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Distance Learning - Week of April 6-10

posted Apr 3, 2020, 4:21 PM by Christine Andregg

This week we launched the first phase of our Distance Learning Plan. Teachers began posting resources and activities for at-home learning, and we launched our Distance Learning website. It was also great to see nearly 1000 elementary students pick up their Chromebooks and iPads at their schools. A big thanks to our Technology team and school staff, who are working to make sure every student in Sherwood has access to technology!

Orientation to Distance Learning - Week of April 6-10

Next week, students will begin receiving assignments from their teachers as we learn together how to conduct school remotely.  Goals for this week will include:

  • Connect teachers with students to maintain relationships and support social-emotional wellness during this challenging time
  • Continue to provide supplemental learning opportunities 
  • Ensure all students have equitable access to technology and learning opportunities
  • Continue to provide training and support to teachers and administrative staff with tools and techniques to successfully teach remotely
  • Provide students and families additional opportunities to familiarize themselves with the tools and skills needed to learn remotely
  • General education teachers and learning specialists collaborate to begin developing plans for distance learning and special education

Family and Student Roles - Week of April 6-10

  • Set up a place for students to work and study; develop a routine and schedule
  • Ensure that students and families have access to the following platforms, as lessons and activities will be delivered through them:
    • Grades pre-K through 2:  Seesaw (some teachers in grades K-2 may use Google Classroom if their students are already familiar with that platform)
    • Grades 3-5:  Google Classroom
    • Grades 6-12:  Canvas 
  • Check email regularly
  • Engage in the learning activities and opportunities

To Access Help with Technology

  • Troubleshoot on the Distance Learning Support page
  • Reach out to your teacher first for support with class programs and apps
  • Contact the school district’s Technology Help Desk: 
  • Response time may vary depending on the volume of requests

Looking Ahead to the Week of April 13-17 - Implementation of Distance Learning

  • Every student connects with their teacher(s)  
  • Teachers and students focus on the most important or relevant learning 
  • New content may be introduced (depending on course and grade level)  
  • Teachers, families, and caregivers work as a team to co-facilitate learning, design consistent routines, and establish the learning environment
  • Student engagement in learning activities will be used to record progress towards learning goals and standards, grades, and attendance (depending on the course and grade level)

Special Education

As our district begins to provide Distance Learning, special education services will, to the extent practical, focus on delivering services to support progress towards IEP goals, in conjunction with the general education curriculum.  Learning specialists will collaborate with general education teachers to facilitate and develop specially designed instruction and to ensure that the general education curriculum is accessible. 

For the majority of students with disabilities, the IEP can be implemented without the need for significant amendments, but with consideration of the Distance Learning setting and parent input.  In the coming weeks, special education case managers will be connecting with all families of students in special education regarding individualized needs and services within the Distance Learning model.  Specially designed instruction may look significantly different in the online format; however, the focus will remain on progress toward meeting IEP goals. For students with complex needs, an IEP team may need to make individualized decisions regarding changes to the IEP.  

IEP and Eligibility Meetings:

  • Case managers will reschedule any missed IEP meetings
  • Case managers will conduct any already scheduled meetings
  • Case managers will reach out to schedule meetings or discuss any future IEP/eligibility meetings
  • All meetings must take place virtually via Google Hangouts or phone due to social distancing guidelines

With Distance Learning ramping up over the coming days and weeks, we hope students and families are able to develop the routines and structure we know are good for all students.  We look forward to partnering with you and moving Distance Learning forward next week!

ODE Guidance on Distance Learning & Device Pickup Details

posted Apr 1, 2020, 2:29 PM by Brady Strutz   [ updated Apr 1, 2020, 2:30 PM ]

Dear Sherwood Families,


Last night the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) provided new guidance to Oregon schools on student education during the school closure.  Previously, guidance from the Governor and the ODE directed schools to provide students with Supplementary Education Resources. These resources did not introduce new content, and the activities were not required or assessed for a grade.  Yesterday, this guidance changed, and schools are now directed to implement a Distance Learning plan by April 13.  


Distance learning is roughly defined as providing schooling while the teachers and students are not in the same location, to the extent that it is practical.  While it cannot replace the classroom environment, it does provide students with the opportunity to learn new content and continue their education during this extended closure.  Last night, the ODE released new guidance to schools for how to make this change. Our team has spent much of today reviewing this guidance and starting to learn what it means for our students.  You can review the guidance by clicking here.


In Sherwood, a task force has been working for the past two weeks on a plan for Distance Learning.  Although this guidance will necessitate some adjustments to our plans, we are well positioned to make this happen.  As we continue to learn about implementing this guidance, we will communicate more in the coming days. 

 

Device Distribution

One critical step to implementing Distance Learning is ensuring that all of our students have access to a device and the internet.  To that end, the District is working hard to distribute iPads and Chromebooks to elementary students and their families, and recently shared a survey to assess technology needs. Phone follow-up has occurred for families who did not respond to the survey.  If you indicated on the survey a need for a device, please review the information below.


You may check out a device at your student’s home elementary school from 8:30-11:00 on Wednesday, April 1 and Thursday, April 2. In order to observe Oregon Health Authority’s social distancing guidelines, we ask that you observe the following:

  • At all times, maintain a minimum of 6 feet distance from others. 

  • Do not come if you are sick. Fill out the Device Pickup Survey and indicate a need for an alternate method.

  • If possible, please observe the following schedule for pickup. We have enough devices for every elementary student. 


Last Name

Pickup Window

A-G

April 1, 8:30am -9:45am

H-L

April 1, 9:45am-11:00am

M-R

April 2, 8:30am-9:45am

S-Z

April 2, 9:45am-11:00am


Devices Loaned to Families

  • Grades PreK - 2: iPads

  • Grades 3-5: Chromebooks

  • Grades 6-12 already have Chromebooks

    • If there is an issue with your secondary student’s device, please use the Device Pickup Survey to communicate your needs.


FAQ’s

  • Can I have a friend pick up the device for my student?

    • Devices can only be picked up by the student, accompanied by an adult from their family. 

  • I can’t pick up during the scheduled time. How can I get a device?

    • If you can't come during the last name pickup window for your name, come during another time slot. If families cannot attend in any pickup window for either day, fill out the Device Pickup Survey and indicate a need for an alternative.

  • I missed the survey, or said my student didn’t need a device, but it turns out they need a device. What should I do?

    • If you can make the pickup window above, please come. If you realize that you need a device after the pickup windows, please complete the Device Pickup Survey.


Internet Hotspots

  • Families who indicated they needed an internet hotspot will receive one at no cost from the district. Hotspots are in high demand nationally and our shipment has not yet arrived. As soon as it does, we will reach out directly to those families. 

  • Comcast is also opening up its network of hotspot access for free. For families who live close enough to take an advantage of this network, we encourage you to try it out: https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19


As we continue to develop strategies to provide students with digital learning opportunities, we are committed to helping students and families have access to the technology they need to be successful. We will continue to communicate with you regularly, and will share more specifics as they are finalized by our team.  


-The Sherwood School District

Device & Internet Access Survey

posted Mar 27, 2020, 2:17 PM by Adam Cohen   [ updated Mar 27, 2020, 2:18 PM by Brady Strutz ]

In order to facilitate at-home learning, our district is conducting a survey of our students and families to determine technology device and internet access needs.  To complete the survey, please visit: https://bit.ly/2UuRXNY

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