Student Academic/Support resources during school closures

Dear GASD Students and Families,

Our team at school has been working diligently to create learning materials and resources that students can use to practice skills, review content and explore topics while school is closed. These resources are now available to you in shared Google folders. They may be updated from time to time. We recognize that we cannot truly replicate the instruction that happens in our classrooms in an online format, especially because we know that there are students who do not have access to the technology this requires.

Due to issues of digital access and other considerations, student work done at home cannot be graded or used for extra credit, and there are limitations to our ability to use virtual conferencing. Please note that all deadlines and due dates for work assigned when school was in session have been put on hold until further notice.

To the extent possible, we are asking students and parents to please follow the directions below. Your teachers have worked hard to provide you with resources for your learning. This will require parent guidance, self-direction and some creative thinking.

Access your GRADE LEVEL RESOURCES AT THE LINKS BELOW:

One resource that we would like to highlight in particular is, “Helping Children Cope in a Time of Crisis.” (see below) These are uncertain times for us all, and it’s important to recognize the impact this situation and the loss of the school routine can have on children. This may contain some information to help you support your child(ren).

We are committed to doing everything we can to support our students and families and appreciate your ongoing support and partnership.

The Entire Team at Greater Amsterdam Schools

 

HELPING CHILDREN COPE IN A TIME OF CRISIS:

(Adapted from National Association of School Psychologists-  Large Scale National Disasters: Helping Children Cope.)

  • Limit media exposure

Research from past national disasters has shown that the more media exposure a child experiences, the more likely the child is to have negative emotional reactions after the event.  Exposure to endless news might not be helpful.

  • Do something positive with your children or students to help others in need. 

For example, write letters/cards for individuals in nursing homes who currently are unable to have visitors. Call/email relatives and friends, especially older adults.

  • Be a good listener and observer. 

Let children guide you as to how concerned they are or how much information they need. If they are not focused on the tragedy, don’t dwell on it. Be available to answer their questions to the best of your ability. Young children may not be able to express themselves verbally. Pay attention to changes in their behavior or social interactions. 

  • Highlight people’s compassion and humanity and emphasize people’s resiliency.

Highlight stories about people’s positive responses to the crisis.

  • Maintain as much continuity and normalcy as possible. 

Maintain a “school schedule” Monday-Friday.

  • Talk to your children and students in an age appropriate manner about the crisis.

Some children may not want or need to talk about the event so do not force them to talk. Acknowledge and normalize their feelings. Let them know that others share their feelings and that their reactions are common and expected.  

Provide time for a creative outlet based on your child’s interests (write in a journal, draw, dance, sing)