Learning at Home – continuous learning resources for parents and families

To support parents and families, Central Rivers AEA has gathered resources and tips for continuous learning designed to help children learn at home during this time. Resources will be added regularly and if you have any concerns or questions, please reach out to Jen Sigrist, Executive Director of Media & Innovation at jsigrist@centralriversaea.org.

It goes without saying that this is an extremely challenging time for all of us with one of the biggest concerns being the health and well-being of our families and especially our students.

Driver’s Ed Digital Materials are available in streaming video format. The Medianet catalog will open for summer and next school year bookings on May 18th. Please contact Jen Sigrist, Executive Director of Media & Innovation if you have any questions.

This online resource, provided by Central Rivers Area Education Agency, offers some helpful online databases that you can use at home to help your child(ren) continue to learn. Students and teachers are familiar with these vetted, age-appropriate and high-quality digital resources and use them in their daily work. There are read-aloud ebooks, ebooks, digital audiobooks, video, encyclopedias, articles, newspapers, and more for our youngest and oldest learners. To access the resources on this webpage, you will need to enter the login and password for your child’s building. Please contact your child’s teacher if you need assistance accessing these resources.

At Home Learning Resources & Tips. This spreadsheet contains links and ideas for parents to use at home to facilitate learning. It is organized by building level and includes activities that can be done independent of adult facilitation.

In this time of school closures, parents & guardians play a critical role in learning at home. Here are some do’s and don’ts to help establish your home learning environment.

FAQs for Parents and Families about Continuous Learning. This resource answers many common questions from parents and families as schools develop plans for implementing continuous learning opportunities for students.  If your question is not answered in this resource, please email your question to iadeptofed@iowa.gov. This document will be updated regularly.

The brochure, Covid-19 Helping Children Make Sense contains valuable information on attending to the social/emotional needs of your children. For more information on this topic, please contact Dr. Dana Miller, School Psychologist at dmiller@centralriversaea.org. The brochure is also available in a Spanish version.

The following two documents are designed to help parents and caregivers with the continuous learning needs of their children while the schools remain closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In accordance with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, the Food & Nutrition Service has granted a nationwide waiver allowing parents and/or guardians to pick up meals for their children, without the student needing to be present. This waiver is in support of social distancing and minimizes the exposure of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it is effective immediately, and remains in effect through June 30, 2020, or until expiration of the federally declared public health emergency, whichever is earlier.

The meals are to be provided to eligible children* (18 years and under). Caregivers are to share the school name where each child attends that they are requesting meals for, if the children are of school age.