REMOTE Learning

November 23-December 4

Recent District Communication

  • If the application is approved to begin on Monday, November 23, 2020, all students, PreK-12, will be in this required continuous learning model through Friday, December 4, 2020. Our intent at that time will be to transition back to a hybrid learning model if the local health data is consistent with that decision.

  • It is important to remember the required continuous learning model is not like the voluntary model followed this past spring, nor is it like the hybrid model asynchronous days.

Westwood Parents and Guardians

I wanted to intentionally set time aside to reach out with details if we transition from the hybrid learning model to remote continuous learning on Monday, November 23rd.

No matter the return to learn model, our Westwood school team is committed and prepared to support your students. We have been proactive in discussing, planning, engaging in professional learning, and preparing for students to be in hybrid, all onsite, and in hybrid again. This high level of planning, preparation, and professional learning has been the same proactive process for a transition to remote learning.

Thank you for your continued partnership and trust as our home partnership plays a critical role in student success.

The following information details what to expect from Westwood staff as families prepare for Monday, November 23rd.

Upcoming Westwood Teacher Communication

All of Westwood's K-5 grade classroom and specials schedules are finalized.

K-5 classroom teachers will be emailing parents by Friday and will include the following.

  • Daily Schedule
  • Zoom Links
  • Office hours explanation
  • First day expectations

All 5 Specials in 4 days

  • All students will have all 5 specials in 4 days (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday).

  • In a remote learning model specials will be 20 minutes long.

  • Specials will be live teaching and students will gain access through their teacher's specific zoom link.

Wednesday Asynchronous Learning Expectations

Wednesday is only an asynchronous day similar to the hybrid at home asynchronous day.

Please continue to have your students access their teachers' resources on asynchronous at home Wednesdays for independent work.

Wednesday Only - Suggested times for asynchronous learning by grade level:

Grades Kdg-2nd:

  • 20-25 minutes of reading

  • 15-20 minutes of writing

  • 20-25 minutes of math

  • 15-20 SS/Science

Grades 3rd-5th

  • 25-30 minutes of reading

  • 25-30 minutes of writing

  • 25-30 minutes of math

  • 15-20 SS/Science

Smart Tools to Help Students Succeed

  • If your child qualifies for free or reduced school lunches (NSLP), you could qualify for discounted home internet through Medicom.

  • Link here to see if you qualify Mediacom

Questions, Comments, Concerns

Please direct all questions, comments, and concerns related to the above information to Joel Martin. Here is my contact info:


Joel Martin

Westwood Elementary Principal

2920 NW Ninth Street

Ankeny, Iowa 50023

School Phone: 515-965-9690

Fax: 515-965-9693


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