March 17th Update to Families from Superintendent Nathan McCann

March 17, 2020

 

Greetings Ridgefield Families,

Here is the latest news, information, and updates.  Starting yesterday, the Ridgefield School District implemented a student meal service for all students ages 0-18 at Union Ridge and South Ridge.  On the first day, we served 41 students, and today we served 94 students.  As we see the need increasing, we will continue to look for ways to expand our service model.  Stay tuned for more information.

The District is proud to share with you today that one of our learning partners, Imagine Learning, is providing a license for all K-6 students in the District.  Imagine Learning is an online language and literacy tool, tailored to each child’s individual learning needs. More information is attached to this letter.

The District understands the educational impact that comes with a six-week school closure.  With that in mind, we are in the process of preparing practice and resource packets to help families as we all work collectively to support our children.

Many of the resources today are online, requiring computer devices and broadband connectivity. We know this presents an obstacle for some of our families.  The District has student Chromebooks scheduled for replacement after the academic year.  With schools closed, the technology department is working hard to ready these devices for distribution to students through our Ridgefield Family Resource Center. Please email Chris Poppert at christine.poppert@ridgefieldsd.org to get your name on the list if your child lacks a device. We will let you know as soon as they are available for distribution.

I encourage families in need of internet access to read the following link, highlighting Comcast’s efforts to provide Xfinity WiFi: https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/technology/comcast-free-hotspots-waives-late-fees-coronavirus/283-98060649-cad0-4893-b634-c291bc70182b

COVID-19 and the actions we are taking to fight the virus are unprecedented in my lifetime. However, tough times have a way of bringing out the best in people.  In Ridgefield, we spend a lot of time talking about the three R’s, Responsible, Respectful, Resilient.  Although the efforts the District has made to combat the virus has disrupted our daily routines, I see example after example of resiliency in action.  The District is known for our PursuingPremier hashtag.  While we pull together during this national crisis, the District will conclude social media posts with #RidgefieldResilient.  I encourage each of you to join the District and use this hashtag to share inspiring stories of resilience that you observe.

Stay healthy and thank you for your continued support of our schools and community.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Nathan McCann, Superintendent

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