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Continuity of Learning Resources

Charlottesville City Schools Continuity of Learning Plan SPRING BREAK: APRIL 6-10, 2020 PHASE 2: March 23-April 3 PHASE 3: April 13-June 3 1 • Establishing meal service • Distributing Chromebooks for families of 2nd- to 6th-graders • Planning exploratory learning activities and long-term framework • Online exploratory activities or review modules posted • Teachers making connections with students via phone, email, and learning programs • No new material presented (per state guidelines) • Continued meal and tech deliveries • New curriculum covering core curriculum presented online or via printed materials (K-1) • Continued meal and tech deliveries • Note: We will continue to revise this plan to respond to changing circumstances, state guidance, and best practices. 2 Note to Families: Our IT team has been busy helping families get computers and solve connectivity issues, and our teachers have been reaching out through phone, email, and online learning programs. If your student has not been able to connect with your teacher, please contact your school via phone or email. We want to help your student continue learning. 3 PHASE 1: March 16-20 LEARNING LOGISTICS EXPLORATORY LEARNING NEW LEARNING April 2020
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Beginning April 13, we moved into the third phase of our learning plan, which means teaching new material until June 5.  Our goals are to help students get prepared for the fall — whether the fall will bring first grade or the first year of college. Let’s stay safe. Stay connected. And let’s keep learning.

  • Want grade-level information about how your child can keep learning? See below.
  • Want other resources, ranging from mental wellness to information about special education? Keep scrolling.
  • Have questions about grading or our learning plan? Check out this Frequently Asked Questions page.
  • Need a computer or access to the internet? If you haven’t reached out to your school, please do so.
  • Our teachers and other staff have been connecting with students and families via Canvas, SeeSaw, Google Hangouts, email, calls, apps and more.  We have connected with all families. If you have questions or need to speak with your teacher, please use one of these tools to reach out to the teacher or school.

Information on Summer School will be released shortly.

Expectations Using These Resources

Expectations Using These Resources

Our goals during this time are to prepare our students for next year, to maintain the relationship between students and teachers/school staff, and to promote the well-being of our community. Work will not be graded, but we will offer constructive feedback to promote learning. (For information about grading or other matters about learning, please see our  Frequently Asked Questions page.) We know this is a stressful time. If you have questions about how to balance learning with your personal situation, please reach out to your teacher or principal.

PreK-Grade 1

Cover for CCS Early Childhood At-Home Learning Book 1
Cover of the PreK Learning Book

Over spring break, learning books were mailed home to students in grades preK-1. If you have not received one by Wednesday, April 15, please contact your teacher. And if you have not yet made contact with your teacher, please contact your school. We want to help your child continue learning!

Questions? Visit our Learning Frequently Asked Questions page.

On Tuesday, April 14, we will lend computers to K and 1st-grade families who would like another way for their child to stay connected with their teacher and classmates. If you would like to pick up a computer for your family (and you don’t already have one), then stop by your elementary school on Tuesday, April 14 from 4-6pm.

Grades 2-4

As we move into new instruction, your child will use their Chromebook to access learning apps and new instruction. SeeSaw will be the primary point of connection, but logging into Clever (see instructions, below) will give students access to SeeSaw and more.

Questions? Visit our Learning Frequently Asked Questions page.

Recommended Resources

Accessing CCS K-4 Online Learning Tools


Walker, Buford, CHS Resources

For details and answers to questions, visit our Learning Frequently Asked Questions page.

Resources for All Ages

Cville Schools Counseling Department and Social-Emotional Learning Resources

Information about group teen therapy from Region 10. See PDF on this page for OCR details. Call 972-1800 with questions.Our school counselors have compiled a list of resources to help families and students in this unusual time. Topics range from talking about the coronavirus to general mental wellness to social-emotional learning.

Cville Schools Library Resources

Let’s keep reading — and singing, and playing, and listening to audiobooks…! For tips and resources, see these links.

Privacy and Digital Citizenship Resources

Privacy and Online Learning

As we shift to using more online resources, consider these common steps steps to protect privacy:

  1. Students and families should remember that teachers and other students may be able to see the students and their homes. Students might consider sitting with their backs to a wall to limit the view of others into their homes.
  2. Everyone should respect the privacy of other students and teachers during this period of remote learning. Get permission before making a photo or video of a class, student, or teacher. Any use of pictures or video with the intent of harm is covered in the Code of Student Conduct.
  3. If parents do not wish for their students to use a specific online learning tool, please contact your teacher so that modifications or alternative arrangements can be made.

Want some ways to reinforce our schools’ digital literacy lessons? We recommend Google’s Be Internet Awesome, and more specifically, their Interland game (K-6).

Equity and Coronavirus

Without focused attention on equity, this pandemic will exacerbate inequities nationally, not only along racial or economic lines, but also in communities such as ESL and special education. To address these issues:

  • We are working to map who has computer and internet access and to address the gaps and/or provide off-line learning activities
  • In our initial roll-out of continued learning, we are not introducing new material. We do not want students who are not presently connected to fall behind. We need to find individualized solutions for families without internet access.
  • For PreK-1, we are using off-line resources for teaching and making computers available for families who want another way to connect with schools.
  • We are having conversations about equity and distance learning to be thoughtful and informed in our approach.
  • We are serving food at designated schools and bringing it into key neighborhoods by bus to connect students with food since we know that hungry children are less able to learn.
  • We are teaming up with partners and agencies to serve our students with special needs.
  • Our special education and ESL teams are staying tuned as state guidance is issued so we can follow best practices to make individualized decisions to identify services and supports.

