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    Hamilton Tips During the School Closure
    Posted on 04/10/2020
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    Dear Hamilton Families,

    Governor Inslee made an emergency proclamation extending the closure of all schools through the end of the school year on Monday, April 6.  We understand the anxiety, sadness, and frustration this is causing for students and families.  As we deal with the school closure and the pandemic, we understand the most important need and expectation of all Hamilton community members is to prioritize the health and social emotional well-being of self and our loved ones.  In these unprecedented times, a few things are certain – without first meeting these basic, fundamental needs, self-actualization, the top tier of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and the place where true learning and meaningful engagement reside, will be more difficult to attain. As we work to navigate this global crisis together, please find our tips for our Hamilton community below:

     

    Tips for our Hamilton Scholars during the school closure: 

    • Continue to prioritize your health, personal needs, and the needs of your family.
    • Work at your own pace. Be mindful of your time spent online/with learning materials, and take breaks to get fresh air, eat/hydrate, stretch, engage in creative activity, and reach out to a friend.
    • Ask for help when you need it. This could include clarifications, requesting less or additional enrichment/supplemental activities, support from your teachers, or support for technology.
    • If you are able and available, attend any scheduled meetings. Even if you think you don't have questions, it is a chance to visit with your teacher and connect with your classroom community. Even if you don't need help, others in class may, and we need to work together and help each other during this challenging time.
    • Practice good citizenship at all times by treating all students and adults with kind consideration, respecting others’ opinions and ideas, and trying to have a positive attitude toward self and others.
    • Be aware that everything you do or say on Schoology or Teams meetings is public record with your name associated with it.
    • BE SAFE, HAVE FUN, AND BE RESPONSIBLE.

     

    Tips for our Hamilton Staff during the school closure:

    • Continue to prioritize your health, personal needs, and the needs of your family.
    • Work at your own pace. Be mindful of your time spent online/with work, and take breaks to get fresh air, eat/hydrate, stretch, engage in creative activity, and reach out to a friend.
    • Consider every student’s and family’s individual need(s), especially our emergent bilingual, students in temporary housing, and students with disabilities.
    • Communicate with colleagues, students, and families on a consistent and compassionate basis.
    • Collaborate with teachers, counselors, and administrators to provide support for social emotional and academic needs.
    • Provide equitable learning opportunities (activities, standards-based lessons, and accessible materials) and provide support and feedback to students in multiple ways – i.e. Schoology, emails, phone calls, etc.
    • Provide clear instructions and reasonable expectations for work.
    • Follow office hours schedule to help provide structure and relieve stress.
    • Post learning plans to Schoology and upload aligned documents/materials for printing paper packets on a weekly basis.

     

    Tips for our Hamilton Parents/Families during the school closure:

    • Continue to prioritize your health, personal needs and the needs of your family.
    • Work at your own pace. Be mindful of your time spent online/with work, and take breaks to get fresh air, eat/hydrate, stretch, engage in creative activity, and reach out to a friend.
    • Go easy on yourself. We know that we are all doing the best we can.
    • Set aside a time to check-in with your child and have your child share with you their Schoology or learning packets. Establish a schedule/routine that works best for you and your family’s needs.
    • Recognize that everybody’s needs are different. Now more than ever, we depend on our strong home and school partnerships to maintain a positive learning environment/experience for all.
    • Connect with Staff/Faculty in a manner that is considerate to the developing challenges that we are all facing. We may not know all the answers, but we will try our best to help guide you in the right direction.
    • Let the appropriate staff member know of any questions, concerns, or needs:
      • Basic Needs/Support: Counselors
      • Instruction: Teachers
      • 504/IEP/ELL Supports: Case Managers
      • Overall Systems/Ongoing Concerns: Administration

     

    Please know that our teachers, counselors, administrators, and support staff are working incredibly hard to meet the needs of our students and will continue to do so in service of our Hamilton community.  Thank you for your patience with us, as we have been developing and finalizing our continuous learning plan.  Have a wonderful spring break and enjoy the sunshine.  The extended sunny forecast couldn’t have come at a better time.

    We miss you!

    Hamilton Administrative Team