continue their virtual learning as normal. Completion of this work is highly encouraged to ensure students remain on track for their learning goals.


MIDDLE SCHOOL

  • Students will continue to engage in learning activities/assignments provided by their teachers. Teachers will provide feedback to students on their work.  

  • Students will PASS each class provided they meet the minimum criteria set forth by administration/teacher. Students not on track to meet those minimum criteria will work with the school counselor and administration. Understanding of the unique and unprecedented circumstances students may be in will take precedence in those situations. 

  • Students will NOT take a final exam. 


HIGH SCHOOL

  • Students will continue to engage in learning activities/assignments provided by their teachers. Teachers will provide feedback to students on their work.  

  • Students will be HELD HARMLESS with their grades provided they meet the minimum criteria set forth by administration/teacher. This means that students will receive a grade no lower than the grade they had at the end of 3rd Quarter (prior to the closure).  Student work completed from this point forward can only increase their grade. Students not on track to meet those minimum criteria will work with school counselors and administration. Understanding of the unique and unprecedented circumstances students may be in will take precedence in those situations. 

  • Students will receive a letter grade on their report card. 

  • Students will NOT take a final exam. 


Assistance with Technology Access?

We are continuing to survey grades 6-12 families about technology access, please fill it out if you have not already. While K-5 students’ assignments/activities can be completed independent of technology access, we have also created a technology access survey for that age group. Please take a moment to fill out the K-5 survey if you have not already. 

Should you need technology support, please contact the District Help Desk at 636-757-6895 or email helpdesk@ofr5.com 

Grade K-5 Technology survey, click this link:  https://forms.gle/D4pLgE7VgFXMpgvn8

Grade 6-12 Technology survey, click this link: https://forms.gle/PdWmEcaymUHBFTbS6


Future Updates

As this situation continues to progress, we will be staying in close communication with our

families and community to assist them through these tough times. While this situation is not

ideal, the Orchard Farm School District will continue to do everything in its power to educate

our students while helping to ensure their safety and the safety of our community. As needed, we will share information and resources through our School Messenger parent notification system as well as our district website and social media channels.


Dr. Tom Muzzey, Superintendent of Schools


 

 

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