August 5, 2020

Important Updates Regarding Distance Learning


Important Updates Regarding Distance Learning
April 27-June 12

Attendance: 
It is imperative that parents/guardians make sure your child checks in with his/her teachers regularly!   I am still required to monitor attendance and this is done by checking to see if your child has completed the assignments and by attending class meetings scheduled by the classroom teacher.  The VT Agency of Education requires participation through the duration of school closure.

Students who make some form of contact with their classroom teacher or other instructional staff in a day or cumulatively for the week will be counted as present for each day. Attendance during the closure can be calculated cumulatively for the week, given the student’s age, capabilities and the families capacity to communicate with school staff during the closure.

 

Continuity of Learning Plan/Instruction:
Beginning Monday, April 27th:

Teachers will post assignments for the week on Mondays.   We recognize that every family is in a different situation regarding schedules and their availability to support lessons throughout the day.  It is important that your child participates in class meetings when they are scheduled and it is important that your child completes the assignments provided each Monday within the week.   
Students are expected to read for 20 minutes or more daily.   These guidelines will provide you a framework for the amount of time that students should be engaged in school work.  Again, some families may not be able to do this each day, but should plan their week according to their schedule.


The recommended guidelines for student commitment each day are as follows:(Including 20 minutes of reading and 20 minutes for related arts following the student's related arts schedule each day.)

  • Pre-k:            20 minutes
  • Grades K-2:   60 minutes
  • Grades 3-5:   80 minutes 

For the remaining weeks of school  for students in grades k-5 emphasis will be placed on two of the HSD's Transferable Skills:  

  • Communication: Develop the ability to communicate thoughts clearly and precisely with energy, passion and authentic voice.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Use available resources to demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to solve problems in practical ways.