Central Valley CSD Remote Learning Plan

Based on guidance from the New York State Department of Health, the Herkimer County Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York State Education Department, and feedback from parents, Central Valley CSD will offer a remote learning model in addition to a traditional in-person learning model for grades PreK-6. Grades 7-12 will be exclusively a remote learning model

This overview outlines the remote model for all grades.

WHAT IS REMOTE LEARNING?

Remote learning is an online teaching and learning experience. Classes will be synchronous (live with a teacher). Individual teachers may assign addition coursework, but the core of instruction will be live.

Students will follow their in-person class or bell schedules, reporting to class for face-to-face instruction via Google Meets or Zoom. Student attendance and participation are essential to student achievement, so teachers will report attendance for each class. Guidance counselors, social workers, school psychologists, school resource officers, school administrators, and teachers will collaborate to encourage student participation and track and address student absences. This effort will reinforce a regular school routine that will enable the district to migrate seamlessly back to an in-person learning model during the school year, if possible.

Goals of Instructional Continuity

  • Provide all students with continuity of learning that is accessible and clearly communicated.

  • Monitor and maintain student and family connections with school communities.

  • Provide students with prioritized, meaningful and relevant remote learning.

  • Ensure the highest level of support for all students.

  • Continue to provide a high level of individual support for students and families of students with special needs.

ENSURING ACCESSIBILITY (INTERNET, COMPUTERS)

All remote learning students will be issued a Chromebook for instructional purposes. Students in grades 10-12 currently have a Chromebook. Each building will issue Chromebook to all other remote learning students. Parents will be mailed letters explaining the school's process for picking up the devices. Alternate arrangements will be made for anyone unable to physically come to school.

Building administrators contacted all families to determine each household's internet accessibility. The district has purchased 150 Kajeet hotspots to provide students with access. Building principals will work with each family to address accessibility issues. Paper materials in concert with telephone calls will be used as a last resort.In the event of no or inadequate internet availability.

TEACHER INSTRUCTION AND CHECK-INS

Teachers will utilize Google Classroom, Zoom, phone conferences, email, Google Meet and other methods to provide instruction, hold live classes and office hours, post learning materials for students, as well as other online resources.

Teachers will record attendance and student performance / participation within SchoolTool for all classes. SchoolTool is our Learning Management System and will be used to house all data.

Teachers of students with special needs and English language learners will document daily contact on individual student contact logs.

Teachers will provide students with in-depth instruction on how to submit work via specific platforms being used in their classroom.

Each building is developing materials to train students for at home learning. All students will receive instruction to ensure they clearly understand their role in learning.

GRADING AND ASSESSING

Grading is based on teacher discretion. However, grading will clearly align with the learning outcomes of each course, as well as the NYS and Next Generation Learning Standards. All regents’ level courses and College Now courses will prepare students for the appropriate end-of-course assessments.

Students will be graded using each school's traditional scoring scale. The level, rigor, and quality of work expected from students will be higher than the grading model used when the forced school closure occurred at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. The previous model focused mainly on participation and effort. The 2020-21 continuity of learning plan will focus on mastering the priority standards and demonstrating a solid understanding of the learning outcomes set forth for each course.

While participation and effort will still be required to be successful, teachers will focus heavily on providing meaningful feedback and focusing on individual student progress and learning. Mastery is hard to accomplish in isolation and student / teacher interactions will help guide all learners through this process.

Assessments will be meaningful and will be developed to meet the the remote model.

POSTING GUIDELINES AND INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT

Teachers will provide students with a calendar via Google Classroom or BUZZ outlining lessons and activities. This will assist in keeping the students organized and current.

Remote models will follow the instructional days of the school calendar. Adjustments to the school calendar will be made at the discretion of the Superintendent to ensure mandated minutes of instruction and daily requirements are met.

All teachers will be available during scheduled class time online and will provide daily and timely feedback to their students.

PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT FOR STAFF

Faculty Meetings will occur monthly. The district will provide four days of professional development prior to the beginning of live classes.

PROFESSIONAL CONNECTIONS AND SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS

Academic teachers and special education teachers will collaborate to support each other and our students.

All staff should be on alert for signs of Social and Emotional concerns. Identifying early warning signs and getting individuals connected with the help they need will be crucial to their personal, professional and academic success.

STAFF RESPONSIBILITIES

TEACHERS

Teachers will collaborate to effectively support the student body as a whole.

At the time this plan is created, all Regents exams and assessments are still scheduled to occur. Teachers will provide relevant instruction to meet the standards for each course to prepare students for success on these high level end-of-year state assessments.

SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHERS

Special education teachers will continue to support their students based on their assigned caseloads. Special education teachers will continue to collaborate with general education and academic area teachers to ensure equitable access to instruction.

Staff will continue to provide student support in accordance with student IEP and schedule.

Resource Room teachers will follow the instructional schedule, making themselves available for support as scheduled. The resource room teacher will do a daily check-in with the students on their caseload to monitor student progress and support individual needs. The resource room teacher will work closely with the content area teacher to address curriculum needs and academic support.

SCHOOL COUNSELORS

Counselors will focus on social emotional learning and academic progress of students. They will make themselves available to all students and will continue to meet the needs of the IEPs of the students on their caseloads. Teachers will contact counselors if a student needs social emotional support, and the counselors will follow-up as necessary. The counselors will also continue to work very closely with administration to plan for the 2020-2021 school year

TEACHING ASSISTANTS AND AIDES

Aides and teaching assistants will help in the preparation of materials, copying, supervision and other duties assigned or requested by administration and the teachers they work with.

CLERICAL

Clerical staff will continue to fulfill the duties of their contractual positions.

STAFF AVAILABILITY

Student-teacher interaction are an important part of the teaching and learning process. All teachers will be available according to their period schedule and through scheduled office hours. Acceptable platforms for instruction and interaction include Google Classrooms, Zoom, Google Hangouts or Meets, phone calls, emails, discussion boards, etc.