Craig pivots to online learning, keeps current schedule

On Tuesday, September 15, Craig and Roosevelt became the first two schools in Janesville to close  due to Covid-19. 

The temporary closing of these schools was a preventative measure. It was expected to last two weeks, but on Monday, September 21, the closure was extended through Friday, October 2.

Images of Monday afteroon–the last few class periods before the temporary shutdown–are provided in a gallery.

“We will follow our existing bell schedule during this closure. Eight-period day. No rotation,” said Craig’s principa, Dr. Alison Bjoin.

Craig will not be implementing the rotating schedule because several teachers travel to  to teach classes in other buildings.

Students will be expected to log onto their classes every day as proof of attendance, and should treat their classes as normal.

Teachers will be available throughout the school day, and can be reached through email or other forms of specified communication.

To help assist families, meals will be available for pick up during this time.

Elise Allen, the director of food service at Craig said, “We will be serving to-go meals starting Tuesday, September 15, from 11-1 in front of school.”

These meals are available to those eligible for free or reduced lunch, and include lunch as well as breakfast for the following morning.

Here are some tips for students to have a better experience with online learning, courtesy of Christine Pumilia.

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  • Make sure you take your charger at home if it’s not already there. 
  • If you have issues with Chromebooks, go to the SDJ Online Learning Portal. The site includes tutorials and help desk tech support information.This site can be found in both the For Students and For Parents sections of the district webpage.

In a statement to the community, Patrick Gasper, the district’s public information director, said, “The School District of Janesville is grateful for and appreciates the partnership that exists with our parents and families. The SDJ thanks the community for their flexibility, patience, and understanding as we work together to keep our students engaged and learning throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency.”