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:
- High School: 3 - 3.5 hours per week, per course
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.
- High school teachers will offer at least two live X-blocks per week. Typical sessions will run from 30-45 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, and secondary students will have Classrooms for each of their courses. This organization will allow teachers to tailor the learning assignments to the needs of their students.
- 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 High School Students:
- Students will access lessons and assignments through Google Classrooms created by each teacher.
High school students should plan for approximately 3 - 3.5 hours per week of learning for each course. The total time includes the lesson, activities, and assignments.
- In addition to the lessons and assignments, teachers will provide two live x-block sessions.
Teachers will schedule Google Meet, Zoom video, Google chat, or Google Doc live as touchpoint sessions for questions and answers. Virtual meetings will typically last 30-45 minutes.
Sample Student Schedule
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 Credit
Traditional letter grades will not be assigned at the end of the course. We will make every attempt possible to assist and help students be successful and earn credit for course completion. Transcripts will reflect the following:
Credit/Pass, No Letter Grade ‘G’ - Students meeting the participation and performance standards outlined in the performance expectations section below will be given a ‘G’ grade that will provide credit without a grade. This will convey that students met standards during this crisis without penalty to their overall GPA. Clarification of this grade will be provided to colleges, universities, the military, and employers via transcripts.
No Credit/No Pass, No Letter Grade ‘I’ - Students not meeting the performance expectations outlined in the performance expectation section below will not receive a grade at the end of the trimester but will instead receive an ‘I’ grade, which currently stands for “incomplete.” This will not harm their GPA yet not convey credit. Clarification of this grade will be provided to colleges, universities, the military, and employers via transcripts. In these cases, BPS will create future opportunities during the summer, future summers, after school, on weekends or during breaks for students to earn credit. Such options will be provided for students at little to no cost.
Course Participation Expectation
Teachers at the grade level and in departments will establish the essential learning standards, skills and units to be covered during the prolonged closure.
Class assignments and assessments will vary across the different classes and departments. Assignments might include readings with responses, essays, problem sets, analysis or other activities similar to what might be assigned in a traditional classroom.
In order to receive credit for participation and performance in a course, students must successfully complete 70% of work assigned to them.
In collaboration with their department head, department colleagues and assigned building administrator, teachers will determine the standard for completion for assignments.
Assignments will be posted regularly to ensure that students have ample time to complete.
Teachers may exempt students from assignment expectations as they see fit, and those assignments will not count toward the expected completion percentage.
Additionally, the 70% standard of completion may be modified due to special circumstances by the teacher with the approval of a building administrator.
Any student with an IEP may be amended or exempted from assignments as directed by their caseload educator. Students with 504 accommodation plans may be amended or exempted from assignments by their teacher if appropriate.
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.
Students can watch videos on digital citizenship. Several videos are available for secondary students at https://www.commonsense.org/education/videos/discussing-digital-drama.
In addition, students in 9th-11th grade can set up an account for PSAT/SAT preparation through Khan Academy at https://www.khanacademy.org/sat.
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