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I realize with everything else going on this is pretty minor, however, for some people it is a big deal and it really is a pretty easy fix. Why is it that the track at Ferris is locked and closed to the public? I know that the track for LC on 37th has public access because I see people on it all the time. Bloomsday, our wonderful Spokane event, was moved to this weekend as a virtual event. Members of my family and friends decided that running the event on a track would be easier because it was a safe place for little kids and we could determine the distance much easier. However, we now have to drive to the LC track because Ferris is, as usual, completely locked up. So my question is why, and why are the track access rules between two District 81 high schools so different? thanks
I would love to see a hybrid model soon for my 1st and 2nd grader...I know it was only the first day of school, but I can see that my kids would probably learn better in person or with a regular homeschool day with pencil and paper.
Have you all considered a few days in person when we're allowed? I like assisting them here, but they need 2-3 days in person.
Hi. For us older folks without kids, and who limit news/social media in our lives, it has become confusing if schools will be having live classes during this pandemic. Will there be classes yet?
There are quite a few of us though that are betting between ourselves on, if there are in-person classes, that within 30 days we will see a major spike in cases (most of us are retired or close to retired healthcare providers).
Please, take in-person classes serious... The media is already talking about how "youth are driving this pandemic...and have the most cases due to their lack of seclusion from peers...". Thank you for your work and time.
I had scheduled a meeting time to get my daughters laptop on friday sept 11th 2020. I was not feeling well, so I did not show up to pick my daughters school work bag of her school textbooks and her laptop. So what should I do to pick those items up? Is there a way I can pick them up earlier on Monday morning?
My son is trying to do the conference week activities for middle school (which would have been helpful to receive last week, not the night before conference week btw). He has gone on to Clever but cannot find Gizmos, which is a suggested science activity listed for Wednesday. Is he missing something, or is it not on Clever? Thank you~
We checked out a laptop for my daughter, however it has been having screen/video card issues often when she tries to use it. The screen turns pink and distorts and the device cannot be used until turned off/on again. I cannot find any contact for an IT Department to help with this issue. Could you please point me in the right direction? Thank you.
This is in regards to requesting a laptop checkout, for my 11 year old daughter. I hope I did not miss the deadline for the laptop request/checkout/pickup. Before this pandemic occurred, both my daughters attended Westview Elementary grade school. I would like to update my email address, as stated above to be updated to my Sps website contact file. Please dispose of my old email address and thank you. Please email me at my email address about requesting a laptop pickup/checkout. I also had questions about both of my students school supply list for the online virtual learning list. What supply materials do I need to get for both my daughters? Who is both of their teacher's for this online learning classes? My youngest daughter is going into third grade. My oldest daughter is going into fifth grade..I think. I am not sure. Please email me at your earliest conviences. Thank you. I also had some questions about the WiFi parking lot. Does my child an I need to be in the parking lot to access the WiFi for my child to do her online school classes? Can I access the schools website for learning at home?
I have asked the school my daughter(4th grader) and my son (soon to be kindergarten) to change my email so I can finish registration for my son and update paperwork for my daughter and to also sign up for conferences but the office has yet to change my email to the correct email. What do I need to do besides keep going to Linwood to try over and over to get this issue fixed?
I just looked at the times that SPS offers for
Parent/student conferences from Sept 8th-11th. And there weren’t any times available after 3:00. I don’t get off work until 3:30 and I would like to sit on the conferences with my kids so I too can meet there teacher. Is there anyway we can have some days that have later conferences times for the parents who work. Please try and accommodate the working parents.
With Spokane Public Schools (SPS) going to a full distanced learning model to start I would like to ask the following question.
How will SPS assist with data overages caused by distanced learning?
Currently Xfinity (Comcast) charges $10 per overage occurrence past 1.2TB of data. Remote learning using Zoom for 6 hours per day, 22 school days per month. The data usage can be up to 2.4GB per hour, 14.4GB per day, 316.8GB per month per student. This amount does not include additional downloads such as homework assignments. I currently have 3 school aged children so this data usage will account to 950.4GB of my allotted 1228.8GB of data. Prior to school starting I was already averaging a usage with my personal schooling of 488GB alone for me. This will well put me over the data limits allotted by Xfinity (Comcast).
Furthermore, CenturyLink does not have data limits but instead holds a soft cap of 1TB of data in which they can cancel your service should you exceed as it is a breach of contract. Additionally CenturyLink does not provide enough bandwidth for many SPS students in Spokane to attend; for instance where I am located the top speeds century link can offer is 1.5Mbps which is lower than the recommended speeds of 3.0Mbps for Zoom Meetings, meaning in my instance I am 6 times over the recommended limit to have 3 simultaneous Zoom Meetings at once.
So once more I will ask; how will SPS assist with data usage requirements and overages caused by distanced learning?
would it be possible to just use the same laptop that we were provided with when we went onto the online learning instead of having to return them and get new ones? we just use the ones we have already, i already did the laptop registration so do i get to keep this laptop or do i get a new one?
How is the daycamp money going tonpay for staff? They are already getting paid? Are these going to be daycare workers or teachers? Because teachers already get paid and so does anyone else who works for the district. Seems like you guys are milking parents for money in these trying times. Do you even want the schools to open? You get taxpayers money then you can charge for a daycamp? Seems really unfair.
When and where are we supposed to pick up our laptops? We have put the request in and received our confirmation. However none of the weekly updates from SPS provide details as to when and where with the exception that we are supposed to have them before conferences.
Also what will beginning of year conferences look like for secondary students. I can’t imagine meeting with each of my students 6 teachers. Maybe we are only meeting with their home base teacher? The sooner we get information on these details the better. Our work schedules are not not as flexible to schedule 2 weeks in advance.