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We have gathered many comprehensive resources in this special section.  Our plan is to provide more community outreach and opportunities to help, along with updated news and information.  We will update information, as it is available.  Check for emails and postings on this page.  

We WILL get through this together, ONE Troy. Please know that we are thinking of you and your families every day—and forefront, in our minds, are those of you who are working in health care or as first-responders and essential workers.  

Stay safe everyone—and be well!

 

Kerry Birmingham
Director of Communications & Strategic Initiatives
Troy School District

PSYCHOLOGICAL RESOURCES TO HELP ALL CHILDREN THROUGH THE CLOSURE: 

We recognize that the closure of school, as well as general anxiety surrounding COVID-19, can be very difficult for children. Our phenomenal school psychologists have some great resources to share with parents. The following link has tips for talking to children about COVID-19, translated into different languages: 
 
 
And here are some resources our psychologists have compiled from NYT Parenting to help parents navigate through having children home and engaged in extended learning (it’s possible that you may have to enter an email address to read these for free—I did not.) :
 

TROY PUBLIC LIBRARY RESOURCES: 

TPL has many resources for our students, including those available through their Virtual Library Card, which is available to all. In addition, Tutor.com is available through TPL to help students continue their learning from home. More information here: Troy Library Resources.pdf .
 

TSD TROY PUBLIC LIBRARY E-CARD: TSD has partnered with the Troy Public Library to provide a free TPL electronic library card for your child—all you need to do is opt-in on PowerSchools

What is an eLibrary Card? 
  • It’s not an actual library card—it’s a “virtual” card. 

  • Students use the code 212739 plus their student ID number to gain access to TPL electronic materials, including eBooks, authoritative information for all levels of student research, global studies, worldwide news and much more! 

Why should I sign up? 
  • Your child will be able to access eBooks and audio books 24/7 through the Sora (secondary students) or Libby app.  

  • Can’t make it to the library? Have them use their iPads to check out and read books! 

  • The eCard can be used for the Teen Homework Help section, which provides students access to databases as well as Tutor.com, a free online homework help service 

My child already has a TPL card. Do I need to sign up? 
  • Your child can use his/her personal TPL card to access these resources, but s/he might not have the physical card accessible at school. Since the ecard uses your child’s ID number, it’s easy for your child to set up and access the TPL resources from school. 

OK, how do I sign up? 

STAY SAFE, WASH HANDS, WEAR A FACE MASK AND KEEP SOCIAL DISTANCING TO 6' OR MORE

 

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RESOURCES TO KEEP CALM AND MANAGE EMOTIONS: 

Many students of all ages may be struggling right now—as are many adults. Our wonderful school psychologists have shared some resources that may be helpful for you as you help your children deal with the numerous emotions they may be experiencing:

Courtesy of Jessica Garrett:

Keep Calm and Structure On: How to manage emotions and build structure at home during COVID-19: https://makesociallearningstick.com/keep-calm-and-structure-on-how-to-manage-emotions-and-build-structure-at-home-during-covid-19/

An article for parents on how to get a hold of and reframe negative thinking, courtesy of Sara Ventimiglio:

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-high-functioning-alcoholic/202003/empowering-our-minds-against-pandemic

I am also attaching two resources shared last week in case you missed them—a handout that centers on caring for yourself, as parents and caregivers: Care for the Caregiver-Parents and Teachers_Final.pdf  and a helpful article with tips on motivating students to stay engaged at home: S2H8_Engagement_Home.pdf 

We understand that you are in unchartered territory as well, and it’s critical to remember that the most important thing during this crisis is the physical and emotional health of you and your family. We have all struggled to find a balance in this new environment, but please, focus on well-being first.

COMCAST PUBLIC WIFI HOTSPOTS:

Hotspots are now FREE and in our area! Comcast has opened up its public Xfinity wifi hotspots for free. We are busy getting individual hotspots to families who don’t have internet at home, but this is a great solution in the meantime and wonderful for houses with intermittent outages. Put your zip code in this map to see if there one near you:  https://hotspots.wifi.xfinity.com/mobile/?nc
Here is an article about the free wifi, as well as other programs Comcast has to help:    Click Here

ELEMENTARY SPECIFIC RESOURCES:

Our Elementary Team has developed this great Family Tip Sheet for what to expect during our Extended Learning program and what you can do at home to make this a success: Extended Learning Family Tip Sheet.pdf 
They have also provided a Sample Weekly Schedule so you can see what a typical week will contain: Sample Elementary Weekly Schedule.pdf 
Elementary Specials Weebly: Our amazing Elementary Specials Teachers have developed an awesome TSD Specials Weebly with extended learning opportunities for students in all specials areas: TSD Specials Weebly
Check out https://www.storylineonline.net/, which features videos of celebrated actors reading stories to children (hearing James Earl Jones reading “To Be a Drum” is mesmerizing—and he shares a little of his own struggles with reading out loud/stuttering at the beginning, plus there are readers as diverse as Betty White and Rami Malek.)

SECONDARY LITERARY RESOURCE

SORA by Overdrive app    : The SORA app (available in the app store and Google play) is an e-reader and audio book player which allows students to select books from our libraries and read at home. All of the Troybery and Battle of the Books books are on there, plus thousands of others. Students choose “Troy School District” and then sign in with their regular TSD login (no cost.)