What You Need To Know About Virtual Learning Days
What are Virtual Learning Days?
Virtual Learning Days are an opportunity for students to learn from home on days when school otherwise would have been canceled due to weather conditions or other emergency situations and allows us to continue our system of instructional delivery. Student attendance will be based on engagement with the day’s lessons and assignments. Teachers are to post daily learning expectations by 8am each day, and all teachers are available for virtual office hours between 9am-11am (at a minimum) for questions, instruction, or support.
On Virtual Learning Days, students are continuing to learn material that is relevant to the current learning experiences. While this is completed outside the traditional classroom environment, it serves as an extension of previous learning or a bridge to the next day’s learning, focusing on the learning targets of a particular lesson or unit.
How will student attendance be recorded?
Student attendance is monitored daily by the classroom teacher through each student’s engagement in the daily lesson and activities. Engagement could range from the submission of an assignment, to reflecting on a reading in a discussion post, to participation in a live Google meet. If a student does not engage for one or more days, the teacher is expected to reach out directly to the student and family to make sure the student is feeling well, understands the participation expectations, and if she/he needs additional resources or support. Only after this step has been taken will a teacher mark a student officially absent.
What if we don’t have internet access in our home?
Families that do not have access to the internet at home should reach out to their teacher or school counselor to explore options. Spectrum announced it is offering free access to broadband for 60 days to households with K-12 students who do not have a subscription. Another option could be a district-provided hotspot. The district has several hotspots currently on loan and is in the process of securing more to support families in need. These are provided free of charge to the family as long as they are used for educational purposes.