SCS hosts remote learning spirit week

Published 3:05 pm Thursday, April 2, 2020

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To keep students connected with one another as they finish the remainder of the school year online due to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Selma City Schools (SCS) hosted a remote learning spirit week.
Since Monday, students have been participating in spirit week activities at home that would typically take place at school and sharing photos of their participation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag “#TeamSelmaConnected”.
SCS Superintendent Dr. Avis Williams said that the idea for Remote Learning Spirit Week came from brainstorming sessions with SCS Community Outreach Specialist Courtney Washington and other SCS Employees as they tried to figure out ways to keep students connected while learning from home.
“We just wanted to figure out a way to ensure our scholars, families, teachers and leaders were all still connected even though we aren’t physically in the same space,” said Williams. “We thought about the things that we do during the school year, and what it would look like to do those same activities virtually. Spirit week is a huge thing during the school year.”
Throughout the week, students have participated in remote learning spirit week by sharing photos of themselves reading their favorite books, creating their own art and wearing school colors, among other activities.
Williams said watching students take part in remote learning spirit week has been lots of fun.
“It brings a smile to my face,” said Williams. “That’s part of the goal as well. Joy is one of our core values, and we could all use a little joy during times like this.”
“This is a difficult time for all of us,” said Williams. “I think that it’s important that people know we’re here to support them, that families know we’re here to support them. We’re in this together and we’re going to get through this together. It’s important that we continue to support our scholars. We are going back to traditional school at some point and we want to be able to know that we have given it our all to address the needs of the whole child as well as given families the support that they need. Otherwise, this could be very isolating if we don’t have some level of human connection.”

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