Remote Learning Updates 4/13/2020

Remote Learning Update From Your Principals
Posted on 04/13/2020
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Dear Families,

Our district has developed a plan for addressing new guidance from the state to provide meaningful, flexible and equitable remote learning during the school closure. Many teachers have already been using effective strategies to serve students that you can expect to continue. As a school and a district, we are stepping up our support of teachers and families to help ensure fairness, consistency, and access for all of our students.

Beginning April 13th, you can expect the following:

  • All teachers actively engage with students and families to facilitate continual remote learning.

     

  • Learning activities will be provided to all families to help kids engage in remote learning at the following developmentally appropriate levels as identified by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).

     

    PreK:                 30 minutes

    K-1:                   45 minutes

    2-3                     60 minutes

    4-5                     90 minutes

     

  • Each Monday, weekly assignments for ELA and Math aligned with the district pacing guide will be provided in packet form at the School Lunch Pick-Up Sites or may be accessed through the NKSD Website.
 
  • Each Monday, teachers will communicate with families about the new learning expectations for the week, including the district-provided Math and ELA assignments, activities in other subject areas and support for enrichment and intervention. Your child’s teachers may modify or adjust the district provided Math and ELA assignments for students who are above/below level.
 
  • Each Week: Tuesday through Friday, teachers will foster check-ins and connections with students, such as virtual classroom meetings and lessons, office hours for individual support, or emails and phone calls. Teachers will limit check in times to regular school hours. Teachers will facilitate students turning in assignments, when appropriate. This might look like portfolios, emailed work back to teachers, students taking a photo with a phone of their packet work, etc. Teachers will provide feedback on student work when possible.

     

  • Grades: Elementary school students’ grades are assigned based on their proficiency on specific grade level standards. Although it will be much more difficult through remote learning, teachers will attempt to assess where students are in their learning so that when school re-opens, we can meet them where they are and make up for any lost ground.
 
  • Special Education Staff, Title/LAP/EL Teachers, Counselors, Therapists and Specialists will be collaborating with classroom teachers to help design learning for students. These staff members are also available to provide direct support if needed.

 

We know this is a difficult time for many in our community. We are here to offer our continued support of your child’s growth and learning. Our staff has been asked to offer the services above to all families, and to show empathy and respect for challenging circumstances. If your family is in need of special consideration, or should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out for clarity or support.

 

Thank you for all that you do for students,

 From the NKSD Elementary School Principals