Dear McLoughlin families,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! As most of you probably know by now, this school year will look a bit different from past school years. Due to Covid-19 and the need to prioritize the health and safety of our students and community, we will be starting the school year in full Remote Learning 2.0. This means students will be accessing all of their learning electronically and not attending school in person. We know this presents challenges, and we are working hard to make sure the learning experiences will be more than just screen-time, and include opportunities for students to move, create, and engage in different ways.
To prepare for the first weeks of school, there are a few things that it will be important for you and your students to know.
iPad and Internet Access – Students will need internet access and a district issued iPad. If you need support with this, please email or call: firstname.lastname@example.org (360) -313-5400, or call the main office at (360) – 313-3600
Canvas – We will be using a program called Canvas for all of our classes as an online home-base. Each class will have a Canvas page and this will hold all the information for what to do and how to access your classes each week. Students will be automatically registered into Canvas. Parents are encouraged to create a Canvas account so they can monitor their students’ activity. Here is a link with directions for creating a parent account: https://vansd.org/canvas-parent/
Skyward. Skyward is our student information system used for student schedules, grading, and tracking attendance. It also is where we keep student and family information such as phone numbers and email addresses. It will be important to have parent access to Skyward and make sure we have an accurate email address and phone number for you. If you need to set-up access, please call the main office at (360) -313-3600 or email at MCLO.Office@vansd.org
Zoom- Classes will hold regular Zoom meetings. Zoom is an online program that allows classes and groups to meet live in an online environment. Zoom links will be available on the teachers Canvas page, and may be emailed to students as well.
McLoughlin Schedule – We have established a daily schedule where students will engage in live teaching as well as pre-recorded teacher content. Click here for schedule.
At McLoughlin, we are committed to engaging all of our students in learning. We work hard and care deeply about the students we serve. We know our partnership with families will be more important than ever this year. I thank you in advance for your cooperation, support, patience, and communication as we kick-off our new school year. Stay connected with us through facebook and instagram, and be sure to check your email regularly for updates.