Secondary Online Learning

Secondary classes will continue to follow the “Late-start Schedule.”  

All secondary teachers have created online modules of learning in PowerSchool Learning similar to this model (this is just a sample):

Module Example: “The Evolution and Prevention of COVID-19”

The student will be able to

  • Define COVID-19
  • Identify the incubation period, symptoms, and treatment for COVID-19
  • Compare and contrast COVID-19 with MERS OR SARS OR H1N1
  • Articulate a brief history of COVID-19
  • Create a prevention plan for a local, regional or national area
  • Due Week 1 Tuesday – Create KWL chart about COVID-19
  • Due Week 1 Thursday – Read Chapter 19 and Chapter 20 and take outline notes for the two chapters
  • Due Week 1 Friday – Create vocabulary flashcards for 19-20 – practice until successful
    • Practice with flashcards every day
  • Due Week 2 Tuesday – Create a Venn Diagram using COVID-19 and one of the three other options
  • Due Week 2 Thursday – Write a 500 word essay (brief!) describing the history of COVID-19 in MLA format
  • Due Week 2 Thursday – Participate in Tuesday and Thursday “Meets” for check-ins and questions/answers/clarification
  • Due Week 2 Friday – Submit a link to your Google Folder (portfolio) in PSL of the artifacts from the step-by-step plan, including your prevention plan

*Note:  The module does not include daily plans such as live classes, discussions, etc. 

Approach

  • PowerSchool Learning will be the content-delivery and instructional platform for student learning
  • Google Meet is the online interface for live, online interaction with the teacher
  • Learning will continue to align with curriculum and current or new units of instruction
  • Learning activities will be completed independently online or collaboratively online
  • Learning activities may include
    • Review and practice of content already learned,
    • Engaging in new learning in the curriculum,
    • Practicing, discussing, and engaging with new learning
  • Learning activities will provide balance between screen-time activities and non-screen activities
  • Counseling services continue to remain available utilizing Google Meet

Schedule

  • Teachers will provide, in PowerSchool Learning, a schedule of required live, online interaction for direct instruction, demonstration, or answering questions
  • Daily PowerSchool Learning activities for courses will be provided and completed
  • Teachers will be online for questions, at minimum, from 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00

Expectations for Students

  • Demonstrate a positive attitude about learning given the unique situation
  • Behave, following all of the rules, as if they were in class
  • Check PowerSchool Learning when starting their learning day and at least once after lunch.
  • Demonstrate age-appropriate online maturity, digital citizenship, and independence in learning
  • When confused, respect others’ time. Re-read and then ask a friend. If still confused, ask the teacher.

Expectations for Families

  • Demonstrate support of learning efforts given the restrictions of the online format
  • Create a routine and environment to facilitate learning
  • Ensure the availability of a strong, reliable internet connection
  • Communicate technology needs so all students have access to learning resources

Expectations for Teachers

  • Demonstrate professionalism, timeliness, and clarity in all learning interactions
  • Post all daily learning activities on PowerSchool Learning before 8:00am every day
  • Proactively design learning in a way that balances screen-time
  • Be available for student/parent communication during normal work hours
  • If teachers are facilitating live lessons, those lessons need to be during regular class hours unless otherwise noted

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. Google Suite and related Google tools will be used as well. Google “Meet” will be used for any video conferencing.

Online classes and activities are important and if you student misses, they will miss out on the learning. If this happens, the student must communicate with the teacher to make a plan to catch up on the learning and assessments. Additionally, teachers will be contacting parents of students who repeatedly miss class or do not turn in work. Teachers will also report names to Mr. Thomas for implementation of the progressive discipline policy.

This should be avoided if at all possible. If home-internet access is interrupted, perhaps online cellular hotspots can be used. If that is not an option, the student is required to communicate with their teacher.

Parents are encouraged to provide structure, routine, supervision of learning activities and facilitate an environment for learning in their home. 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. It is discouraged to have students with technology in their bedrooms or other private spaces.

Please contact our IT Department via email: it@baisedu.org or you can WhatsApp our IT Director. 

Mrs. Wongkar (kellywongkar@baisedu.org) can be contacted for social/emotional counseling needs and Ms. Hall (melissahall@baisedu.org) can be contacted for college counseling needs.

Parents can help by ensuring a safe learning environment with established routines and schedules for learning. Students are encouraged to also exercise and be physically active.

Any video conferencing will be through Google Meet. When students access any classes in Meet, they should use their audio only. The teacher will use audio and video but the students should only use audio and the chat feature. This will assist everyone with internet connectivity within bandwidth restrictions.

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