Special Education Services

The current activities and resources posted on this page and in Canvas were developed in conjunction with special education staff. For the time being, these materials are remedial in nature, provided for everyone and optional.

Special Education case managers will contact families to share how they can support and facilitate access during this time and/or provide additional learning and enrichment activities.  Since in-person classes are cancelled per Governor’s orders, special education services will not be provided for the time being.

When CCS begins teaching new material to all students, individualized decisions will be made by IEP teams to identify the special education services and supports that are required to participate in the new instruction. Additionally, when we return to in-person learning, IEP teams will discuss the educational impact of school closure.

If you have questions or concerns and cannot reach your special education case manager, please contact the coordinator based on your school:
  • Preschool, Elementary and Accessible Materials: Rachel Rasnake 434-245-2664
  • Walker Upper Elementary School and Charlottesville High School: Karen Wilson 434-245-2648
  • Buford Middle School and Alternative Placements: Pattye Leslie 434-245-2660

Cville Schools ESL Resources

Cville Schools ESL Resources








Students Experiencing Homelessness

Students Experiencing Homelessness

Our counselors and social workers have been in contact with families that we know to be experiencing homelessness to connect them with resources. (See next section, Community Resources, for additional suggestions.)

We know that this crisis is causing financial hardship for a number of our families. We want to help your family navigate these challenges — please reach out to your school counselor.

Community Resources

Learning happens when our basic needs have been met. Attached please find a guide to community resources:

Learning Suggestions and Public TV/Radio Resources from the State of Virginia

Learning at Home: Suggestions and Public TV/Radio Resources from the State of Virginia

Parents and families can support students’ thinking and learning during extended school closures.

  • Collaborate with your child to organize the day to include time for learning, activities and exercise.
  • Read to and with your child and have conversations about what you have read together.
  • Take a walk and ask about what your child is seeing and about being a good citizen.
  • Encourage critical thinking through cooking together or planning a garden.
  • Encourage conversations about mathematics in your child’s day.
  • Explore your child’s creativity by creating art, music, or dance.
  • Write a letter to a family member or friend or community hero.
  • Be mindful of screen time and have alternatives for children to play outside.
  • Listen to your child about his or her feelings and fears and offer comfort, honesty, and reassurance.
  • In addition, the VA Public Media PBS TV channel offers VPM Plus educational programming for learners of all ages broadcasting 6 a.m.–6 p.m. weekdays, including teacher-led instructional programs from Virginia educators and organizations. (These programs are also available online.) Featuring:
    • PBS Fall tv at-home learning offeringsCircle Time at Home An educational television program for Pre-K and Kindergarten children and families within a familiar early childhood setting. The program includes a variety of learning topics and interactive activities, aligned with Virginia learning standards, presented by VPM.
    • Virginia SOL correlated Science, English, American History and Arts and Culture instructional programs for students in grades 4–10, presented by VPM.
    • VA TV Classroom Programs for grades K–7 developed by Virginia’s public media stations and the Virginia Department of Education.
    • VPM WORLD offers news, social studies, science, literature programming and more from 12–5 p.m. weekdays for middle and high school students.
    • For more information and additional VPM and PBS home learning resources, please visit:
  • El Superintendente de Instrucción Pública James Lane anunció hoy que el Departamento de Educación de Virginia se está asociando con Radio Poder WBTK 1380 AM, una estación en español de Richmond, para lanzar “Virginia: Educación en Radio”, el primer programa de aprendizaje de radio bilingüe de la Mancomunidad. “Virginia: Educación en Radio” presentará lecciones pregrabadas de múltiples materias para
    apoyar la continuidad del aprendizaje de los estudiantes de habla hispana en los grados K-12, mientras que las escuelas están cerradas para frenar la propagación de COVID-19.

Teacher Supports

Teacher Supports

Staff meetings, instructional coaches, PLCs, and resources have helped our staff adjust to this new learning environment.

Basics (Computers, Connectivity, and Expectations)

Chromebook Distribution

Chromebook Distribution

If you did not receive a Chromebook or need a charger, please reach out to your principal at most schools. At Burnley-Moran, reach out to assistant principal Adriane Butler (butlera1).

On Tuesday, April 14, we will lend computers to K and 1st-grade families who would like another way for their child to stay connected with their teacher and classmates. If you would like to pick up a computer for your family (and you don’t already have one), then stop by your elementary school on Tuesday, April 14 from 4-6pm.

Internet Access

Internet Access

Previous and current surveys indicate that the vast majority of our families have at-home internet access. Recently, Xfinity and AT&T opened up all their U.S. WiFi hotspots to non-customers, which will assist even more of our families.

Suggested WiFi networks:

  • If your family has a home WiFi network, go for it!
  • If you can see an AT&T or Xfinity hotspot from your home, right now they are open to everyone (not just customers).
  • If you can see a City of Charlottesville or a Charlottesville City Schools network from your home, jump on as guest.
  • Other suggestions include asking a neighbor to see if they’ll share their WiFi password. (They can change the password at any time — for instance, after we reopen schools.)
  • Still no home access? You can walk with the computer to figure out the closest school or park where you could sit and log in.
  • If nothing else works in your home, please contact your principal.