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Distance Learning Plan

ROCORI Distance Learning Plan 2020

Starting March 30th, 2020 ROCORI School students will receive daily instruction using our COVID-19 Distance Learning Model. 

 

What is Distance Learning? 

Distance Learning involves planned online or teacher-prepared lessons that students complete when away from the physical school building. Education can continue even when students and teachers are not in the same location. Along with emphasizing the value of learning, using Distance Learning encourages character growth in the areas of self-sufficiency, adaptability, and perseverance. 

 

What are the goals of Distance Learning? 

  • To minimize the disruption to academic progress caused by extended school closures by making those out-of-school days as educationally productive and engaging as possible. 
  • To allow students an opportunity to practice the kind of online learning that is increasingly part of both college study and workplace training. 

 

ROCORI DISTANCE LEARNING DETAILS

Below you will read specific details on a variety of topics related to this plan.  Please also refer to the recommended schedule posted in the COVID 19 tab on of the ROCORI District website. 

RECOMMENDED SCHEDULE 

Below is a recommended schedule for families to use to plan your student’s distance learning day starting March 30th, 2020.  The recommended schedule is to help you and us as educators to make sure we honor those families with multiple children using one device in their home.  We also know that during this time, families will have different arrangements and need flexibility.  Email will be the primary communication between families and teachers.  Emails received after 3:30 pm may not be returned until the next morning. 

  

7:30 AM - 8:15 AM                Parent Check-In with Teachers 

8:15 AM - 11:00 AM              EC/PK/K-5 Academic Time 
Secondary student’s specialist time                                                         
practice/reading/written work/projects 
 

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM            Open 

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM               Secondary Academic Time 
           EC/PK/K-5 student’s specialist time and 
           play/ reading/written work/projects 
 

3:00-3:30 PM                           Parent Check-In with Teachers  

 

Students 

Early Childhood (ECFE/Preschool) 

Collaboratively, plans will be sent through a Smore newsletter. The newsletter will be sent via email by the Early Childhood Coordinator by 9:00 am each Monday. All preschool teachers are available to support families Monday-Friday from 10:00am-2:00pm. Our Parent Educator is available Monday 10:00am-2:00pm and Wednesday 10:00am-1:00pm.  

Teachers will connect with individual families to provide conferencing and coaching in relation to their child’s development. 

Our Parent Educator is offering Home Visits via phone or video chat. Home Visits can be scheduled by emailing our parent educator.  You can contact the parent educator by emailing Jill Blomdahl  Skanson at skansonj@rocori.k12.mn.us

 

ECFE/Preschool Newsletter

 
Grades K-5 

Each teacher will provide distance learning plans through a Smore newsletter found below.   Lessons will be updated by 8:15 am each day with teachers available to answer questions via email throughout the day until 3:00 pm. Links to the lesson plans are accessible through the District website.  

Students are required to check in with their teacher through the attendance link in the Smore lesson plan each day by 3:00pm.  It is understood that students might have a wide variety of responsibilities at home during Distance Learning Days. Staff members understand this and will be flexible with those situations.  However, the expectation is that students will complete the work in a timely manner as developed between student and teacher. 

 

 
 

Grades 6-12 

Each teacher will provide distance learning through the District’s online learning platform TEAMS. This is a Microsoft application that students will access through office 365 login. Lessons will be posted by 9:00 am with teachers available to answer questions via email throughout the day until 3:00pm.  It is understood that students might have a wide variety of responsibilities at home during Distance Learning Days.  Staff members understand this and will be flexible with those situations.  However, the expectation is that students will complete the work in a timely manner as developed between student and teacher. 

 

Alternative Learning Center

The distance learning involves planned teacher prepared lessons that students will complete away from the ALC building. Platform for learning will include but not limited to video, Microsoft Teams, Edgenuity and more

 

Attendance 

K-5 

Families will use the attendance link on each teacher’s Smore newsletter. The link must be filled out with the child’s name by 3:00pm each day. Teachers will have from 3:00pm to midnight to submit attendance via Skyward. If a student is ill and unable to complete lessons for the day, the family should contact the homeroom teacher. Any student absences related to COVID-19 symptoms will not be counted toward truancy. 

