Remote Learning Resources

Parent Resources Regarding Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) Recently Released Prerequisite Standards Guide for Elementary and Secondary Students

In late April, DESE released two guides that would help to steer the remote learning plans for Massachusetts students.  Below is a link to the two guides that address the key standards students will need at each grade level in order to be prepared for the next grade.  These are only a small portion of the standards we work with each year; however, these standards build skills required for future work.  To that end, our curriculum committee worked to examine the overlap of the prerequisite standards and how we can use the first weeks of school to address gaps and determine performance levels and “ownership of skills”.  I encourage all parents to look at the appropriate grade span document and if there are questions, please reach out to me via email at or phone at 413-776-1667.  

Thank you.  

Kimberly Roberts-Morandi

Assistant Superintendent

DESE Prerequisite Content Standards Elementary Level (K-5)

DESE Prerequisite Content Standards Secondary Level (6-12)



Below please find resources for your student and family to engage in during this extended remote learning time.  Information is presented across multiple categories: core content, additional ideas for interaction, arts, music and movement, and virtual field trips.  There are multiple sections to scroll through and we suggest you look, explore, and have fun learning together.


General Resources  


Resource Guide for Remote Learning

Chromebook and Chrome Browser Guide

Khan Academy Distance Learning Guide


Canvas Resources
5 min video on how to download the app and connect to your account to your students as an observer:



30 min webinar - deeper dive into creating an observer account w/tips:



30 min webinar - deeper dive exploring what to do once you're in the observer account:



Canvas Student and Family Guide

Canvas Quick Tips

Pairing Codes FAQ

How to Pair with Your Student Account


PreK and Elementary Core Content

Additional Ideas for elementary grades

  • Read books of interest and discuss.  Ask your student questions about the characters in the book, the plot, setting, etc.  See guidance sheet below for interacting with your student and their reading selections.

  • Build a puzzle

  • Play board games, do Word Searches

  • Arts & Crafts

High School Grades 7-12 Core Content

Additional Ideas for grades 7-12

  • Documentaries

  • Crossword puzzles

  • Sudoku

  • Respond to a recommended essay

  • Explore online learning sites published through Drury library database: Drury High School Library Database or other classroom resources

Arts, Music & Band

Physical education

Note: some of these resources require a subscription though most are free. 

Coding/Information Technology: preK through 12



Virtual Field Trips

Note: these resources could fall under multiple headings 


Ways to keep prevention in mind  


Hand washing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Follow these five steps every time.

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.

  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.

  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.

  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

More on hand washing


Talking to your kids about Coronavirus



MDPH Printable information sheets