This page will contain information, updates, and resources for parents and students during our home based learning phase. Please check here for information prior to calling the schools for information as many of your questions can be answered by the information on this page.
Hotspot Access for non-school devices at PSD Hot Spots (not necessary for Direct spots)
Below are two zip files with programs to allow your non-school devices to connect to PSD Hot Spots. For windows devices follow the instructions below. For Mac devices you will need to follow instructions specifically for your machine.
Windows Zip File (RootCAInstaller) Mac Zip File (root_authority)
1. Click on zip file, look for the file wherever downloads go on your computer.
2. Open the folder and extract the file (usually by double clicking on the file)
3. Click on RootCAInstaller
4. You will be asked, "Do you want to allow this app from an unknown publisher to make changes to your device" Click Yes.
5. Click "Next"
6. Click "I Agree" (If you use Firefox add a check in the box "add to firefox"after this step)
7. Click on Install
8. Click Next and then click on Finish.
If you have issues please contact our help line at (208) 240-6963 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Available 8 am through 1 pm.
Hotspot Updates (April 2, 2020, 4:00 pm) (en espanol)
As indicated yesterday, four internet hot spots have been established for those that have trouble accessing the internet in their homes. These spots have been developed by Preston School District and Direct Communications. Below is access and location information for each hotspot.
As you access these hotspots please follow legal parking restrictions. Please don’t block entrances to private homes or businesses. At the spot near Canyon Creek Dental, please do not park in their parking lot during business hours (Mon-Thus 8-5, and Fri 8-2).
Many local organizations and businesses have been happy to help and serve during this challenging time for our community. Please be sure to be considerate of their service and keep their areas clean. This includes at our lunch delivery locations. Please do not leave trash and other items on the organizations’ property out of appreciation for their willingness to allow school patrons to use these areas.
Direct Communication Hot Spots
Between Canyon Creek Dental (395 E 600 S, Preston, ID) and the Preston School District Bus Garage (indicated in the green arrow below)
East of Big Js (at about 35 E 2nd N, Preston, ID) image below.
Access for both Direct locations: SSID: DirectcomSchool Key: doyourhomework
Preston School District Hot Spot Locations
Student Parking Lot at Preston High School (Near Pizza Stop).
Parking Lot in Front of Oakwood and Pioneer Elementary Schools.
Access for both school locations: SSID: PSD201 Key: WiFi@PSD201 (case sensitive)
Currently the school sites are only set for school devices, however, in the coming days we will provide instructions for using the hotspot for any device.
Home Based Learning UPDATE (6:30 pm, April 1st)
Reminder: Tomorrow (Thursday), parents and students can pick up an additional computer for their home based learning from the school. This will happen at Oakwood Elementary and will run from 8:00 am through 12:00 pm. If you cannot make that time fit please make arrangements for another time by calling Oakwood at (208) 852-2233.
6th Grade Laptops can be picked up at the Jr. High between 8 am and 1 pm.
PSD Technology Help Line: (208) 240-6963 or email email@example.com. Available 8 am through 1 pm.
Hot spots will be made available for internet use by Preston School District and Direct Communication. There will be a total of four locations available. Those locations and connection information will be sent out tomorrow.
Thanks to all that have made our computer distribution, school lunches, and online curriculum possible over the last several weeks!
Computer Pickup UPDATE (8:14 am, April 1st)
Kindergarten through 4th Grade CAN pickup computers today. However, if 5th through 12th grade students will be using the computer they will need their username and password. K-4 will not need a username and password.
COMPUTER PICKUP INSTRUCTIONS (7:30 am, April 1st)
We are excited for this endeavor of distributing hundreds of computers to families today. I'd like to give a big shout out to Steve Crookston, TJ Burbank, and all others who have worked endless hours to get this ready.
A couple of instructions for you as you come to make it run smoothly.
The most important thing you need to know is that if 5th grade through 12th grade students will be using the computer at home, you will need to have the student come with you to log on, or you will need to have their log in information (username and password).
When you arrive at Oakwood, please come in the front doors and proceed to the gymnasium. There you will be handed a short form to fill out, a computer, and instructions for logging in there.
Computers have been sanitized. Families will be kept at appropriate social distance and tables will be sanitized between each family. School staff will be present to answer questions.
Thank you for your patience.
UPDATE—Home Based Learning (3-31-2020, 5:00 pm)
Just two updates today:
- Computer Distribution: There were some issues today with sixth grade laptops. We have plans for correcting those issues and parents of sixth grade students will receive information today on how to correct those issues.