 

6-12 

Students will be counted present through Skyward. Families will need to call the school attendance line whenever their child is not able to participate in distance learning on any given day due to illness or otherwise. Any student absences related to COVID-19 symptoms will not be counted toward truancy. 
 

Alternative Learning Center

Students will be counted present when they log into their TEAMS and Edgenuity account daily. Families will need to call Steph Ruegemer for attendance whenever their child is not able to participate in the distance learning on any given day due to illness or other wise.  320-685-4908

 

Students with disabilities  

As required under Chapter 125A, we will have assignments designed to meet the needs of IEP/504 plans.   

  • Key stakeholders (case manager, parent, teacher and student) will collaborate to create or amend IEP’s. 
  • Throughout Distance Learning, the classroom teacher will be the main resource for help on assignments and lessons.  If a child ordinarily leaves the classroom and goes to another teacher for math, reading, or some other subject, then that teacher should design the online assignment for that particular area. 
  • When a Distance Learning plan cannot completely replicate an in-session school day, efforts will be made to provide the support needed by particular students.  For instance, if reading is a challenge for a student and the student has online access, the teacher may assign tasks on sites that will read text aloud. 
  • All assignments will be posted by 8:15am with teachers available to answer questions via email throughout the day until 3:00pm. 

 

Technology Assistance 

Students who need assistance with online assignment materials should contact their teacher. Students or families needing assistance with devices should contact tech support by email at techsupport@rocori.k12.mn.us or call 320-685-4185. 

 

Academic and Targeted Services Support 

ROCORI Schools will continue to provide ADSIS, Title services and Academic Achievement throughout distance learning in order support all students.  

 

Multilingual Education 

Students who qualify for English Language Learner education will continue to receive language instruction from EL teachers. See ROCORI Distance Learning LIEP Plan Appendix.  

 

Social and Emotional Support 

Social Emotional Support will continue to be available for students and families. K-5 counselors and social workers will provide support through Smore.  6-12 counselors will provide support through Teams. If additional support is needed school counselor contact information the school building using the phone numbers below and we will direct you to the right resource.

 

Liaison Support 

Families who need language support can reach out to the ROCORI Multicultural Liaisons. Contact Information: Patricia Ayala 320-282-6604 

 

Other Information 

Please contact your student’s school building for all other questions by calling: 

District Education Facility: 320-685-8631 

John Clark Elementary: 320-251-8651 ext. 3 

Richmond Elementary:  320-597-2016 

Cold Spring Elementary: 320-685-4951 

ROCORI Middle School: 320-685-4969 

ROCORI High School: 320-685-4911 

ROCORI Activities: 320-685-4913 

 

FOR PARENTS 

Parents should follow the distance learning plan communicated by the ROCORI District.  If special arrangements for students are needed please work directly with your teachers.  Families will be asked to inform the District through an inventory survey if they have internet access or device needs.  Office 365, Teams and SMORE are needed for completion of regular assignments, which will require internet access for the student. 

Parents, along with teachers and students, are asked to remember that Distance Learning days are designed to be flexible:  if a child struggles with a concept or assignment and is unable to complete the work that day, parents should remind their student to communicate with the teacher about how to meet requirements. 

Parents should contact teachers directly with any questions, concerns or frustrations they may have regarding Distance Learning assignments. 

 

FOR TEACHERS 

In preparation for Distance Learning days, teachers in grades PreK-12 have been asked to: 

  • Familiarize students with Office 365 Teams (6-12) and Smore (PreK-5) so they will be able to access and complete any online assignments. 
  • Provide a timely plan, posting work for the day by 8:15am. 
  • Plan for self-directed, independent learning with specific consideration for age and individual learning needs. 
  • Anticipate time requirements recognizing students learn at different paces, especially in an independent setting. 
  • Customize learning opportunities with a focus on supporting troubleshooting for students with digital challenges. 
  •  Communicate with colleagues to ensure common expectations, communications and protocols. 

 

During contracted hours on Distance Learning Days, all teachers have been asked to: 

  • Check Office 365 Teams and/or email throughout the Distance Learning days from 7:30am to 3:30pm. 
  • Professional Development time should be utilized to continue staff development goals.