Uplift Community High School's Remote Learning Plan

 
Friday, April 3, 2020
 
Dear Uplift Community High School Parents and Families,
 
We hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. Although this is a time of uncertainty, we are committed to providing high-quality learning experiences for all of our students at Uplift Community High School. We are writing today to share our plan to support your child's remote learning while school is closed until May 1, 2020. 
 
Your partnership, feedback, and collaboration are critically important to support your child’s engagement in remote learning. Please take a few moments to read below for information about our plan, expectations for your child, and the ongoing communications and assistance we will provide to keep students engaged, learning, and healthy while schools are closed. 
 
What is Uplift Community High School’s plan to provide remote learning for my student during the closure? 
 
Our teachers will provide their students daily learning activities and will be available for at least two hours every day to keep students connected and engaged until school re-opens. Your child will also receive regular communication and feedback from their assigned teacher on learning activities. Please view our schools Remote Learning Plan to view your child's lesson plans and their teachers daily availability.
 
What are the school’s expectations for my child while learning at home?
 
During this time, the focus is to encourage students to stay engaged in academic activities and to reinforce learning on a daily basis. Routine, encouragement, and aligned expectations between families and teachers are important factors of academic engagement in your home learning environment. We’ve created an Uplift Community High School  Establishing a Home Learning Environment with school expectations, tips to help your child focus, and options for support and assistance if your child is struggling with an activity. 
 
How do I access the plan and materials?
 
Our remote learning plan is posted online for families and students here. Materials are also available for pickup at Door 5 Monday through Friday from 9:00am until 1:00pm, if you or your child do not have easy access to a computer. 
 
What communications and guidance can my child and I expect?
 
Families will receive ongoing school-wide communications as well as a regular schedule for communication and feedback between your child and their teacher(s). This information can be found in the Remote Learning Plan.
 
 
Thank you for going above and beyond to support your child during this difficult time. Please continue taking care of each other and yourselves as we face this health crisis together. We know there are many unknowns ahead of us, but we will do whatever it takes to keep our school community safe, healthy, and engaged during this time. Please reach out to me at at tlgraham@cps.edu or (773) 534-2875.
 
Sincerely,

Tyrese L. Graham, EdD
Principal
 
 
Technology Assistance Program
We know that these times are challenging and there is a digital divide in our nation and city. CPS and Uplift High School has committed to helping our families through this difficult time. If your child is in need of technology, please complete the Remote Learning Technology Request Form. We will have staff on hand beginning on Tuesday, April 14 through Thursday April, 16 from 9:00am until 12:00pm to distribute a device to your student. All students at Uplift have access to tablet, which will become their property, or they can borrow a school issued Chromebook. Please note that a parent or guardian will need to pick up the device and sign the appropriate paperwork. If you have any question you can reach out to our Technology Assistant Edwin Orellana at eorellana6@cps.edu.

Internet Access
Several telcom providers are offering free internet access to students and families. Please see this information below.
  • AT&T
    • AT&T is expanding “Access from AT&T,” our low-cost home internet offering to qualifying households AT&T will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through our Access from AT&T program.
    • Additionally, they are offering new Access from AT&T customers two months of free service.
    • All AT&T consumer home internetwireline customers can use unlimited internet data.
    • AT&T is redirecting more resources to provide communication services and tools for first responders, health care professionals, educators, and other essential customers. This additional support will help ensure these customers can continue providing critical support to the country and their communities, particularly to first responders using the FirstNet network.
  • Spectrum Free Broadband: Spectrum is offering free internet to students in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Starting March 16, 2020, the company will offer free broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.
  • Comcast is taking steps to implement the following new policies for the next 60 days, and other important initiatives:
    • Comcast has opened their Home Hotspot network for all non-Comcast customers. If you rent router/WiFi equipment from Comcast, you can enable it to help out those around you in this unprecedented time of need. Comcast promotes it as secure and will not impact your own network experience. Please consider turning this option on at the following: https://www.xfinity.com/support/articles/disable-xfinity-wifi-home-hotspot
    • Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internetsubscribers. 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.
    • Pausing Our Data Plan: With so many people working and educating from home, we want our customers to access the internet without thinking about data plans. While the vast majority of our customers do not come close to using 1TB of data in a month, we are pausing our data plans for 60 days giving all customers Unlimited data for no additional charge.
    • No Disconnects or Late Fees: We will not disconnect a customer’s internetservice or assess late fees if they contact us and let us know that they can’t pay their bills during this period. Our care teams will be available to offer flexible payment options and can help find other solutions.
    • News, Information and Educational Content on X1 and Flex: For those with school-age students at home, we’ve created new educational collections for all grade levels in partnership with Common Sense Media. Just say “education” into your X1 or Flex voice remote. To help keep customers informed, we also have created a collection of the most current news and information on Coronavirus. Just say “Coronavirus” into your X1 or Flex voice remote.

Student Food Assistance
Uplift will no longer serve as a site for student meals during the COVID 19 closures. Please utilize the links below to see where students can access meals during Spring Break and for the rest of the school closures.

Spring Break Map:

https://schoolinfo.cps.edu/mealdistributionsites/index.html?timePeriod=spring


Post Spring Break Map:
https://schoolinfo.cps.edu/mealdistributionsites/index.html?timePeriod=postspring