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Academic Resources

 

 

During the past week, the coronavirus has cast an uncertain future over public education. The spread of the virus has raised a host of questions: Should schools close? How can we distribute basic necessities (i.e. food service) to students in need? How can educators and parents make remote learning a meaningful experience when it’s happened so suddenly? The Mother Lode Union School District administration, instructional and classified staff are working together to answer these questions and provide support to our community. Below are recommended initial steps that families can take at home while more resources and direction is provided from state and local governments. 

Step 1: Establish Normalcy & Predictability

To maintain a sense of normalcy and predictability, it is recommended that families shape their home environments to include a quiet place for school work to be completed, students maintain a consistent daily schedule, take advantage of free services to ensure online accessibility, and help children understand the pandemic; focusing on their well-being.

Shaping Your Home Environment 

The following steps are recommended when establishing a workspace at home for your child: 

  1. Find an area in your home that has good lighting.

  2. Select a desk, table or other sturdy object to serve as your workspace.

  3. Have seating that has strong support and is at the correct height.

  4. Make sure the workspace is free of noise and distractions.

  5. Teach your child to keep the workspace organized.

  6. Keep the workspace fun with educational games or activities.

  7. Help your child make the workspace their own based on their interests.

 

Maintain a Consistent Daily Schedule

The schedule below is a sample that your family can modify to meet your individual schedules and needs.  We recommend building the schedule with your child and posting it in the house so you can reference it when needed:

 

Free Services and Device Access

There are many companies/resources which are making their services and resources available to families for free during this difficult time. MLUSD will continue to update this section as more information becomes available. 

  • Internet Access:

    • For families who qualify, Comcast will provide 60 days of internet for free.  To learn more about this option and if you qualify, please call 1.800.934.6489.

  • Chromebook Checkout Procedures: 

    • Mother Lode Union School District will provide a Chromebook for students to check out.  Please fill out this form if you would like to check-out a Chromebook using this link

Child Well-Being

Helping children understand the pandemic; focus on their mental health and well-being; and stay engaged through reading, games and other media is paramount.  Below are resources to support families in these efforts: 

Step 2: Collaborate & Plan Academic Opportunities 

Providing virtual educationally related resources to families during this unprecedented time, is a priority for the Mother Lode Union School District. Mother Lode Teachers are available via email and in virtual platforms to collaborate with you to provide quality educational opportunities for students. The District is also working to provide hard copy instructional packets for families who need them.  More information regarding distribution of hard copy packets will be made available via email and parent link. 

Below are additional free resources that are available for access at home.

General Resources

  • Open Educational Resources

    • A searchable public digital library of free teaching and learning materials

  • Khan Academy

    • A set of online tools that help educate students. The organization produces short lessons in the form of videos in various subject areas. 

  • PBS Learning

    • KVIS and PBS have curated free, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lessons plans, and more in all subject areas.

  • Starfall (K-3)

    • A free public service to teach children how to read. 

  • EPIC Reading

    • It is recommended that students read for a minimum of thirty (30) minutes every day.  To access books online, please sign up for Epic.

  • Scholastic Teaching

    • Everyday Scholastic is providing four separate learning experiences, each built around a thrilling, meaningful story or video. 

  • Discovery Education

    • Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital curriculum resources for K–12 classrooms worldwide. 

  • Big History Project

    • A free, online social studies course that emphasizes skill development as students draw mind-blowing connections between past, present and future.

  • National Geographic for Kids

    • A kid version of National Geographic online, with free games, videos, and educational resources for kids of all ages.

  • 12 Historic Sites Offering Virtual Tours

    • A wonderful interactive way to visit historic locations from home.

Step 3: Stay Informed About Federal, State, & Local Guidance 

For the most up to date information regarding COVID-19, we encourage referring to the following websites: