COVID-19 DISTANCE LEARNING PLANS FOR STUDENTS
Students in grades K-12 will complete assignments posted on Google Classroom, the district’s online learning platform coinciding with synchronous, direct instruction via ZOOM. All assignments will be posted daily with teachers available to answer student questions via email throughout the day until 3:15pm.
K-12 Students will also follow a SYNCHRONOUS and ASYNCHRONOUS block schedule (attendance will be taken):
- Grades K-4 Schedule Overview
- Grades 5-8 Synchronous Schedule Overview
- Grades 9-12 Synchronous Block Schedule Overview
- Synchronous learning: Synchronous learning refers to a learning event in which a group of students are engaging in learning at the same time.
- Asynchronous Learning: Asynchronous learning is a general term used to describe forms of education, instruction, and learning that do not occur in the same place or at the same time.
It is understood that students might have a wide variety of responsibilities and adult support at home during Distance Learning Days and that some may not have access to the internet. Staff members understand this and will be flexible with those situations. However, the expectation is that students will attend the synchronous class sessions via ZOOM and complete the work in a timely manner as developed between student and teacher.
ATTENDANCE AND REPORTING COVID-RELATED ILLNESSES
As a reminder, attendance will be taken, for all grade levels, during synchronous distant learning classes/gatherings via live ZOOM sessions.
- Synchronous learning refers to a learning event in which a group of students are engaging in learning at the same time.
Should your child/children become ill due to COVID-19 or any other illness and is unable to participate in Distance Learning, please call the attendance line of your child’s school.
- Preschool: 952-492-4255
- Elementary School: 952-492-4444
- Middle School: 952-492-4477
- High School: 952-492-4488
IMPORTANCE OF REPORTING COVID-RELATED ILLNESS DURING DISTANCE LEARNING
During distance learning, parents/guardians are asked to continue to report COVID-related illnesses and positive tests. Reporting to your student’s school helps in the following way:
- Reporting plays an important role in helping the local county and public health departments with contact tracing and reporting.
- Contact tracing will help the school district plan for a safe reopening when that time comes.
- Staff and students who test positive and recover are exempt from some quarantine restrictions for a 90 day period.
This is a critical step in our work to keep students, staff, and community members safe. We appreciate your cooperation.
COVID-19 DISTANCE LEARNING DETAILS
WHAT IS COVID-19 DISTANCE LEARNING?
Distance Learning involves students being educated without in-person interaction among their instructors or peers through planned online or teacher-prepared lessons that students complete when away from the physical school building. The learning process is often exclusively individual by providing students with access to appropriate educational materials and ensuring students receive daily interaction with their licensed teacher(s). Using one-to-one devices, Jordan Public Schools (JPS) recognizes that education can continue even when students and teachers are not in the same location. Instructors may use tech tools and online learning to facilitate instruction, but Distance Learning can also be successful through other delivery methods. Along with emphasizing the value of learning, using Distance Learning encourages character growth in the areas of self-sufficiency, adaptability, and perseverance.
GOAL OF JPS COVID-19 DISTANCE LEARNING?
- To minimize the disruption to academic progress caused by planned and extended school closures by making those out-of-school days as educationally productive and engaging as possible.
- Parents should email their child’s teachers regarding the expectation on Distance Learning. If required, special arrangements for students must be worked out prior to the first online day. Families are asked to inform the teacher if they do not have Internet access at home since access to ZOOM class sessions and to Google Classroom for completion of learning materials will require Internet access by the student.
- Parents are encouraged to view the Google Classroom summaries.
- Parents should contact teachers directly with any questions, concerns or frustrations they may have regarding Distance Learning assignments.
- Parents, along with teachers and students, are asked to remember that online learning days are designed to be flexible: if a child struggles with a concept or assignment and is unable to complete the work that day, parents should remind their student to communicate with the teacher about how to meet requirements.