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M.S.A.D. #58 REMOTE LEARNING UPDATE & GUIDANCE

April 3, 2020

PURPOSE:

The M.S.A.D. #58 Administrative Team has been working hard to provide guidance to educators and families during our school closure. We also realize the unique stress and uncertainty this time period brings for families. As we move forward in remote learning there is not a single approach that will work for all families. We are eager to partner with students, parents and caregivers, and we want to hear how things are going at home during this time. We realize that students may need flexibility to meet expectations and are willing to work in partnership in these situations. We are hopeful that continued connection to peers and teachers will support a sense of normalcy without overwhelming students or families.

TIMELINE:

  • Week 1 (March 16) - Nutrition, Planning and Establishing Communication Channels
  • Weeks 2 and 3 (March 23-April 2) - Maintaining Skills and Knowledge
  • Week 4 (April 6) - New Remote Learning: We are beginning with new learning, and working slowly to introduce new content. We are asking educators to focus on individual student and parental situations to handle the stressors and academic challenges that new learning may present.
  • Week 5 (April 13) - Remote Learning Continues
  • Week 6 (April 20) - April Break
  • Week 7 (April 27) - Remote Learning Continues
  • Week 8 (May 4) - Current Projection to Return to School

ENGAGEMENT WITH LEARNING:

Staff will be working to provide learning guidance and establish basic schedules for learning. We also realize these need to be flexible, and will ask that students and parents/guardians communicate about work load, pacing and schedules.

  • PreK:
    • 20 to 60 suggested time range of minutes per day
  • K:
    • 30 to 90 suggested time range of minutes per day
  • Grades 1 & 2:
    • 45 to 90 suggested time range of minutes per day
  • Grades 3 & 4:
    • 60 to 120 suggested time range of minutes per day
  • Grades 5-8:
    • 20 - 30 suggested time range of minutes per day each for ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies
    • 20 - 30 suggested time range of minutes per day: one of the following Art, Music, Physical Education
  • Grades 9-12:
    • 20 - 45 suggested time range of minutes per course (4 courses per Blue/Gold Day)

WORK COMPLETION AND SUBMISSION:

  • PreK-2: Paper and pencil tasks, with digital extensions as appropriate, work does not need to be returned to school, however photos and communication with the teachers are encouraged.
  • Grade 3-4: Paper and pencil tasks, and some work documented in Google Classroom. On-going two-way communication is expected.
  • Middle School: Work in Google Classroom. On-going two-way communication is expected.
  • High School: Work submission as determined by the course instructor. Google classroom has been the primary tool used by teachers. Work packets do not need to be returned at this time. Students should keep these.
  • We realize that digital access may be an issue for families. The district is working to provide additional support in this area.
  • We will work with students who are not able to stay on established timelines or submit work digitally.
  • We realize there are unique learning needs for students, and we are committed to providing a Free and Appropriate Public Education (F.A.P.E.) for all students including those who receive special education or additional support services.

GRADING AND FEEDBACK:

  • We are emphasizing that attempting the work is the fundamental goal, and value the revision and resubmission process as on-going.
  • We will prioritize engagement, effort, and communication, above and beyond academic achievement, between students and staff during the closure.
  • In addition to Google Classroom, Powerschool will continue to be an option for teachers to leave comments and feedback.
  • Teachers may be suggesting an academic schedule and pacing of learning, however deadlines shall be flexible to adjust for the needs of individual students.
  • Regardless of work completion, students/families are expected to remain in two-way communication with teachers. If there is no communication for more than a week, please notify the building administrator for follow up.
  • Quarter 4 and Trimester 3 Grading Procedures are under development.

I am very thankful and appreciative of the efforts of the M.S.A.D. #58 Administrative Team as they have worked hard to craft this document to provide universal guidance for all staff while understanding the different challenges faced by each grade level. We will continue to meet and make necessary changes and improvements as the need arises.

Respectfully,

Todd Sanders

Superintendent of Schools