Full Distance Learning Jan 19th - Jan 22nd
- No School Monday Jan 18th MLK holiday
- Full distance learning starting Jan 19th through Jan 22nd
Per the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) guidelines set forth in Addendum 12 Reimagining CT Classrooms: Planning and Instructional Time for Remote Learning in Hybrid and Full Remote Models, “The optimal amount of time spent learning each day is determined by the need for teaching and learning, practicing, applying, exploring, creating, and demonstrating knowledge.”
Expected Hours of Learning Each Day Per Grade Level:
Groton Public Schools Hybrid and Full Distance Learning Plan states, “The expectation is to increase student engagement with the understanding that there should be a blend of asynchronous (at any time) and synchronous (at a specific time) learning. By using live video conferencing on Zoom, along with pre-recorded lessons and assignments posted on the Learning Management Systems, students will have a balanced approach and more opportunity.”
Students are expected to attend virtual classes and complete their assignments independently or collaboratively.
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Groton Public Schools reopened schools September 8, 2020 for grades 1-12 and September 14, 2020 for the entire district PK-12 with a Hybrid Learning Plan. Groton Middle School students started the year with remote learning and orientations from September 8 – 11, 2020. All families were offered two options at this time; face-to-face in the classroom (in small groups) two days a week, with the rest of the week distance learning with their teacher, OR they could choose total remote learning. Several families decided to homeschool their children.
This plan will be continuously monitored with the Groton Board of Education and will be reassessed in four to six weeks. GPS will follow the Governor and State Health department guidelines as well as Connecticut State Department of Education recommendations. Whether students are face-to-face with their teacher or at home learning remotely, teachers will engage students in high quality instruction and accelerated learning, following the fall re-entry curriculum plan.
On Wednesdays, all students will be provided with remote learning and teacher support during their established office hours and/or Zoom meetings. The “Distance Learning” component of the GPS fall re-entry plan provides the opportunity for planned teaching and learning with assessment and feedback, and allows time for students (parents) and teachers to communicate. Some of the best practices and highest level of engagement comes when teachers and students can synchronize teaching and learning face-to-face, in live video conferencing settings, and when students and teachers connect in person or remotely.
Highlights of the Hybrid Learning Plan and the Full Distance Learning Plan (Remote Learning):
Communication and Interactive Time tips to grow student engagement:
We recognize that teachers may want to use the other features within the LMS program to instruct, communicate, and gather student feedback. In order to engage students in learning, it is recommended to present lessons face-to-face and record livestream lessons; also record slide show with voice over or pre-record a lesson (Zoom and other broadcasting technology)
The purchase of additional resources, online texts and libraries, as well as additional software will provide more student engagement during both face-to-face and distance learning. Columbia University TCRWP remote learning units of studies were purchased under the DoDEA literacy grant and made accessible to all teachers and students K-8.
The purchase of toolkits, workbooks, journals, books, calculators, and manipulatives will enhance both learning at home and at school.
Using Zoom and other broadcasting technology, teachers are able to use Live Video Conferencing, which can be recorded during the day so that it will be accessible to all students. It is recommended to collaborate with colleagues to support live video conferencing.
Per Connecticut State Department of Education Adapt, Advance, Achieve Addendum 4 on Interim Guidance for Decision Making Regarding the Use of In-Person, Hybrid (Blended), or Remote Learning Models in Connecticut Schools during COVID-19: “Therefore, in collaboration with the school district, parents who decide to opt into voluntary remote learning will also be expected to supervise and engage their children to fully and effectively access the remote learning programming that is offered through the public school district.”
As our motto goes, Start Slow and Grow; this is an opportunity for learning new techniques while implementing the hybrid model, which blends face-to-face instruction in schools with highly engaging distance learning. We will do the best to meet the needs of our students during this challenging time in education. By grade level and department, continue to review the GPS curriculum; identifying the scope of what needs to be taught in each unit, compacting curriculum and focusing on priority standards. Flexibility is very important as each student has varying levels of support at home. By giving extensions, modifying assignments, and connecting with your students to see what supports are needed, you encourage more engagement in learning. Know that the Board of Education, Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent, Administration, colleagues, students, and families are greatly appreciative of your hard work and dedication in providing the highest quality of learning during these challenging times.