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To:      WT Families

CC:     School Board & WT Staff

From: Schools & Student Services Divisions

Date:  July 17, 2020

Re:      100% Virtual Learning Reopening of WT Schools

 

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. To state that we are all living and experiencing a unique time locally and globally is an understatement, but together we will go through these challenging times and have a successful school year. During this complex time due to COVID-19 we want to ensure that each of our students continue to have access to a high-quality curriculum. We recognize that virtual learning is challenging. However, we are working diligently with teachers to ensure that they are supporting you and your child in the best possible way to be successful during this unique time. We plan to deliver high quality instruction through a virtual learning environment, and we need your support to ensure the success of our efforts. Please take a moment to review the information below and talk with your child about the importance of continuing their education during this unique time.

On July 13th the Washington Township School Board voted to postpone the reopening of schools for in-person learning due to COVID-19 safety concerns.  On July 30, 2020 Washington Township Schools will only open virtually until further notice.  We appreciate your continued patience, flexibility, and support as we start the school year.  You can read the Board Resolution in its entirety using the following link: Board Resolution on Reopening Schools 7.13.20

The information below applies during the 100% virtual learning reopening of schools.  There will be different guidelines and information for future learning options from WT District Leadership when the School Board determines when schools will reopen in-person. 

 

We realize this may be an inconvenience to families but we are happy to share that AYS-At Your School is launching an exclusive e-learning support and enrichment program for grades K-6 at John Strange Elementary to support working families.  If you are interested in more information in this program, visit www.ayskids.org/e-learning to learn more and register today!

Please remember that this continues to be a fluid situation and information can change.  More information will be shared with all families from Principals next week.

 

Frequently Asked Questions for Virtual Learning

 

Q 1.  What will virtual learning look like at each level:  elementary, middle, and high school?  Is there a sample schedule available?

  1. Student schedules will look very different for virtual learning than what students experienced this past spring. 

 

Elementary students can expect a mix of recorded instruction and live mini lessons.  Students will follow a schedule similar to the following:

 

Sample Elementary Schedule

8:30 – 8:50                  Morning Meeting and Second Steps (Live)

9:00 – 9:20                  Literacy Mini-lesson (Live)

9:30 – 10:30                Independent Reading, Lexia

                                    Small Group Instruction (Live with Instructor 2-3x/week)

10:30 – 10:45              Math Mini-lesson (Live)

10:45 – 11:45              Math Independent Practice, Dreambox

                                    Small Group Instruction (Live with Instructor 2-3x/week)

11:45 – 12:45              Lunch and Break/Recess

12:45 – 3:30                Writing, Phonics/Word Study, Science, Social Studies, rotation of Special

Areas (All recorded lessons) Teacher Office Hours (Live)

 

Elementary students will be given a more specific schedule from their teachers.  All live lessons will be recorded and posted to the teacher’s Canvas course for later viewing.  Recorded lessons may be viewed during the prescribed time or at a time more convenient for the student.   

 

Sample Middle School Schedule

 

Time

Monday

Tuesday

Time

Wednesday

Time

Thursday

Friday

9:10 – 9:40

Advisory

Advisory

9:10 – 10:20

Advisory

9:10 – 9:40

Advisory

Advisory

9:50 – 10:50

Period 1

Period 5

10:30 – 11:30

Period 1

9:50 – 10:50

Period 5

Period 1

10:50 – 11:10

Period 1 Office Hours

Period 5 Office Hours

11:30 – 11:40

Period 1 Office Hours

10:50 – 11:10

Period 5 Office Hours

Period 1 Office Hours

11:20 – 12:20

Period 2

Period 6

11:50 – 12:50

Period 2

11:20 – 12:20

Period 6

Period 2

12:20 – 12:40

Period 2 Office Hours

Period 6 Office Hours

12:50 – 1:00

Period 2 Office Hours

12:20 – 12:40

Period 6 Office Hours

Period 2 Office Hours

12:40 – 1:10

Lunch

Lunch

1:00 – 1:30

Lunch

12:40 – 1:10

Lunch

Lunch

1:10 – 2:10

Period 3

Period 7

1:30 – 2:30

Period 3

1:10 – 2:10

Period 7

Period 3

2:10 – 2:30

Period 3 Office Hours

Period 7 Office Hours

2:30 – 2:40

Period 3 Office Hours

2:10 – 2:30

Period 7 Office Hours

Period 3 Office Hours

2:40 – 3:40

Period 4

Period 8

2:50 – 3:50

Period 4

2:40 – 3:40

Period 8

Period 4

3:40 – 4:00

Period 4 Office Hours

Period 8 Office Hours

3:50 – 4:00

Period 4 Office Hours

3:40 – 4:00

Period 8 Office Hours

Period 4 Office Hours

 

