During the 2015-16 school year, all Lee’s Summit R-7 School District staff members are participating in a hands-on training called Active Shooter / Intruder Response Training (ASIRT). The training program, created by Strategos International, has been used successfully by many school districts and other organizations across the nation and within the Kansas City metropolitan area. In addition to providing R-7 staff members with skills and hands-on training, ASIRT meets and exceeds new requirements in Missouri law for this type of training.
The ASIRT training features a community component, and parents and guardians are invited to attend one of two sessions being offered during this school year. These sessions, called “School Safety Seminar: Preventing and Responding to Possible Active School Shooters in LSR-7,” are scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Lee’s Summit High School and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at Lee’s Summit North High School.
The R-7 School District is using a train-the-trainers approach, and staff members will participate in training sessions conducted by R-7 employees, school resource officers, and DARE officers who have completed a 40-hour program providing them with the materials and skills to conduct training at schools. Each staff member will complete a four-hour training this school year with a shorter refresher course scheduled in future years for returning employees.
Each ASIRT training includes a presentation as well as practical hands-on training. The sessions are designed to bridge the gap between responding law-enforcement officers and school employees in an active shooter situation. Staff will learn principles that can be applied in any scenario, including at a school or a community setting. In addition, the course will provide employees with additional skills related to prevention, reporting and protection of students and staff during the critical moments before law enforcement arrives at a crime scene. Also included is what to expect from officers once they arrive.
The ASIRT training is part of a comprehensive focus on school safety within the R-7 School District that includes emergency response training and drills, school resource and DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officers, a thorough Emergency Operations Plan, positive working relationships with area law-enforcement and fire departments and a Campus Crime Stoppers Tips Line (816-986-1450).
The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District is partnering with EveryoneOn to increase home access to the Internet among families. EveryoneOn is a national non-profit organization created to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet service accessible to all unconnected Americans.
Nationally, one in five Americans do not use the Internet, according to EveryoneOn officials, with the non-users disproportionately coming from low-income communities. These populations risk becoming increasingly isolated from our digital society because they lack access to the Internet.
During August, approximately 95 percent of Lee’s Summit R-7 families participated in a survey about Internet access in the home. Among families taking the survey, around 95 percent indicated they have wireless Internet access, and 2.6 percent stated they have smartphone or desktop access only. A total of 2.4 percent of families — approximately 406 students or 307 homes — have no Internet access. Of families with students qualifying for free or reduced lunches, around 84 percent have wireless access, 7 percent have smartphone or desktop access and 9 percent have no Internet access.
With the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s launch of Connect2Learn, which provides a Google Chromebook to each student, the partnership with EveryoneOn is especially timely. Working with partnerships with leading Internet service providers, EveryoneOn is able to offer free Internet service or service for $9.95 per month for individuals and families qualifying based on income. For example, families living in the Comcast area who qualify for free/reduced lunch are eligible to receive Internet service for $9.95 per month with no hardware or installation fees.
In addition, Internet service is available for all families regardless of income for $10 or $20 per month, not including the purchase of necessary hardware through T-Mobile.
Lee’s Summit R-7 staff members are encouraging those without Internet service to check out the low-cost plans available through EveryoneOn. If you know of families or individuals without Internet service, please also consider sharing this information with them.
To determine which reduced-price Internet offers are available in your area, visit EveryoneOn.org/lsr7 or text “connect” to 215-45. You may also call (855) EVRY1ON. You will be asked to provide your zip code and to answer questions related to family income levels, such as eligibility for the free/reduced school lunch program. For example, a family living within the 64086 or 64063 zip code with a child(ren) qualifying for free/reduced lunch program would qualify for several low-cost Internet options ranging from $9.95 to $20 per month.
In addition to working to provide Internet access, EveryoneOn provides reduced-price digital devices and free computer and Internet courses
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- Enter your email address and push “Login/Create Account”.
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1. You will see a list of teachers. Select the box next to the teacher name(s) that you would like to schedule a conference with. You will then see the schedule of available times for those teachers. (If there are fewer than ten teachers at the school you will see the availability of all teachers).
2. Each colored square represents an available meeting time. The legend shows you which teacher corresponds to which color and the times increase as you go down the page.
3. Click on a square to schedule that time.
4. You will optionally have the choice of setting a time when you would like an email reminder to be delivered, and you will be prompted to enter in the name of your student.
5. Click on “Create Appointment”.
- You can click on the “Printable Schedule” link located on the top right corner and print the resulting web page to get a hard copy of your schedule. You will also have the option to email the schedule to yourself.
