Scheduling of Online Learning for Students
Students are encouraged to participate in learning activities, assignments, and teacher contact.
Expectations for Learning Activities and Assignments
Students at each level can expect to be engaged in learning activities and assignments from their teachers. Estimated times for learning vary by grade level:
- Lower Elementary: 45 - 60 minutes per day
- Upper Elementary: 75 - 105 minutes per day
Expectations for Teacher Contact
General Education Classrooms
At all levels, teachers realize the importance of checking in to support student wellbeing and to assist students in their learning. It is recommended that students break up their day into multiple shorter sessions or take frequent breaks for physical activity or relaxation should they feel overwhelmed or fatigued. Teachers may use Google Meet or Zoom as a platform for virtual meetings. Schools will work to provide adult contact with students on most days of the week.
Elementary students can expect to participate in two or three live check-in meetings with their classroom teachers each week. Unified Arts teachers and counselors will also provide a meeting time each week for students. Typical meetings will run from 15-30 minutes.
Additionally, teachers will monitor and use email as they normally would during the school year.
Specialized Instruction and Student Services
The BPS Specialized Instruction and Student Services department will provide support, to the extent possible in an online environment, to continue learning for BPS students with 504 and Individual Education Plans (IEPs).
Students with 504 Plans will be supported by their general education teachers and case managers, as appropriate.
Students with IEPs will be supported by special education staff to promote success in general education classes.
Social workers, as well as Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapists, will contact individual parents to discuss plans for those students who typically receive these services.
Expectations for Online Learning
- Expectations for student engagement in online learning will depend on the grade level and course.
All students will need to log into a Google Classroom as guided by their teachers. At the elementary level, students will find all of their assignments in one Classroom.
- The remaining nine weeks of school will be dedicated to preparing students for fall 2020.
It is important for students to participate on a regular basis in Google Classroom lessons and assignments. Teachers will expect to see assignments completed and submitted. At the same time, due dates will be less strict than if classes were in full session.If students do not participate, teachers will follow up to check on the wellbeing of the student.
- Attendance will not be monitored in a traditional sense for the remainder of the school year.
Teachers will use student submission of assignments to determine participation as an indicator of attendance. By submitting assignments according to the teacher’s guidelines, students are indicating their level of engagement with curriculum.
Details that follow are provided to assist families in planning student online learning schedules.
Expectations for Elementary Students:
- Students will receive three lessons each day.
Each lesson will include a mini-lesson for instruction and explanation of activities. Mini-lessons may be a posted video, instructions posted online, or some other form of delivery that students may already have used in the classroom.
With each of these lessons students can expect assignments that will be completed and submitted through Google Classroom or other sites as instructed by the teacher.
- In addition to the lessons and assignments, students will be asked to participate in virtual sessions three times per week day for approximately 15 - 20 minutes or 25-30 minutes at lower and upper elementary grades respectively.
Teachers will use Google Meet, Zoom, live Google Documents, or other tools that they already use. These sessions may be used for such things as Morning Meeting, or to answer questions students have about assignments. Unified Arts teachers and counselors will also schedule virtual meetings during the school closure.
- Teachers will continue with the curriculum.
The remaining nine weeks of school will be dedicated to preparing students for fall 2020. It is important for students to participate on a regular basis in Google Classroom lessons and assignments. Teachers will expect to see assignments completed and submitted. If students do not participate, teachers will follow up to check on the wellbeing of the student.
Sample Student Schedules
Each individual school will provide a schedule for live sessions offered by teachers during the week. In order to assist families trying to schedule learning each day, the following samples offer suggestions. However, we recommend that each family develop their own schedule based on family needs.
Grading and Feedback
Teachers will monitor student participation through the submission of completed assignments and will provide meaningful feedback to help students understand how well they are progressing. These assignments can include formative assessments, problem solving, written papers, responses to readings, or other engaging activities. While students will not receive standards-based report cards, their ongoing work will be monitored, to be sure students are prepared for the next level of learning. Students will progress to the next grade level in the fall if they were on track prior to the closure of schools.
Virtual learning will occur via Google Classroom. If accessing Google Classroom via mobile phone, you can download the app or access it using the following link: https://classroom.google.com.