By Becky Maxedon
As COVID-19 is creating a new normal throughout the world, all areas of life are affected by guidelines that have been enacted to save lives.
School districts have not been spared from adapting to what is now the new normal for – in Arizona – the remainder of the school year.
Lake Havasu Unified School District is no different and its administrators, teachers and staff have been working over the past weeks to put virtual learning programs in place.
Today, the district made packets available to all parents and students with week by week lesson plans and instructions for their in-home learning experience.
“Schools will be distributing work on Mondays beginning Monday, March 30, 2020. Each school will notify you of their schedule so that you may coordinate your route for work pick up. Individual teachers have systems for communicating with parents, and you will likely receive information via those normal channels as well. Work will be available as weekly ‘packets’ unless you have requested to receive it electronically. In addition, resources will be available on our website, www.lhusd.org, with a link from the home page,” LHUSD Superintendent Diana Asseier said in a March 27 letter to district parents.
Asseier said the district will provide “Grab and Go” meals for children 18 and under, similar to the summer feeding program during the entire closure. One sack meal will be provided per day including lunch for that day and breakfast for the following day. Meals will be provided on a drive-through or walk up basis. The qualifying children under 18 must be present in order to receive a meal.
Meals will be available for distribution at Havasupai Elementary, Smoketree Elementary, and Thunderbolt Middle School between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Meals will also be available at Calvary New Hope Church in Desert Hills from noon – 1 p.m. Updates to the schedule or distribution sites will be posted on the website and sent via Blackboard.
Lake Havasu High School Principal Scott Becker also sent letter to parents regarding high school plans during the shut-down.
“During this mandatory school closure, students of LHHS will transition from in-class learning to learning at home. Teachers have worked diligently this week to create instruction that may be offered on-line, through Google Classroom and/or instructional material that can be printed off from email or picked up,” Becker said.
Packets will be available for pick-up each week of school closure on Mondays only from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those students that cannot access Google Classroom or print from a computer. This will be a drive-through process and no one should exit his or her car. Please see the attached map of how to enter LHHS’ campus to make this most effective.
“At this time, we are not collecting any paperwork back, hold on to all work,” the letter stated.
To Access Google Classroom Please go to http://classroom.google.com to access your child’s classroom. Click on Go to classroom button and log in with your child’s @havasuonline email. (Student name id @havasuonline.org ) Your student should be able to help with this. If you need more support, please contact your child’s teacher.
Contact LHUSD at 928-505-6900 if you need information about computers or WiFi connectivity.
If you have any questions for the high school, please call 928-854-5002.
Students with Special Needs were treated with special delivery today. The student’s bus drivers personally delivered their packets to their homes. Students with Special Needs will follow different at-home learning plans tailored for them.
Connie Hogard, principal of Smoketree Elementary, said, “All of our staff right now are unsung heroes for all the extra hours they are putting in to prepare for our students. Everyone at our school is doing their best to serve our parents and students. This staff is amazing, and they have my heart. We miss our students.”
Telesis and Havasu preparatory academies, along with Calvary Christian Academy are all moving to at-home learning and have packets and other information available.
Telessis Preparatory Academy: 928-855-8661
Havasu Preparatory Academy: 928-844-4011
Calvary Christian Academy: 928-854-5465