Important Virtual Information

Sheridan Hill Elementary Updates

A Note from Mrs. Arroyo

Greetings Sheridan Hill families,

I am proud we have had the opportunity to start nearly the first three months of school being in-person, daily, with our students. This time has been critical to building relationships and foundations as a learning community. While working in-person from the start, teachers have incorporated technology into lessons in the event we would need to pivot to virtual learning.

It is exceptional to have a district of teachers, administrators, and parents who work together to bring the best education to our future leaders.

As we shift to virtual learning, we understand this is not easy for anyone. We are committed to keeping as much consistency as possible in your child's daily schedule and learning. Below are many key points to read and keep a note of. One important note is that Wednesdays have a different schedule. The times are listed below.

Should you have any questions or concerns, you can still contact the office at 716.407.9250 or email me at jarroyo@clarenceschools.org.


Sincerely,

Jenna M. Arroyo

Elementary Principal

Key Points to Reference

  • Students will receive synchronous instruction daily, from 8:00-10:30 (AM cohort) or 11:45-2:15 (PM cohort).

  • Attendance is taken daily. You must call the school to report your child absent if he/she is ill and not attending school.

  • Students need to be logged with their own student Google/Schoology account to access all of their courses (not the parent account)

  • Specials (art, music, phys ed, library) will all be synchronous. Students will keep the same special schedule and have a synchronous special every other day. Special area teachers will join classroom Google Meets/Zoom.

  • Special Education services will continue on the same schedule

  • Related Services will continue during the Remote Instruction. Please watch for communication from your child's related service provider (PT/OT/Speech)

  • Reading support services will continue during the Remote Instruction

    • Reading teachers will be in contact with families with meeting times and codes

  • IMPORTANT- The instructional time frame on Wednesdays is unique to facilitate additional planning time for teachers and more effective instructional experiences for students. Your child’s classroom teacher will let you know the specific Wednesday start time.

    • 60 minutes direct instruction from classroom teacher

    • 30 minute specials on designated weeks at regularly scheduled times

    • 60-90 minutes of asynchronous work during the remaining time

  • Technology Support: For parents in need of technology support, please utilize the support help desk at support@clarenceschools.org

  • A copy of the District’s guidelines for Online Learning is listed below

  • Breakfast/Lunch Meal information to parents from the District’s Food Service provider is included in the file below.

  • Report cards will be released digitally next month via the Parent Portal. If you do not have an account or do not remember your username/password, please contact the main office for support. More information about accessing the report cards is forthcoming.

Virtual Learning Expectations

Please read the following information regarding online expectations and conduct:


Students will utilize the necessary technology to regularly and effectively communicate, receive instruction, interact with the class, and comply with the work requirements of the class.

  • Teachers will track participation via daily login into Schoology, our Learning Management System, as well as attendance in live video conferencing sessions to verify student interaction with class postings and requirements. In addition, compliance with course requirements, such as completion of assignments and assessments, will also be used to verify “attendance” and participation.

  • Students must meet the work requirements/expectations in a timely fashion (meeting deadlines to the best of their ability) and reach out to the teacher when experiencing difficulty with the course material or meeting deadlines.


Live Conferencing Sessions

Video conferencing and live group chats are essential components of the virtual or online learning process and help to provide connectedness of class members. As with the use of social media, students are required to adhere to policies outlined in the Student Use of Technology section and observe the following expectations regarding virtual and/or online meetings.

  • Students should be on time to live conferencing sessions scheduled by the teacher. Teachers will be monitoring attendance at these sessions.

  • Ensure that your technology works properly and that you frame your camera correctly. You should be set squarely in the frame so that you can be easily seen and heard.

  • Good online etiquette is vital to a productive and supportive online learning environment. Students are to behave in online sessions or activities as is expected during an in-person class. The following applies to all online communications:

    • Dress appropriately for learning. Follow the dress code requirements.

    • Be mindful of inappropriate surroundings or potential interruptions to the session. Choose a location that is quiet and has a neutral background.

    • Sessions scheduled by teachers are intended for use by learners in that classroom, and should not include students who are not part of that group or class.

    • Be polite, respectful, and tolerant of views expressed by others. Keep comments used in discussions and chats on topic, appropriate, and constructive to the learning of the class.

In addition to these expectations, teachers may establish guidelines specific to online or virtual learning in their individual classrooms. Students are expected to adhere to these guidelines as outlined by their teacher.

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