Support for Staff During School Closure
District and School Resources
The Educational Technology Department is here to support you during school closures. We first will provide you with continuing support for our district resources that you and your students are most comfortable with; we will be introducing you to some new distance learning tools that might be helpful to connect you to your students and families in the future. We will also be sharing resources to develop the skills and strategies needed to provide extended remote learning activites to your students.
These resources are in support of the following district guidance
- Districts and schools must continue to focus on the holistic needs of the educational community. The safety and well-being of students, families, and staff has been and must continue to be our top priority as an educational community.
- Nothing can replace the in-person schooling experience, and we should not expect that remote learning can replicate the traditional school day.
- Remote learning is not synonymous with online learning. Remote learning can take place in a multitude of ways, including by helping students engage with resources in their everyday lives and in the natural world around them.
- We strongly recommend that districts and schools focus on reinforcing skills already taught this school year and applying and deepening these skills. We recognize that in some cases, teachers and students may wish to continue with new material, particularly at the high school level. In these cases, districts should consider equity of access and support for all students.
- We recommend the following routine and structure for remote learning, recognizing the need for flexibility for individual districts and individual students within them: opportunity to connect with one or more educators multiple times per week, access to multiple hours per day of academic content directed by educators, which should focus on reinforcing skills already taught this school year and applying and deepening those skills. Time each day for physical activity based on recommendations from educators. Additional daily time for enrichment activities such as the arts (dance, media arts, music, theater, visual arts).