Art, Music and PE
Elementary Art, Music, and PE (“Specials”)
Elementary art/music/PE, also called specials, will occur at a scheduled time during the school day. To the extent that scheduling allows, specials teachers will teach primary grades in the morning and intermediate grades in the afternoon.
Art, music, and PE teachers are expected to provide each of their classes synchronous/teacher-directed instruction for a minimum of 20 minutes of the weekly instructional time. The remaining instructional time will be made up of asynchronous/student-directed learning activities and should include student support and family outreach.
Specials teachers will include an area or link on their Canvas Homepage with instructions for parents/students in regards to making up an absence. Find FAQs about specials here.
Elementary Band and Orchestra
Elementary Band and Orchestra will continue to be provided during Distance Learning.
5th and 6th grade band and orchestra students will receive one 30-minute lesson each week during the school day.
There will be multiple lesson slots for each instrument scheduled throughout the week, and students will be scheduled into a lesson slot by instrument. Lesson schedules will be shared with the homeroom teachers once they are created. The lessons will occur at the same day/time each week during Distance Learning. If there are concerns with the assigned times, please work with the band/orchestra teacher to see if there is an alternate time that may work better.
Band/orchestra teachers will include an area or link on their Canvas Homepage with instructions for parents/students in regards to making up an absence.
After-school rehearsals that would normally occur at the middle school will not occur until full, in-person instruction resumes.
When instruction shifts to a Hybrid model, this lesson structure will continue. However, during Hybrid instruction, in-person lessons may occur on an as-needed basis.
Middle School Band/Orchestra Sectionals
Sectionals are a curricular component of middle school band and orchestra classes. As such, they will continue to be provided for and required of students.
Band and orchestra teachers will schedule sectionals around synchronous instruction as much as possible.
For teachers whose teaching assignments do not allow the flexibility to avoid synchronous instruction for sectionals, sectional groups will be scheduled on a rotating basis, similar to past practice. Students may need to miss other courses, again similar to past practice.
- If a student misses synchronous instruction for a course due to their scheduled sectional, it is the student’s responsibility to communicate this to their teacher and to make-up the missed instruction and any assessments.
Students are expected to communicate anticipated absences to the band/orchestra teacher in advance and to make-up the missed instruction and any assessments.
Teachers will include an area or link on their Canvas Homepage with instructions for parents/students in regards to making up an absence.
Attendance is expected as during the normal school day and assessment will occur.
For information about cleaning musical instruments visit The National Association for Music Education website.
Middle and High School Physical Education
Time for physical education class at the middle and high school levels will be scheduled for students and lessons will be both synchronous and asynchronous.
Students will check into their online classroom daily using Canvas for assignments, quizzes, tests, live instruction, student feedback, daily reflections, and discussions with classmates. Their teachers will be available during school hours to support students and parents.
Students will be required to be active inside and outside the home. They will engage in assigned physical activities daily, and submit documentation on Canvas by the posted due date.
High School lifeguard students will have access to online content and a schedule will be created to bring students in small groups into the high school pools for water skill content and certification.
There are no senior leaders during first semester for high school PE (these students have been moved to a different PE course).
Independent PE is all asynchronous except for the first few days for set up and individual synchronous check-ins for student support.