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KENNER DISCOVERY ONLINE LEARNING PLAN

Launch: March 19, 2020

Continuity of Instruction

We will make this transition to distance learning easily accessible and manageable for parents and students. Administrators and Teachers have created tutorials, videos, and documents to clearly explain expectations and procedures. We are anticipating that it will take some time for families and students to feel comfortable with distance learning, and we are here to support you.

Plan

  • We are expecting students to work on academics for 3 hours per day. 
  • Daily schedule ideas to help parents and students plan their day. 
  • Teachers will use Google Classrooms to host their online classes. 
  • All resources, instructional videos, assignments, links, and teacher feedback will be hosted through Google. 
  • Teachers and Administrators will host Google Hangout virtual office hours and virtual meetings to connect with students and families regularly. 
  • Specific guidance will be sent from LS, MS, and HS Administration.

It will not be perfect for you or for us. Please use patience and kindness when you give us feedback about what is working and what is not working as well.

KDHSA Distance Learning Website

Online Learning Website

Student Support Services

School Counselors

Michelle McCrary, Director of Counseling: michelle.mcrary@discoveryhsf.org

Michelle Duplantier, Social Worker: michelle.duplantier@discoveryhsf.org

Kristen Centanni, Counselor: kristen.centenni@discoveryhsf.org

Claire Barry, Counselor: claire.barry@discoveryhsf.org

Mental Health and Wellness

Our students need to remain emotionally well during this time. In the event of a crisis, students should text the Teen Crisis Text Line at 504-777-3273. For additional guidance, the following resource is helpful in managing mental health in uncertain times. Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty

SPED Coordinators

Stacey Stemke, 6th/7th & 10th-12th: stacey.stemke@discoveryhsf.org

Theresa Nicholls, 1st-5th: theresa.nicholls@discoveryhsf.org

Judith Nordurft, Jefferson Kindergarten and 8th/9th: judith.norduft@discoveryhsf.org

Tech Support

Christy Aymami, Director of Educational Technology: christy.aymami@discoveryhsf.org

Carrie Comardelle, K-4: carrie.comardelle@discoveryhsf.org

Christy Aymami, 5-8: christy.aymami@discoveryhsf.org

Kate Jensen, 9-12: kate.jensen@discoveryhsf.org

Student Supplies

Student supplies/books from their desks/lockers have been packed in bags and tagged for delivery. Our wonderful Honors Transportation bus drivers have agreed to a home delivery of their supplies. This is being organized today. Deliveries will likely occur Thursday and Friday. Supplies will be dropped on your front porch to limit physical contact.

Computer Accessibility 

If you did not take the survey yet, click: Student/Family Technology Access and Use Survey 2020

WiFi Information:

Internet Access for Students: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has launched the Keep Americans Connected Pledge, which many broadband carriers have signed. For the next 60 days, its core provisions will:

  • not terminate service to any residential or small business customers because of their inability to pay their bills due to
  • the disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic;
  • waive any late fees that any residential or small business customers incur because of their economic circumstances
  • related to the coronavirus pandemic; and
  • open its Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them

Additionally limited income households can apply for $5 to $10 per month internet access (AT&T Access, CenturyLink Lifeline).

  • Charter Communication will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a subscription.
  • Cox Communications is offering
    • Limited-time, first month free of Connect2Compete service, 9.95/month thereafter
    • Until May 15, 2020, provide phone and remote desktop support through Cox Complete Care at no charge
    • Resources for discounted, refurbished equipment through our association with PCs for People
    • A Learn from Home toolkit for schools, including instructions on how to fast-track eligible students without internet access