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Learning Options: Traditional, Hybrid, Remote, and Virtual

Our intent is to bring students back to school full-time as soon as is prudent. We believe that the best educational experience for most children is in a classroom with a teacher. However, we also are concerned for the health and safety of students and staff, and by extension, our families. This plan outlines our four (4) options for student learning in these uncertain times. This Restart Plan is in flux and will be updated based on new data about the coronavirus spread and other information.

Traditional
Overview

  • Classes will use District-adopted curriculum with lessons developed and taught by classroom teachers.
  • Traditional, in-person, face-to-face for grades K-12 learning following the regular school schedule.
  • All classrooms will use Canvas as a learning management tool to organize assignments, communication, and learning resources.
  • All schools and classrooms will adhere to all SLCSD school building health and safety protocols.

What to Expect For Students:

  1. Students will physically come to their school for their learning.
  2. Students will physically see and interact with their teacher(s) and classmates and follow their class/course schedule each day.
  3. Assignments, activities, and classroom-based assessments will be developed and conducted by their teachers.
  4. SpEd, ELP, and ELD services will occur as outlined in student-specific plans.
  5.  All students will be expected to complete and submit assignments as determined by the assigned teacher.
  6. All students will follow the assessment calendar and participate in all local and state assessments.
  7. Students and families will work with schools to maintain health:
    1. Families must ensure students are well and symptom-free before coming to school each day;
    2. Everyone continues to follow health guidance to ensure the safety of all students, families and employees, including hand washing, etc.

What to Expect For Teachers and Staff:

  1. Teachers and instructional support staff will report each day to lead and support instruction in their assigned classrooms.
  2. Teachers will develop and implement daily lesson plans for grade-level, standards-based instruction for students:
    1. Teachers and instructional support staff will differentiate and adjust instruction to meet the individual needs for student learning; and
    2. Teachers will provide student make-up work, flexibility, and support if they are out of school for any reason.

Hybrid Learning
Overview

  • Classes will use District-adopted curriculum with lessons developed and taught by classroom teachers.
  • Students will attend in-person two days a week, either Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday (elementary and middle schools) or one day a week (high school).
  • On digital days, students will work independently and may also participate in some online activities with other teachers.
  • Teachers will schedule regular times to meet with families online each week.
  • High school students will only take four (4) classes per quarter and will complete a semester’s worth of work in that quarter.
  • Wednesdays will be small group instruction, collaborative meetings, and planning time. Students will be invited to participate in specific groups as needed.
  • All classrooms will use Canvas as a learning management tool to organize assignments and learning resources.
  • All schools and classrooms will adhere to all SLCSD school building health and safety protocols.
  • All schools will be cleaned and sanitized in preparation for students to return the next day.

What to Expect For Students:

  1. Students will physically come to their school for their learning two days a week in elementary school and middle school, and one day a week in high school.
  2. Students will physically see and interact with their teacher(s) and classmates on their assigned days.
  3. Students will work online on individual/independent assignments on the digital days and may also participate in some online activities with other teachers.
  4. Elementary students will also participate in online live or recorded sessions with “specials” teachers (music, Fine Arts, Library, etc.), possibly on the digital day.
  5. Assignments, activities, and classroom-based assessments will be developed and conducted by their teachers.
  6. SpEd, ELP, and ELD services will occur as outlined in student-specific plans.
  7. All students will be expected to complete and submit assignments as determined by the assigned teacher.
  8. All students will follow the assessment calendar and participate in all local and state assessments. Some assessments may occur in an alternative method.
  9. Students and families will work with schools to maintain health:
    1. Families must ensure students are well and symptom-free before coming to school each day;
    2. Everyone needs to follow health guidance to ensure the safety of all students, families and employees;
    3. Collaborative activities may look different or be reduced to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the school community;
    4. Classroom spaces will be arranged to maximize social distancing and minimize any shared items;
    5. Lunch schedules will be modified to maximize social distancing, and student may eat in their classrooms;
    6. Large group gatherings will be reduced; and
    7. Parent meetings and/or conferences will be scheduled to occur virtually until it is deemed appropriate to have larger numbers of individuals on campus.

