St. James schools to use newspaper for student assignments

    Last week, the St. James School District announced it will remain closed through May 1, with the district planning on reopening schools on May 4. To ensure student learning, staff members will provide contact with students and parent through Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) and providing learning opportunities in the Saint James Press beginning this week. Every family in the district will receive a newspaper free to them to use during starting this week.

    “Each individual school building will continue to be in contact with students and parents with updates regarding plans for continued learning activities and meal distribution. Our instructional staff will continue to provide Alternative Methods of Instruction opportunities for our students. AMI will look different depending on the grade level of the student. For students and parents who have been struggling to make sense of this new off-campus learning structure, the district has made many necessary adjustments to improve communication with students and parents,” Superintendent Dr. Merlyn Johnson said.
    “One example of improved communication is that the district will begin disseminating learning opportunities through the Saint James Press (for use) the week of April 13-17. Learning opportunities in the paper will be organized by grade level at the elementary and middle school and by subject at the high school. These lessons will be designed to encourage the use of basic skills and to promote thinking, regardless of the grade level. If a student needs a challenge, they can simply attempt an activity from a different grade level,” Johnson said. “The Saint James Press will be delivered to all households on Thursday of each week starting on April 9. The idea is for students to begin work on their assigned activities the following Monday. All families will receive a subscription to the Saint James Press for as long as we use this format.”
    The district will also continue to provide activities for students and parents through the district website at AMI opportunities will can be found under the “Parent” tab as well as COVID-19 resources. Teachers will also provide virtual office hours to assist with all at home learning projects.
    Johnson thanked the community for its support during this difficult situation and encouraged families to practice social distancing, practicing sanitary measures, and keeping a close eye on health and to contact a healthcare provider should symptoms occur.
    “Right now, our top priority is the health and safety of everyone throughout St. James. We will continue to provide information and updates as they become available. I am proud of how our students, staff, and community have come together. For now, please be safe,” Johnson said.

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