As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, we want to make sure that our SLA families have the information they need in order to feel secure in the continuation of learning over the coming weeks.
UPDATED - March 22, 2020
In light of the recent extended school closure, we will be providing educational resources and activities to ensure our students maintain their academic skills. This Instructional Continuity and/or Virtual Learning is not optional; participation is essential to completing the 2019-2020 academic school year. Please note that charter schools will not been included in the District's Plan; therefore we will implement our own Instructional Continuity Plan. The Student Leadership Academy will implement its initial plan this Monday, March 23rd. We understand there may be challenges as we move forward on this new adventure, but rest assured that our teachers and staff are committed to providing a positive and meaningful learning experience to each and every one of our students. I ask that we all stay positive and keep an open mind; we will likely need to make minor changes when questions or concerns arise. Remember we are all in this together!
Each week your child’s teachers will post to their website some resources, activities, and/or assignments for students to complete during this unprecedented school closure. Teachers’ websites may be accessed under the MEET OUR STAFF tab on the SLA website. Click on the teacher’s photo to reach their individual class website; you may also click on the teacher’s name to send them an e-mail directly. For now, these independent activities/assignments will be graded on completion only and all students will receive extended time (as needed) once school resumes. We believe this decision is in the best interest of our students, families, and school. If the FLDOE extends school closures beyond May 1st, we will continue to provide these educational services accordingly.
Over the years, our dedicated teachers have compiled and used a comprehensive collection of content and digital resources. Our Instructional Continuity Plan addresses how content will be delivered to our students throughout this continued school closure. The ICP will explain which platforms and resources students will use for core instruction and which supplemental materials and resources will be used to enhance core instruction. Teachers will utilize Achieve, Big Ideas Math, HMH Science and other resources to create these activities/assignments.
Teacher websites will be updated no later than 2:00 pm every Friday until school resumes. Families who do not have access to the internet and/or printing capabilities can stop by the school for a paper version. A packet for each grade level will be stored in separate containers placed outside the school’s main entrance. These packets will be available to our students/parents by 2:00 pm every Friday that follows. These packets will continue to be available anytime during the week as needed. Our teachers will monitor their email throughout the extended closure to answer any questions you may have regarding these activities/assignments. We are asking that each week's activities/assignments be completed and submitted on or before the start of the next week (we are asking by Sunday evening, by 5:00 pm).
During this extended closure, we encourage any families looking for meal support to reach out to local food banks and food pantries. Please visit All Faiths Food Banks’ Food Distribution Schedules on their website for location information. Any/all children 18 or under will be provided meals starting on Monday, March 23. The meal service will run Monday thru Friday each week until schools reopen. The following locations will be open for drive-thru meal service:
Booker High School – 3201 North Orange Avenue
Fruitville Elementary School – 601 Honore Avenue
Garden Elementary School -700 Center Road, Venice
North Port High School – 6400 West Price Blvd, North Port
Atwater Elementary School – 4701 Huntsville Ave, North Port
Parents and guardians can pick up a meal for their child from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM during the day. Children must be in the car for staff to verify in order for parents and guardians to receive a meal. The meals will consist of a lunch, as well as a breakfast for the next morning. Parents and guardians should follow the signs when entering each of the school campuses. Our Food & Nutrition Services department will attempt to accommodate a child's allergens, parents and guardians will need to email with allergen considerations, school location for pick up, and approximate time of pick up.
During these unprecedented times, partnerships and communication between parents, teachers and support staff will be an essential component of being successful in monitoring student progress in a distance learning environment. Please continue to monitor the school and district websites, as well as your email during this extended closure. We will continue to update you as needed and also support our families in every way possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly.