Distance Learning Plan
 

VISION: To prepare students for lining in a world where learning is not confined to the four walls of a traditional school building. We can now provide innovative opportunities that will allow our students to continue their learning outside of the traditional school setting.


COVID-19 Distance Learning Plans by Grade Level

Beginning on Monday, March 30, all students in grades PreK-12 will receive daily instruction through our COVID-19 Distance Learning Model. Below you will read specific details on a variety of topics related to this plan.

What is COVID-19 Distance Learning?
Distance Learning involves planned online or teacher-prepared lessons that students complete when away from the physical school building. Belle Plaine Public Schools recognizes that education can continue even when students and teachers are not in the same location. 

For the last three years, our staff has been working diligently to develop a high-quality educational learning environment facilitated through digital course content. We made a significant investment in being 1:1 K-12 seven years ago.  We have used the digital course content model to facilitate subless classrooms at the secondary level for the past 3 years. In this environment, we do not hire subs when staff is absent. We have created flexible learning spaces where students can go within the building and the teacher facilitates class through Schoology without hiring a sub.  In our 3-12 classrooms, we have also developed digital course content available via Schoology so that our students can keep moving forward with their learning and extend their learning when their zone of proximal development is outside of their traditional grade level. This situation has created an opportunity for use in our E-2 building to create additional digital course content. K-2 students will be bringing home iPads for this distance learning time. E-learning days for inclement weather and for the subless classroom have been extremely successful and we look to build on this approach for our distance learning timeframe.

This model of e-learning provides two and a half hours each day (7:30 am -10:00 am) of lead time to prepare and front load curriculum based on student’s needs.  The instructional time where students are working on the curriculum is between 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. It allows for a sound instructional approach where teachers can be two to three days ahead of the students allowing them to make necessary adjustments to meet students in their zone of proximal development.
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  Teacher Role            Student Role FAQs 
Chatfield Elementary
  • Teachers will have eight days of lesson pre-developed around the Instructional Design process listed under the quick links
  • Teachers will send home necessary assignments, materials and/or directions previous to distance learning starting through Schoology, paper/and or email
  • Teachers will create a welcome video for students that will kick off the course in Schoology
  • Teachers will have from 7:30-10:00am each day to adjust their lesson based on student learning from the day before and front-load any new activities to Schoology. 
  • Teachers will be available for questions via school email or Schoology between 10:00am and 3:00pm 
  • Students attendance will be determined based on assignment completion 
  • iPads will go home with students K-2
  • Students will complete the lessons provided by teachers through Schoology, email and or Learning Bags
  • Students will submit assignments through Schoology once they are completed
  • Submission of assignment completion will verify attendance 
*Parents/care providers may reach out to teachers via school email, Schoology or phone to ask questions or get feedback on assignment.









 
Is the technology required for our Distance Learning Days?
We provide technology for all students and through this will differentiate for all students.
We also provide cellular hotspots to students who do not have internet access at home. 
Grades E-12:
Teachers will be following the Instructional Design Process shown under the quick links to ensure high-quality learning experiences for students 


How will students be expected to "make-up" their learning if not in attendance?
They will be responsible for doing the required daily work on their own time as they would in any other situation in which they have been absent front school. 

What is the best way for students to connect with teachers when they have questions? 
Teachers are expected to communicate their expectations when it comes to questions. Teachers will be expected to virtually connect with students throughout the week to maintain face-to-face interaction. 
Oak Crest Elementary
  • Teachers will have eight days of lessons pre-developed around the Instructional Design process listed under the quick links. 
  • Teachers will send home necessary assignments, materials, and/or directions previous to distance learning starting through Schoology, paper and/or email.
  • Teachers will create a welcome video for students that will kick off the course in Schoology. 
  • Teachers will have from 7:30-10:00am each day to adjust their lessons based on student learning from the day before and front-load any new activities to Schoology.
  • Teachers will be available for questions via school email, Schoology, and/or google Hangouts between 10:00am - 3:00pm.
  • Students attendance will be determined based on assignment completion 

 
  • Students will know where to locate their lessons for the day on Schoology. 
  • Students will complete their assignments as directed in Schoology. 
  • Students will connect with teachers via school email, Schoology, and/or Google Hangout to ask questions or get feedback on assignments.
  • Students will know which tool their teachers are using to connect for daily communication.
  • Submission of assignment completion will verity attendance.









 
 
Junior/Senior High 
  • Teachers will have eight days of lessons pre-developed around the Instructional Design process listed under the quick links. 
  • Teachers will have from 7:30 - 10:00am each day to prepare their materials to front-load and post to Schoology.
  • Teachers will send home necessary assignments, materials and/or directions previous to distance learning starting through Schoology, paper and/or email.
  • Teachers will create a welcome video for students that will kick off the course in Schoology.
  • Teachers will be available for questions via school email, Schoology and Google Hangouts, Skype between 10:00am - 3:00pm. 
  • Staff will have from 3:00 - 3:30pm to review the day and reflect on changes that will be make from 7:30-10:00am the next morning. 
  • Students attendance will be determined based on assignment completion. 

 
  • Students will know where to locate their assignments on Schoology. 
  • Students will complete their assignments as directed. 
  • Students will submit assignments through Schoology as directed by the instructor. 
  • Students will connect with teachers via school email, Schoology, Google Hangout or Skype to ask questions or get feedback on assignments.
  • Students attendance will be taken via Google Form. The form will be sent out by the student's Advisory teacher.