- If you want to make changes to your schedule you can click on the “Your Schedule” link, OR you can login at any other time with your email and password.
If you have any questions, please call Sandy Kilkenny – 816.986-1324.
Beginning this week, our school district is making a change in elementary schools’ procedures related to access to YouTube, a sharing service that allows users to watch videos posted by other users. During spring 2015, our district eliminated all access to YouTube within elementary schools when Google discontinued YouTube Ed. Since then, we have heard from numerous teachers in our school and elementary schools throughout Lee’s Summit R-7 that the unintended consequences of this decision has been a negative impact on student instruction. YouTube has become a major source of a number of high-quality educational sites for both school and home use. Many YouTube videos had been embedded into our district’s curriculum as recommended resources. When YouTube was eliminated from our elementary classrooms, these important teaching tools were also removed from our teachers’ instructional toolbox.
Based on this significant feedback from our teachers, all Lee’s Summit R-7 elementary schools are allowing restricted YouTube access for elementary staff and students, Thursday, Sept. 10. We wanted to take this opportunity to communicate this change, its rationale and our ongoing emphasis on safety.
- By allowing restricted access to YouTube, our teachers and students will be able to use these important instructional tools that enhance learning and further engage children.
- Without YouTube, students were also unable to use these resources for their school projects and assignments, another detriment to the learning process. These sites included Bookopolis (reading minute recording site), LearnZillion (math site) and Kahn Academy (instructional videos for teachers, parents and students) to name just a few.
- As part of this newly reinstated restricted access, videos with mature content or that have been age-restricted will not appear in video searches, related videos, playlists, shows or films. While no filter is 100-percent accurate, YouTube utilizes community flagging and image detection to help identify and hide inappropriate content as well as objectionable comments.
- In addition to operating under YouTube Safety Mode, we have the additional protection of the district’s overall content filtering and safe search. This restricts Internet access both at school and away from school while using a district Chromebook or any device on the district network. Our district filter restricts inappropriate content and images as well as other search engines if they do not have a way for us to force a safe-search feature.
- This filter also restricts images that are copyright protected so that students will only receive images that are not only restricted through our filter, they are also labeled for commercial, not-for-profit use.
- As always, our teachers are emphasizing supervision of students’ Internet use and will continue comprehensive instruction on digital citizenship.
- If an instance occurs where a child unintentionally accesses inappropriate content via YouTube students have been and are being instructed to adhere to the following steps:
- Close the device.
- Report to a teacher or other appropriate adult immediately.
- Staff will report the site to the Technology Department so it can be investigated via our content filter provider.
- If, however, a child intentionally seeks to access inappropriate content disciplinary measures consistent with Board policy and the Elementary Handbook will be applicable.
With this restricted access to YouTube as well as our ongoing content filtering and monitoring of students’ online activities, our school district continues to meet the requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act as well as our Board of Education Policy EHB (Technology Usage).
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Students are receiving Google Chromebooks to use at school and at home through Connect2Learn
Through the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s new Connect2Learn program, each student in the district will receive his/her own Google Chromebook this fall. Parents are receiving information from their child’s school this summer with more information about the program as well as Chromebook distribution dates.
When the Chromebooks are distributed, parents/guardians will be asked to sign the agreement and pay the mobile device insurance fee, which totals $30. Families may review the Connect2Learn handbook and agreement prior to enrollment by visiting http://connect2learn.lsr7.org/handbook/.
Through Connect2Learn, each student from kindergarten through high school will receive a Chromebook by Labor Day 2015.
This Chromebook rollout supports school district priorities and is an important step toward further developing engaged learners and meeting the district’s mission — We prepare each student for success in life. Additional access to digital devices increases equity among all students and helps support the way students learn and teachers teach. Within this innovative learning environment, students can also be more engaged in the learning experience.
Through Connect2Learn, students will have access to this powerful learning tool both at home and at school, regardless of family income or ability to purchase the digital devices.
As part of this one-to-one initiative, R-7 schools will continue to provide guidance and supervision to help students learn to appropriately and safely use technology tools. Instruction on digital citizenship and proper use of technology will continue to occur at each school and every grade level. In addition, families are encouraged to reinforce these lessons at home by using resources provided on the “Parent Info” page of the district’s Connect2Learn webpage at http://connect2learn.lsr7.org/.
This Connect2Learn website features a popular FAQs page that is updated as additional questions about the program are submitted. This FAQs web page also provides the opportunity for individuals to recommend new questions. Twitter followers are encouraged to keep up with information about the rollout at the hashtag #r7connect2learn.