Goodridge Public School

Distance Learning Plan

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March 25, 2020

 Note to Parents from Superintendent Loberg and Principal Carlson

 Due to the Covid-19 outbreak Governor Tim Walz, through Executive Order 20-02, has required all schools to create a Distance Learning Plan for their district in preparation for a long-term closure.  Unless told otherwise by the Governor, we will begin our Distance Education via our Distance Learning Plan on Monday, March 30th.  This means that beginning on Monday, March 30th your son/daughter will not be returning to school, but will still be educated by the same teacher(s) from Goodridge Public School in a distance learning format.  Students will be assigned work either through homework packets or online delivery.  For those receiving homework packets, they will be dropped off to students' homes on all Monday’s, starting March 30th, in between 10:00-2:00.  All homework will be submitted digitally or online, we will not accept any paper homework back to the school.  Your student’s teacher will also continue to communicate and provide instruction for your student using Facebook, Google Classroom, Class Dojo, email, zoom, phone calls, etc.  Each class will have their own methods of providing instruction, assigning homework, and taking assessments/tests.  This information is available in our Distance Learning Plan, but the most specific information relating to your student’s grade can be found in the teacher’s syllabus and in their weekly schedule.  You can access all the teacher's syllabi and weekly schedules on the school website.  All of our staff at Goodridge Public School are committed to providing our students with a quality education and personal attention throughout this process. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to call the Goodridge Public School office on weekdays from 8-4 Monday-Friday.  Once again, unless we hear otherwise from the Governor, students are not to return to school at this time.  We will begin distance learning on Monday, March 30th.  Your student’s teacher(s) will be reaching out to all parents individually with more information this week.

 Goodridge Public School Distance Learning Plan

 PreK - 4th Grade:  Students in Pre-K-4th Grade will be using Class Dojo, email, and phone calls to communicate with parents and students.  All assignments and information will also be available on Class Dojo.  Attendance will be taken daily (on scheduled class days based on the 19-20 calendar) via students responding to a class dojo activity at any time during the day.  They will only take attendance once a day.  Homework will be dropped off on Monday’s from 10:00-2:00 at the students home.  First homework drop off will be Monday, March 30th.  All homework needs to be submitted by students or parents by taking a picture of the assignment and emailing it to the teacher, using an online drop box, or scanning the assignment and sending it via email to the student’s teacher.  For more detailed information per grade please go to the school website and click on the icon “Distant Learning Syllabus” to see detailed information for your student’s teacher.  

 5th and 6th Grade:  Students in 5th and 6th Grade will be using Facebook groups, email, and phone calls to communicate with parents and students.  All assignments and information will also be available via a homework drop off and also on Facebook/email.  Attendance will be taken daily (on scheduled class days based on the 19-20 calendar), via a Facebook/email activity that students will respond to at any time during the day.  Students only need to take attendance once a day.  Homework will be dropped off on Monday’s from 10:00-2:00 at the students’ home.  First homework drop off will be Monday, March 30th.  All homework needs to be submitted by students or parents by taking a picture of the assignment and emailing it to the teacher, using an online drop box, or scanning the assignment and sending it via email to the student’s teacher.  For more detailed information per grade please go to the school website and click on the icon “Distant Learning Syllabus” to see detailed information for your student’s teacher.  

 7th - 12th Grade:  Students in 7-12 grade will be using Google Classroom, email, Zoom, and phone calls to communicate with their teachers and to complete assignments in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Mrs. Lacey Hruby's classes. Attendance will be taken daily (on scheduled class days based on the 19-20 calendar), via a Google form.  Andrea Halvorson will send out the Google Form daily and students will need to fill it out before the day is over in order to be marked present for the day.  Students only need to take attendance once a day.  You can also find the link to the Google Form on the School website.  Homework will be assigned and completed online via each teacher's Google Classroom.   If needed, homework will be dropped off on Monday’s from 10:00-2:00 at the students’ home.  First homework drop off will be Monday, March 30th.  All homework needs to be submitted by students or parents by taking a picture of the assignment and emailing it to the teacher, using an online drop box, or scanning the assignment and sending it via email to the student’s teacher. Your student's teacher will be connecting with you soon to provide you with more information.  For more detailed information per grade please go to the school website and click on the icon “Distant Learning Syllabus” to see detailed information for your student’s teacher.  

