Dear Students and Families:
On behalf of our teachers and staff, I would like to thank you for your continued support. Let’s keep the momentum rolling as we do our best to provide your children with meaningful learning activities as we move forward. Our teachers and staff have made preparations for the next few weeks as we are officially out of school until April 30. We all know that this may go longer, but for now we are planning our work through the end of the month. Once we get official word about any extension of the mandatory shutdown, we will communicate this to parents and Distance Learning will continue as long as necessary including through the end of the planned school year.
Participation, Grading and Incompletes
Creston CCSD #161 has taken the position that grades through Distance Learning can only help student performance and grades at school. Therefore, this is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of this time. Unfortunately, this could also be mistaken to mean that doing nothing is acceptable. Doing nothing would be the wrong choice because we will insist that the missing work is eventually completed. Our intention is not to fail a child who was passing, but to ensure that the continuity of learning continues.
Quality student work will be rewarded! If work is not completed, students will receive an incomplete and will be expected to finish the required learning activities. Student participation in our Distance Learning activities is a clear expectation. Teachers and administrators will be contacting students and parents when we do not see a reasonable degree of active participation and activity completion. Please take advantage of this time and check with your student’s teacher for missing assignments, not just the overall grades. If you need any assistance, please contact your child’s teacher.
The vast majority of our students and families have done a tremendous job with Distance Learning. We are very proud of the time, energy and effort that has gone into Distance Learning from our students. Keep up the great work! If you have not kept up, just contact your teachers or email an administrator. We are all here to help!
Closure Updates and Rescheduling of Events
We will continue to update you with any continued closures or rescheduled events including 8th grade promotion, but it would be premature to do so at this time. I anticipate that we will know by around April 27 if there is a chance of students physically returning to school. The final official day of the school year for students will remain as Friday, May 22.
We will continue to update you as we go forward. Please contact your child’s teacher or an administrator if you need anything at all. Again, thank you for your support and effort as we work to support your child and family during this time. We are here for you.
Curt Rheingans, 563-210-4948