CBHS Student and Family Update 3-18-20
CBHS Student and Family Update 3-18-20

March 18, 2020

Our crew advisors were thrilled to see everyone yesterday during virtual crew! Here are today's reminders and updates.

Academic Work Re-Starts Today

All students should be able to access course work for the next three days through Google Classrooms, starting TODAY. This work should be completed before next Monday, unless otherwise noted by your teacher(s). Any work that can not be turned in remotely can be turned in once you return to school. Students who can not access the online work may come to school TODAY ONLY to access hard copies of the assignments. More details below. 

The next Virtual Crew (when crews get together live via Google Meets or Zoom) will be from 9am-9:25am on Monday, March 23rd. You will receive more details about next week's schedule before the end of the day today.

Mud School Update

If you are eligible for Mud School (Friday 3/20), do whatever work you can do independently now. Any T2 work related to Mud School that can be done independently and submitted remotely should be submitted to your teacher no later than 3pm THIS Friday. If the work can not be not done independently or submitted remotely, extensions will be granted. More on Mud School in that communication later today about next week's schedule. Given the current circumstances, there will be no cost to Mud School this year for students.


What else can you be doing today? 

1) Do whatever you can to make sure you are caught up on ALL of your coursework. Consult Google Classrooms and Infinite Campus. 

2) Seniors: do whatever is needed to be meeting any remaining standards for graduation. Contact your crew advisor or Ms. Hampton with any questions. 40

Thanks to the 65 of you already completed the Senior Spring Check In google form. For the rest of you, please do so here now. 

3) Juniors: These are good days to do SAT prep. (The SATs are coming up in April.) The best practice is to do some practice sections. There's free practice on Khan Academy here.  

Learning Materials and Devices at CBHS - TODAY ONLY

There will be an opportunity to pick up learning materials and tech devices at CBHS TODAY ONLY, Wednesday March 18th. To maximize social distancing, the distribution will take place in the 2nd floor hallway. As a further precaution, families are asked to only come to pick up learning materials if your child is not able to access them online and only pick up tech devices if your child doesn’t have an alternate device at home. 

There will be staggered schedules for pick-up at all schools (elementary/middle/high schools), alphabetically based on last name. 

Here is the schedule: 9:00 - 11:00 A-F 

11:00 - 1:00 G-M 

1:00 - 3:00 N-Z  

If the designated time does not work for you, you may come during one of the other slots. BUT COME TODAY. It is the only day students will be allowed in the building for the next two weeks.  

CBHS pick up is for learning materials, chromebooks and chargers only. Some free food will also be available for any family pick up (including whoopie pies! Really.). AP US History has texts for each student. Ms. Loughlin’s engineering class assignments require materials that you may have at home or could pick up on Wednesday. We will also have some CBHS library selections out for independent reading books if you would like to borrow something.


Free Lunch and Breakfast Available, Starting Today

Starting today, Wednesday, March 18th, the Portland Public Schools will provide school meals for children up to age 18. The school meals program is governed by federal rules, which state that children must be present in order for meals to be provided. Meals will include both breakfast and lunch and can be picked up together anytime between 10am and 12 noon, Monday – Friday, from the bus loop at each participating school. You can drive up. If you do, please stay in your car and meals will be provided based on the number of children in the car. Walk-ups are also welcome. School sites designated for meal pick up starting March 18 are: • Riverton Elementary School • Lyman Moore Middle School • Deering High School  • King Middle School • East End Community School • Presumpscot Elementary School 

• Rowe Elementary School • Peaks Island Elementary School 

Staff will not be checking names or requiring identification, but meals are for children and teens only. You do not need to qualify for free or reduced-price lunch or be PPS students to receive these meals. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to serve meals to adults. 

Students may pick up meals at any one of these sites - go to the site most convenient for your family. Meals cannot be consumed on site. Portland Public Schools buildings will continue to be closed to the public

We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the school site once meals have been distributed, continuing to wash your hands often, sneezing or coughing into a tissue and staying home when you are sick. 

Additional meal options are being provided by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine. Their five clubhouse are closed through March 27, but families can pick up Grab-and-Go meals at the clubhouses from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for any child in the community age 18 and under. The clubhouses are in Portland, South Portland, Riverton Park, Sagamore Village  

Also, those willing to help PPS families experiencing food insecurity and can’t afford to stock up on food during this pandemic, can do so by donating to the PPS Food Fund to help get these families through this crisis. 

Need WiFi at Home?

The district is exploring options to get internet access to families that don’t have it. Spectrum is offering free 60-day access to families who need internet access during the crisis. It's called the Student Remote Internet Offering. Families can call 888-406-7063 to set up service. The district hopes to be able to offer hotspots when those devices become available. 


Thanks for reading.

- DP