The Distance Learning Day will begin at 8 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. and run until 2 or 2:30 p.m., depending on each school’s normal schedule. For the most part, elementary students will participate in synchronous instruction, or live real-time teaching, during the morning while the afternoon will be dedicated to asynchronous instruction, meaning independent learning - not a live online two-way interaction.
Students will get directions from their school leaders and teachers on the specifics of their schedules, including specific times for online live learning sessions with their instructor and/or classmates and when they will be working independently on or offline, in small online groups, or through recorded instruction.
Teachers will aim to instruct their students synchronously for about 2 ½ hours a day, especially in the subjects of math, language, and reading. Students will have breaks between subjects, and about a 45-minute lunch period.
Art, music and physical education will occur one day each week for all students. That day will vary by grade level. Below is a sample of a kindergarten, 1st grade, and 5th grade students' schedule, click images to enlarge as PDFs.
The Distance Learning Day will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 3:30 p.m. each day, offering nine periods with that final daily period, from 2:55 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., being reserved for office hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday while the ninth period on Wednesday will be dedicated to social emotional support and guidance. The middle school schedule will use an “A/B” format that allows the format of instruction to alternate, ensuring that students receive both synchronous and asynchronous instruction throughout the day and week. Teachers will be present and accessible throughout the day.
Teachers will track attendance during the synchronous periods and log data in Infinite Campus.
Below is a sample of a middle school student’s schedule, click image to enlarge as PDF.
All high school students will participate in Distance Learning through the end of the first semester which ends Jan. 15, 2021. The Distance Learning Day will start slightly later than usual, at 8:30 a.m. The day will consist of eight 40-minute periods, and conclude at 2:25 p.m. each day.
High school students will also follow an “A/B” day schedule that offers synchronous and asynchronous learning time, requiring students and teachers to be present for all of their scheduled classes daily.
For example, on an “A” day, periods 1,2 and 5,6 will be synchronous or live instruction via our online Learning Management System, Canvas. On that same day, periods 3,4 and 7,8 would be asynchronous. During synchronous periods, teachers will instruct students via Canvas using U-46 curriculum and resources. During asynchronous periods, teachers will be available for the duration of the period each day to provide additional individual or small group support in case students have unanswered questions from lessons or assignments. Teachers can also use asynchronous time to require individual or small groups of students to meet with each other or to offer additional support.
Every teacher and counselor will also have 180 minutes of scheduled office hours per week, where students can receive additional support. Office hours will be scheduled outside of the typical school day in order for students and parents to easily access their teachers. Teachers’ office hours will be published on each high school’s website and will be communicated at the beginning of the school year.
Our goal remains to provide high school students with high quality instruction and increased opportunities for learning and growth even through this unprecedented time.
Below is a sample of a high school student’s schedule, click image to enlarge as PDF.