COVID-19 Distance Learning Plans by Grade Level
Beginning on Monday, March 30, all students in grades PreK-12 will receive daily instruction through our COVID-19 Distance Learning Model. Below you will read specific details on a variety of topics related to this plan.
Students in grades PreK-2 will need typical school supplies for distance learning.
- Grade 3 will be provided a Chromebook by the district for their distance learning.
- Grade 4 will be provided a Chromebook by the district for their distance learning.
- Both grades should log on to your student Google Classroom to access Distance Learning lessons and materials.
Grades PreK-4 Specialists
- JES Sepcialists (Art, Music, Phy Ed, and Media-Tech) will have activities/lessons on grade level lesson/choice boards.
- We encourage families to also join our private Facebook Group called Jordan Elementary Specialist Connections for supplementary ideas.
- Log on to Schoology to access Distance Learning lessons and materials.
- Families can also view grade level "Learning Plans" on each grade level homepage.
COVID-19 DISTANCE LEARNING DETAILS
What is COVID-19 Distance Learning?
Distance Learning involves planned online or teacher-prepared lessons that students complete when away from the physical school building. Using one-to-one devices and making provisions for students without such devices, Jordan Public Schools (JPS) recognizes that education can continue even when students and teachers are not in the same location. Along with emphasizing the value of learning, using Distance Learning encourages character growth in the areas of self-sufficiency, adaptability, and perseverance.
What are the goals 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.
- To allow JPS grades 3-12 students an opportunity to practice the kind of online learning that is increasingly part of both college study and workplace training.
- To maximize the use of Jordan Public School’s one-to-one technology.
Students in grades PreK-2: will have activities to complete on Learning Activity Boards throughout the course of the week. Students can pace themselves as they progress through the week’s worth of activities for each content area to enhance continual growth as learners.
- These Learning Activity Boards will be shared weekly with students through parent email (via the classroom teacher) and postings on the Grade Level Page on the website.
Students in grades 3-12: will complete assignments posted on Schoology or Google Classroom, the district’s online learning platforms. All assignments will be posted by 9:00am with teachers available to answer questions via email throughout the day until 3:00pm. It is understood that students might have a wide variety of responsibilities 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 complete the work in a timely manner as developed between student and teacher.
Students with disabilities, as required under Chapter 125A, will have assignments designed to meet the needs of IEP/504 plans.
- Early in the academic year, the key stakeholders (case manager, parent, teacher and student) will collaborate to create the plan in an IEP meeting, other face-to-face meetings, or through email.
- Throughout Distance Learning, the classroom teacher will be the main resource for help on assignments and lessons. If a child ordinarily leaves the classroom and goes to another teacher for math, reading, or some other subject, then that teacher should design the online assignment for that particular area.
- When a Distance Learning plan cannot completely replicate an in-session school day, efforts will be made to provide the support needed by particular students. For instance, if reading is a challenge for a student and the student has online access, the teacher may assign tasks on sites that will read text aloud.
- All assignments will be posted by 9:00am with teachers available to answer questions via email throughout the day until 3:00pm.
Students and parents without home Internet access or with limited Internet access must inform teachers of this fact so that needed modifications to assignments and due dates can be made.
- Parents should visit with 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 Schoology or Google Classroom and completion of regular 3-12 assignments will require Internet access by the student.
- Parents of students in grades 3-12 are encouraged to access Schoology or Google Classroom through the parent portal. Parents are welcome to contact the school for help in setting up their parent account.
- 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.
- Parents should contact teachers directly with any questions, concerns or frustrations they may have regarding Distance Learning assignments.
In preparation for COVID-19 Distance Learning Days, teachers in grades 3-12 have been asked to:
- Familiarize students with Schoology or Google Classroom so they will be able to access and complete any online assignments.
- Provide a timely plan, posting work for the day by 9:00am.
- Plan for self-directed, independent learning with specific consideration for age and individual learning needs.
- Anticipate time requirements recognizing students learn at different paces, especially in an independent setting.
- Customize learning opportunities with a focus on supporting troubleshooting for students with digital challenges.
- Communicate with colleagues to ensure common expectations, communications and protocols.
During contracted hours on Flex Days, all teachers have been asked to:
- Check Schoology and/or email throughout the Distance Learning days from 8:00am to 3:00pm.
- Complete the building specific google form tracking your daily plans by 9:00am each day. This form will allow district administrators and staff to better answer questions from parents on student assignments and will allow administrative staff to better support your own personalized growth on this day.
- Professional Development: This contracted time should also be utilized to continue staff development goals:
- Proficiency Scales -- Staff should use time throughout the day to work individually or in teams (virtual teaming through Google Hangouts is a great option) to continue developing proficiency scales for each learning target.
- Google Classroom -- Staff should use open time throughout the day to work on the change from Schoology to Google Classroom.
- Schoology “Best Practices in 21st Century Instruction” Staff Course -- Staff can use this time to complete CEU modules in the Schoology Staff Development course.