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COVID-19: Distance Learning

Distance Learning

Learning continuity in the age of COVID-19.

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Home-Based Learning

Beginning Thursday, March 19 students will access a number of tools over the internet to participate in lessons and course study. 

These tools -- most of which students and teachers are already familiar -- will include the following:

  • Google Classroom
    A free, web-based application that helps students and teachers organize assignments, boost collaboration, and foster better communication. Students in grades 3-5 will start their school day by accessing their teacher's classroom. Middle school students will have access to multiple classrooms from their team. High school students will access a number of courses that match their regular schedule.
  • Screencastify
    An application that allows teachers to record, edit, and share videos as part of providing instruction. Content is embedded in websites or Google classroom, so parents/students do not need to download or launch anything.
  • Zoom
    A free, web-based video communication tool. Teachers may schedule live video chats with students providing a code for students to join. These may be whole-class presentations or individual support sessions. Teachers will provide codes to students to join meetings.
  • Classroom websites (K-2)
    Regular school web-based classroom pages will be used to connect with kindergarten, first-grade, and second-grade students. Sites will be password-protected and accessed from each elementary school homepage.

Teachers will prepare lessons and provide assignments as they normally would and will provide them in a format that is appropriate for the course, student age, and skill level.

Help Logging In (Computers, Classrooms & Zoom)

One of the most common issues in Distance Learning will be difficulty logging into computers, Google, or the Chrome Browser. We've put together a step-by-step guide to help you through the process.



Devices and Connectivity Support

The district is providing computers for home use and internet access to students without a device or connectivity. Others may be more comfortable using home computers/laptops.

The Information Technology staff will be available for parents and students who experience any technical difficulties with either district-issued devices or home computers using the web-based tools.


Phone support for technical issues will be available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at 603-893-7069 x5700. After hours, parents or students can email

Teacher Contacts

Teachers are your primary contact for questions related to classroom activities, assignments, and homework. Most of these can be addressed within the classroom activity or via email. While teachers will be working remotely, each will provide clear "office" hours during the day when teachers will be available.

Students can expect a combination of live or recorded video lessons, a posted daily schedule, and defined times when teachers are available to answer class questions and provide individualized support.