- The goal is to provide a comprehensive school day for each student, while keeping in mind age-appropriate workloads and monitoring time spent on screens
- PowerSchool Learning will be the content-delivery and instructional platform for student learning
- Some teachers will utilize SeeSaw for assignment submission and daily activities
- Teachers will use Google Meet and Zoom for video communication. WhatsApp may be used in some circumstances.
- Learning will align with grade-level standards and subjects
- Learning activities may include
- review and practice of content already learned
- engaging in new learning in the curriculum
- practicing, discussing, and engaging with new concepts
- Assignments will balance activities needing technology with paper/pencil work to provide variety and keep screen time to manageable levels.
- ELD, Mandarin, and Indonesian teachers will serve students four times per week; check their PSL pages for details about assignments and class meetings. Daily meetings and work time will remain under 20 minutes for LE, and 30 for UE.
- During Q2, students have selected specials classes for the remainder of the semester. Students who have opted out of Art, Library, PE, or Music lessons will not be penalized while we continue online schooling.
- Counseling services are partially available, but as our counselor, Ms. Martin is still in the USA, please expect delays and modifications. Ms. Martin can be reached at email@example.com
- Classroom teachers will hold daily live video calls with classes according to the schedule below:
- PK3: none
- PK4: 0800 to 0830
- Kinder: 0830 to 0900
- Grade 1: 0900 to 1015
- Grade 2: 0830 to 1015
- Grade 3: Part 1: 0800 to 1000
- Grade 3: Part 2: 1200 to 1300
- Grade 4 Language Arts: 0800 to 0930
- Grade 4 Bible: 0930 to 1000
- Grade 4 Math/Science: 1110 to 1240
- Grade 5 Math/Science: 0800 to 0930
- Grade 5 Language Arts: 1110 to 1240
- Grade 3-5 ELD/Foreign Language: 1030 to 1100
- Kinder to Grade 2 ELD/Foreign Language: 1241 to 1301
- 8:00am – deadline for teachers to have PSL updated with daily assignments and/or instructions
- Resource packets are to only be picked up between 8am-3pm each Monday. They will include work for the upcoming five days of school (Tuesday through following Monday)
- ELD and foreign languages have lessons either at 10:30 or 12:40 (regular late-start time for 3rd and 6th period)
- School operating hours for teachers: 7:30-3:30
Expectations for Students
- Demonstrate a positive attitude about online learning
- Be prepared and ready for each meeting in appropriate attire, not having just gotten out of bed
- Behave respectfully, following all guidelines, just as in a classroom
- Check PowerSchool Learning each morning for assignments
- Demonstrate digital citizenship
- Demonstrate age-level appropriate independence while learning
- When confused, respect others’ time. Re-read, try again, and then ask for help
- Attend daily class meetings and/or one-on-one sessions with teachers as required
- Complete work by deadlines and return work to the teacher as required
Expectations for Families
- Pick-up packet of resources between 8am and 3pm each Monday.
- Assist your child as needed without doing the work for them
- Provide space, time, and digital resources for successful learning
- Communicate technology concerns to teachers immediately
- Support teachers
- Do not work ahead. Follow teacher instructions as they may differ from what is seen in the text.
- Balance expectations with the reality of this unusual situation
- Follow routine and schedules to facilitate learning
- Encourage students to work with excellence
- Encourage ‘real life’ learning opportunities
- Help students maintain a healthy lifestyle
- Ensure the availability of a strong, reliable internet connection
- Communicate concerns, questions, and successes with teachers
Expectations for Teachers
- Demonstrate professionalism, timeliness, and clarity in all learning interactions
- Daily video calls provided by homeroom teachers
- Post all learning activities on PowerSchool Learning before 8:00am daily
- Proactively design learning in a way that balances screen-time with non-screen learning
- Be available for student/parent communication during normal working hours (7:30am-3:30pm)
- Live classes must occur between 7:45am-3:30pm
- Provide one-on-one calls as needed within normal school hours for assessments or extra support, hours
- Provide instruction aligned with BAIS standards, striving to include content from all core subjects throughout the quarter (but not necessarily all at the same time)
- Clear, patient, and frequent communication with parents
- Assign work wisely, keeping in mind grade/age specific needs and expectations
Estimated Amount of Instructional and Work Time
This is excluding Foreign Languages and Specials
PK3 - PK4
Kinder - 2nd Grade
3rd - 5th Grade
FAQs for Parents and Students
Online classes are delivered using various technology resources available within our community. Subject area teachers will provide online learning experiences and instructions using PowerSchool Learning as the primary platform. SeeSaw will be mainly used by our elementary teachers for assignment submission. Google Meet or Zoom will be used for whole class or individual video conferencing. If connectivity issues arise, WhatsApp may be used for one-to-one or small group video check-ins with students/parents as needed.
Attendance for online classes (including ELD and foreign language) is very important and will be taken daily via Power School for scheduled meetings. If your student does not attend, not only will they miss out on the learning for that day, they will be marked absent. If a student must miss an online meeting, a parent must communicate with the teacher prior to the meeting. The teacher will develop a plan so that the student can catch up on the learning and/or assessments. When teachers identify patterns of missed classes or work, parents will be contacted. If the situation is not resolved, Mr. Cantrall will be notified. Please communicate with your child’s teacher if you have specific needs or circumstances that prevent your child from adhering to the aforementioned expectations.
Please prioritize internet access for your students. If home internet access is interrupted, perhaps online cellular hotspots can be used. If that is not an option, the student or parent is required to communicate with the teacher.
Parents are asked to provide structure, routine, supervision of learning activities, and an environment conducive to learning in the home. Allow for your students to do their best and make mistakes – some of the best learning happens through this process. It is imperative that you refrain doing your child’s work for him/her as this will impede the learning process. It’s acceptable for students to work for a while, play or take a break, and continue working later.
Make sure your child is active each day! It is strongly recommended that learning activities are completed in “public” spaces in the home where computers or tablets or phones can be viewed to keep students on task. If possible, encourage students working in more private spaces to keep doors open. You can help your child by providing an encouraging and supportive environment.
It is also very important to demonstrate support of teacher decisions. Always know you can reach out to your child’s teacher with questions or concerns.
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Students will be assessed on as many report card standards as possible. Special circumstances may call for some standards/grades to be left blank for Q1. Formative assessments will occur throughout the week, while summative assessments will be given as the teacher is able. If no work is submitted by the student in a particular area, or sufficient evidence is unable to be obtained by the teacher, the standard will be left blank in the progress report.
Specials teachers are providing weekly learning opportunities for elementary students in grades 1-5 who have opted to take their courses for Q2. While students are encouraged to participate in specials classes while online, parents were given the choice whether or not their children will join. Specials teachers will assign grades on report cards based on student achievement. If parents have decided not to have their children participate in a specials class, report card standards will be left blank. For TK (PK3, PK4 and K5), our teachers are incorporating lessons into their daily meets that encourage physical activity, and art/musical expression.
Both ELD and Foreign Language classes will provide online instruction four times per week for no more than 30 minutes per day
- ELD will provide a blend of instruction in reading, writing, speaking, or listening, based on the regular ELD curriculum which will also support students in what they are learning in their core English Language Arts lessons.
- Foreign language and ELD teachers will facilitate lessons with their students using PSL to communicate. Language teachers will adhere to daily time limits of 20 mins total work/class time per day for lower elementary, and 30 minutes total class/work time per day for upper
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