Distance Learning

DISTANCE LEARNING EXPECTATIONS


As we support you in your decision to have your student(s) distance learn, we want to make you aware of some changes and expectations we have for you and your student(s).


PLEASE BE AWARE:  All families electing distance learning for the start of the year need to notify the district by TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2020.  YOU will need to pick up your child’s device and school materials on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.


The district will not be delivering or picking up paper copies. Distance learning students must be prepared to do their school work digitally. Classroom lessons/meetings will be in real time and attendance will be taken each day (each period for high school) in this manner. Students are required to be “present” during class times. Each teacher will be providing a daily schedule noting times and expectations for their classes. 


Providing paper copies will be the choice of the individual teacher, mostly in the primary elementary grades.  In the event you will be receiving paper copies, parents or students are required to pick up their work from the school every Friday by 4:00 p.m. and homework will need to be returned in a timely manner as specified by each individual teacher. If your home internet connection is an issue, students will be expected to download lectures, assignments, etc. and submit them the following day. This could be done in the school parking lot, or any other location with an adequate wifi signal.


High School Expectations are as follows:


  1. Grades 7-12 will use GoogleMeet to simulcast and record lessons in real time. Students who are distance learning will be expected to log on and access this in real time. We are recording these sessions and will put them in Schoology in case internet issues prevent a student from participating in real time.

  2. Grades 7-12 will use Schoology to post assignments. Students will access and submit assignments from this learning platform.

  3. There will be no regular paper packets. Students are expected to be responsible for accessing and watching videos, accessing and submitting the assignments, and contacting the teacher with any questions during class and/or school hours (7:45-3:45 p.m.), just as every other student does.


To answer the question "are we expecting students to be on their computers live streaming all day long?’ The answer is likely NO for most classes. Teachers will present lessons like they usually do (10-20 minutes) and then students will work on the lesson (30-40 minutes). Most teachers will only livestream the lesson portion of class, not the time when students are working on the assignment. For many classes, distance learners will be live streaming for about 10-30 minutes, and then have the remaining time to work on the assignment. This will vary, depending on the class and on the lesson that day.


Elementary Expectations are as follows:

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade:


  1. There will be paper packets that parents are expected to pick up every Friday by 4 p.m.

  2. In addition, we will do digital learning with the SeeSaw platform, in which families and students will need to access and submit assignments.  

  3. Students/families will need to be in contact with their teacher in various ways throughout the day for attendance purposes. It will vary per teacher, but attendance expectations may include daily suggested times for kids to be involved with livestream class meetings and/or lessons, and also pre-recorded lessons sent to them through SeeSaw.  The times for those livestream lessons will be communicated the day before or morning of, as we are unable to keep them consistent with our 7 day rotation schedule.

  4. Teacher contact hours are 7:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m.  You are welcome to call or email outside of these times but please realize that a response may not be given until the next school day.  

  5. More specific information each week will be communicated to parents in their weekly packets, by email, or through SeeSaw.


3rd Grade - 6th Grade:


  1. We will use Google Classroom as our virtual classroom. Google Classroom directions will be included in the “week 1 packet” on Sept. 3 to access each classroom.

  2. Distance learners should check their Google Classroom stream throughout the day for information and assignments.

  3. We will use GoogleMeet, which is accessible on Google Classroom to simulcast and record videos as well as meet in person with students daily. Individual teachers will let students know when they need to log on and access in real-time.  Any recordings will be available via Google Classroom in case internet issues prohibit students from accessing in real-time.

  4. There will be written packets to be picked up for some classes. Parents are expected to pick up packets on Friday afternoon by 4:00 p.m. for the upcoming week. 

  5. Students are expected to be responsible for checking their Google Classroom stream, accessing videos, accessing and submitting assignments, and contacting the teacher with any questions during their scheduled meeting times and/or school hours (7:45-3:45 p.m.). You are welcome to call or email outside of these times; however, please realize that a response may not be given until the next school day. 


Learning will be a combination of online activities as well as offline activities. Teachers may have video lessons that students will need to view prior to an online meeting or teachers may have students online while they teach the lesson and then students will be able to work on the assignment. 


Please note that it is not realistic to assume students will be required to have 6-8 hours of screen time per day.  Check in’s will be frequent but not excessive.  Most lessons will be live streamed but students will not be required to remain on the screen for individual work time. If internet connection is an issue, there is an option to access GoogleMeet by phone. Schedules will vary depending on the specialist rotation. 


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