Potential Alternative Delivery Methods

Consider that not all students will have access to technology. Some may have some technology, but do not have Internet access. The following list contains possible alternative ways to deliver materials to students. Check with your school division for specific guidelines and policies regarding using such resources.

USB Drives

Teachers could pre-load content/lessons onto a USB drive that could be delivered to families and then returned to the school at a scheduled time. In some instances, this may require lending a computer or device to the families. It would be a good idea to request that appropriate virus detection software is installed on the receiving computer to ensure that malware is not transferred via the USB drive.

Things to consider:

  • What system might be put in place or drop off and pickup of a USB drive?


Teachers could preload tablets with documents or videos, PDF books to read, and instructions outlining the learning activities, games or resources assigned to each child, for families to access and use either right on the tablet, or with links to online content, depending on whether they have WiFi or not.  The tablet would then be dropped off and picked up at scheduled times.

This would allow for families to simply take photos, audio recordings or video of the child working on activities which are more activity based, such as reading aloud to their sibling or playing a math game, which the teacher could view later and collect as documentation of learning.

Things to consider:

  • The tablet would likely have to be password protected for downloads, to ensure that only the content needed was allowed to be accessed.
  • A phone call might need to accompany the tablet drop off to walk families/kids through how to open the device and find the documents saved there.

Activity Boxes

Provide a box with craft materials, books, games, a deck of cards and some written directions of possible activities, etc. Also, provide a new journal for taking notes of their daily activities. You could ask families to take photos with their phones or include a small disposable camera for students to take pictures of their work and send back to the teacher.

Things to consider:

  • Who will provide the drop off (for example: bus drivers)?
  • How might we maintain safety (for example: disinfecting of materials)?
  • Consider the family’s ability to support the student (for example: EAL families, or families who may have low reading, writing, math ability).

Weekly Letter

Write a weekly letter to a student (for example: divide your class into groups of 5 and write a letter to those students each day). Personalize the letter by asking about specific student interests and suggesting personalized related activities. You might include specific readings or math work and suggest resources they can use at home for manipulatives, or suggest a recipe for them to make with their families (for example: practicing fractions and reading…) etc. Provide a stamped envelope for them to write back to you.

Things to consider:

  • Schools may need to provide the paper, stamps and envelopes.

Weekly or Biweekly  Phone calls

Phone calls could be made to keep in touch with your students. In these calls, you could discuss what they have been doing: what books they have read recently, suggest some backyard activities that may be personalized to their interests, etc. Teachers could hold conference calls during which they read a story, sing a song, or provide some other oral language support / communication.

Things to consider:

  • Conference calls would require conference calling capability at the teacher’s end.

Porch/Front Step Box

Families can decorate a box that they place on their front steps for drop off/pick up of school papers and materials.

Things to consider:

  • Is there a schedule for dropping off?
  • Who has the ability to do the drop off and pick up?
  • There would need to be an inventory of any materials that the school would like returned?