What to Expect For Teachers and Staff:

  1. Teachers and instructional support staff will report each day to lead and support instruction in their assigned classrooms.
  2. Teachers will develop and implement daily lesson plans for grade-level, standards-based instruction for students:
    1. Teachers will use pacing guides and focus on identified priority standards to ensure that students are preparing to enter the next grade level.
    2. Teachers and instructional support staff will differentiate and adjust instruction to meet the individual needs for student learning; and
    3. Teachers will provide student make-up work, flexibility, and support if they are out of school for any reason.

Sample Hybrid Schedules

 

Remote Learning
Overview

  • Classes will use District-adopted curriculum with lessons developed and taught by classroom teachers.
  • Students will maintain their enrollment status at their brick and mortar schools; remote learning will be taught by the teacher they would return to in a traditional schedule.
  • Students will attend school online during scheduled school hours.
  • Students will have “live” sessions with teachers on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday will be an independent online learning day.
  • Classes may include independent work assigned by the teacher.
  • Teachers will schedule regular times to meet with families online each week.
  • Teachers will teach using web conferencing technology (Zoom and Teams).
  • Teacher-designed lessons will be delivered through Canvas.
  • Wrap-around support services will be provided for students (e.g. counseling services, speech, etc.) at school or remotely as appropriate.
  • Electronic devices will be available for check out at the school site, if needed.

What to Expect For Students:

  1. Remote courses will be designed to ensure rigor matches the traditional classroom setting.
  2. Standards have been prioritized in the scope and sequence of instruction to support students as they enter the next grade or course level.
  3. Students will attend scheduled “live” sessions on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday will be an independent online work day with opportunities for teachers to work with students in small groups or individually.
  4. High school students will only take four (4) classes per quarter and will complete a semester’s worth of work in that quarter.
  5. All assignments, activities, and classroom-based assessments will be developed and facilitated by a certified teacher:
    1. All students will be expected to complete and submit assignments assigned by the teacher;
    2. All Acceptable Use provisions for technology use will remain in effect;
    3. All students will follow the assessment calendar and participate in all local and state assessments;
    4. Students are expected to be present and engage in virtual instruction each day within the designated schedule (see sample schedules below);
    5. All students will be expected to adhere to daily attendance guidelines;
    6. All classrooms will use Canvas as a learning management tool to organize assignments and learning resources;
    7.  Students will utilize Zoom and Teams for viewing live-lessons, meetings, and small group instruction;
    8. Parent meetings and/or conferences will be scheduled to occur virtually, until it is deemed appropriate to have larger numbers of individuals on campus;
    9. Students who need a device will be issued one to engage in digital learning;
    10. Assistance will be available for internet access; and
    11. Students will also be supplied with any associated materials such as textbooks, art supplies, musical instruments, and other necessary materials where possible.

What to Expect For Teachers and Staff:

All teachers have access to professional learning to prepare them for a remote learning environment. This has been provided by district specialists, academic coaches, district educators, UEN, and learning partners who are supporting our new online resources.

  1. Teachers will provide “live” instruction via Teams or Zoom during the school day on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Live instruction will be recorded for viewing at other times. Teachers will coordinate on Wednesdays with students for targeted work.
  2. Teachers will use pacing guides and focus on identified priority standards to ensure that students are preparing to enter the next grade level.
  3. Teachers will administer required state and district assignments and adhere to the test administration manual (TAM).
  4. Schools will determine their schedules within the guidelines of the sample schedules below.
  5. Teachers have opportunities to participate in professional development over the summer, during the professional days at the beginning of the year, and throughout the year to support the transition to remote learning.
    1. Live Canvas trainings (Beginning Canvas 6 hours, Intermediate Canvas 2 hours, and Advanced Canvas 1 hour) and self-paced online Canvas trainings have been offered during the summer, professional days, and ongoing to support knowledge of Canvas tools and applications.
    2. Professional development has been held virtually with session facilitators focusing on important teaching and learning topics related to remote instructional models (blended learning, synchronous learning) and our district online support resources and curriculum.
    3. New Hire Orientation will provide onboarding and support to teachers new to the district.
    4. All professional development is structured, organized, and maintained to provide easy access to relevant resources and tools, priority planning and standards, and other relevant professional.
    5. Guidance and resources will be shared with administrators for them to assist teachers in this process.

