With COVID-19, the situation has been changing day by day, hour by hour. The next changes is that the Osceola School District is preparing to transition to student digital learning starting the week of March 30.
All resources for students and families will be available through the ClassLink platform through the district website at www.osceolaschools.net and can be accessed using any digital device — smartphone, laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Here are some details:
- Accessing The Learning Platform: Parents are asked to know their student’s ID number and password so they can log-in to ClassLink. If you or your student do not know their ID number, please contact the Digital Learning Hotline at 407-870-4037, which will be open on Tuesday. Detailed instructions regarding accessing the district’s digital learning platform will be posted on the district’s website by Tuesday.
- Digital Device Needs: Should your student need access to a digital device to engage with school work, the Osceola School District has a limited number of laptops that will be made available to loan to students. To reserve a device for your family, please contact your school on Tuesday or Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. District device distribution for high school students will be given first priority, followed by elementary and middle school students. Distribution will take place at the school your child attends on Thursday, from 9-1, with any remaining devices available Friday, March 27, from 9-1. Keep in mind all school and district offices will be otherwise closed to the public. Parents in need of service are encouraged to communicate with school district staff using the telephone during regular office hours, via email, or through the Let’s Talk platform on the district and school websites.
- For Students Without Access To A Digital Device: Paper packets will be available for students in elementary and middle school, and will be available for pick up in your school’s front office starting Monday, March 30. Completed packets should be returned to your school’s front office on or before April 15.
- WiFi Access: Thanks to Spectrum, free WiFi will be provided for 60-days to students and families in their service area. To enroll, parents should call 1-844-488-8395. All installation fees will be waived for new student households. WiFi hotspots across Spectrum’s footprint will also be available for public use. If your family does not have access to WiFi in your area, please call our Digital Learning Hotline at 407-870-4037.
- Student Instructional Hours: We expect students to spend between two and a half to three hours on their assignments each day, Monday through Friday, during the extended school closure. Frequent breaks, healthy activity, and healthy snacks are recommended to break up screen time. Students should complete an assignment daily for each content area or class period.
- Student Grades: Students will continue to earn grades based on their progress in their classes. Student grades for assignments completed through digital learning and/or packets will be entered into Focus and averaged to assign the fourth quarter grade. Grades and credits will continue to count toward promotion and/or graduation.
- Special Needs Students: If you have a special needs student for whom distance learning is not feasible, please contact the Exceptional Student Education Department at 407-343-8700.
- New registrations: The district is working to pilot a new online registration process starting Monday, March 30. Parents looking to enroll a new student while schools are closed are encouraged to contact our Student Services Department at 407-870-4897.