Guidelines for Distance Learning
During this unprecedented time, the Groton Public Schools wishes to continue to partner with you in providing engaging opportunities for your child that allows access to meaningful instruction. We are providing distance learning opportunities for students in the Hybrid or Full Distance Learning models. Groton Public Schools are implementing your child’s general education, special education services, Section 504 accommodations, and/or related services in individual, small group, and/or whole class instruction using virtual classrooms in the Google Suite and/or Schoology and/or other digital tools. This is a new model of teaching and learning for us all and we will grow in our use of technology as we implement distance learning. This document will provide information on the roles and responsibilities for staff, parents, and students so that we are able to work together as a team to continue teaching and learning during this time.
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.” The document also gives expected hours of engagement in learning from at least two hours for PK/preschool to four hours for elementary to five hours for secondary.
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 asynchronistic (at any time) and synchronistic (at a specific time) learning. Therefore using scheduled video conferencing on Zoom (or other technology), which can be recorded by the teacher and posted, along with pre-recorded lessons and assignments posted on the Learning Management Systems will offer a balanced approach and more opportunity for students.”
In addition, students are expected to attend virtual classes and complete their assignments independently or collaboratively. Teachers, tutors, specialists, special educators and paraprofessionals are available to work with students individually or in small groups. Students can reach out to their teachers if they have questions through various communication systems outlined by the teacher.
Groton Public Schools provides rigorous and relevant curriculum, instruction, and assessments aligned to CT Core standards, as well as a culture of inquiry and engagement for our readers, writers, mathematicians, historians, scientists, musicians, artists, and athletes. Roles and responsibilities for Students, Parents and Staff are located under the Distance Learning Tab on the Home page of grotonschools.org