At this point, we anticipate that we will be able to distribute computer devices at Oakwood tomorrow on the schedule provided below (yesterday's announcement).
- Learning Materials and Assignments: As we have sent out assignments for students, many have shared their appreciation for the teachers efforts, but have felt overwhelmed with the number of assignments for a family, the time required to complete assignments, and the amount of computer time required.
We are aware of these concerns and are currently working with teachers to establish appropriate levels of work for students during this time where many have limited time and technology resources to complete the assignments. This will be a balancing act that we will continue to try to provide meaningful activities and be understanding of the situations families find themselves in. Again, teachers have been asked to be flexible in these first days with due dates and expectations while families work things out.
Please look at how things are going in your household after this first week, and if there are continued concerns, reach out to your teacher and principals.
UPDATE Home Based Learning (Monday March 30th, 5:00 PM) (En Espanol)
Thanks for those that participated today. We feel it went well. If you have concerns, please contact Candy Longhurst, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are a couple of updates:
- There are lines on the sidewalk at the high school to help maintain social distancing requirements.
- Doors at the high school will close at noon, so please be early. Busses will also leave their locations at noon.
- A parent or one child can pick up lunches for multiple children. Please remember that these lunches are for children ages 1 to 18 only.
- Any student can pick up a lunch at any location. See Locations Below.
Laptop Loaning and Pickup
IMPORTANT: We have hit a couple of logistical snags and will need to push the laptop pickup back one day. So the schedule will be the same, but pushed back one day.
Wednesday, April 1st from 8:00 am until 10:00 am—Families with no devices in their homes.
Wednesday, April 1st from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm—Families receiving one device
Thursday, April 2nd from 8:00 until 12:00 – Second device for a family delivered (if available)
Teachers will be made aware of this change and flexibility will be given for assignment due dates.
Sixth Grade students can still pick up their laptop tomorrow (Tuesday) from 8:00 to 3:00.
We are evaluating other aspects of our home-based learning plans and will make further adjustments as necessary.
HOME BASED LEARNING INFORMATION BASICS (Updated 3-27-2020 @ 2:00 pm) (En Espanol)
Since we closed schools on March 17th, the state board has closed all schools in the state through April 20th and Governor Little has instructed all to stay at home except those industries and businesses considered essential. Schools fit within the essential model but have been asked to conduct what they call a “soft closure”. This means, that while we will not be holding classes in our buildings, we will be providing students with an educational experience through a home-based learning process.
Emails, our website, Facebook pages, etc., starting Friday the 27th will have essential information for parents and students about what the home-based learning process will look like and what they can expect from district staff and what district staff will expect from students.
In preparation for at-home learning starting Monday March 30th, we have put this information together for parents and students.
We anticipate that this will cause varying levels of stress for families throughout the district depending on a wide variety of factors. As a district we are doing our best to prepare for this new instructional method. Many of our teachers have experience teaching in an online or home-based instructional method and they are mentoring the teachers that have not had as much experience. We are asking our teachers to be patient and understanding with families as they sort through this process and would request the same from parents and students as we work through the process.
Initial Contact: Each student should receive a contact from their teacher by the end of the day on Monday, March 30th. For older students (6th grade and up) this will happen through their school email accounts. Parents should be copied on those emails. For the younger students it may come to you as parents in an email or a phone call from the teacher.
Virtual Office Hours: Each teacher will establish virtual office hours where parents and students can expect relatively prompt replies to emails or phone calls. Teachers will also be available for one-on-one (via phone or videoconferencing) help by appointment between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday.
Instruction: Instruction will be varied, however, for older students most of the material will be delivered through Canvas or Teams. Younger students will be primarily through iStation, Gooru, or Pearson Online. Parents should receive access instructions for each of these.
Instruction will focus on the essential principles for each subject area and will not be a full copy of what happens in a face-to-face classroom.
If a teacher conducts a live session via video conferencing. Students can log in for the specific time, but the video will be archived and students who cannot work that schedule in at home can watch the session later.
Families without Internet: The district continues to work with internet providers to find options for families. Several companies have offered free services and that list will be attached on the website. We are also looking for options with Direct Communications to set up hotspots throughout the district. We will forward information if we are able to get those set up.
In the meantime, if students do not have access to internet, please contact your teachers and they will each develop the best method for getting that information to you. If you cannot reach your teachers, please contact your principal.
Laptop Loaning and Pickup: The school district technology department has been working round the clock with extra employees coming in temporarily to get our laptops ready to loan out to parents. We will loan the device to parents at no cost. However, parents will need to agree to split the cost, 50/50, for repairs or replacement of laptops that are damaged.
