• Getting Started with Remote Learning September 2020

    Posted by Julie Riley on 9/15/2020 7:00:00 PM



    Welcome to our MERSD Remote Learning Page!

    Starting September 16, 2020, our schools will begin remotely. Our goal is to support you through this process! We realize that some of this may be new to you. We are sharing the following resources to support you. This post will cover an overview of the "Big Three" modes of communication and collaboration between teachers and students. Additionally, below you will find information on our Parent Help Desk created to support families as we transition into remote learning.

    Getting Started with the "Big Three"

    As we begin school, our classrooms will use three major systems to deliver instruction and communicate with students: 

    • Zoom-for daily communication and collaboration with students and sharing of lesson materials in grades K-12
    • Seesaw-for collection and sharing of student work and lesson materials in grades K-2
    • Google Classroom-for collection and sharing of student work and lesson materials in grades 3-12

    Links to Information and Video Tutorials on the Big Three:


    Seesaw: K-2

    Google Classroom: 3-12

    Additional technologies teachers will use to work and collaborate with students:

    Additional technology supports and tutorials for parents

    The following information is related to our Parent Help Desk designed to support parents and caregivers in the transition to Remote Learning:

    Parent Help Desk Support 

    Hours of Operation: 7:30AM to 5:00PM

    Email: MERSDhelp@axiscomputernetworks.com

    Phone: 978-463-2112 

    Parent call in procedures:

    • Calls to the helpdesk will be answered by MERSD’s technology partner, Access Computer Networks.
    • When calling in, parents should inform the help desk operator (or voicemail if you leave one) that they are calling from Manchester Essex schools
    • Please be aware that you may also receive incomings calls from Axis Computer Networks if they are following upon your prior inquiry

    Home Wifi 

    A good Internet connection is important to your child’s ability to access remote learning. Please be aware that home use of the following may impact Internet speeds: online streaming apps, video gaming, streaming music, Netflix, and/or any type of downloadable content. 

    Student Devices  

    MERSD has a web filtering program for our devices while they are on campus in our school buildings.  However, when these devices are home and attached to an external Wi-Fi/Internet source, devices will not be connected to our district Internet and therefore, all student devices must be monitored by parents for proper use. We will retain the ability to push out apps to our Ipads and through our G-Suite program and our Student Learning Systems, but we ask that parents monitor students’ Internet usage on school-owned devices. 

    Julie M. Riley, Ed.D.‚Äč

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