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CSD Virtual Academy

Introduction

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a need for a high-quality alternative learning experience to our traditional face-to-face program. In response, Colonial has developed the CSD Virtual Academy to begin in Fall 2020 which will allow students to learn outside their assigned school building. This approach will provide a rich and engaging experience for all learners that parallels that of in-person learning. This document will outline the virtual learning experience; student and caregiver responsibilities and suggestions; and students schedules. Prior to the school year, schools will host virtual Open Houses to allow families to connect with teachers and develop their understanding of the expectations for learning.

Material Requirements

To fully participate in the CSD Virtual Academy, students will be required to have consistent access to a Chromebook or laptop and reliable internet connection. It is strongly suggested that students have earbuds or headphones available for attending Zoom sessions. Colonial will provide additional materials to support students learning from a distance. These materials will be available for parents to pick up prior to the start of the school year. We strongly recommend that students use a Colonial issued device as it will ensure that access to programs is available. Colonial devices will also be available for pick up when picking up student materials. If you already have a Colonial device and have any questions or concerns about your device, CLICK HERE.

Policies, Responsibilities, and Suggestions

Current school district policies for grading, student dress and adherence to the Student Code of Conduct will apply to students who participate in remote learning (details below).

Review student and caregiver responsibilities and suggestions, and discuss with your child, as appropriate.  Note that younger students will need more caregiver support to participate successfully, however, parents are not expected to become their child’s teacher.


Student and Caregiver Responsibilities/Suggestions

Student Responsibilities

Caregiver Responsibilities

  • Take care of your Chromebook
  • Keep it charged
  • Carry it carefully
  • Keep your device in one place during Zoom meetings
  • Keep food and drinks away from your Chromebook
  • Attend Zoom sessions with your class and/or small group.
  • Keep Zoom links and passwords private.
  • Sign into Zoom sessions a few minutes before they start.
  • Participate in Zoom classes.
  • Manage your time to complete and turn in your independent assignments each week.
  • Complete 30 minutes of practice on Dreambox/ST Math, and Imagine Learning each day.
  • Contribute to a positive online learning community.  Your teacher(s) will explain more about this when school starts.
  • Let your teacher know if you need help or you need to talk about something.
  • Support your child with their schedule, so they join Zoom sessions on time.  Younger children may need support in telling time.
  • Help your child identify a learning space and gather the necessary materials.
  • Maintain open communication with your child’s teacher(s).
  • Check in with your child frequently and support them with time-management, task completion, and submission of independent assignments, as needed.
  • Remember that independent assignments should be completed by your child.

Additional Responsibilities for Caregivers of Pre-K students

  • Attend Zoom sessions with your child, to facilitate technology and active engagement.
  • Follow teacher guidelines for student independence.                                                                                                                

Suggestions for Students

Suggestions for Caregivers

  • Take breaks during independent work time
  • Get up and move
  • Get a snack or water
  • Practice a mindfulness exercise or brain break
  • Ask your teacher or caregiver to help you set up a schedule for completing independent work
  • Help your child maintain a regular sleep schedule (especially middle and high schoolers.)  Wake them up for Zoom meetings, if needed.
  • Check in to see whether your child needs a break, snack, or drink.
  • Set boundaries, so your child knows when you are available to help, and when they need to work independently,
  • Take care of your own well-being (physically, emotionally, mentally.)


Virtual Academy Overview by Topic for Students and Parents

Topic

Notes for Students and Parents

Academic Support

This time is dedicated to providing additional support to students in a variety of formats. This might include individual or small group support for students that is assigned by the teacher OR support for students per their request. Additionally, a parent may request to meet with a teacher during this time.

Assessment

A variety of assessments will be used to determine student understanding and progress towards the goals and standards for each class.

Assessments are developed to align with the expectations of the Delaware State Standards.

Assessments must be completed independently unless otherwise indicated by the teacher.

Attendance

Students will be considered to be present in the online learning environment when they:

  1. Actively engage in live Zoom sessions (ex. Turn cameras on, respond in the chat, participate in breakout rooms, turn mics on to participate in whole- or small-group discussions.)
  2. Submit independent online assignments through Schoology or Google Drive to demonstrate learning.
  3. Participate in online programs (Dreambox, ST Math, Imagine Learning, Imagine Math.)

Existing district attendance policies will be in effect for excused and unexcused absences.  Please consult individual school policies for submitting absence excuse notes/documentation.  Families who have opted into remote learning will continue to receive automated phone calls to alert you of your child’s absence.

Grade/Progress Reporting

Students participating in remote learning will follow the same marking period schedule as their face-to-face peers. (CSD Progress Reporting).

  • K to 5-Grades will be entered into DSC Progress Book
  • 6 to 12-Grades will be entered into eSchool

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Just like in the face-to-face classroom, student grades will be based on their mastery of standards and concepts taught.  Neither attendance nor participation are counted as part of the student’s grade.

Materials

  • District-issued Chromebook (preferred) or other laptop with stable internet connection
  • Headphones or earbuds (suggested)
  • Learning materials (provided by the district)
  • Other (OPTIONAL as needed- pencils/pens, paper, sticky notes, highlighters, etc.)

Student Schedule

See Sample Schedules by clicking on the links below:

Pre-K

Elementary

Middle School

High School

Integration A Sample Schedules by Level

Zoom Participation and Etiquette

  • Links for instruction through Zoom will be communicated to students and families (where applicable) in advance.  To preserve the privacy and integrity of the online learning environment, Zoom sessions will be password protected.
  • In remote learning, students will need to establish their own learning space. We acknowledge that students may be learning from their own homes, or that of another caregiver.  Students are encouraged to find a space that allows for engaged participation on Zoom and with independent assignments.  The ideal space would be relatively quiet and free from distractions, physically comfortable, and include the necessary learning materials.
  • Students should log into Zoom using their name a few minutes prior to the start of the class.
  • Zoom sessions will be recorded for later viewing. This will allow students to complete make up work or review the material at a later time.


