|I’d like to begin by applauding the efforts of our very fine staff and wonderful Springs families as we have made the transition to distance learning during this time of pandemic. We offer hundreds of classes each week that range from phonics and music for younger students, to high school core classes. Our teachers and students have done an amazing job meeting virtually, with our teachers providing support and monitoring academic progress.
I’d also like to highlight the success of our OPEN Classroom, a free public classroom for students in grades K-12. Springs has curated from the many COVID-19 free resources to build daily online educational activities for students in kindergarten through eighth grade; the high school activities are taken from excerpts of our Springs integrated curriculum. OPEN Classroom’s content is aligned with California state standards, with material created and supported by credentialed teachers, and live classes taught by credentialed teachers four days per week. Weekly lesson plans with materials are provided, including parent answer keys and resources. Subjects covered include math, science, language arts and reading.
Click here to access OPEN Classroom. The program will continue with live lessons through the end of May. In addition to our staff and students, 150 teachers and nearly 5,000 students outside our system have taken advantage of OPEN Classroom, with participants coming from all over the U.S., and as far away as the United Kingdom, France, Australia, India, Japan, Canada, Poland, and Afghanistan.
We will continue to keep you updated on the status of our school closures. Should you have any questions or concerns at this time, please do not hesitate to contact your school representative. We are here to serve you, and provide your children with the best possible education, despite the challenging times in which we find ourselves.
Dr. Kathleen Hermsmeyer