Visit our KDHSA Online Learning Webpage for a complete list of resources. See below for parent updates.
March 18, 2020
Dear Discovery Parents and Guardians,
We hope our Swamp Owl families are healthy and doing well.
Most of us, like you, are feeling overwhelmed and unsettled right now, with so many uncertainties and things changing daily. Our job as educators is to do what we do BEST…….teach, mentor, coach, connect, support, and love our students. Our teaching helps us and helps you, but mainly helps our 1,850 swamp owls.
KDHSA administrators, teachers, and support staff have worked over the last few days with passion, creativity, flexibility, and true HEART to create a robust Distance Learning Program that will keep our students connected to their school community and provide meaningful learning experiences. We held virtual staff meetings and collaborative virtual sessions on Monday and Tuesday to create a distance learning program that includes continuity in instruction, school culture, connected community, wellness, and family support.
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.
We are expecting students to work on academics for 3 hours per day. We will provide sample daily schedule ideas to help you and the 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.
You will be able to find all important resources using the following link:
KDHSA Distance Learning Website
(Launching at 7:30 AM on 3/19)
Student Support Services
Michelle McCrary, Director of Counseling: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Duplantier, Social Worker: email@example.com
Kristen Centanni, Counselor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Claire Barry, Counselor: email@example.com
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
Stacey Stemke, 6th/7th & 10th-12th: firstname.lastname@example.org
Theresa Nicholls, 1st-5th: email@example.com
Judith Nordurft, Jefferson Kindergarten and 8th/9th: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christy Aymami, Director of Educational Technology: email@example.com
Carrie Comardelle, K-4: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christy Aymami, 5-8: email@example.com
Kate Jensen, 9-12: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
We are tallying the IT survey now. Computers will be distributed (most likely) in carpool style lines for those who have no computer in the house. We have also posted resources for WiFi connectivity that is low cost to all families with K-12 children. We are hoping to distribute computers by Friday, but stay tuned for updates.
If you did not take the survey yet, click: Student/Family Technology Access and Use Survey 2020
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
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
School Sponsored Events/Performances/Athletics
We understand that there is a lot of uncertainty regarding future events at Discovery schools, including but not limited to our first ever KDHSA graduation and prom, stepping up ceremony, pinning ceremony, artistic performances, and athletics. We do not know what the next weeks and months will bring, but we do know our Seniors will walk across a stage at some point. It may be a different date, but it will happen. An integral part of the Discovery culture is to celebrate the accomplishments of our students from K-12th grade. That remains a priority to us. We will make these celebrations happen in some manner at some location on some date in the future.
Community Feeding Locations
Discovery families can go to any of the 14 locations to pick up a free Grab and Go meal location even if the site is not their home school.
The grab and go locations are:
Bissonet Plaza Elementary: 6818 Kawanee Drive in Metairie
Emmett Gilbert School: 435 S. Jamie Blvd. in Westwego
Fisher: 2529 Jean Lafitte Blvd. in Lafitte
Grand Isle School: 149 Ludwig Ln. in Grand Isle (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at this location)
Gretna Middle: 910 Gretna Blvd. in Gretna
Hazel Park Elementary: 8809 Jefferson Hwy. in River Ridge
Marie Riviere Elementary: 1564 Lake Ave. in Metairie
Marrero Middle: 4100 7th Street in Marrero
Meisler Middle: 3700 Cleary Ave. in Metairie
Riverdale High: 240 Riverdale Drive in Jefferson
Terrytown Elementary: 550 E. Forest Lawn Drive in Terrytown
Truman School: 5417 Ehret Road in Marrero
Woods Elementary: 1037 31st Street in Kenner
Worley Middle: 801 Spartans Drive in Westwego
Meals will be offered to any child age 18 and under (21 and under for special education students) regardless of whether they are a Jefferson Parish Schools student. Children must be present with an adult to receive a meal. Meals will include lunch for that day and breakfast for the following morning. The grab and go service will include pick-up lines outside the school for families to drive through or walk up. In order to avoid creating a large crowd, it is important that families immediately leave campus after receiving their meal and packet.
Dr.Glaser has spoken with Dr. Brumley. If the need for additional Grab and Go locations is needed, we will open the Maine campus for this service.
COVID-19 Illness Reporting
We are asking all members of our community to communicate any confirmed COVID-19 related illnesses to us so that we can best assess the impact on our school, and how that relates to safely returning to campus. Please report these cases to our school nurse, Olivia Todaro, email@example.com
We look forward to working with you closely as we journey together into distance learning. Don’t forget to practice social distancing, get outside, and do one thing daily that makes you feel good. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.
#SwampOwlPride #OwlUp #HEART
In the words of Eddie Fisher:
You've gotta have HEART
All you really need is HEART
(When the odds are sayin you'll never win
That's when the grin should start)
With a Virtual HUG and Caring HEART,
KDHSA Administrative Team