Remote Learning Information for Families
Mapleton believes that learning knows no boundaries. As we adapt to a period of not having our students in our classrooms, we are exploring new opportunities to help us continue to feel connected, engaged and inspired. With so much uncertainty in our daily lives, we believe that a strong connection to your school community is vital to helping our children feel safe and reassured. Our new online education platforms will help create these valuable and vital connections, and we look forward to going on this new academic adventure with you!
Effective Thursday, April 2, your child/ren’s teacher/s will be helping them to access new learning from home.
We understand you probably have a lot of questions. This document is intended to answer your questions and provide guidelines for student experiences as we embrace this new remote learning opportunity.
Please remember that your relationship with your teen or younger child is far more important than school assignments or grades. They will catch up and it will all work out. If the work becomes stressful just stop and take a break. You are not going to be judged to see if you are a good teacher. No one will fault you for prioritizing household peace over completion of a school project. And if they do...let it go. We are all in this together. Reach out to a friend, a teacher or a grandparent. You are doing the best you can every day. That is worthy!! This is unprecedented and unpredictable. Let your child see how you operate under pressure. They will learn that life lesson deeply.
Expectations by grade levels
- Grades PK-5: Students will receive remote learning activities focused on literacy, mathematics and teacher-designed lessons through digital materials.
- Grades 6-12: Students will receive remote learning activities and teacher-designed lessons focused on content area courses needed for students to graduate or obtain credit.
- Printed materials may be made available on a case-by-case basis.
Take Care of Yourself and Your Family
- We know each family is unique and may be presented with different challenges. We are all working together to support good decisions for your well- being.
- Please maintain a healthy school/life balance. You are not in school for 7.5 hours; your work should only be 4 hours total per day for all periods and classes.
Thursday, April 2
- Remote learning begins!
- Schools will be in touch with information regarding how your classes will be conducted. Some teachers will choose to continue using an existing learning platform, like Google Classroom or ClassDojo as the main learning platform. Others may choose to use Microsoft Teams Classroom to post daily activities. You will receive daily communication from your teacher on the platform they have chosen. Keep an eye out for important messages from your child’s teacher!
After April 2
- You may receive communications from your teacher in the following ways:
- A post in a learning platform that includes your instructions and tasks.
- An email from your teacher with your instructions and tasks.
- A Google doc shared with you that includes the instructions and tasks.
A Typical Learning Day
- Learning will be provided daily. It will be content that you can access at any time via a recorded video, a link, or a learning game.
- You will complete assignments and attend live collaborative sessions with other students where you can process new information.
- You will be asked to demonstrate your learning of new content individually and teachers will let you know which assignments will be graded.
- You will also be asked to engage in activities that are not computer based to provide relief from screen time.
How will I communicate with my teacher?
- We know you miss seeing your teacher and your peers. We miss seeing you, too! There will be opportunities to connect and ask questions.
- Though the new learning provided by your teacher will not be live, your teacher will post their online hours so you know when you can communicate with them or ask for help.
- You will also be invited to attend group chats where your teacher will be present.
- Teachers will also provide a one-on-one check in with you at least once each week.
What if I can’t make the session or don’t have access?
- Your teacher will monitor your engagement and reach out to you via e-mail or a phone call. You can discuss your situation with your teacher.
- If you are not able to participate, you will NOT be penalized. We understand that you may not have access to a device or the internet and may be caring for younger siblings. That said, please reach out to your teachers and/or school director as the district may have technology you can borrow.
How much work will I be responsible for each day?
- You should not receive more than 4 hours total of work each day.
- This means your teachers will limit their activities, instructions and learning to half of what you would have completed in a typical class session. It is your responsibility to attend and get help when needed.
What if I do not hear from my teacher?
- Remember that everyone is learning new ways of communicating and collaborating, including your teachers. If you have not heard from your teacher by Thursday, April 2, please reach out to the teacher directly.
Should I expect a consistent schedule each day?
- Schools are working to create schedules so you know when you will receive communication. That information will be on your school’s selected learning platform.
How will my work be evaluated?
- You are expected to complete assignments. If you are having difficulty completing, please reach out to your teacher. Your teachers will lead with grace and understanding for assignment completion.
- If an assignment will be used for a grade, the teacher will indicate that and provide an explanation of how you will be graded.
Special Education and English Language Learner professionals will coordinate with general education teachers to provide support to students. Students receiving special education services or supports will continue to receive these supports via phone, video conferencing or other mediums dependent on family resources.