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Distance Learning Overview for WUSD
Distance Learning Overview for WUSD
Mark Westerburg
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

REMOTE LEARNING FOR WUSD

TEACHER RESPONSIBILITIES

 

In a district that places great emphasis on social-emotional learning, our teacher’s commitment to our students has never been more important.  Teachers remain dedicated to providing a quality educational experience while taking care of the social-emotional needs of our students.

Our online learning plan builds on the social-emotional practices that teachers utilize on a daily basis in their classrooms.  These practices include:

➔      Foster a sense of community and connection with their students whenever possible

➔      Collaborate with colleagues

➔      Assign appropriate  learning activities or assignments for students with consideration of the remote learning environment

➔      Solicit feedback and ideas from students

➔      Provide a clear weekly schedule

➔      Clearly communicate classroom norms and expectations for  online interactions and collaboration

➔      Regularly post  preferred method of communication and hours  available

➔      Regularly communicate with department/grade level colleagues to review and improve online lessons/activities                                           

PARENT ADVICE                          

 Parents and family members will play an essential role in a student’s online educational experience. While families have always been engaged in the nuances and expectations associated with supporting their child’s work, the ideas outlined below will further help your child to learn and thrive in an online learning environment:           

●      Establish a daily routine and daily expectations for your child

●      Help your child plan the week’s activities and assignments

●      Check-in with your child regarding their coursework and engage them in a discussion

●      Help your child create an environment that is conducive to learning

●      Support opportunities for your child to exercise, be outdoors or be involved in the arts

●      Establish guidelines for your child’s screen time

●      Take advantage of the technology education available to our parents, the teacher format for learning, and parent resources found on the schools’ and district’s web pages.

●      Reach out to your child’s teacher, advisor or guidance counselor with concerns, questions, and for support

●      Be a supportive partner with your child’s teacher(s)

 

Purpose

To provide information for student learning opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To provide equitable learning opportunities through offline learning resources and online  learning.

Attendance

 

Attendance will be reviewed each day  based on participation in remote learning opportunities.

Families without reliable internet access will be given options  where they can  access the internet, free of charge, within the community.

Information for participation through offline learning will be provided to families who do not have internet  access.

Communication

Teachers will communicate class/course specific information to students and parents.

Parents can leave messages for teachers, administrators and/or office staff by calling the school office or  via email  and expect a response within one business  day.

All sites will have a live person answering the school phone during normal school hours.

If you need assistance contacting a teacher, please contact the school office  directly and/or  email the site administrator .

Guidance for Remote Learning

Offline Learning Resources

Elementary

Grade level offline resources are  based on the  California Academic Standards.

Students unable to meet in an online learning capacity will be able to meet weekly one on one at Brookside with the teaching staff.

Google Classroom, Blosser Lane’s digital learning platform, will be utilized for instructional support for students.

 Offline learning resources are available for families who do not have digital access.  Information about offline resources will be provided by your child’s teacher in grades K-5 and from the school in grades 6-8. If parents are unable to pick-up the offline learning resources during the designated times, resources will be located at the District Office.

Middle School

Google Classroom, BGMS’s digital learning platform, will be utilized for instructional support for students. All  adopted curriculum in the four core courses have an online component which will be used by teachers to support virtual live teaching.  Middle school students without digital access at home will be given  access time at the school site to download assignments and organize the  work to be completed at home, offline.

High School

Coursework and assignments will continue online to ensure credits are earned. For information about online access , parents may call the school; WHS @ 707-459-7700 SHHS @  707-459-4801.

 

Time on task

Remote learning is created for each school day.  It is not designed to match the same amount of time as face-to-face learning in a traditional classroom.

The following will serve as the general guidance:

●      Kindergarten: 180 minutes  of learning per day focused on reading and math

●      Grades 1-3: 230  minutes of learning per day focused on reading and math

●      Grades 4-5; 240 minutes of learning per day focused on reading and math,  with some social studies and some science.

●      Grades 6-8; Three 100 minute blocks,  per day (Math/Science, English Language Arts/Social Studies, PE/ Elective.

●      Grades 9-12; Three, 100 minute courses each day.

 

Digital Learning

All online lessons will be posted by 8:00 a.m. each learning day, or done via online live video lessons as determined by the teacher,  keeping with each site’s expectations.

Assignments at Brookside, shared through online programs like Zoom, classroom apps, and/or through curriculum-type apps like Clever, will be  based on the unique requirements of each grade-level.  This is determined by the individual teacher and will be within  grade-level standards and agreements.  Every lesson will include the five key principles for quality distance learning:

●      Student/teacher connection

●      Learning structure and sequenced standards

●      Content presentation

●      Collaborative opportunities

●      Feedback opportunities

Assignments at Blosser Lane and BGMS  will be  through Google Classroom and are  based on the unique requirements of each class.  This is determined by the individual teacher and  department agreements.  Every lesson will include the five key principles for quality distance learning:

●      Student/teacher connection

●      Learning structure and sequenced standards

●      Content presentation

●      Collaborative opportunities

●      Feedback opportunities

Assignments at Willits High School, through Canvas are based upon the unique requirements of each class.  This is determined by the individual teacher. 

*Exceptions for students with accommodations such as Individualized Education Plan, Individual Learning Plan, and 504 Services and Accommodations

Services and accommodations will be proportionate to the remote learning schedule  and will be  implemented accordingly.

Teacher Virtual Office Hours:

Office hours are held on instructional days. These will be provided on a school-wide schedule by each of the sites.

Teacher live virtual instructional times will be provided in detail by the site  to avoid  conflicts in schedules.

Grading Guidelines

Grading

Teachers will monitor student progress on instructional tasks in order to provide support and feedback.

Elementary-TK-5

Parents will be given narrative  feedback by the teacher at the end of each marking period or upon parental request.

Middle School 6-8

Students will be graded using  the following marks in all core classes,PE and Electives:  A (Excellent work), B (Superior work), CR (Credit) and NC (No Credit).

High School 9-12 Accredited Courses

Students will be graded using the standard marks, A, B, C, D & F as outlined in the student handbook with the associated GPA values (+, -). 

Grade promotion and policy requirements will resume at the start of the 2020-2021 school year.