Cherokee County School District (CCSD) Compiles List of Resources for Students:
As digital learning initiatives continue throughout the county and nation, the Cherokee County School District has compiled a list of social and mental health resources at the link here.
For more information about CCSD's Digital Learning Days, click here.
Providing Meals to Students In Need:
For many students, meals provided at schools served as their main source of consistent meals throughout the year. As schools transition to remote learning, Cherokee County School District's Nutrition Board are providing a week's worth of breakfast and lunch options to every infant and child present under the age of 18. For a list of dates and locations to access these meals, please go to this site.
CCSD is also accepting financial donations to further expand this program to aid students in these unprecedented times. To donate by check, please follow the directions on the following link. Donations can also be made via credit card through this site.
Please note that CCSD cannot accept food donations or have volunteers serve at these meal distributions. However CCSD partners like MUST Ministries and the First Baptist Church of Woodstock are in need of donations to further serve the community at large.
All information mentioned thus far have been sourced from email communications sent by CCSD Chief Communications Officer, Barbara Jacoby, on behalf of the Superintendent Dr. Brian Hightower.
Receiving Affordable Internet Access:
As the world around us goes digital, we must remember that many people do not have access to a reliable Internet connection outside of school or work. Internet providers like Comcast are offering affordable Internet plans.
As per Comcast's webpage:
New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax. Apply by April 30, 2020.
Additionally, for all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program's Internet service has increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. That increase will go into effect automatically for no additional fee and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward.
You can access more information about Comcast's Internet Essentials program here.
A Few Tips from an Educator on How to Support Your Students During this Pandemic:
Here is an informative article from Mays Imad, a pathophysiology and biomedical ethics instructor at Pima Community College. You can read more about her teaching strategies here.
Some of her tips to educators include:
Emailing students to remind them that you are there for them
Repeat some of the main takeaways students should be getting from their new online lessons. For many students, a switch to online learning is a huge transition and may impact the information they are retaining from the lessons.
Using optimistic language while also acknowledging their fears about COVID-19
A Message to Students:
Please remember to be understanding and respectful towards your instructors as they, too, are navigating a whole new remote landscape. Try to send your teacher a thank-you email and acknowledge the hard work they've put in to help you on your academic journey thus far.