Sample Remote Schedules

Remote Learning Parental Guidance

 Parents have an important role during remote learning:

  1. Support students in understanding the work expectations for remote learning (attendance, behavior, work completion).
  2. Maintain a daily routine around school and schoolwork.
  3. Find a place where your student can work that is as free as possible from distractions.
  4. Keep in touch with your teacher(s) on a regular basis and let them know if your child is experiencing specific challenges.
  5. View an online parent information session about using Canvas, PowerSchool, and other district resources (about 45 minutes); pick up any needed instructional materials (textbooks, etc.) for remote learning.
  6. Talk with your child regarding how they are feeling during this stressful time; and

Seek assistance from school staff for emotional or mental health if needed.

Virtual Learning
Overview

  • Elementary Virtual (EV): at the beginning of the year, September 8, all elementary students will be assigned to a regular classroom in the school where they would normally attend. ​All schools will be operating remotely, so this will include students whose families want them to remain learning virtually throughout the year.
    • During the first three weeks of school, families will need to make a firm decision to continue in the Elementary Virtual program. Families who make this decision must complete an online registration form specifically for the EV. If a parent checked the box to participate in the EV during summer registration, they will ​be emailed the form to complete their registration for Elementary Virtual. This form will also be posted on the district website. Those who complete the online registration will receive confirmation.  
    • Families who select EV will be committing to remain in the program. Should a specific circumstance arise, parents may request that their student return to work with a class at their neighborhood/home school at the winter break. 
    • When Salt Lake City School District moves to the hybrid model, students who have registered for EV will be assigned to a class of students from schools around the district. They will complete all of their instruction online with a certified virtual teacher.
    • The date for this class placement will depend entirely on when the school and grade they attend moves to the hybrid (or traditional) model.
  • Middle schools and high schools may design online programs depending on need and resources.
  • Students in high school may choose to attend the Salt Lake Virtual program. This is a high school online using the educational program Utah Students Connect.
    • Utah Students Connect is a consortium of seven Utah school districts, including Cache, Jordan, Murray, Nebo, Park City, Salt Lake, and Tooele.
    • Through Utah Students Connect, students in grades 9-12 have access to 24 courses, ranging from mathematics to physical education. 
    • The classes are completed via Canvas.
  • Virtual classrooms will be supervised by an assigned administrator.
  • Wrap-around support services will be provided for students (e.g. counseling services, speech, etc.) at school or remotely as appropriate.

What to expect for students:

  1. For elementary students:
    1. Students who transition to EV for the entire year will begin the year in their neighborhood/home school classroom working remotely for at least the first three weeks of school.
    2. Students will learn about Canvas, routines that will be used in reading and math, and develop a relationship with and connection to a classroom community in their neighborhood/home school. 
    3. When SLCSD moves to a hybrid model, students will be assigned to a virtual teacher and continue instruction on the remote model. They may not have access to all services provided at the neighborhood/home school, such as music or PE specialists, but all core requirements will be met.
    4. Students who are in the Virtual Program will be invited to meet weekly with the class in which they started the year. This may be a virtual Zoom or Team meeting focused on Social Emotional Learning, a story time, circle time, etc. EV students can maintain a connection to their neighborhood/home school and meet with their neighborhood friends in a virtual setting on a weekly basis.
    5. Families will be invited to participate in school-wide events as usual. 
  2. In the Salt Lake Virtual 9-12 program:
    1. Online classes are facilitated by a Salt Lake City School District teacher or, if enrollment in a specific class is very small, by a certified teacher from one of the seven participating districts.
    2. All curriculum is written to address the Utah Core Standards.
    3. Students are in a virtual classroom, but they will still receive some of the help and instruction that they would in a traditional classroom setting.

What to Expect For Teachers and Staff:

  1. In the Elementary Virtual Program:
    1. Instruction will continue on a remote learning schedule with students throughout the district who have chosen to remain virtual.
    2. Extended Learning Program (ELP) students will be invited to participate in Neighborhood ELP programs with their home school Neighborhood ELP teacher.
  2. In the Salt Lake Virtual program:
    1. Teachers will use the approved curriculum designed by Utah teachers through the Utah Students Connect consortium.
    2. Classes are conducted through Canvas.

Grading

SLCSD grading procedures and marks will continue on the traditional scale. We will not continue to observe the marks and options used during the soft dismissal in spring 2020.

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