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Our goal was to develop a schedule for virtual learning at CFPMS that incorporates the valuable input of teachers, parents, and students contained in the recommendations from virtual learning survey data.
- 45 minute periods in a sequence that closely aligns with our existing brick and mortar schedule
- Alternating Purple and Gold rotation
- Purple Day: Synchronous in the AM; Asynchronous in the PM
- Gold Day: Asynchronous in the AM; Synchronous in the PM
- Advisory and HawkTime will meet synchronously every day
- One hour of extra-help, (office hours) every day for every teacher
During synchronous learning, instruction will be live, in real time. Synchronous learning will include direct instruction, student collaboration, class discussion, small group work and opportunities for immediate feedback.
During asynchronous learning, students will work on independent learning activities posted in Canvas by their teacher, according to their schedule. Asynchronous learning activities will contain follow-up learning activities from synchronous lessons, or will include learning activities leading up to synchronous lessons. During the beginning of the year, teachers will provide guidance to students, and monitor their progress in asynchronous learning activities.
#1: Provide an instructional schedule with a balance between asynchronous and synchronous instruction
This schedule provides 50% synchronous instruction and 50% asynchronous instruction. Synchronous and Asynchronous learning activities occur every day, alternating from AM to PM from one day to the next.
#2: Require students to check-in daily
Students will be required to check-in with their advisory teacher every morning at 8:00, and every afternoon at 2:25. Teachers will also be taking class attendance every day during synchronous lessons. During the first two cycles of the school year, (minimum), teachers will also be checking in on students during asynchronous learning to provide guidance and monitor student progress in asynchronous learning
#3: Maintain a daily schedule with live ZOOM sessions included
Synchronous and Asynchronous learning activities occur every day, alternating from AM to PM from one day to the next. This schedule also closely aligns with our traditional brick and mortar schedule to provide structure and routine for our students and allow for a smooth transition to a brick and mortar format
#4: Provide staff time to adapt curriculum to a remote learning program
Provides designated time for teacher collaboration and professional development that promotes the utilization of the tools and strategies highlighted in the summer professional development program
#5: Encourage instructional activities that require student collaboration
45-minute synchronous periods allow teachers the time to implement age-appropriate, purposeful, and collaborative learning activities in ZOOM breakout rooms. Teachers also have opportunities to design asynchronous learning activities that include small group collaboration.
#6: Adjust grading and assessment parameters
The middle school will follow our standard grading practices. Teachers received professional development during the summer of 2020 that addressed alternative forms of assessment. The assessments administered will provide valuable feedback to our teachers and students.
#7: Increase the emphasis on meeting the social-emotional needs of students
Teachers began work last spring developing SEL activities to make connections, build relationships, and build community. SEL is a priority and will be reflected in the activities that students will engage in during the first several days of the school year. Also, time is built into the schedule for teachers to plan and collaborate with our behavioral health team to develop ongoing synchronous SEL activities for our students.
#8: Provide staff time and support to plan strategies to meet students SEL needs during distance learning
Teacher teams will meet for 45-minutes every other day with the grade level school counselor to develop and implement purposeful SEL activities
Virtual learning will include the following essential elements:
- Students will have class every day.
- Students will be expected to attend each class and participate. Attendance will be taken every period.
- Students will be assessed and receive grades in each of their classes.
- Students will receive both live, synchronous instruction and independent/collaborative asynchronous work.
- Students should work in an appropriate, distraction-free location and dress in school-appropriate attire.
Why is the proposed virtual schedule’s times and period lengths structured the way they are?
This schedule is designed to provide students with the same instructional minutes per class as they would have in a typical brick and mortar schedule. It is designed to closely align with our brick and mortar bell schedule to allow for a seamless transition to brick and mortar format.
Will attendance be taken?
Daily attendance will be taken in Advisory and monitored by the office as usual. Attendance will also be taken in each class.
Will grades be given?
We will be following our normal grading procedures.
Will students follow the A-F cycle day schedule?
Students will still follow the A-F cycle day schedule. On purple days students will have synchronous lessons in the AM and asynchronous lessons in the PM. On Gold days, students will have asynchronous lessons in the AM and synchronous lessons in the PM.
Will there be Advisory and HawkTime?
Students will be attending Advisory first thing in the morning and Hawk Time at the end of the day as per our normal schedule. This will give students the opportunity to check in, participate in social emotional learning activities with their advisory teacher/peers as well as get extra help from teachers.
Will students get screen breaks?
Students will get a 5-minute break between periods. There is also a 10-minute break scheduled at 9:45 every morning and a 30-minute lunch break at 11:30 every day.
Will students receive homework?
Students will be given homework assignments to be completed outside of the normal instructional day. Homework will be closely monitored by our teachers to ensure that it is purposeful and manageable.
Will students be expected to log on to Zoom during study halls?
Yes, students will be expected to log in to Zoom during their study hall on synchronous days and remain in Zoom with their video on for the duration of the period. Students may complete work for their classes or get help from their study hall teacher during this time.