Sample High School Schedule

Period 1

7:20-8:10

Period 2

8:16-9:06

 Period 3

9:12-10:02

Homeroom (SEL)

10:08-10:26

Period 4/5

 

10:33-11:23

Period 6 Lunch

11:23-11:53

Period 7/8

11:53-12:43

Period 9

12:49-1:39

Period 10

1:45-2:35

 

At the secondary level, students will follow their schedule as if they were in-person.  Individual student schedules will be available through Skyward, and each school will provide bell schedules for students so that students know what time each class meets.  Each class period will include live instruction each day.

 

There will be significant differences in the spring at-home learning experience at-home and this virtual learning environment to reopen schools.

 

At-Home Learning Spring 2020

Virtual Learning Fall 2020

Limited length of time

Designed for extended length of time or full-time

Hold harmless grades

Regular grading

Limited teacher instruction on video

Increased teacher instruction on video

Limited expectation of parent support

Expectation of parent/adult support

Flex student schedule

Scheduled class time and a daily student schedule

Student was a part of the neighborhood school, teachers were from the school, administrators from the school

Students will be a part of the neighborhood school experience.  As we determine re-entry timelines, parents will be surveyed on the choice to re-enter at the neighborhood school or continue with virtual learning.  If a student continues with virtual learning, the teacher may change. 

No extra-curricular or co-curricular activities

No extra-curricular or co-curricular activities

 

No min./max number of students

Students will remain with their classroom teacher until re-entry.  Then the district will reassess enrollment numbers for Virtual Academy and re-entry. 

Meal pick-up weekly

Daily meals will be distributed via curbside at each school building (excluding TN, JEL and HT – See Question 16 below).

 

  1. Will the J. Everett Light Career Center (JEL) be open?
  1. JEL will be open this summer to students enrolled in the Summer Bridge program for certification check off assessments, but when that is over, JEL will only be open virtually until the School Board determines students can return to school.

 

  1. Will children receive any special services?
  1. The school will provide special education and related services to the child in accordance with the child’s individualized education program (IEP) or, for students entitled to FAPE (Free and Appropriate Public Education) under Section 504, consistent with a plan developed to meet the requirements of the Section 504 plan. The team in collaboration with parents/guardians will determine if a meeting is needed to review/adjust the IEP or 504 plan.

 

  1. What is the IEP team’s responsibility to provide support, including Speech, Occupational therapy or Physical therapy, during virtual learning?
  1. The IEP team (service provider) will collaborate with teachers to provide appropriate services as written in the IEP.

 

 

  1. What technology supports are available to families?
  1. All students in kindergarten through twelfth grade will have access to Chromebooks.  For those students who already have a district-issued Chromebook from the spring, families will just keep those unless they are not working properly.  If that is the case, there will be an opportunity before school starts to trade it in for another one.  For those students who do not have a district-issued Chromebook, there will be an opportunity before school starts to pick one up through our zero-contact pick up process.  If wifi is an issue for your family, please contact your school’s social worker.  

 

  1. What are the student expectations and parent expectations for virtual learning?
  1. Parent Expectations (same for in-person and virtual learning)
  • Attend the back-to-school events and pick up necessary materials from school. The schools will send information regarding the material pick up time for families. 
  • Parents should call and report absences to attendance officers/administrators if students will be absent.
  • Each student will be issued a device to be used at home. Ensure your student takes good care of their District issued device.
  • Provide a daily structure and routine for your student based on the virtual learning schedule.
  • At the elementary level, read aloud to your student and ensure your student has access to books and other reading materials.
  • Monitor student work and progress along with the teacher(s).
  • Monitor voicemail and email frequently for school/district communication.
  • Communicate regularly with teachers.
  • Participate in Canvas training if needed enabling you to help your student navigate the online learning environment (https://www.msdwt.k12.in.us/2020/06/canvas-training-for-parents/).

