Distance Learning at Arcadia,
As we approach the end of the second quarter of school, it is time to submit your 3rd Quarter Learning Options Form to indicate the learning modality your student(s) will engage in for the 3rd quarter. This form must be turned in to the office by December 11th. The third quarter begins on January 19th and ends on March 25th. Please consider your choice carefully, as your child is expected to remain in the chosen learning modality throughout the entire quarter. Depending on the number of face-to-face and distance learning students for 3rd quarter, we anticipate that we may need to make some adjustments with classroom teachers in some grade levels. We need a response for every student even if you are not changing their current learning option.
Teachers have been tasked with providing both in-person and distance learning options for students in Kindergarten and 1st Grade. 2nd – 6th grades have a single modality teacher. Teachers at every grade level are working hard to develop lessons for students to ensure they learn and engage in activities in order to master grade level core concepts by the end of the school year.
Distance learning looks different at every grade level, depending on their developmental and academic abilities. Distance learning is similar but not the same as in-person learning, so online students would not be expected to be at their computer from 8:40-3:20. Teachers typically use a combination of video and online activities for students. Teachers will very likely record any live teaching so students at home can watch in real time or tune in to the video at a better time in their schedule at home. There may be online small group instruction for students as well. Distance learners will be included in school and classroom communications and we will make an intentional effort to ensure they feel part of our Arcadia community.
Expectations for Distance Learning Students and Their Families
Please know that if you choose distance learning there are a few expectations for your students that we need you to be aware of:
• Log in online or access your printed materials every day
- Contact your teacher with any questions you have
- Read directions carefully and discuss them with a family member to make sure you understand
- Keep assignments and tasks organized so you can easily access them or submit them
- Contact the teacher/school staff to answer questions about accessing materials, instructions for an assignment or technical problems with software or equipment
- For online learning, practice accessing online resources using the GSD Portal
- Set a schedule and space to help stay focused on learning and complete tasks
- Students must be submitting work regularly and attending class online meetings (if applicable). Please know that if your child is not participating it does count against their attendance record and is tracked.
Expectations for Distance Learning Teachers
Attached you will find a graphic that contains best practices that are expectations for our distance learning teachers to follow. Teachers will check in with their distance learners on a regular basis. There will be opportunities for students to interact with their classmates and teacher as a whole group, small group, or one-on-one, but the frequency and duration will vary by grade level and teachers. These opportunities will be optional.
I hope this helps to clarify any questions you might have. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions at 385-646-4756.
Matthew Graham, Principal, Arcadia Elementary
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