March 20 Update Letter for Parents

March 20,2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On March 16, 2020 the Governor issued an executive order canceling school classes through March 31.  While no additional guidance has been provided, we expect school classes to be canceled beyond March 31.  While we await additional information from the State here are some important updates as we prepare for next week.

Prior to our closure, our schools provided two weeks of learning materials for students as we awaited further news on closures from the Governor.   While no official announcement of extended closures has been made, our administrators and teachers continue to prepare for extended remote learning, if needed.

On Monday March 30th, Killingly Public Schools will be launching our Remote Learning Plan.  This plan is aimed at continuing education for students during our extended closure.  Our Remote Learning Plan is a blended approach which provides both online activities for families who have internet and computer access, as well as academic learning materials which will be sent home for families who do not have access.

For the week of March 23rd through 27th, we will be asking students to continue to access education through the online portals and learning materials which schools have already communicated and sent home.

An outline of the Remote Learning Plans for each school will be posted on Monday March 23rd, one week before beginning our Remote Learning Program.  A communication will be sent home from your school’s principal in the next few days with further details. These plans will be available here: https://www.killinglyschools.org/remote-learning-plans

We will continue to participate in regular state conference calls and will continue to pass information along to you. We understand that the possibility of extended closure is disappointing news for many students and families involved in the wide variety of activities hosted by our schools. We appreciate everyone’s understanding and flexibility during this time. 

April Vacation remains scheduled at this time

At this time there are no changes to the planned April vacation. There will be no school starting Friday, April 10 (Good Friday) through April 17. If we are still using  Remote Learning at this time, students and teachers will certainly need this time to step away from school, computers, and devices.

Internet Access and Technology Survey 

We are working to develop a plan to provide longer technology support for those families who would benefit during a more extended closure. This includes issuing district devices to families and working with local internet providers to provide wireless access to high school families.  

We would ask every Killingly Schools family to please complete our survey if you have not done so already. Please only respond once per household. In the future, we will reach out to those who identify a need for technology support with more information. Click here to complete the survey https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf_D_tBDNntdJI49B1fKzqiT8_tcgbS05lUwXoeonRWnt-O6A/viewform?usp=sf_link

As noted before, we are so proud of how Killingly Public School families, teachers and our staff members have risen to this occasion. We commend them for their dedication to students, their creativity and flexibility, and their kindness and caring.

Take Care,

Killingly Public Schools Leadership Team