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    March 23rd Update on CV-19 from the Principal
    Posted on 03/24/2020

    Greetings TCS Student and Families,

    Thank you students and families for your continued commitment to student learning engagement as we navigate the current pandemic crisis. We are navigating a new societal reality, one that continues to test our resilience and belief. The District, OSPI and Governor Inslee have provided expected updates and next steps in daily communication, so please continue to read those emails and stay informed. Teachers are working diligently to provide optional, ungraded online learning experiences for students in keeping them connected with academic content areas. Remember, we are all one shared family  working together in a larger community towards a common goal of healing and a post-CV-19 reality.

    The District has provided a list of mental health and other resources for student and family access:

    Mental Health Support for Families and Students

    The Coordinated School Health Department recently updated the list of Mental Health Support Services available to students and families within our community. The list was updated last week and includes whether the organization is accepting new clients now and their contact information. Please feel free to share with others in your buildings or teams that you support. This most current information will be accessible on the MySPS Coordinated School Health website.

    More Resources for Families

    The following OSPI link (see below) sent to me earlier by a staff member shows that the state is trying to figure out a more formalized structure within the current District/SEA direction on teacher ongoing instruction beyond the classroom. I commend TCS teachers in providing relevant and ongoing subject content materials for your students, so the included link merely reinforces what they are already doing as excellent Instructional Leaders. I have teachers who want to use online platforms like Zoom to put a face to the classroom experience for students and there has been a reticent for this implementation given the issues of equity and access for students and parent concerns of increased anxiety for students. Given that students are requesting the connection with teachers and the idea that a Zoom platform could be accessed using a student’s cell phone which almost all students have, I would like staff to explore this option in addition to posting all materials on Schoology.  This connection would be optional for students who may find this type of venue daunting, however, students will be provided the information either via email or Schoology or a phone call.

    Email Link (State says we are required to provide instruction): https://www.seattletimes.com/education-lab/washington-education-officials-school-must-continue-even-during-coronavirus-closures/

    I would also like to share with you the March 23rd Coronavirus Update to staff from the District, which includes plans for operations under the Governor’s Stay At Home, Stay Healthy order.”

    Michael Lekas is the new website coordinator for the CSCA page of the school website. He will be posting all teacher learning activities for students for another access source. Students and parents can use the school website to access teacher emails for direct communication. Thank you Michael. The CSCA Executive Board is meeting monthly via Zoom so now is a great time to volunteer your services on the Board in filling positions for this year and next. Thank you Board members for your continued work in keeping CSCA viable and connected within our greater school community. We need more parent input as Board members so parents talk to current Board members and take your place on the Board.

    Thank you everyone for your continued work and support. We are in the now of CV-19, but know that this too will one day soon become a memorable part of our historical knowledge. We will never return to the normal we knew before CV-19, however, there is beauty in greeting a new normal given the life lessons learned from being in the chaos of a major pandemic in the 21st Century. Take care and be safe out there.

    Dr. Casey (Barbara)

    Principal TCS

    blcasey@seattleschools.org