March 17, 2020
Dear Livermore Families,
As we near the end of our second day of this “new normal,” I am checking in and providing some updates that I hope will help support your children’s transition to learning from home.
- Work Hours & Office/School Hours
- School principals will be communicating with you about when you can come to school sites this week. All schools will have office hours Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to allow time to distribute chromebooks, packets, and personal items that students/parents need to pick up (i.e. medicines, jackets, instruments, etc.).
- Remember that any computer with internet access to a browser will enable a student to access online learning resources. If a student needs a computer, we are checking out chromebooks. The Chromebook Loan Request/Solicitud de préstamo de Chromebook form is open to parents until 7:00 pm tonight, Tuesday 3/17. Principals will share information about how to pick up a chromebook via email to those who have requested one.
- Internet Information
- Comcast is now offering free wifi for everyone. You may read the details on the Comcast website: Comcast COVID-19 Response.
- Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
- Mental Health Resources
- We have shared several resources on our website and on social media about talking to children about COVID-19 and coping with stress during this pandemic. We will update you as we provide additional resources to support both parents and students as we continue to process the changing nature of our situation.
We are finding that circumstances change rapidly. At least for this week, I will send a daily message at 5:00, even if it is to confirm the status quo.
Finally, at the forefront of my mind is the impact of this situation on our children. I’m sure they have found numerous ways to remind you today that they miss their friends, their activities, and their routines. I know that our high school seniors are wondering how these circumstances may impact their senior year activities. We are all navigating this together. I am grateful for our community coming together during this difficult time to support one another.
Thank you all for your ongoing support and flexibility.