School superintendent asks parents to support distance learning

Public school students in Santa Rosa County are going online until  at least April 15 due to the ongoing pandemic.

By next week, all teachers will have made contact with families across the district to prepare for this kind of instruction.

In a letter to parents, Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick asked for their support in making the transition. 

“We have been charged with the impossible task of teaching our students, and yet they sit miles away from us,” he wrote. “Teachers everywhere are needing to see and interact with you and your child. Teachers NEED this and ‘things’ will not return to normal until your students sit in front of them!”

He asked parents to:

  1. Make themselves and their child familiar with the instructional assignments provided by each teacherSRCDS Distance Learning Logo
  2. Spend some time talking with their child about their work
  3. Make themselves familiar with resources available to help you work through materials with their child. Parents can access instructional resources through SRC Homepage. Look for “Distance Learning Resources” icon.
  4. Contact their child’s teacher(s) through email or calling the school. Teachers will be on call from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
  5. Reassure their child – regardless of age. Their social and emotional needs are an important part of this work.

As of Wednesday morning, the Distance Learning link at santarosa.k12.fl.us had not yet gone live but is expected to sometime this week. 

Bus drivers are scheduled to distribute learning materials to families of younger students as well as providing pick up of materials at school sites. 

“This is where I need your help,” Wyrosdick wrote. “You see, we simply do not have all the answers to meeting the needs of student we can’t see daily and it grieves us.” 

He said parent engagement will allow education to continue. 

Questions for the school district can be directed to DOC@santarosa.k12.fl.us. 

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