The laptops (except for 6th graders) will be distributed from Oakwood Elementary on Tuesday, March 31st and Wednesday, April 1st. Laptops will be delivered to your vehicles and a short form will need to be filled out. District employees will help with this process at your vehicles. No parents or students will come in the building to help keep appropriate social distancing. Laptops are being cleaned and sanitized prior to being delivered to parents.
Priority will be given to families that do not have access to any computer device in their home. After that we will only deliver one device to each home to start with to ensure that everyone is able to get at least one, before multiple laptops are delivered.
Tuesday, March 31st from 8:00 am until 10:00 am—Families with no devices in their homes.
Tuesday, March 31st from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm—Families receiving one device
Wednesday, April 1st from 8:00 until 12:00 – Second device for a family delivered (if available)
6th Grade—Tuesday, March 31st from 8:00 am until 3:00 pm at the front door of Preston Jr. High. If you are not able to pick up the laptop on this day please contact the Jr. High to set an appointment.
Questions on this process can be directed to Kaylynn Hamblin at Oakwood Elementary at Kaylynn.email@example.com or calling 208-852-2233.
Technology Help Center: Preston School District will provide a Technology Help Center for parents as we start into home-based learning. This help center will focus on how to access specific programs and troubleshooting issues with laptops provided by the district. The help center can be contacted between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm each day Monday through Thursday. However, hours may be modified depending on the volume of calls that are made. The Preston School District Help Center can be accessed by calling (208) 240-6963 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about the help center can be directed to Clint Peery at email@example.com. The Technology Help Center’s first day will be Tuesday, March 31st.
The Preston School District will be implementing grab and go lunches starting Monday
March 30th, until we return to school. Lunches will be provided Monday-Thursday and are free to all children ages 1-18, not just students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program. Please be aware that this program is for children only and there will be no adult lunches available.
High School lunch site – Lunch will be served from 11am to noon. Lunches will be handed out at the North cafeteria door by the new gym. Students will grab their lunches and exit up the ramp and down the stairs and go home. No one is allowed in the building and bathroom facilities will not be available. To maintain social distancing students will be required to maintain six feet between one another. Marks on the ground will be made to help guide students.
Bus lunch stops – To accommodate rural families, we will be busing lunches to the following sites:
- Franklin Stake center parking lot -106 E. Main Franklin
- Cub River LDS church parking lot -5307 E. Cub River Rd
- Whitney LDS church parking lot -1444 S. 1600 E.
- Fairview LDS church parking lot -165 W. 4800 S.
- Winder LDS church parking lot -4400 N. 1600 W.
- Riverdale LDS church parking lot -3562 N. 1600 E.
- Mink Creek LDS church parking lot -7316 N. Capitol hill Rd.
- Sunrise Mobile Home—Sunrise Drive off State Street.
Buses will leave Oakwood elementary at 11am and should be at each site between 11:30-noon
Unfortunately, there are no special lunch options available such as gluten free.
Questions on the lunch program can be directed to Candy Longhurst, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preston School District will continue to provide counselor support throughout the closure. Students in need of academic or social counseling should contact the counselors for their schools directly. If a teacher recognizes a need for counseling with any of their students they may refer the student to counselors and the counselors will make contact with students and/or parents as appropriate. Counseling activities will certainly take place in a different medium than normal, but the manner of contact will be the responsibility of the counselors and students/parents involved.
Preston and Franklin High School Counselors
Preston Jr. High Counselor
Oakwood Elementary Counselor
Pioneer Elementary Counselor
As a part of the Idaho State Board of Education’s decision to close schools until April 20th, they also waived the requirement for the senior project for seniors this school year. For some students this will be a benefit because to finish their project requires access to resources that may not be available in the current community situation. However, recognizing that many students have put in a significant amount of work on their projects and would like the chance to finish and have the project on their transcript we are giving the choice to students of whether or not they would like to complete the senior project.
- Students will choose if they want to proceed with their senior project. If they choose to complete they will need to contact Mr. Sessions at email@example.com.
- Students who choose not to complete their project will not have any indication on their transcript.
- Students who choose to complete the project will have individual communication with Mr. Sessions or Mrs. Swainston about specifics of what they need to do to complete the project. The projects will be scaled back as necessary and appropriate.
- For the presentation students will do a scaled back version at home and send the video to Mr. Sessions.
- For students who choose to complete the project, the grade will be a letter grade and listed on their transcript.