Good afternoon, Silver Falls Families.

The first day of school is right around the corner on Monday, September 28th. We know many of you are as anxious as we are to have kids back in front of teachers, engaged in learning and growing alongside their peers.

We also know many of you have questions about all the many new terms and tools of the Fox Hybrid and Fox Online service models. Today’s message is to hopefully help clarify and guide you toward fresh understanding. We’ve got an announcement about Food Service, and also a link to some amazing resources created by members of our Teaching & Learning and Technology departments in order to support you, as you support your students this fall.

Food Service Resuming at Silverton High School
The district’s no-cost meal service for all children ages 1-18 will resume on Monday, September 21st. For now, this program will run out of Silverton High School only. We look forward to resuming service out of other school buildings as soon as possible. For now, meals will be available from 11 am to 1 pm, Monday through Friday, at the Silverton High School turn-around.

Reminder – Silverton Strong Reunification & Support Meeting Wednesday the 23rd
We want to take this opportunity to remind you about the upcoming Silverton Strong community event happening Wednesday the 23rd from 7-8pm. This event is jointly hosted by Silver Falls School District, Marion County Youth & Family Crisis, the Willamette Education Service District, and Trillium Family Services. These experts will provide our community with information about supporting our students in the aftermath of this potentially traumatic and certainly unsettling event. More information about this meeting, including a link to the meeting, will be released in the coming days. We invite you to join us for this very special event.

Distance Learning Q&A
What is Edgenuity?
Edgenuity is the provider of a comprehensive, standards-based curriculum that the district has contracted for this year in order to ensure we can provide high-quality education to both our Fox Hybrid and Fox Online students all year long.

Will my students ‘log in’ to Edgenuity?
Yes, though most won’t even notice because of the technology on the back-end of the district’s single sign-on platform. If all that sounds too technical, don’t worry! It just means that once students sign in to one of the tools they’re using this year, they’ve signed in to all of them. The experience for students should be pretty seamless.

Okay, so if that’s Edgenuity, what is Canvas? What’s the difference?
You can think of Canvas as your child’s virtual classroom. Whereas Edgenuity provides what they learn, Canvas is much more about where they learn it. For most students, Canvas is where they will start and end each of their classes each day. Once a student gets onto Canvas, they will be able to see their assignments and materials, and from there they will be able to follow links to their various learning resources. Some of these will be links directly to Edgenuity content! Others might be links to documents, tests, quizzes, etc.

My child checked out a Chromebook to use at home. I’d like to be able to monitor internet use in my home. Is there a way for me to do that?
Yes! The district is using a tool called Securly to manage internet access on district devices. You should have received an email from Securly back on or around September 8th with instructions for setting up your account. If you can’t find that email, please check in your junk mail folder. If it’s still not there, please let us know and we’ll get that re-sent to you.

Are there any resources for me to look at so I can see these tools before the start of school?
Absolutely. Check out our Canvas for Families page, where we’ve got some amazing resources and tutorials. We are so grateful for all the parents and other learning coaches who are ready to support their students in distance learning this year, and we want to support you as much as possible. We’re all in this together!