Hope Valley School WEEKLY UPDATE

Friday, December 18, 2020

Reminder: FULL Distance learning starts Monday, Dec 21 through Jan 8. There is no in-person learning these days.

Calendar of Events

December 2020

12/18 - Report Cards Distributed

12/21-12/23 - Distance Learning Days (see information below)

12/21 & 12/22 - Virtual Student Assembly

12/24-12/31 - Winter Break (No School)


January 2021 (2021 can't come soon enough)

1/1-1/3 - Winter Break continued

1/4 - 1/8 - Distance Learning Days (see information below)

1/11 - SIT Meeting at 4:00pm (Virtual)

1/11 - PTO Meeting at 6:30pm (Virtual)

1/18 - Martin Luther King Day (No School)

1/25 - State Professional Development Day (Virtual Learning for All)


Attestation Self-Check: https://ps.chariho.k12.ri.us/public/

Possible Bus Delay

FYI...Since the walking path to the buses is impassable due to the snow, the buses may be delayed briefly today or on any day the path is not accessible. In these circumstances, the buses will have to wait for the completion of all the parent pick-ups and then buses will loop around the back of the school to pick up students.

Are you Traveling over break?

For anyone who is traveling over break, I am asking that you PLEASE inform Nurse Tara and Mr. G so we can give you the proper return date. Dealing with covid cases at school is extremely difficult and I want to ensure the safety of all students and staff, and also avoid the chaos of calling all close contacts as much as possible. If parents can let us know about traveling, we can be proactive and set you up with a date to return to school.


EXAMPLES:

  1. Family travels to CT and returns back to RI on Dec 27th. That means you would quarantine for 14 days and your return date would be Jan 11 (which is the date we are expected to return to in-person learning anyway).
  2. Family travels to New Hampshire from Dec 26-Jan 2. That means your child will be on DL through Friday, Jan 15 and the return date for in-person learning would be Jan 18.


Here is the list of States with Travel Restrictions (click the link). But if you do plan to travel out of state, I urge you to contact me and Nurse Tara. My email is ggen@chariho.k12.ri.us and nurse Tara is tara.mcaloon@chariho.k12.ri.us. It is very much appreciated.

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Distance Learning Timeline

Starting on 12/21 (through 1/8), the Chariho district will be full distance learning. Students will all learn from home. Attendance will be completed by the classroom teacher. Parents do not have to complete an attendance form like you did in the spring. Below are the district's learning expectations for students, parents, and teachers. PLEASE be sure to review those carefully. Distance learning expectations are much more rigorous than they were last year.


As a reminder, 12/23 is also an early release day. Live instruction ends by 12:45 pm for elementary schools.


Families can access Grab and Go lunches on 12/21, 12/23, 1/4/2021, 1/6/2021, and 1/8/2021 from 9-10:30 am at Chariho Regional High School.


January 4 – 8 will also be District-wide Virtual Learning Days. Students will all learn from home. Please note this is not an extension of the winter break, it is a buffer that ensures we return to in-person learning with minimized exposure to risk from the break.


We have set a goal to return to District-Wide in-Person learning on January 11th. This date is subject to change. In making this decision we will work with the RI Department of Health, examine our positive cases, our ability to staff and review local data.

Distance Learning Guidelines

GUIDELINES TO ADHERE TO:

  • Students must be dressed in appropriate attire.
  • Students must be in an appropriate place in your home when on live video. For example, the dining area, living room, home office. If your workspace is set up in your bedroom, the expectation is that you will be at your desk/work space and not lying in bed.
  • Students must be attentive during live instruction with the camera on. They should not be playing with their pet. They should not be eating while live streaming. They should not be talking to others while live streaming. It is important to avoid all distractions for your child and for all the other children.
  • Set up a video conferencing area in your home that follows the directions below.
    1. Choose an area that is free from distractions to help you stay focused.

    2. Ensure the area being captured in the video does not capture any personal information, such as your address.

    3. Please ensure the background of the video is appropriate at all times.

    4. As best practice, students are expected to use the video feature and to respond to the teacher during instruction. If there is a concern please contact the teacher and/or administrator (refer to the Chariho Responsible Use of Technology Policy).

  • There are times the teacher may record the lesson for students who may be absent.
  • Be prepared for the video chat with the materials you need to be located near you.
  • Follow the norms, behavior expectations, and learning expectations of the classroom. Do use the chat feature only for academic reasons, comments should remain respectful and appropriate.
  • When selecting a profile photo for one’s google account, the profile photo must be a school appropriate photo, image, or avatar.
  • Please maintain safety and privacy for yourself and others.
  • Do not share your class video conference link with those not invited by your teacher.

distance learning expectations for students

It is critically important that you read through these student expectations set forth by the district. Please know that the teachers are following their daily schedule with academic blocks, zoom meetings, and specials. Students must attend to all activities as they would a typical school days including specials. Assignments are expected to be completed during the day and handed in by the due date and time. If there are any problems getting online please contact the teacher.


DISTRICT STUDENT EXPECTATIONS


  • Attend daily live Morning Meetings where daily attendance will be taken, and other “live” meetings as assigned by teachers.

  • For live meetings, be ready and join a few minutes earlier than scheduled so you don’t miss anything!

  • Complete/Upload/”Turn In” product assigned by due date/time. The work for each day should be completed and submitted when completed or no later than 3:25 PM.

  • Share their learning questions with their parent/guardian.

  • Actively engage in learning on a daily basis.

  • Follow virtual learning norms/expectations as established.

  • During concurrent instruction, virtual students will access teachers per the established classroom norms and assigned daily classroom schedule.

  • Follow the Chariho Guidelines for Students - Learning with Live Videos.

