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During the current COVID-19 crisis CHIME Institute’s Schwarzenegger Community School has closed its campus and has transitioned to a distance learning program for the safety of our students, staff, and families. We hope that these efforts as part of the collective efforts of all residents in Los Angeles county helps reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and allows us to return to in person operation of the school program.

Our distance learning program is predicated on several principles that are described below:

1) Families, including CHIME staff’s families, are experiencing this pandemic in a variety of ways, many of them challenging. Therefore, our program must be flexible enough to allow children to interact in engaging and meaningful ways with the curriculum, their teachers, and their peers, yet with enough asynchronous opportunities to allow families to meet the demands of their own current situation.

2) Screen time while necessary during this time of distance learning, should not be so excessive as to be detrimental. Children should spend time daily engaged in their school work while not logged in live to a Zoom session.

3) Children with special needs will be supported through digital co-teaching as well as through direct outreach to them and their families as appropriate in order to help them access the school’s distance learning program.

4) Our distance learning program will necessarily evolve and develop as we progress through the weeks of distance learning. We will offer additional live teaching opportunities and create new ways to engage our learners as the program moves forward and as the sophistication of our student users increases in the new digital environments.

Given this, families should expect that each week their child will be provided a weekly schedule of materials to be covered, links to those materials to be accessed digitally, video material related to the content, and a schedule of “Go Live”-Zoom opportunities that will include live teaching, community circles, social activities and office hours.


Essential Services

During this closure, CHIME will provide, in addition to our educational program, the essential services of our Nutrition program and technology access for our distance learning program for families who do not currently have the technology they require.

Food Service: If you are a family who feels that you need support from our nutrition program and currently are not receiving meals service for your CHIME student, please contact kesparza@chimecharter.com to process your request.

Technology: If you are a family who feels you do not have technology access for our distance learning program or who has received technology from the school for your CHIME student but that technology has stopped functioning, please contact kjamison@chimecharter.com to process your request.

Medication: If you are a family who needs to pick up medication that had been previously stored at the school for use during the school day and would like to arrange pick up of this medication, please contact Carol Acree cacree@chimecharter.com to process your request.


Additional Educational Supports

During this time CHIME will be offering a varied and engaging distance learning program for our students. Some families may also be interested in exploring additional educational resources in order to provide enrichment, intervention, or maintenance in preparation for next year. There are a wide variety of resources that CHIME already has access to and that your child may already be using including MobyMax, Read Live, Amira Reading and Think Central. If you have questions about utilizing any of these resources for your child, please contact your child’s teachers. Below is a link to other free educational resources that may also be of interest to families.

Online Educational Resources

If you feel your child may need additional resources or is struggling to access their digital learning program, please contact your child’s teachers or CHIME’s Assistant Principal at chealey@chimecharter.com


Emotional Support and Wellbeing

Through our Distance Learning Program we will provide a number of opportunities for students and families to stay connected and be supported in their social and emotional wellbeing. Our mental health team are also available to field concerns that families might have at this time about their child and will be actively reaching out to families in need.

If you would like to contact a member of our mental health team please email them using their email address below. In addition, they have prepared a quarantine mental health resources page with a number of community resources that families can access for support at this time. It can be found at http://chimeinstitute.org/quarantine.php

Brenda Meyer, School Counselor: bmeyer@chimecharter.com
Deanne Torvinen, School Psychologist: dtorvinen@chimecharter.com
Maigan Friedman, School Psychologist: mfriedman@chimecharter.com
Erica Oren, Middle School Coach: eoren@chimecharter.com

Please watch our Distance Learning page for additional updates and resources during closure. Thank you!
Upcoming Events
  CHIME Institute's Schwarzenegger Community School LCAP
  CHIME Distance Learning
  COVID-19 Community Report
  CHIME Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan - Feedback Form
9/14 CHIME Institute Board of Directors Meeting Monday, September 14, 2020 at 6:00 pm - Agenda - Zoom Link



 
 
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