 

Student Expectations:

  • Daily attendance will be taken at the start of each virtual school day for elementary. Students are expected to follow the entire schedule assigned by their teacher.
  • Daily attendance will be taken period by period at the secondary level. Students are expected to follow the entire schedule as assigned.
  • Complete all assignments, online and offline, by the timelines posted by each teacher on Canvas. This includes weekly Lexia and Dreambox lessons for elementary.  With the exception of kindergarten, elementary students will receive a letter grade and standards-based grades for reading and math.  A marking of satisfactory/unsatisfactory will be used for other content areas.  Kindergarten students will receive a standards-based report card.
  • Secondary students will receive a grade for each course just like they would for in-person learning. For appropriate ages/grades, communicate regularly with your teacher(s). Respond to instructional feedback and reach out with any questions regarding technology or content.
  • Abide by the WT Student Code of Conduct at all times. Everything you do online leaves a footprint. Anything you do or say online you should also be comfortable doing in public.

 

  1. How will attendance be taken for virtual learning?
  1. Daily attendance will be taken at the start of each day for elementary and during the live portion of the lesson each period for secondary. Elementary teachers will verify Canvas log ins later in the day to determine if students attended other sessions in the day and adjust attendance accordingly. 

 

  1. What courses are not offered during virtual learning?
  1. All courses that are typically offered through in-person instruction will be available through virtual learning.  JEL Career-Technical Education virtual learning options will be limited due to the fact that industry-approved certifications and dual credits require students to be in-person to complete certain requirements (since it is directed by our post-secondary institutions).

 

  1. When will students go back to school? Board Resolution on Reopening Schools 7.13.20
  1. This will be determined by the Washington Township School Board.   They will analyze Covid-19 data and make a determination on a re-entry date.  Families will have, at minimum, a two week notice as to when schools will reopen. 

 

  1. When students have the opportunity to go back to school in person, will those that choose to remain in virtual learning continue with the same teachers from their initial virtual experience?
  1. Elementary students will start with their grade level cohort from their assigned school.  When a reopening date is determined, the district will share information on reopening and ask parents to determine if they would like to continue virtually or return to school.  At that time, classroom teachers may change depending on enrollment numbers for our WT Virtual Academy and in-person learning. At the secondary level, students are not guaranteed to have the same teachers they had during this initial virtual period as teacher assignments will change to accommodate in-person and virtual instruction.

 

  1. When will parents pick up resources for virtual learning?
  1. Individual schools will establish and communicate no contact pick up dates for textbooks, devices, instruments, and other necessary materials.

 

  1. Will there be live instruction, recorded instruction, and small group zoom lessons?
  1. The teachers in the elementary level will include all three formats into their instructional platform on Canvas.

 

At the secondary level, live instruction will be a part of each lesson each day.  Lessons will also be recorded and small group instruction will take place in designated classes. 

 

  1. Will child care opportunities be offered?
  1. AYS-At Your School is launching an exclusive e-learning support and enrichment program for grades K-6 at John Strange Elementary to support working families. This program will run Monday-Friday from 6:30am-6:00pm and will focus on providing kids with e-learning support by grade level during school hours. Additionally, the program will offer social and emotional learning, enrichment opportunities and engaging activities. AYS’ top priority is to keep kids safe, following CDC and FSSA guidelines as well as state and national out-of-school time standards. Visit www.ayskids.org/e-learning to learn more and register today!

 

  1. My child was not successful with at-home learning in the spring. What will make it better this time?
  1. The amount of live and recorded lessons was limited in the spring, but that will not be the case this time.  In addition, there will be a strong focus on teachers incorporating tools to make instruction more engaging if that were not the case last spring. 

 

  1. Will students receive grades for virtual learning? When will assignments be due?
  1. Yes, students will receive grades for all classes. At the elementary level, teachers will give the students the due dates for their assignments.  At the secondary level, teachers will post due dates for assignments in Canvas.

 

  1. What will reopening of schools look like when in-person learning begins?
  1. District leadership and the School Board will continue to examine the reopening of schools plan and will communicate any updates as necessary. 

 

 

 

  1. Will meals be available for students during virtual learning?
  1. Yes, breakfast and lunch meals will be available by curbside pick-up at every school building (excluding TN, JEL and HT) on school days. Walk-up service will also be available. Online payments for meals will be required through MyPaymentsPlus. The first distribution day and each day after will include a lunch and the following day’s breakfast. An evening distribution option will be available by pre-order only. Details are forthcoming from each school and/or the Child Nutrition Department.

 

  1. If my child received Cummins services, will those continue?
  1. Cummins services will be provided to students and families.  They will contact families accordingly as we start the school year.

 

  1. My child is part of a particular program (DLI, Compass, Middle School and High School Honors, International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, Advanced Placement, Advanced College Project). Will those programs continue when students resume in-person?
  1. Yes, students will resume in the programs in which they were previously enrolled. 

 

  1. Who do I contact with further questions?
  1.  Please contact your child’s Principal with additional questions.

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