  • Contact your teacher if you are having difficulty logging in.

  • Contact your teacher with any questions or concerns.

Distant Learning Expectations for Parents

It is critically important that you read through these parent expectations set forth by the district. Please know that the teachers are following their daily schedule with academic blocks, zoom meetings, and specials. Students must attend to all activities as they would a typical school days including specials. Assignments are expected to be completed during the day and handed in by the due date and time. Please help your child get online if needed but it is important that parents not interrupt the lessons. The teachers will set "office hours" to respond back to parents if there are questions.


DISTRICT PARENT EXPECATIONS


  • Review learning plans shared by teachers and participate in ongoing communication.

  • Student attendance for the day will be taken in the first 15 minutes of a virtual/live Morning Meeting. Students will be marked tardy after this time. Student participation will be confirmed by the student throughout the day showing that they are "live" for scheduled Zoom/Google Meet meetings.

  • During concurrent instruction, assist virtual students to access teachers per the established classroom norms and assigned daily schedule. Teachers will establish times when they will respond to parent emails as part of their classroom norms/schedule and as not to interrupt instruction and student learning.

  • Support your child in following the learning plan and completing and submitting assignments each day when they are completed or no later than 3:25 PM.

  • Email teachers first with questions or concerns during previously scheduled times.

  • Provide a quiet place for student learning virtually and support for your child’s engagement.

  • Review the Chariho Guidelines for Students - Learning with Live Videos with your child. For those who are learning remotely, it is most helpful to be ready and online a few minutes before the scheduled meeting time.

  • If your child is struggling, resist the urge to give them the answer, instead use questioning or prompting to promote their thinking and problem-solving skills.

  • Encourage outdoor activities, movement breaks, daily exercise, and play without electronics.

  • Pick-Up or print from home paper resources (Gr. PreK-1 and in other elementary grades), as determined by the teacher (biweekly and with flexible pick-up hours if possible).

  • Gr. K-4 Resources will be a combination of online and hands-on learning materials. For families who chose to follow Distance Learning, information will be provided at the beginning of the school year on how to pick-up any necessary initial materials.

  • Assist your child with uploading an image of completed paper assignments to Google Classroom.

  • Access our Parent Virtual and Concurrent Learning Site for school information, Technology Tips and Resources, and contact information for Technology Support.

  • Call the school’s office and report if your child becomes ill and is not participating in virtual instruction.

Distant Learning Expectations for Teachers

Here are the teacher expectations:


Teacher Expectations:

  • “Concurrent teaching” (for in-person and virtual students) will take place on a daily basis. Direct instruction (i.e. live or pre-recorded) is expected for both virtual and concurrent learning. Students will follow the classroom schedule.

  • Take daily attendance using PowerSchool in the first 15 minutes of a virtual/live Morning Meeting. Attendance can be confirmed by the student throughout the day showing that they are "live" with the class for scheduled Zoom/Google Meet meetings.

  • For Specials, class attendance will be taken and recorded by the teacher. Specialists will email parents (and cc the principal) after students have missed two Specialist classes when marked present for the school day. Further intervention will take place as needed.

  • Provide access for students who are learning virtually by keeping scheduled Zoom/Google Meet meetings open or scheduling specific times for student assistance or targeted instruction, unless you are working with in-person students 1:1 or in small groups, during lunch, or when all students are working with another teacher.

  • PK-4 classroom teachers will use Google Classroom to create a Learning Plan, identifying an agenda for the day including student resources and identify assignments/products for each day of virtual learning. This will include clear notification and directions for any online learning and clear deadlines/due dates, and times. Students are expected to submit work each day when it is completed or no later than 3:25 PM. Communication for assignments will be posted on Google Classroom.

  • Provide opportunities for student collaboration.

  • Checking for student understanding should be part of your regular instructional practice.

  • Provide clear and consistent expectations for assignment completion.

  • Develop fair and appropriate methods of assessment for virtual or concurrent learning.

  • Create virtual or concurrent lessons to practice in class/develop virtual/concurrent norms for your class. These virtual/concurrent norms will be communicated and referred to on a regular basis. View this RIDE guidance on Developing Norms for Distance Learning, that should include expectations on how students will actively participate during instruction. Teachers will establish times when they will respond to parent emails as part of their classroom norms/schedule and as not to interrupt instruction and student learning.

  • All IEP & 504 Accommodations/Modifications to be followed as appropriate.

  • Gr. K-4 Resources will include a combination of online and Ready Common Core Math and Handwriting Workbooks.

  • Follow building protocol on addressing concerns about disengaged students, including for those families who chose Distance Learning.

  • In order to be ready for virtual learning at any time, share access to Google Classrooms/Zoom or Google Meets with administrators within the first week of school.

  • For the five State Professional Development Days for Staff/Distance Learning Days for Students, teachers will leverage this time for continuous skill development and personalized instruction. (See Scenario #1 for further information).


Other Certified Staff Expectations:

  • Certified Staff who follow the Chariho Model of Evaluation and the Support Professional Edition of the RI Model of Evaluation (e.g. Physical Therapists, School Counselors, School Nurses) will create a plan with their principals on how they will follow the school schedule.

  • Daily documented check-ins will take place with students on the case list, for students of concern, and students that teachers bring to your attention during virtual schooling.

Early Release Day Wednesdays

Pre-School Information or K-4 Grade Information


As a reminder: Students can order lunch in the morning when teachers take lunch count and will be sent home on Early Release Wednesdays.

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Mission Statement:

The mission of the Hope Valley Elementary School is to work in partnership with our colleagues, students and families. We are committed to creating a learning environment where children are expected to achieve their full potential.