KWE COVID-19 Update #1

posted Mar 16, 2020, 7:29 PM by Daniel Larkin
Hello Lion Ohana, 

Since yesterday there is no significant change.  Students are still expected to return March 30th.  The school is conducting a deep clean of all areas and disinfecting school wide.  Please note that all school wide events, including the awards assemblies, are canceled.  All community events hosted by outside organizations, such as Zumba, are canceled.  This is in effect until April 30th.  

Currently after school activities, such as ballet, A+, orchestra, etc. are still anticipated to continue. 

One exception is our Principal's Coffee Hour, scheduled for 7:45 on April 8th.  I will still conduct this meeting, which will be in the cafeteria so as to answer parent questions.  Participation will be limited to the first 40 parents.  If there is a high demand another meeting will be scheduled.  Social distancing will be enforced and parents will be asked to sanitize their hands prior to handling food/coffee.  Sanitizer will be provided.  If you have any questions prior to this event, please check the doe website at www.hawaiipublicschools.org and the CDC's website www.cdc.gov/COVID19.  If you still have questions feel free to call us at 808-832-3210

In addition, there are a number of wonderful opportunities for families available, including but not limited to: 

Spectrum is offering free internet for families who have students for 60 days and all spectrum wifi sites are now free of charge. 

Some awesome free websites
Khan Academy is a great online learning website for students of all ages. The site offers short video lessons on thousands of topics, and their programs are personalized to allow children to learn at their own pace. To top it off, all videos and resources are free for all users. Check out their daily schedules for students ages 4-18. 

2. Code

Learn to code online! Code.org provides free K-12 computer science lessons and games to help students learn how to code at an earlier age. Code.org is supported by tech company donors, including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and many more.

3. Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids

The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids features fun games, riddles and puzzles, to supplement any online learning for young children. 

4. Sesame Street

Who doesn’t love Sesame Street? Students have access to hundreds of video clips and games that help them with phonics, rhymes, colors and more. 

5. PBS Kids

PBS Kids is a great online learning option for K-12 students who love interactive content, including sing-along videos, TV series, games, virtual lessons and more. You can also download their PBS Kids Video app for live-tv streaming.

6. CoolMath

CoolMath.com offers online math games that help students ages 3+ with basic math lessons, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals, money and more. CoolMath4Kids.com is appropriate for ages 3 through 12 and CoolMath-Games.com includes math games for pre-K students.

7. National Geographic Kids

What could be cooler than learning about animals? On National Geographic Kids, students of all ages can enjoy science experiments, animal watch cameras and a ton of activities to keep them busy for hours.

8. Starfall

Starfall.com is a great online resource that helps pre-K to 3rd grade students with language arts and math lessons. It also offers a parent-teacher resource center for free, downloadable worksheets and more. 

9. The KIDZ Page

TheKidzPage.com is the perfect online resource for parents and teachers who are looking for word games, coloring activities and puzzles to try with their students. Check out their printable section for off-line activity sheets as well.

10. How Stuff Works

How Stuff Works is a comprehensive articles-based site that introduces and informs on a variety of topics like culture, science, money, technology and more. Games, quizzes, and videos are also available to supplement the articles.

11. Scholastic

You can play games, create your own comics, and more. Most importantly, Scholastic features an online discussion board for your students to connect with friends online.

12. Fun Brain

Fun Brain is designed for pre-K to 8th grade students to explore topics in math and reading through fun videos and games.

13. Exploratorium

Exploratorium (yes, the same one as the museum in San Francisco) has a website that teaches students about science and art. Help your students go far into the galaxy or deep down to the bottom of the ocean on this site.   

14. BBC History for Kids

Students can walk through ancient history, or choose specific countries for more deep learning. BBC History for Kids is an adventure through time.

15. Nick Jr.

Beyond the television network, Nick Jr. offers many educational printables, games and other activities (yes, it includes Peppa Pig) for students to love.  

16. Learning Games for Kids

Learning Games for Kids is all about games that can teach students about a variety of topics and subjects. Game lovers will be thrilled. 

17. TIME for Kids

TIMEforKids.com offers interesting articles, photos and videos on topics like politics, the environment, entertainment, sports and health. 

18. Disney Jr.

Mickey Mouse and friends will keep your students busy for hours with games, coloring pages, videos and more. 

19. Duolingo

Looking for a language learning site with fun games and creative lesson plans? Duolingo offers a rewarding, personalized learning experience in more than 20 languages, including Spanish, French, German, Chinese, and more. 

20. Highlights Kids

Highlights Kids offers online ways to play, read and craft with animated stories and more. According to their website, they are on a mission to “help children become their best selves by publishing content and creating experiences that engage, delight and foster joyful learning.”

And some great informational websites. 

Interim Guidance for Administrators of U.S. Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 - Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

 

Considerations for School Closures ­- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

 

Fact Sheet: Impact of COVID-19 on Assessments and Accountability Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act - U.S. Department of Education

 

Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak - U.S. Department of Education

 

FERPA & Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - U.S. Department of Education

 

Protecting Civil Rights of Students During COVID-19 - U.S. Department of Education

 

Transitioning to Online Learning: What You Need to Know - ASCD

 

The Resilient Leader - ASCD

 

A Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Approach to Responding to Health Crises - ASCD

 

Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands - ASCD

 

Summertime Strategies Can Help Schools Respond to Coronavirus - ASCD

 

School Communities Rely on Calm and Thoughtful Leadership - ASCD


Sincerely,

Daniel Larkin 
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