March 28, 2020
Although spring break was different this year, I hope you all found the opportunity to have fun and recharge. In these uncertain times, it’s important to stay connected to things that are familiar, so I am excited to welcome you and your student to Medford Anywhere Learning beginning on April 1st!
While many of you have received communication from your child’s teacher, I know you are anxious to know what school is going to look like in the coming weeks when our students cannot be in their classroom and will be doing their learning from home. While it will be much different than our normal routines, we have planned a program to support your child to stay connected with their teacher and stay connected with learning. This is unchartered territory for most of us, so there will be lots to learn along the way. Our goal is to both provide engaging opportunities for our students and be careful not to overwhelm them or you. The Medford School District is focused on two things: simplicity and grace.
Below is what you can expect during the first few days of Medford Anywhere Learning:
Tuesday, March 31 – Chromebook distribution begins for high school students. Distribution for middle and elementary school students will follow at a later date. Many more details are to come, but for now, please see this document for FAQs on Chromebook distribution.
April 1-3 - Soft start begins. The purpose is to give students an opportunity to get used to the format for Anywhere Learning. Your student will receive a Learning Grid with activities they can choose. Activities include both online and offline options.
Friday, April 3 – Your student will receive their first Learning Grid for the week of April 6 from their teacher(s), along with instructions and information about connecting and communicating.
Monday, April 6 - Medford Anywhere Learning officially begins.
For your reference, here is a link to the full detailed calendar for the next three weeks.
Below is a website designed to help support parents and students with Medford Anywhere Learning. It includes resources and links to everything you and your student will need. The site is being updated daily.
In the coming weeks, things will be different and possibly challenging. Please remember that your child’s teacher(s) and I are here to support you. Feel free to reach out to me in an email. In order to protect the health of our staff, our office and phone lines are temporarily closed. The Medford School District main line will remain open (541) 842-3636.
The Medford School District and its food services provider Sodexo will serve free “grab and go” meals for kids 18 and under at six locations throughout the district (on weekdays) throughout the closure. That includes the week of spring break.
A "dry" breakfast (for the next day) will be served at lunch from 11:00AM - 12:30PM.
Locations are as follows:
Visitors are asked to enter through designated doors, pick up a meal from the cafeteria and then take the meal to go. Gathering inside the school will be discouraged. We are grateful to our MSD staff who are volunteering to staff the sites!
Medford School District custodial staff will be cleaning before and after each meal.