As Windsor schools are closed until April 14 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of students and their families picked up educational materials and personal items from their school buildings on Wednesday. Teachers and other staff members provided curbside delivery service, as well as continued free lunch and breakfast for those 18 and under.
“We have volunteers to help us the entire day. It’s gone very well. People have been very appreciative,” said Weeks Elementary principal Kristin Beriman.
Parents noted the importance of receiving the educational materials.
“I’m hoping he doesn’t fall behind, that’s my biggest worry,” said parent Amber Titus about her son, a student at Bell Elementary. “This will help. It’s better than anything I could come up with.”
“It’s tough, but we’re trying to keep a schedule. I’m working from home, my husband has taken some time. But, this (material) will definitely help,” said Bell Elementary parent Sadie Nowak.
The day also proved emotional for both teachers and students.
“I had a student hold his hand up against the window of his car, and I put mine up on the other side,” said C.R. Weeks Elementary teacher Mike Trapani.
“It’s very sad to give these out to kids and know we’re not going to see them for a while,” said Bell Elementary teacher Jessica Edwards.
Teachers developed 15 days of learning activities and resources for every course at all levels. Teachers are also providing opportunities to “check-in” regularly via e-mail and various technology platforms. The intent is both to review and advance student learning during this time period. At this time, student work will not be graded, but students will receive individualized feedback regarding their learning.
“The community has been very understanding and appreciative of the work teachers and staff have done,” said Palmer Elementary principal Toby Youngs. “I’ve had several conversations about how we’re in uncharted territory and that we’re all in this together.”