Last updated at 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2020
Due to the closing of all schools in Florida, our school district has transitioned to a Distance Learning environment so students are able to continue learning. We have a robust plan for teachers and students to continue working together online. We’re working to ensure that all our teachers are trained and all our students have the tools they need to go online to continue their education. Our Learning Continuity Plan began March 23 – March 30 with student paced, independent Learning Enrichment Activities, and moves to teacher facilitated learning on March 31.
Starting on March 31, all teachers and students will resume teaching and learning in an online environment. Our school district has a Distance Learning plan in place that will support our students for the currently scheduled two weeks of distance learning. It is also is designed to be effective in the event of an extension that may be announced by the Governor or Commissioner of Education.
Our plan provides a recommended daily schedule and pacing information for learning as students are still expected to participate in the eLearning regularly as they would in their traditional school environment.
The Pasco Distance Learning plan includes:
Access the How to Guide that shows how to access the learning tools, as well as the Learning Tools guide for an overview of myLearning works, which will be the primary tool for delivering Distance Learning instruction.
Start to think through what a learning environment and routine will look like in your home. Access tips for learning how to manage the time.
And, of course, keep checking the district’s webpage for updates, listen to School Messenger calls, and read emails that are sent to you.
The District is finalizing plans to provide devices to those students who do not have access to a computer or tablet at home on Monday, March 30, 2020. It is important to note that the District does NOT currently have enough devices to issue one to every student in our schools. The content that is being developed is designed to work on a multitude of digital devices, so parents should only check-out a device if their student has no other reliable way to access digital content from home.
We understand that some parents have one home computer, and multiple children in our system. In these cases, parents may check-out additional devices so that each of their enrolled students has a device to use during the implementation of our distance learning program.
Device check-out is scheduled to occur at each of our schools on Monday, March 30, 2020. Devices can only be issued to enrolled students in our system, and device check-out must occur at the school in which your child is enrolled.
To reduce the potential for crowds, a schedule for check-out will be communicated to parents as we get closer to the check-out date. While high school students will be permitted to check-out a device on their own, a parent will be required to check-out a device for all middle and elementary schools students.
Please note, that all check-outs will require acknowledgement of the District’s acceptable use and loss/damage policies prior to devices being provided. Parents of charter schools students should refer to communications from their individual school regarding student devices and distance learning.
Any parent or student needing to come on campus to check-out a device for their student should practice the social distancing practices recommended by the CDC to the maximum extent possible.
Charter Spectrum is offering free Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Wi-Fi hotspots across Spectrum’s footprint will also be available for public use.
Other service providers, including AT&T, CenturyLink, Comcast, Cox Communications, Google Fiber, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon have agreed that for the next 60 days they will open Wi-Fi hotspots to all Americans who need them, not terminate any services to residential or small business customers who can’t pay their bills due to complications from the pandemic, and also waive any late fees those customers might incur due to economic disruptions prompted by the coronavirus.
The District recommends laptops (Windows, Mac, or Chromebook) with a camera and a recent version of the Chrome browser on the device. We also recommend 4-8G of RAM. Less memory will work but may be slow.
Other devices, including tablets and iPads with the Chrome browser installed, will work for most applications, however, they may not work for all applications. Students may also use the browsers on many common video game platforms to access online courses, but those devices may not support some of the activities and applications linked within the course materials.
Specific iPad versions that are confirmed compatible include, iPad Air and newer, iPad Mini 2 and newer. Older versions or iPads may not work for all applications.
For fastest service, please use the e-mail and live chat features.
All K-12 state testing has also been canceled.
Pasco Schools will be Feeding Students During Time Off Due To Coronavirus. Please visit our Feeding Students page for more information.
We have released Issue 7 of eLearning News for Pasco Parents, which provides detailed information about Distance Learning, learning enrichment activities, and our plan to ensure that all students have the tools to engage in Distance Learning. Lea el boletín en español.
Pasco eSchool principal Joanne Glenn answers many of your questions and offers great advice as we prepare to transition to online learning. She also clarifies if phones and tablets can be used to complete work.