Required Learning (Distance Learning)

  • Beginning the week of April 13, the District is shifting from an optional learning model “supplemental extended learning” to providing distance learning “required new learning” in grades K-12. While distance learning cannot fully replace students’ experiences in schools, this approach will help ensure they are prepared for the next step in their educational journey.

    Here are key questions about what this next phase of distance learning looks like for students and families.

  • What will required new distance learning look like? What can parents and students expect?

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    All required new learning and instruction will be aligned to Washington State academic standards and focus on building students’ skills and understanding of key concepts. The district has asked teachers to focus on priority standards throughout the remainder of the school closure. Priority standards refer to a subset of learning standards that are the highest priority or most important for students to learn. 

    Examples of priority standards:

    ELA: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why and how to demonstrate understanding of key ideas in a text.

    Math: Fluently multiply and divide within 100, using strategies such as the relationship between multiplication and division or properties of operation.

    Distance learning will take place in several ways. While instruction or lessons online will likely be an option for many students and families, teachers will also suggest activities that do not require technology and consider home language, specialized services, developmental readiness, and resource access.

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  • When does required new distance learning begin in SBLSD?

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    Teachers began providing supplemental extended learning opportunities on March 23 which were meant to reinforce previous concepts learned in the classroom. Elementary students were also provided with learning packets. All of these activities were optional and will not be graded. 

    Beginning on Monday April 13, teachers will be transitioning to “required” new learning.  This transition will likely look different across classrooms and grade levels as new technologies and plans are further defined. During this process, teachers will communicate expectations on classwork and grading protocols for assignments and assessments. Teachers and principals will be able to answer questions as the transition to new learning takes place. 

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  • Will there be a uniform learning schedule across the district?

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    Each school will be designing a learning schedule that staggers days on when students receive information on new lessons and activities. In order to support families, all teachers have been asked to post lessons on Google Classroom, our Learning Management System. Elementary schools have been asked to provide 2-3 English language arts and math lessons per week, with enrichment opportunities in STEM, fitness, and music. Secondary teachers have been asked to provide 2-3 assignments/lessons per week for each class. Both elementary and secondary teachers will communicate their office hours when they are available for supporting students with their learning. Teachers may also elect to meet with small groups of students or their whole class via Zoom conferencing. 

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  • Will my child be provided with 6 hours of instructional support per day?

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    Parents should not expect distance learning hours to mirror traditional instruction.The time a student spends on learning activities will vary by grade level and subjects. Parents are encouraged to communicate with teachers and principals regarding learning activities or through email.

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  • Will my child receive grades at the end of the year?

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    Students will receive a traditional report card at the end of the year.  District administrators are working on a grading plan as well as waiting for further guidance from the State Board of Education regarding the use of pass/fail/no credit and letter grades. More details will be coming in mid-April. 

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  • What does required new distance learning look like for full time working parents?

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    We truly understand how challenging it is right now for parents who are expected to work from home to also support their child’s learning. We want to provide adequate support, guidance, and structure, while still providing enough flexibility to accommodate the realities of the situation many of us are navigating. In many cases, learning doesn’t need to occur during “work hours” but could also occur over the weekend or in the evening. If you need support, please reach out to your classroom teacher for guidance on prioritizing and scheduling learning throughout the day. If your child has an IEP or 504 plan, reach out directly to your child’s IEP case manager or 504 coordinator who can support you with additional accommodations or modifications.  

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  • How does distance learning impact seniors?

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    The State Legislature recently passed EHB 2965, which ensured students in the class of 2020, who were on track to graduate, will still earn their diploma. Teachers will be communicating with seniors on necessary classwork and assessments. The State Board of Education will be making additional rule changes for seniors in early/mid-April.  

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  • What support will be provided for students receiving special education services?

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    Students receiving specialized services and with an IEP are general education students first.

    Beginning April 13, staff will begin the planning of the implementation of a new learning model which will include specially designed instruction. Again, the implementation will vary depending on teacher, student grade level, and IEP goals. The United States Department of Education provided guidance to schools on March 21 regarding the service to students with disabilities. “The Department understands that, during this national emergency, schools may not be able to provide all services in the same manner they are typically provided.” The Special Services team is committed to working with all families to determine the best plan in supporting students during this crisis. Families should look for communication from their student’s caseworker the week of April 13. 

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  • What is the plan for distribution of technology? How will supports be accessed?

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    Thanks to voter support, the technology levy has allowed our district to purchase Chromebooks for each student over the last several years. All secondary students were previously assigned a Chromebook to take back and forth between home and school throughout the school year. We are now in the process of distributing Chromebooks to elementary students who need a device. We have also purchased several hundred internet hot spots. Please let us know if you are in need of a Chromebook or an internet hotspot by filling out this form. We continue to provide curbside pick up on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays from 8am - 4pm at the District Office (1202 Wood Ave). Please note that the District Office will be closed on Friday, April 10.  If you are unable to pick up during business hours, we will make arrangements to drop off a device at your home.

    Visit our District webpage for information on connecting to the student dashbord or logging into Google Classroom.

    If you are experiencing difficulty connecting your Chromebook to Zoom to support learning, or having any other issues with accessing electronic resources, please get in touch with our Tech Department. They can be reached at (253) 891-6111 or send an email to tech_hotline@sumnersd.org.

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  • What accommodations is SBLSD providing if our family doesn’t have a computer and or internet access?

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    Educators and schools have been asked to consider technology access when planning ongoing learning. Distance learning is not synonymous with online learning. Please share your needs with your child’s teacher, including the need for paper-based supports. 

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