Our school developed a Remote Learning strategy to ensure that quality learning continues should any obstacles for on-site instruction arise due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Our Distance Learning Plan will apply when a given grade level, a division (elementary, middle or high school) or the entire school cannot meet on campus for instruction and students must stay home. This would likely happen due to one or more positive cases within the school, or government direction.
- Our Shared Learning Plan will apply when an individual student needs to be away from school temporarily due to self-isolation or quarantine, but is well enough to learn from home.
See the detailed plans below.
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 click on the tabs below for more specific information and read it carefully. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com|
|Other Distance Learning related issue||
Elementary/Middle School Principal:
Mrs. Stephanie Bishop - firstname.lastname@example.org
High School Principal:
Mr. Michael Southwell - email@example.com
Supplemental Services Director:
Ms. Heidi Meiners - firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
We understand in these times, that there may be a period of time in which a student cannot be physically present at school due to quarantine or sickness. Although, our teachers cannot provide a full distance learning program for the absent students while also running an on-site program for those present at school, we do want to support our students who may need to be home temporarily. It is not expected that this would be a sustained learning situation.
In this situation, if a student is well enough to do schoolwork, he/she will not be counted as absent, but as PRESENT/REMOTE.
- Provide necessary instruction or an alternative to meet learning objectives
- Provide assignments for students to complete and directions on submitting them
- Give directions and/or schedule for any live class meetings
- Record classes, when this is advantageous, and post the recorded class to PowerSchool and/or Teams
- Assess and give feedback on assignments
- Inform student when he/she is available to meet
- Inform the school through the attendance email that the student is participating in the shared learning plan and provide the reason that learning from home is necessary
- Encourage the student to keep up with schoolwork
- Check in each morning so that the teacher knows the student is learning that day
- Complete assignments and submit them on time
- Attend any scheduled live meetings
- Be proactive in seeking help when needed