Distance Learning (Spring 2020)
The Teaching, Learning & Leadership Team has been working hard to keep up with changing circumstances and shifting guidance from our state leaders about the role schools should play during the current public health crisis.
In partnership with HEA, we developed online and paper resources to reduce learning loss and give students an opportunity to practice their skills during the closure.
With OSPI’s pivot from “no remote learning” to “education must continue,” we have built a plan to continue instruction to the extent possible. Discussions with HEA on the contents of this plan will continue, based on any additional guidance from OSPI. We will be sharing this plan with families this week.
Our Technology Services staff has arranged for devices to be distributed to students who need them. We are providing:
- A minimum of one device per family for students in grades K-5
- A device for each student in grades 6-12
Free internet service is available through Comcast Internet Essentials program.
Teachers will guide instructional activities and tasks that support daily learning, but we will not attempt to replicate a 6-hour school day. With many adults working from home and juggling other responsibilities, we must provide flexibility for students to complete assignments at times when they have family support and supervision.
Teachers will connect regularly with students and provide opportunities for families and students to reach out to them for support, as needed.
We will continue to provide access to paper/pencil instructional materials for grades K-5, as needed. Despite the best efforts and planning, we believe some families will continue to need paper/pencil support.
We also know that students with Individualized Educational Plans and English language learning needs will need intentional collaboration between staff members and families to ensure we meet students’ individual needs.