 PE, Ind. Art, German, and Music: Students in these classes will use Google Classroom and email to communicate and receive assignments with their teacher.  Attendance will be taken daily (on scheduled class days based on the 19-20 calendar), via a Google form.  Andrea Halvorson will send out the Google Form daily and students will need to fill it out before the day is over in order to be marked present for the day.  Students only need to take attendance once a day.  Homework will be assigned and completed online via each teacher's Google classroom.   If needed homework will be dropped off on Monday’s from 10:00-2:00 at the students’ home.  First homework drop off will be Monday, March 30th.  All homework needs to be submitted by students or parents by taking a picture of the assignment and emailing it to the teacher, using an online drop box, or scanning the assignment and sending it via email to the student’s teacher. Your student's teacher will be connecting with you soon to provide you with more information.  For more detailed information per grade please go to the school website and click on the icon “Distant Learning Syllabus” to see detailed information for your student’s teacher.  

 RTI:  Students will receive weekly activities via email or Class Dojo from Ms. Amy Reznicek.

Special Education:  Students will continue to receive services and accommodations from their Special Education teacher per their IEP and IDLP (Individualized Distant Learning Plan).  The Special Education teacher will contact you via phone, email, or video messaging.  For more information you can find our Special Ed teacher’s syllabus on the school website.    

 Mental Health Services:  Mrs. Alyssa Hruby, Mr. Kainz, and Ms. Janicke will be available at any time during our distant learning period.  Please contact the school if you have any concerns in this area.  For more information you can find our Social Worker/Therapist syllabus on the school website by clicking on the icon “Distant Learning Syllabus.”

Here are some more Mental Health Support Services:

● Mobile Mental Health Crisis Response Team at 1-800-282-5005

● Crisis Text Line Text MN to 741741

● National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

 Distance Learning Framework

 1.     Communication

 How should students/parents/guardians communicate with teachers?:  Teachers will be available for questions and provide support for 8 hours a day via both phone and email.  Teacher’s contact information and hours will be available in their syllabus and on their weekly schedule.  Weekly schedules are available on the school website and in the daily bulletin.  The Goodridge School Office will also be open Monday-Friday from 8:00-4:00, and will help you communicate with your son/daughters' teacher. Do not hesitate to call the school if you have any questions.

 How will teachers inform students/parents/guardians of means of communication, hours available for questions?:  This information will be available on the teacher’s weekly schedule that is available on the school website and in the bulletin, beginning on March 30th.  Each teacher also has a distant learning syllabus that will include all this information.  Distance learning syllabi are also available on the school website.  

 2.     Attendance  

 How will attendance be taken?: Teachers will be taking attendance daily.  Pre-K-6 will respond to a Dojo Message/Facebook Message/Email daily.  Students only need to take attendance once a day, at any time during the day.  Your son/daughter’s teacher will communicate with you on this.  7th Grade - 12th grade will complete a google form daily for attendance.  Andrea Halvorson will send out the Google Form daily and students will need to fill it out before the day is over in order to be marked present for the day.  Students only need to take attendance once a day.  You can also find the link to the google attendance form on the school website by clicking on the icon called “High School Attendance.”  How your son/daughter's teacher takes attendance will be communicated clearly with students and parents in the teacher’s syllabus as well.  If a student is considered absent their teacher will contact the student and their parent(s)/guardian on the initial absence via email.  If a student is absent twice, the teacher will call the student and their parent(s)/guardian.  If a student is absent 3 times and beyond, the principal will call/send letters to the parent.  Students will be considered truant if they are marked unexcused for 7 days in a row. Students are subject to failing grades if work is not turned in.  

 3.     Syllabus

 How can I find the syllabus:  Teacher syllabi are available on the school website by clicking on the Distance Learning Syllabus icon.  The syllabus will provide you with the most specific information relating to your students' class such as a teacher’s contact information, etc. 

