News - Educational Plan During the Physical Closing of Schools

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Dear Parent or Guardian,

We know many of you have a lot of questions regarding the educational component of Governor Mike DeWine’s decision to physically close schools for students.  Below are some of the details of what you can expect as we continue to provide educational opportunities for your children during the next three weeks.  

Students will not attend school on Monday, March 16th.  Students may come to their school on Monday, March 16 to pickup any needed books/belongings.  This is the only opportunity for students to do so.  Access will be from 8:30 AM-3 PM.  

 

TECHNOLOGY ACCESS:

Students in grades 3-12 will need access to a Chromebook, tablet, desktop or other device with an Internet connection to access materials and complete assignments.  The district will provide Chromebooks to students on a limited basis, if needed. 

Previously requested Chromebooks may be picked up at all schools on Monday, March 16 from 8:30 AM-3 PM.  Students in grades 3-12 who did not request, but still need access to a Chromebook should complete this form. 

https://forms.gle/9oHFw9GgqRfhBwNfA.

 If you need internet access, Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

 
There will be a link on the www.avonlakecityschools.org webpage for parents or students to obtain help with any technology issues.  

LESSON DELIVERY:

We recognize that successful online learning will look differently at various grade levels and subject areas. Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the following will take place:  

1.    Google Classroom will be the platform utilized for classroom assignments in grades 3-12.

2.    Teachers in grades PK-2 will send weekly assignments and instructional support information to parents via email.  Teachers will provide daily communication to parents on instructional support and progress.  

3.    There are several options for presentation of new material. Teachers will be utilizing a variety of means for this including the following:  

a.    Teachers will be able to include links to videos or resources online in their Google classroom.  This includes materials from adopted textbooks or online programs used in each course.

b.    Teachers will have the ability to create instructional videos, screencasts, or online lessons through Google Hangout.  

·         FOR STUDENTS:  Our Technology Department has developed specific instructions for students on how to access created materials.

c.    Teachers will be able to send PDF copies of assignments to Google Classroom for assignments that are not part of an online lesson.

d.    Teachers will be able to provide paper copies of assignments to students prior to the closing of schools.

4.      IEP students will be provided resources by their intervention specialist to help meet their IEP needs. Intervention specialists will be in contact with parents in the near future.

INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES:

Teachers will be asked to utilize Google Classroom as a platform for communication with students and warehousing instructional resources.  

Students have access to many additional instructional resources including, but not limited to:

·         Elementary Reading (Wonders) 

·         Elementary & middle ELA (RAZ KIds and Learning A to Z)

·         Elementary & middle Math (EnVisions)

·         HMH Social Studies (middle and high school)

·         Pearson Easy Bridge programs (Math and Social Studies)

·         Ohio as America (grade 4 Social Studies)

·         Khan Academy (math supplemental)

·         Quaver Music (Troy & Learwood music classes)

·         Quizlet, Kahoot, Quizizz, etc.

In addition, many of our high school courses have specific online classrooms including all AP courses through AP Classroom.

STUDENT SUPPORT:

Each teacher will provide a minimum 2-hour daily time window where they will be online in their Google Classroom and/or email to quickly answer any student or parent questions. The time window established by each teacher will be communicated to parents and students. In addition, teachers will be providing additional feedback on assignments as needed.  

In the event any student or family does not have Internet access, teachers will be asked to provide paper copies of assignments and resources where possible (please contact your child’s teacher if this is necessary).  If this is not possible, the student will not be penalized for any of these specific assignments not completed.  

If for some reason you need assistance from the school office in person, each school’s office hours will be M/T/Th from 7:45-11:00 AM.  Please call first before coming to the school.    

You will be receiving more information from your child’s school and teacher(s).  

Please feel free to contact me at jack.dibee@avonlakecityschools.org if you have any specific questions beyond what your child’s school or teacher provides.  

Thank you for your concern and cooperation as we work through this uncharted territory.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jack Dibee,
Curriculum Director
Avon Lake City Schools