VCS At-Home Learning
Thank you! We know that the transition to remote learning comes at a time when you are already experiencing a disruption to your routines and priorities. It is important to recognize that our efforts to provide learning at a distance cannot and are not intended to replicate all that our classroom environments offer our students. Our priorities throughout the school closure remain:
- Safety, health, and well-being of our students, family, and staff.
- Equity in our efforts to continue the learning of all of our students.
- “Doing our best” while recognizing that learning and engagement will understandably vary across students and families.
The VCS At-Home Learning Site is intended to provide you guidance and direction as we work together in the implementation of our VCS Continuity of Learning Plan. It is a work in progress that has been developed to provide our VCS families with essential information and helpful resources as we work together in our new way of teaching and learning. Most of the resources on this site will be referenced in the weekly and daily learning plans that you and your children receive from VCS teachers and administrators. Please share any suggestions you have for making this site more helpful by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are committed to supporting all of our families and caregivers in knowing how to support your children. Your support, your patience, and your grace are greatly appreciated!
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Food Service - sign up for meals
For questions about food service sign up for meals, please email:
Meal delivery every Wednesday via bus routes; pickup at Vicksburg High School Wednesday 4:00-6:00
Access to print materials - contact principal of your child’s building
Questions related to instruction - classroom teacher or building principal
Social Emotional Support
Contact your child’s building principal
For support with technology related issues, please email:
Internet Access Options
In addition to those listed below, Xfinity also opened up hot spots.
Everyone can access out-of-home WiFi hotspots: Xfinity WiFi Hotspots in out-of-home locations are available for free to anyone who needs them to support communities through this challenging time. Follow instructions at xfinity.com/wifi to join a hotspot.
Here are a few of the links for free/cheap Internet to help parents/students during the COVID outbreak. Hopefully this will help some of the families in our area.
- Comcast Internet Essentials
- Spectrum Internet Assist
- Access from AT&T
- Verizon Innovative Learning
- FCC’s Lifeline Program
- Put in your zip code and find low-cost options from providers in your area
- This map, provided by Connected Nation, shows hotspots available throughout the state of Michigan.
- Wireless Internet access is available in school parking lots as well, please exercise proper social distancing if you choose this option.
- If none of these options are successful, please contact your child's principal for further assistance.
Family Partnerships and Support for All
The shift to remote learning comes at a time when families are already experiencing a disruption to their routines and priorities. While distance learning may offer welcome structure and connections with others that are likely missing in the disrupted environment of school and business closures, the transition will be challenging. We are committed to supporting families and caregivers in knowing how to support their children.
Communication is key; make it ongoing and predictable while providing opportunities for positive feedback between students and teachers.
Connecting with students - Learning at a distance should include connections with students as frequently as possible. This includes but is not limited to:
- Google Hangouts
- Phone or video calls
- Letters or postcards home
- Setting up “office hours” for students and families
Some ways to help students succeed during this time (from MDE Learning at a Distance Document)
- Establish routines to help build psychological safety, helping children believe that the adults in their lives can take care of them.
- Break directions down into smaller manageable bites.
- Encourage students to reach out to others; possibly organize students into small work groups.
- Promote physical exercise.
Social emotional support continues to be available for all of our students and families. Our counselors and school social worker are available to provide remote services when needed. Additionally, our partnership with local community therapists continues in compliance with state and federal distancing guidelines. Please contact your Building Principal if you become aware of student and/or family need.
Middle School Resources
High School Resources
Weekly Learning Plans
Weekly Learning Plans added to folders as available
**Please note: if accessing the link to the Weekly Learning Plans from an account other than Google, you will need to download the plans to view them.
High School - Posted by course to each teacher’s Google Classroom; for PDF or print copy please contact building principal at firstname.lastname@example.org