Learning to continues despite closures of schools : Ministry

District moves to distance learning

"No one is at the school but the cafeteria workers", Platt said.

KGUN9 reached out to Southern Arizona districts for updates and we're learning not all are launching their programs next week.

The district said it plans to share its distance learning plans with parents and students Monday.

Catalina Foothills says it's anticipating a soft roll out next week.

While teachers naturally appreciate the value of continued learning, they also recognize the power of continued connection through voice and sight.

"Some school districts and independent schools are considering loaning equipment for students and potential in-person learning options, based on a prioritization of need, to make sure all students have the tools they need to learn away from a school building", the FAQ states. "Students are definitely missing extra-curricular activities, especially the seniors".

Some superintendents are anxious about the prospect of trying to quickly and effectively rewrite individualized education plans for special education students, which can encompass 20 percent of the student population in some districts.

The district's Emergency Response Team is using the pandemic as an opportunity to reimagine what education looks like in the 21st Century.

The district will be using virtual meeting platforms such as Zoom for teachers to connect with students and their families, including through "office hours".

This will include digital options that many students are now using. "We do have other employees who are working on other tasks", Moon says.

On Monday, said Fowler Assistant Principal Alena Thomas, parents will return the completed work, which is review material and pick up a fresh batch, a week's worth of new material.

This is a challenging time as all schools navigate through uncharted territory. "We are offering two options: either by internet or through paper assignments sent home".

Amphitheater is on Spring Break this week, but many people around the District have been working on this - before and during the break.

Students will get laptops if they need them and take-home packets.

Schools will be expected to support parents and provide access to French learning resources. "We played Simon Says and danced to our favorite classroom songs". Additionally, most of the lessons are asynchronous so that students can do them whenever they can, and families are able to define a timeframe that works for the family's situation. Students in grades 1-5 are not provided with Chromebooks, but do have access to them in their classroom and have learned to use them. We have identified members of our staff and administration for each school site for technical support and instructional support.

Each teacher instructs their classes in different ways. At the same time, we must address the diverse needs of our entire community of learners.

"We talked about the Imagine Learning platform and weekly instruction". Teachers are to wait until their Google Classrooms are ready for implementation before initiating formal communication and instruction with students and families.

For those on the autism spectrum, planning is underway to respond to their unique challenges, funding to support these students is still in place and efforts will be made to find services and supports to meet their needs, according to the FAQ. This week, he ordered an extension through April 6.

Bay County District Schools is looking to take learning online to help students continue their education during the coronavirus outbreak. In addition, much of our adopted curriculum has a digital component that teachers and students can access.



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