Parent Remote Learning Guide for Phase 2

All of us here at Leander ISD are committed to keeping our school communities connected and thriving even as our school buildings remain closed. As we begin Phase 2 of the Leander ISD Remote Learning Plan, our goal is to provide on-going and purposeful student learning that strikes a balance between on-line and off-line learning activities. Teachers will begin to introduce new learning, incorporating projects, assignments, and activities. Learning experiences will be designed to be authentic and engaging, aligned to the TEKS and the LISD curriculum, emphasizing opportunities for interaction with teachers and fellow classmates. 

Phase 2 Remote Instruction Commitments to Families:

  • We’ll strive to keep it simple. We understand that this can be a stressful time for everyone and that overwhelming our students and our families does not contribute to learning.  
  • We’ve narrowed the remaining curriculum for each of the core courses: Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Languages Other than English (LOTE), targeting 1-2 key essential nuggets of knowledge and skills per week that students need to learn to ensure success in the next grade level or course. 
  • We are making intentional plans to meet the individual needs of students with an IEP or 504 plan. Services, instruction, and therapies will begin April 6th. ARD meetings will continue virtually via Zoom. 
  • We’ll be mindful of access to different technology resources. Students/ families will not be expected to print or scan materials needed for learning. Digital lessons will be accessible across a variety of devices.
  • Our teachers will continue connecting with students. We understand that personal connections with students support effective learning. Teachers will seek to connect in fun ways to keep students engaged.
  •  We’ll launch a new Parent Hub on the LISD website this Monday as a part of Phase 2 to provide parents with additional academic and student mental health and wellness resources.  

Teacher Communication:

  • Teachers will establish a secure homebase for their students and families that will serve as the place for teachers to post their weekly communication and activities. 
  • Platforms such as SeeSaw and Google Classroom may be used to post weekly learning experiences along with email and Remind. 
  • Platforms such as Zoom and Google Hangouts Meet may be used for video conferencing opportunities. 

Teaching and Learning in Phase 2:

  • Chromebooks will be made available to families of students in grades preK through 5th who are in need of the technology to support Remote Learning. Details are included later in this update. 
  • Our focus will be on teacher-facilitated, flexible instruction that allows students to participate on their own schedule with a mix of district-approved technological and non-technological options that emphasize choice. The delivery of some special programs services may warrant real-time interactions using Zoom or Google Hangouts Meet to support IEPs and 504 plans. 
  • Learning plans will be mindful of the home environment, balance screen time, and include physical activity as much as possible. Guidelines given to teachers for learning and practice include the following:
    • Elementary School: 
      • PreK: 2-3 hours total per week for all remote learning 
      • Kindergarten-2nd grade: 4-6 hours total per week for all remote learning 
      • 3rd-5th grade: 6-8 hours total per week for all remote learning 
    • Middle School:
      • 90 minutes per week per core content areas (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, World Lang)
      • 45 minutes per week per electives
    • High School:
      • 90 minutes per week per core content areas (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, World Lang)
      • 45 minutes per week per electives
      • Please note that some courses for college credit (e.g., On-Ramps or Dual Credit) may require additional time commitments.

  • Discussions between teachers of different content areas including special programs will ensure that individual student needs are met and that overall workloads fall within the recommended guidelines above. 
  • Students will receive assignments with an expectation that a good faith effort will be made to complete them. 
  • Feedback to students about their learning will be given in a timely manner. Grace and understanding will govern all decisions when providing feedback on student work.  
  • All staff will collaborate to track and document student progress, checking in with families of students who are struggling, not making progress on assigned tasks, or not participating. 
  • In accordance with the LISD School Board’s resolution, grading for the remainder of the year will utilize a Pass/Incomplete format with the emphasis placed on student mastery, support, and success. Students who were struggling academically before or begin to struggle during the closure will be given individualized support on a case-by-case basis to enable students to have successful learning experiences and earn credit.  
  • Student confidentiality shall be maintained while participating in online activities. Identifiable information will not be shared. 
  • All social media posts by LISD staff and students must comply with Leander ISD’s Acceptable Use Guidelines, including pictures and video of students. Posting of pictures on social media of students engaged in Zoom discussions and Google Hangouts Meet has been prohibited. Please remind your students that they should not take screenshots or record virtual meetings. 
  • Teachers will monitor the morale of their class and the workload of the students carefully. Each teacher will have the latitude to make good decisions for the well-being of his or her students. 

The LISD Teaching and Learning Team will continue to keep you updated. We will get through this together and come out the other end a more close knit community than ever.

Updated on August 3, 2020

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