 4.     Homework/Coursework

How will students receive work?:  Students may receive work via a homework drop off, via online, or both.  Teachers will communicate with students as to where they will receive assignments in their syllabus and weekly schedule.  Students will also receive a weekly schedule each week (new schedules for the week will be available on Monday’s) that will provide them with the weekly assignments.  Your son/daughter's teacher will be reaching out to students and parents throughout this process.  

How will students receive homework and weekly schedules from their teacher?:  If needed, homework and weekly schedules will be dropped off at students' homes in between the hours of 10:00-2:00 on all Distance Learning Mondays through our Homework Drop off.  Please have a cardboard box or weather proof container next to your front door that we can place your students' work in.  Please do not come out to meet the drivers.  Some of our classes and activities are also available online.  If students are completing their coursework online, they may not receive a homework drop off to their home.  

How will homework be turned in?:  In order to turn in a paper-pencil assignment, students and parents need to take a picture of it and send it via email to their child’s teacher.  You may scan it and email it to teachers as well.  If students are completing their coursework online, they may be able to submit it in class dojo or Google Classroom.  Your child’s teacher will communicate this with you and it will also be available in their weekly schedule and syllabus.  

How will I know what the schedule is?:  Teachers will clearly communicate with students their expectations, assignments, and homework through a weekly schedule that will be available to families either in a homework drop off to the students house off or via online (the teacher will connect with you and your student on this).  This information should be easily accessible by students and parents.  Schedules will include information for at least 1 week at a time.  New schedules for the current week will be available on Monday’s (homework drop off/or online). 

Grading:  Teachers will update grades once a week to Synergy.  Students and parents can view these grades on both StudentVue and ParentVue.  Students will have assignments, coursework, and up to one assessment/test in each subject area per week that will be graded.  Grades will be entered into synergy as usual.  The same grading scale from the student handbook will be applied.  Students are subject to low or failing grades if work is not turned in or completed correctly.  

Standards:  Teachers will provide instruction/coursework/assessments that cover all of the MN content area standards.

5.     Instruction

How will lessons be taught: Teachers will provide instruction once a week per subject. The instruction will be accessible to all students, regardless of whether they have internet and devices or not.  Please see the teacher’s syllabus for information on their instructional delivery.  This information will also be available on a teachers schedule. If students do not have an internet connection, please keep in mind that the community center has Wi-Fi available in the parking lot.  Garden Valley also will provide the internet free to new customers in their area during the distant learning timeline.

6.     Equal Access for All

How will my son/daughter receive accommodations/modifications and services listed in the IEP?:  Instruction, coursework, and assessments will be modified, adapted, or accommodated per requirements in the students’ IEP.  Teachers and SPED teachers will clearly communicate adaptations and modification to students and parent(s)/guardians.  SPED teachers will continue to provide services to all students on an IEP per guidelines by MDE and the Northwest RIC.  All IEP Meetings will be made via conference call or via Zoom.  In addition to your child’s IEP, districts are also required to create an IDLP (Individualized Distance Learning Plan) for all students who have an IEP.  Your student’s SPED teacher will be reaching out to you and working with you on this.  

Our family does not have internet or a computer/device, how will my son/daughter be able to complete their distant learning coursework:  If your family has a device/laptop, but do not have an internet connection, keep in mind that the community center has Wi-Fi available in the parking lot.  If you need a device/computer please call the school and we will help you with this, by providing you with a rented chromebook.  Garden Valley also will provide the internet free to new customers in their area during the distant learning timeline.  If your family is unable to receive internet or is unable to have a computer, all instruction, coursework, and assessments are also available in a packet/paper format, to ensure equal access for all.  If your son/daughter is unable to access the internet and need to receive instruction, coursework, and assessments in packet/paper format, please contact the school (218-378-4134) or contact your students’ teacher and we/they will provide it to you. 

7.     Feedback

Parent survey:  We will survey parents halfway through the distant learning timeline in order to receive feedback and to evaluate our performance.  

 

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