Three weeks ago, our students were in our classrooms with thoughts toward plans of spring break, prom and graduation. Today, our physical schools are closed as our state and our nation work together to slow down a pandemic that has changed all of our lives.
We know and understand that educating your child at home wasn’t in your plans, nor was it in ours. With that understanding, we wanted to provide you some tips and tools to help you navigate distance learning and to help you continue to assist in facilitating the educational process while our school buildings are closed.
Tips for Families
- Set up a special place for your child to do schoolwork each day and don’t underestimate the power of a structured schedule.
- Discuss with your child your expectations for learning and limit distractions.
- Take a break!
- We recommend limiting the time of consecutive work to reflect one minute of consecutive work for every year old the child is (e.g. 10-year-olds should work for 10 minutes then take a short break). Don't be afraid to press pause on the work for a bit.
- Plan ways in which your child can exercise and get physical activity during larger learning blocks.
- Be creative and schedule a special activity day.
- Contact your teachers!
- If you need help, don't hesitate to reach out to your student's teacher for assistance. We are here to help!
- Use resources.
- Below is a list of resources that you can use to help assist with online learning.
While the Library buildings are closed to the public, we are Open for Business.
Visit the Library's Homework HelpNOW from Brainfuse to work with expert tutors seven days a week from 2-11 p.m. You will need your library card and PIN number to connect. Don’t have that information handy? Call the Deer Park Branch at 513-369-6900. Don’t have a library card? Apply here.
Read&Write for Google Chrome™
Wonderfully intuitive and easy-to-use, Read&Write for Google Chrome™ provides personalized support to make documents, web pages and common file types in Google Drive (including: Google Docs, PDF & ePub) more accessible. It’s designed to help everyone engage with digital content in a way that suits his/her abilities and learning styles.
You can view the Parent Guide for using Read&Write for Google Chrome™ by clicking the link below.
Click here to view the Parent Guide for using Read&Write for Google Chrome™
Providers Offering Free Internet for Students
We understand that not all families have access to wifi at home. If you need the internet at home, many telecom providers are offering enhanced services or free service. Please view a pair of options below.
Charter-Spectrum's Free WiFi Deal
Charter-Spectrum is offering free access to broadband and WiFi services to households with students who do not already have the services. The WiFi access will be available for 60 days to households with students from kindergarten to college who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll in the service you can call 1-844-488-8395 or click the link above to learn more.
Charter-Spectrum Free WiFi
Comcast "Internet Essentials" Program
Comcast says applicants who qualify will get a 25 Mbps connection for free for two months. All new customers in this program will receive a free self-install kit that includes a cable modem and WiFi router. There is no term contract. Click the link below to learn more.
Comcast Internet Essentials Program