We know there are many questions, we have worked together to answer them below
When will schools be closed? Emery Unified schools will be closed Monday, March 16 until further notice. Local and state officials will continue to assess the COVID-19 outbreak, and will determine if schools can reopen. All school and district activities, events, athletic competitions and practices, drama and musical performances are cancelled during this closure. Community use of our buildings is also cancelled. Will meals be available for students during the closure? Yes, our Food Services Department will continue to provide curbside breakfast and lunch meals twice a week for any child under 18. Children will be able to pick up multiple days worth of food to take home and must be present during pickup of each meal. We will be open at the following times:
Monday: 10:00-12:00 (3 breakfasts/3 lunches per student)
Thursday: 10:00-12:00 (2 breakfasts/2 lunches per student) Meal pickup will be on 1100 47th Street, Emeryville (High School side). Please bring a grocery bag or cooler to bring food home for the week.
What learning resources are available for elementary students? We will provide educational resources that allow students to deepen, enhance, or extend previous learning. In some cases, this could look like accessing digital resources. This could also look like activities that can be completed at home, focused on strengthening skills that students have learned this school year. All teachers will reach out via their regular preferred platform (Class Dojo, Remind, email, etc.) to explain student work expectations. More information will be available in the coming days. Among the many resources available to students are the following: Physical Materials Packets for handwriting, reading and math; iReady At-Home activity packs (reading and math); Reading A-Z books; Practice & Problem Solving Book pages from the iReady Teacher Toolbox;Writing prompt packet; National Geographic Reach for Reading! Workbooks; Decodables; Writing Journals (1 act of kindness everyday); Math review worksheets; Reading logs. For English Learners: Reading Excellence, Word Attack, and Rate Development Lessons/ Becoming a Writer Lessons/ Phonics for Reading/RAZ Kids/Storyline Online. Digital Resources IReady online Reading and Math Instruction; StarFall.com Reading and Math; Google hangouts/Zoom: “Read with your teacher”; iReady lessons (reading and math); List of links to YouTube Videos (Jack Hartmann, Count to 20, Big Number Song, Storyline Online); RazKids - ELA; Youtube instructional videos; Zearn; National Geographic Reach for Reading! phonics/ vocabulary games; Accelerated Reading; assignments posted to 4th grade class website that align with the daily agenda and standards; zoom/google hangouts; check-in with the teacher on Goodle Hangouts for gr. 5. English Learners: FaceTime/Google Hangouts/Email/Text with Ms. Miller
What learning resources are available for middle school students? Physical Materials Math Worksheets, Eureka Math workbooks and modules; other supplemental materials; StemScopes tear-outs; History Alive! Student packets and textbooks (7th grade only); iReady workbook packets for literacy enrichment students; NewsELA articles packets and worksheets (8th graders only); iReady workbook packets; Chapter books; Interactive Notebook packets for History; Group novels, articles, poems. Digital Resources: Google Classroom, Hangouts, Khan Academy, STEMScopes digital platform; video links; IReady, NewsELA articles; Razkids; Google Hangouts for office hours.
What learning resources are available for high school students? TKAM text available on Google Classroom; Packet for 9th grade English will be available on Google Classroom; history textbooks; English 11 - 1984 Text, 1984 Essay: Systems of Oppression, Their Eyes Were Watching God (April); Algebra 2: Eureka Math/Khan Academy/SAT Practice
AP Statistics: Textbook and companion slides.(every student will need calculators)
Main Topic: 2 sample tests
AP Calculus: workbook and an extensive question bank(every student will need a calculator)
Main Topic: Integration
Pre-Calculus: Online materials,Khan Academy,(every student will need a calculator)
Conic sections, probability and counting
Fundamental Theorem of Calculus
Engl. 12: Read Ch 1-8 Brave New World; Biology -Textbooks; Integrated Science 1 - projects; Chemistry: Weather unit, Lessons 2-7 in Living By Chemistry books; Art: Sketchbooks,Pencils - directions printed and in Google Classroom, Drawing Marathon, Lives of Artists Digital Resources: Engl. 12: Webquest is on google classroom; Packet will be available on google classroom; Biology - Worksheets and handouts will be made available on google classroom, Tests and quizzes will be made on myapclassroom (College Board); English 10 - iSearch Essay (digital) iSearch Presentation Slides (to be done via video recording and submitted); Chemistry: Students will be provided with slides and handouts in google classroom. -Quizzes = google forms, additional resources on Khan Academy; OdysseyWare for credit recovery; KQED Art Online; Algebra: Google Classroom, Khan Academy, Desmos Activities, My AP (CollegeBoard) English Learners: Classroom, RazKids, Hangouts, Newsela. All links to texts and videos will be uploaded to google classroom.
How will parents of students with disabilities be notified about how special education services will be provided during the school closure? Special education staff will be contacting families via email or text message in order to let them know how special education services, including speech, occupational therapy and counseling, will be provided to their child during the school closure. Families will also be able to contact their child's service provider via email on a daily basis at set times during the closure.
Is child care available for families? No. At this time, the City of Emeryville has cancelled the before and after school program. We know how impactful school closures are for working families. We are working with local community child care centers and organizations to see if there are any programs available during the closure. If there are any changes, we will provide a district update.
I have rented an ECCL facility for an event. Is my reservation cancelled? Yes. All community facility use rentals are cancelled through Friday, April 3, 2020. Please visit the City of Emeryville’s website for additional information.
How can I keep my children and family safe from COVID-19? Take the same precautions for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) that you would for other illnesses, like the flu or common cold. The COVID-19 is part of the same family of viruses as the common cold along with the more severe MERS and SARS. It is believed to spread in a similar way—through droplets from coughing or sneezing, close contact like shaking hands, or touching a surface where the virus is and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth before washing hands. Steps to prevent illness are:
Wash hands often with warm water and soap, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds.
Don’t touch mouth, nose, or eyes with unwashed hands.
Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces. Microfiber cloths work well. When using disinfectants, follow instructions on the product label.
Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away and wash hands. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
If you feel sick, stay home and avoid close contact with others. If you’re well but someone in your household or workplace is sick, avoid close contact
We understand there are many concerns around COVID-19 and want to assure families that we are working closely with Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) for updates and guidance. For the latest information on COVID-19, families are encouraged to visit the EUSD website, ACPHD webpage dedicated to COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus), and the CDC homepage. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19, call the Alameda County Public Health Department at 510-267-3250 for guidance before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.
How can I support my child’s well-being? As more information is learned and shared about the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), you may notice your child experiencing a wider range of emotions such as worry and fear. With the closure of schools some children might also experience sadness and frustration at and not being able to interact with their friends and school staff on a regular basis. There are many steps you can take to support your child during these uncertain times. Here are some ideas for families:
Reassure your child that all feelings are normal
Make time to talk with your child about their feelings and questions
Limit screen time and access to social media
Pay attention to what your child is watching and reading and for how long
Model positive self-care strategies, your child is learning how to manage their emotions from the caring adults in their life
Provide honest information that is age appropriate and avoid sharing assumptions about who is sick with COVID-19
Work with your child to develop a consistent “new” daily routine, samples will be provided early next week.