Distance Learning Update

Medford Elementary 3.27.2020

What brought us here?

Due to the COVID-19 Crisis, until the time it is safe and we are able, our Medford Public School educators will be moving to an At-Home Distance Learning model. Although the instruction, love, and care of a good teacher can never be replaced, we will do our best to support you with opportunities each week to support your learner while we cannot be together.

We are not asking you to be teachers, rather we are asking you to support students through learning as directed by teachers. At the end of lessons and units, teachers will direct students to show what we title "Evidence of Learning" to help us with District, State, and Federal compliance during this time.


Message to Families: Medford Schools will begin distance learning starting next week. Our teachers have been developing a distance learning plan to support learning from home and meet the needs of all students. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive plan that provides standards based learning experiences for your child. The Distance Learning Plan has been developed to meet the educational needs as best as possible when schools are closed for PreK-6 students.

This model of distance learning provides teachers with two and a half hours each day (7:30 am -10:00 am) of lead time to prepare and front load curriculum based on student’s needs. The instructional time where students can be working on the curriculum and communicating with their teacher is between 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. It allows for a sound instructional approach where teachers can be two to three days ahead of the students allowing them to make necessary adjustments to meet students at their academic level. Teachers will also be available to support students and families with any questions via school email, Google Classroom, Seesaw, or DoJo. Teachers will need to have communication with your child every day. Attendance will be taken on a daily basis in various formats depending on your child's teachers expectations. Please reach out to your child's homeroom teacher should you have any questions at all. Communication will be vital during this distance learning journey.

How long should an at-home distance learning day last?

If you have not done so, we encourage you to set up a schedule for learning based on your student's need to also be active throughout the day. If the weather is great, maybe even an extra recess!

  • PreK- 2nd Grade Students have lessons designed for about 15-20 minutes of work per CORE subject (Reading, Writing, Math, and Science/ Social Studies) each day. Each Special Area Class should be completed at least once per week.

  • 3-6th Grade Students have lessons designed for about 20-25 minutes of work per CORE subject (Reading, Writing, Math, and Science/ Social Studies) each day. Each Special Area Class should be completed at least once per week. Technology may be longer for our 3-6 students.

  • Students should also be reading or being read to at least 20 minutes per day. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways with applications online, local newspapers and magazines, or books.

How do we do this?

Here are some things families can do to prepare your house for Distance Learning:

  1. Creating a "school area" in our home. Devices should remain at the table. Have a consistent workspace set up with extra paper, pencils, and markers/ crayons for them to use.
  2. No food or drink will be allowed at our table. This will help keep devices safe and mimick how they would be learning at their desk in the classroom.
  3. Create a schedule with breaks. Students love routine and familiarity. Try to create a schedule that consists of learning with breaks.
  4. Set boundaries. Plan on telling your children when they are in "school mode" and when they are in "fun mode" as the rules are different. Students at Medford Elementary are familiar with our Tiger Pride Expectations. Feel free to talk to them about this.
  5. Have fun. This is new and challenging for all of us. If it doesn't work out perfectly the first time, that is okay. Ask for help from your child's teacher or from me. We are here to help in any way we can and we want to help. We already miss your children being in the halls, playgrounds, and classrooms.

One day, many years from now, I hope all our children look back on this time and with gratitude for all the work that has been done to support them during this unprecedented time in history. We will all get through this together with a lot of grace and flexibility. #TigerPride #Safe #Respectful #Responsible

Share the Positive Things that are Happening!

Now that we have confirmation we will be starting Distance Learning next week, the Medford Elementary staff would love for our families to send us pictures of the awesome things that are happening during this journey in your homes. I ask that you please share photos of the learning experiences that are taking place in your homes (or just any photo you feel would be uplifting) with either your teachers or myself, and I will be posting these photos on our school webpage. Let's spread the wonderful things that are happening and continue to remain positive during these times. #TigerPride

How will we handle school issued devices that need repairs?

Families will complete THIS FORM . (Which teachers have or will be sharing with all families, and it will also be linked on our school website under the Distance Learning tab) Once this form is completed, the information will be shared with the proper staff member who will attempt to repair the device (ipad or chromebook) This service will run through two of our lunch stops from 11:00-1:00 (Fire Hall and Lazy U) Families will drop off the device with the para in charge at that time, sign necessary paperwork and they will bring it back to school for our technology department to take a look at. The drop off and return days will be Mondays and Thursdays. This service is subject to change as we move through our distance learning model.

What WILL the Medford Elementary SCIENCE FAIR LOOK like THIS YEAR?

Medford Elementary has decided to hold a virtual science fair for students to showcase their experiments. Students with interest may submit a virtual presentation of their science fair project. The virtual presentation will consist of a 2 minute video detailing their hypothesis, method of research and experiment outcomes. Students should also send a picture of their completed information display (3 fold board or other display).

Videos will be reviewed and all students will receive a certificate for their hard work.

Science fair videos may be emailed to munsworth@medfordtigers.org and are DUE April 2, 2020.

Please do not feel you must participate in the virtual science fair. Due to current circumstances beyond our control, it may not be possible for your child to participate and that is OK! We just wanted to give students a format to show off their hard work!!

Please contact Mrs. Unsworth or Kate Vatsaas with questions or concerns.

What will Kindergarten Registration Look Like?

Due to the Executive "Stay at Home" order issued by Governor Walz, the Tuesday April 7th, Kindergarten Registration has been postponed.

It will now take place on Monday April 13th and Tuesday April 14th from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Parents are invited to drop off their child's kindergarten registration packets inside the Medford Elementary entrance. There will be a bin provided marked "Kindergarten Registrations" and the packets may be deposited inside. Any questions or concerns please email Shelley Fitzgerald, elementary secretary at sfitzgerald@medfordtigers.org. Thank You

How will the Student Linked Mental Health Services be implemented moving forward?

The (SLMH) Student Linked Mental Health Services program will continue for families that are part of the program. If you have questions pertaining to the (SLMH) program and its services, please contact Joe Claeys at his Medford Public School email (jclaeys@medfordtigers.org) or his South Central Human Relations email (Joec@schrc.com).

Important Dates Coming Up!


3 - Staff Dev. Day/Workday for staff (No Distance Learning for Students)

10 - Easter Break


25 - Memorial Day (No School)


5- End of Quarter 4 (Last Day of Classes)

Medford Public School Web Page

Please continue to check our website for information regarding COVID-19 and how it will be impacting our district.

Contact Mr. Carlson

Thank you for continuing to partner with us as we move into Distance Learning. Please reach out if I can help to support you and your student's learning needs during this time. Take Care!