Due to COVID-19, Governor Laura Kelly, announced that onsite activities for Kansas school districts will remain cancelled for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year. The Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) has provided schools guidance for Continuous Learning. Our district teachers, administration and support staff have worked hard to meet these guidelines and deliver instruction to our students. Shawnee Heights USD 450 Continuous Learning Plan will begin on March 30, 2020.
THINGS YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR
- Principals and teachers will communicate with your student about his or her Continuous Learning Plan. If you have multiple students, it may look different from student to student and school to school.
- Principals and teachers have been reaching out to their families. If you haven’t heard fro from them by next week, please contact your school so you can help teachers and staff design a plan to meet the needs of your student.
- Delivery of materials will be mainly through SeeSaw for elementary students and Canvas for middle and high school students. Some exceptions will be made for students who need other delivery methods on a case by case basis. Some materials may be delivered through packets. Your teacher will keep you informed on how to access your student’s learning materials.
- Keep in contact with your teacher! Teachers can be reached by email at any time. Some teachers have also designated office hours so they can be available virtually for anyone that is needing help.
GRAB AND GO MEALS
Grab and go meals are free for children 1-18. To reduce the amount of exposure for you and our staff 2 days’ worth of meals will be available for pick up on Monday’s, Wednesday’s, and Friday’s. Meal location and times are:
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT)
Our IT staff is working hard to provide you with what you need at home for Continuous Learning. We understand that there will be times that you may need help with technology. Please see the schedule below for contact information regarding IT issues you may be having:
Cisco released an app update for Cisco Security Connector, which is installed on district-owned iPads. Occasionally, the app begins to update and gets stuck. When this happens, the iPad will still be connected to a WiFi network but won’t send/receive traffic. To fix this, follow these steps:
- Locate the Cisco Security Connector app on the iPad (should be grayed out like it’s updating)
- Press and hold on the app. A sub menu will pop up – select Cancel download
- App should not be grayed out any longer and websites should load
- To manually update the app to the newest version so this doesn’t happen again, open Self Service and reinstall the Cisco Security Connector app
If you or students are still experiencing issues, please contact the IT Department.
If you are not able to access the internet at home we have installed external WiFi for district-owned devices at the following locations so that you can drive up and download learning materials:
4225 Shawnee Heights Rd
Berryton Elementary West Parking Lot
2921 SE 69th Street
How else can I get internet from home?
Effective Monday, March 16, we are providing:
- Limited-time, first two months free of Connect2Compete service, $9.95/month thereafter
- Until May 15, 2020, we are providing phone and remote desktop support through Cox Complete Care at no charge to provide peace of mind and ease for technology needs
- Resources for discounted, refurbished equipment through our association with PCs for People
- A Learn from Home toolkit for schools, including instructions on how to fast-track eligible students without internet access:Download toolkit - English
Download toolkit - Spanish
Offer expires 5/15/2020. Cox Complete Care in-home support excluded. Program eligibility and other restrictions apply. Learn more at www.cox.com/c2c.
To Qualify: You must not be an existing Cox internet customer, your household must have at least one K-12 student and participate in the National School Lunch Program, SNAP, and/or TANF; who receive Tenant-Based Vouchers, Project-Based Vouchers or Section 8 Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA); and/or who live in Public Housing
Don’t qualify but still need to stay connected? See our other Internet plans with special promotional rates as part of our COVID-19 response:
- Last week, we announced that we are suspending broadband usage caps for our home internet customers. That means no overage fees while people are home using more data.
- We’re keeping our public Wi-Fi hotspots open for anyone who needs them.
- We continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited-income households at $10/month through our Access from AT&T program.
- We won’t terminate service of any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer due to an inability to pay their bill as a result of the coronavirus pandemic – and we’re waiving late payment fees for those customers.
AT&T is one of JAG nationals long standing partnerships. They have announced a program that can assist those who qualify (low-income families that receive SNAP or SSI) with internet service for as low as $5 and $10 a month.
Please refer to:
- Offers speeds up to 30 Mbps
- Packages starting at $39.95
- Can be reached at 785-354-4915
- Satellite Internet
- Can be reached at 844-737-2700
Kansas Broadband Internet
- Offers rural Internet
- Plans starting as low as $44.99 per month
- Can be reached at 1-800-823-7959
As part of our response, we’re introducing an all-new package, Midco Internet Basics, for low-income households with K-12 and/or college students who don’t have internet access.
- Education Assistance Credit makes the service FREE through June 15, 2021
- Speeds up to 25 Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload
- Standard or wireless modem included Starting now, qualified households can begin enrolling by calling 1.833.338.4638 (1.833.EDU.INET)
- Reference special code: MIBEDU20, to receive the Education Assistance Credit
- Rural and Town coverge
- Can be reached at 1-800-379-7292
Families may also want to check out www.EveryoneOn.org for low-cost internet service options.
Please remember that learning opportunities surround us! There are plenty of things about which students can learn when they are not online. Your school staff stands ready to assist you with your needs.
PARENT GUIDE TO SEESAW
QUESTIONS? FEEL FREE TO CONTACT YOUR PRINCIPAL
Shawnee Heights High School
Shawnee Heights Middle School
Berryton Elementary School
Shawnee Heights Elementary School
Tecumseh North Elementary School
Tecumseh South Elementary School