Families - Distance Learning
Beginning March 23, Windsor Public Schools will implement a distance learning plan to recover instructional time lost due to extended school closures. On Distance Learning Days designated by the Superintendent, students and teachers will not report to school, but engage in online instructional activities reflective of a traditional school day. Distance Learning Days are counted as instructional days for students. As such, distance learning assignments are not optional and should be completed as assigned by your child's teacher. Distance learning will never replace face-to-face time students have with their teachers, but it can provide continuity and counter the loss of instructional time resulting from extended school closures. This distance learning plan will be in place through at least May 20, 2020.
What will your child be doing on distance learning days?
Your child will engage in online instructional activities that reinforces content and promotes WPS Profile of a Graduate competencies that contribute to their long-term success: Innovation & Problem Solving, Creative and Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration, Social and Emotional Well-Being and Content Mastery. Windsor Public Schools uses ClassLink, a single sign on solution for students to access their distance learning assignments. K-12 students should login at my.classlink.com/windsorct each distance learning day. Please e-mail your child's teacher or principal for additional information. Questions can also be directed to the Distance Learning Help Desk.
Please email LBrookman@windsorct.org to share your Distance Learning Days stories and pictures with us! We may share your pictures and/or stories on social media!
What is the difference between supplemental learning and distance learning (e-Learning) days? Supplemental and distance learning enable students to learn anywhere and anytime.
Supplemental Learning: Supplemental learning provides students with optional enrichment activities but will not replace a traditional school day.
Distance Learning: Beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020, Windsor Public Schools will implement distance learning to recover instructional time lost due to extended school closure by utilizing the district's online learning management system. On Distance Learning Days designated by the Superintendent, students and teachers will not report to school, but engage in online instructional activities reflective of a traditional school day. Distance learning is counted as an instructional day for students and a working day for teachers.
Where can I find more information about distance learning? For more information, see the Distance Learning presentation.
How will my child access distance learning assignments? Students should login at my.classlink.com/windsorct. to access Google Classroom. Students login to ClassLink using their Windsor Google account login. If students have hyphenated last names, the hyphens are not used. Student passwords vary by grade level band because students can change their own passwords. Students can also find Google Classroom on ClassLink. If your child has trouble accessing distance learning assignments, please first check the Educational Technology for Students website. If you find no recommended resolution using the website, please reach out to your child's teacher.
How will Special Education services be delivered? Please see March 24, 2020 Letter to Families from the Director of Pupil and Special Education Services, Steven Carvalho.
What are the expectations for Preschool? Preschoolers will be provided with developmentally appropriate distance learning activities on the Pre-K Distance Learning website.
How will I stay in contact with my child's teachers? As a parent/guardian, you can receive email summaries showing your student’s progress in Google Classroom if you accept the e-mail invitation. You can choose the frequency of the Google Classroom email summaries, such as daily or weekly. Your child's teacher may also e-mail or call you directly. Students can receive support from their teachers through Google Classroom or by contacting their teachers via email or phone.
How can I test if my home internet-connected device (computer or tablet) can be used for distance learning? To test if your home tablet or device, other than a Chromebook, will work for distance learning, visit my.classlink.com/windsorct and follow the steps in this ClassLink Parent Guide. Students in grades 2-12 should already know their Google username and password required to login. Students in Kindergarten or Grade 1 will need their Google username and password from their teacher. Follow this guide to help your student login to ClassLink. If wifi or internet connectivity issues are still a concern, please read through this guide to assist in troubleshooting home connectivity.
What are the expectations if our family does not have a device or access to internet at home? If you do not have a laptop, desktop, tablet, access to internet, or discover that your home internet-connected device does not work with ClassLink, parents/guardians may complete the Internet and Device Access Survey. Our goal is to assure each family has access to internet and one developmentally appropriate device, as determined by the survey responses. Families with limited internet access will be directed to local internet service providers (April 27 update from Comcast) due to the limited availability of hot spots.
If my student's district device is not working, how can I get a Chromebook or iPad repaired? Please click the link to the form to request a repair on a district-owned device. Request for Technology Repair for a District Device
Will school meals be available during the extended school closure? Yes! Free grab-n-go meals are available at Windsor High School, Clover Street School and Oliver Ellsworth School Monday - Friday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm to all Windsor children who are 18 years old and younger.
What do I do if I have a question during an extended closure? Due to potentially limited staff availability, all questions should be e-mailed to your child's teacher or building principal. Questions can also be directed to the Distance Learning Help Desk.