BCES Distance Learning
Please understand that this information may change; we are updating these pages frequently as we refine plans and make adjustments.
The goal of the Elementary School Distance Learning Plan is to keep your children engaged so they can learn and grow, while also affording them with meaningful opportunities for connection and community. We will provide opportunities for them to read, write, share ideas, explore, create, play, and move. Perhaps most importantly, we will continue to provide them a sense of community and normalcy with a structured school day that continues the planned learning program.
Due to the developmental stages of our youngest learners, parents will need to assist children with distance learning. For example, assist in logging into the device and various applications, in addition to walking through directions when needed. Parent support to login to synchronous sessions is appropriate, but parents should not participate directly in sessions.
Research and widely accepted preschool strategies show that meaningful learning experiences occur during engagement through play, exploration, and inquiry in ways that support the whole child. Preschool and Pre–K, teachers will provide suggested activities to allow students the opportunity to continue cognitive, physical, and social-emotional skill-building. Learning engagements are playful, inquiry-based explorations. Learning will be shared via email and/or paper resources with more information sent out by each site. Additional learning opportunities will be available either synchronously or asynchronously.
For Kindergarten through Grade 6, assignments should be completed by the due date. Please reach out to the teacher through email if your child is unable to participate in distance learning due to illness. Teachers will provide weekly feedback related to student progress. This may include grades at the upper elementary level.
At 9 a.m. on school days, each homeroom class will meet virtually for a morning meeting. These morning meetings will take place via Google Meet. The homeroom time will help students connect with each other and ask questions related to the work for the day/week.
Teachers will provide a daily to-do list describing learning goals and activities for the day and post information for assignments, due dates, and synchronous schedules weekly. Teachers will formulate lessons around reading, writing, and math and one or two special subjects per day will provide a subject-related activity. These assignments will have a balance of on-screen and off-screen tasks that help connect to previous learning and the current curriculum. Students will be able to see the assignments on their to-do list through Google Classroom. Teachers will schedule synchronous learning times through Google Meet video conference using a consistent schedule for the week.
By 3:30 p.m., students should complete their daily to-do list, being mindful of taking brain breaks, which ideally includes physical activity and/or exercise.
Teachers will prepare an emergency 3-day distance learning curriculum so that students will not have an interruption in their learning when/if a shift to 100% distance learning is made. During this time, some synchronous sessions may not be offered.
As always, teachers, counselors, and administrators are available via email if you would like to schedule a conversation.
Digital Resources and Device Management Expectations
Digital Resources K-6:
- Teachers will upload daily activities or assignments to Classroom which can be accessed through the Classlink login.
- Google Meet links will be posted for synchronous sessions.
- Daily lessons and recordings/videos will be posted into the Classroom.
- Instructions for access and logins will be shared with families during the first two weeks of school.
Home Devices - Kindergarten through Grade 6
- Students need access to their own devices.
- For students who do not have access, a district-issued device, including a charger, will be sent home with the student by each elementary school. Parents will be required to sign an agreement to use a district issued device.
- By having students use Classlink and Classroom, district data privacy and security features will be enforced when students login.
- Devices that include a keyboard and possibly a mouse (for K–3) that are separate from the screen and include access to the Chrome browser are recommended to access programming.
- Students will be provided at least one weekly assignment per course/subject area where grades are earned.
- Feedback and direction for formative assessments will be given and not graded for accuracy but can be graded for participation/completion.
- Teachers will re-evaluate grading practices to align with assignments for distance learning.
- Students will earn grades for summative assessments. Assessment scores are recorded for each unit; this could include quizzes, mid-chapter quizzes/tests, end-of-unit tests, essays, and other summative assessment measures.
- Students should be provided enough opportunity to get feedback to be able to reach mastery before summative assessments are given.
- Teachers will inform students which assessments are Assessments for Learning (formative) and Assessment of Learning (summative).
- Formative assessments are highly recommended and, by nature, should be recorded as participation grade.
For more information and resources, please view the D38 Distance Learning Plan Guide