As you know, Temecula Preparatory School made the decision to close our school starting March 16th and now all schools in Riverside County have been ordered to close from Monday, March 16th through April 3rd due to the coronavirus. While the closoure of our school campus forces us away from our traditional school environment, this does not mean that learning needs to stop. The following paragraphs will provide parents and students a better understanding of how we will approach teaching and learning next week (we are expecting additional guidance from the state on March 17th and will adjust our procedures as appropriate).
Computer and Internet Access
While many student assignments will rely on textbooks, literature books, notebooks, and other traditional learning tools, we will definitely be taking advantage of the convenience that modern technology affords us. If your son or daughter does not have access to a computer, we will allow Chromebooks to be signed out from 11 am to 3 pm on Monday out of Room 1 (the business office). If you can not make that time, just let us know and we’ll schedule a time with you. Please note that a parent must be present to sign the Chromebook lending form. If a student does not currently have access to the Internet, please let us know so that we can prepare accordingly (email email@example.com). For families without Internet access, Spectrum is offering 60 days of free Internet because of the Coronavirus.
Student Assignments and Expectations
Although campus is closed next week, it is not an extra week of vacation. We are still preparing students for upcoming and end of year exams, their AP exams, etc. and more importantly for their college, careers, and self development. Students are expected to work daily on the assignments provided by their teachers. Students should be checking their email accounts and teacher websites on a daily basis to find their assignments and follow directions for turning in assignments (initial assignments will be posted by noon-time on Monday). Assignments, projects, and assessments will be graded as usual and posted in Aeries. Just as normally would be the case, students are expected to turn in assignments by the due dates.
We are not planning to conduct live, online, synchronous instruction for classes. Much of the work will be assignments that students can do with minimal teacher interaction. In addition, teachers may be recording and posting lectures and videos to their websites to assist students in their learning. We will also be utilizing Edmentum and other online, adaptive instructional sites that are designed for distance learning purposes.
Questions and Support
During the school week, teachers will be checking their email and responding to student questions on a daily basis during regular school hours. Teachers are not expected to be available 24/7, so questions emailed in the evening will likely be answered the next school day. If your child is struggling with an assignment and needs extra assistance, please contact the teacher to discuss solutions.
We understand that students may be feeling stressed or anxious during this time. The TPS counselors are available to support students as we navigate through this uncertain time together. Each counselor will be available during regular school hours and can be reached by email. Please don’t hesitate to contact your counselor for any reason.
School Counselor Contacts
Ms. Fabiola Pimienta, 5th-7th Grade Students, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Rachel Lemkau, 11th-12th Grade Students, email@example.com
Mrs. Yvonne Crace, 8th-9th Grade Students, firstname.lastname@example.org
Grade K-4 – Contact any counselor
We will be regularly sending out information and updates about our response to the Coronavirus. On our website, under “Student & Parent Resources” we have posted a page on “Campus Closure and Coronavirus Information” with information and resources.
Students who have books on campus that they will need for their studies can stop by the school on Monday between 11 am – 3 pm.
This will be a new process for all of us, so as we encounter challenges and discover glitches along the way, please let us know so we can make improvements. As always, your patience will be greatly appreciated as we navigate this uncharted territory.
Most importantly, we hope that everyone stays safe and healthy.
Michael Agostini, EdD
Head of School