Distance Learning Plan
ICSB's Distance Learning Plan describes how we will ensure that learning continues if we cannot meet at school and students must stay home. In March of 2020, we had to essentially create an emergency learning plan. For 2020-2021, we have had more time to prepare for the possibility of distance learning, and we have combined the valuable lessons we learned with best practices to create a more sustainable distance learning approach. Parents and students will note several differences in this new plan. We believe quality learning can happen at a distance, we have powerful digital tools, and we will diligently work to provide an engaging learning experience.
At times like this, though, our partnership with parents will be especially important. Please read the following information carefully and then click on the remaining tabs for more specific information. It is also worth noting that a change like this can affect health and well-being. Counselors are available to assist with any mental/ emotional/social health needs. Heidi Meiners (email@example.com) can help you get in contact with a counselor, if needed.
Priorities and Considerations
- Students will have both off- and on-screen learning activities designed to engage learners in experiences that connect to the current curriculum.
- Students will engage in both synchronous (all at the same time together) and asynchronous (each working on their own time) learning activities.
- Each division/grade level will have a specific schedule that should be followed by students.
- Communication between the teachers, students, and parents is important for the success of the distance learning plan.
- The workload for students is expected to be similar to a normal school day.
- An appropriate level of adult support and involvement will help facilitate the student’s learning.
- All classes will continue as distance learning; however, the format of the classes may be modified from their on-campus version.
- Email (Parent/Teacher preferred method)
- Microsoft Teams (Student/Teacher preferred method)
|Day 1||Preparation Day: Teachers will use the day to plan and confirm that communication and technology are working. Parents and Students should familiarize themselves with the Distance Learning Plan.|
|Day 2||Distance Learning will begin.|
|For questions about...||Contact:|
|Student work, classroom resources, or learning activities||Classroom teacher|
|Technology related questions or issues||Classroom teacher or firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Other Distance Learning related issue||
Elementary/Middle School Principal:
Mrs. Stephanie Bishop - email@example.com
High School Principal:
Mr. Michael Southwell - firstname.lastname@example.org
Supplemental Services Director:
Ms. Heidi Meiners - email@example.com
- Establish daily routines for engaging in the learning experiences
- Attendance will be taken at morning devotions
- MS/HS must check in to each class to demonstrate attendance
- Collaborate with classmates online, as requested by teachers
- During devotions and synchronous learning activities students are expected to be positioned visibly in front of the webcam and dressed appropriately according to the school dress code.
- Monitor platforms (PowerSchool, Office 365, website, email) for announcements, assignments, assessments, and teacher feedback.
- Identify a comfortable, quiet space in your home where you can work effectively
- Complete assignments and assessments on time and with integrity and academic honesty, doing your best work (MS/HS students must sign the student integrity form).
- Reach out proactively to teachers with questions
- Respect school hours, communicating between 8am and 4 pm
- Comply with the ICSB Internet Acceptable Use Policy
- Plan engaging lessons that are appropriate for distance learning
- Connect with the class at least once per week using synchronous video meeting
- Communicate clear deadlines and give timely feedback on assignments
- Answer student questions and offer support in a timely manner, typically within one school day
- Post all assignments, instructions, grades, and necessary materials to Power School/Teams by 8:15 on the day they are assigned
- Monitor student engagement and attendance
- Read the Distance Learning Plan carefully, and help your child understand his or her responsibilities while learning at home, how to get help, and how you can support them
- Provide a quiet, comfortable environment for your child that is conducive to learning during the day
- Work with your child to support their use of technology, at an appropriate level for their development
- Be mindful of stress and worry that may increase
- Allow your student to do his or her own work and only guide them when needed. Middle School and High School students will primarily work independently, while Elementary School students may require more assistance. Teachers can clarify expectations as needed.
- Help limit screen time outside of school hours and support balance by encouraging other activities
- Check in daily with your child about their learning