REMOTE LEARNING SAMPLE STUDENT SCHEDULES


Pre-K-Sample Student Schedule

Monday through Friday

Time

Subject

8:30 - 8:50

Breakfast at home

Use “Ready for School Visuals and Song” (Visuals and song will be provided to families)

9:00 - 9:30  

Zoom for All Session (Whole Group Link)

10:00 - 10:30

Academic Support

Individual or small group learning Zoom Session (Small Group Link)

10:30 - 11:15

Gross motor outside or inside at home (selection from choiceboard)

11:30 - 12:00

Literacy at home (books, singing, writing; specific ideas and choice board will be shared)

12:00-12:30  

LUNCH

12:30 - 1:00

Math at home (ideas/choiceboard will be provided) or individual therapy session on specified days

1:15 - 2:15  

Nap/quiet activities (suggestions will be shared)

2:15 - 3:00

Snack at home

3:00- 3:15

Transition activity (playdough, building toys, books…)

Pre-K Family Expectations


Elementary Sample Student Schedule

Monday through Thursday-Math and ELA

Friday-SS/Science Day

Time

Subject

Time

Subject

8:45 - 9:00

Morning Meeting Zoom

8:45 - 9:00

Morning Meeting Zoom

9:00 - 10:00

ELA Zoom & Small Group

9:00 - 9:30

Phonics/Fluency

10:00 - 10:20

Academic Support

ELA Independent Work /ELL

9:30 - 10:30

Social Studies Zoom/ELL (push in)

10:20 - 11:20

Math Zoom & Small Group

10:30 - 11:00

Academic Support/

Independent Work

11:20- 11:35

Closing Circle

11:00 - 12:00

Science Zoom/ELL

11:50 - 12:10

Academic Support

Math Independent Practice/ELL

12:00-12:15

Closing Circle

12:15 - 12:45

LUNCH

12:45 - 1:15

ELA RTI

12:45 - 1:15

ELA RTI

1:15 - 1:45

Math RTI

1:15 - 1:45

Math RTI

Recess/Break

30 Mins Per Day

Dreambox

30 Mins Per Day

Dreambox

30 Mins Per Day

ILL

30 Mins Per Day

ILL

30 Mins Per Day

Exploratory

30 Mins Per Day

Exploratory

Elementary Student and Family Expectations


Middle School Sample Student Schedule

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:30 - 10:00

Core 1

Core 3

Academic Support - 8:30 - 9:10 (Core 1)

Academic Support -

9:20 - 10:00 (Core 2)

Core 1

Core 3

10 min rest/break

10:10 - 11:40

Core 2

Core 4

Academic Support - 10:10-10:50  (Core 3)

Academic Support -

11:00 - 11:40 (Core 4)

Core 2

Core 4

11:40-12:10

Lunch

12:15 - 1:00

6th - Exploratory

7th and 8th -  Independent Work & Academic Support

1:05 - 1:50

7th - Exploratory

6th and 8th -  Independent Work & Academic Support

1:55 - 2:40

8th - Exploratory

6th and 7th -  Independent Work & Academic Support

10 min rest/break

2:50-3:30

RTI / Small Group

Middle School Student Expectations


High School Sample Student Schedule

Monday through Friday

Time

Subject

8:00 - 8:55

Period 1

9:00 - 9:55

Period 2

10:00 - 10:55

Period 3

11:00 - 11:55

Period 4

12:00 - 12:30

Lunch

12:30 - 2:30

Academic Support

Small Group Support/ Independent Work

*William Penn and Wallace Wallin will run a semester based schedule for the 2020-21 school year. This means that students will have 4 classes the 1st semester of the year and 4 classes the 2nd semester of the year.

Semester 1 will end on January 21, 2021

Semester 2 will end on June 8, 2021

High School Expectations


Elementary

Integration A Sample Student Schedule

Time

Subject

8:00 - 8:45

Planning

8:45 - 9:15

Morning Meeting/Direct SEL

9:15 - 10:15

Literacy Small Group Instruction

10:15 - 10:30

Transition Students to Math and Movement Break

10:30 - 11:30

Math Small Group Instruction

11:30 - 12:00

Lunch

12:30 - 1:00

Assist in Exploratory Activities As Needed

1:00 - 1:30

Science/S.S./Virtual Field Trips

1:30 - 2:45

Individualized IEP Data Collection

2:45 - 3:30

Parent Contact/Training/Consulting


Middle and High School

Integration A Sample Student Schedule

Time

Subject

8:30 -9:00

Morning Mtg/Direct SEL

9:00 - 9:30

Exploratory

9:40 - 10:40

Literacy Small Groups

10:50 - 11:50

Math Small Groups

12:00 - 12:30

LUNCH

12:30 - 1:30

Sci/SS/Virtual Field Trips/ Vocation

1:30 - 2:45

Individual IEP instructional time

Middle School

Integration B Sample Teacher Schedule

Time

Subject

8:30 - 8:45

Morning Mtg/Direct SEL

8:45 - 9:15

Science or SS

9:25 - 10:35

Reading or Math

10:40 - 11:10

Science or SS

11:20 - 11:50

LUNCH

11:55 - 1:00

Reading or Math

1:05 - 1:55

Exploratory

1:55 - 3:00

Individual IEP instructional time

Virtual Academy Learning Materials

Kindergarten to 8th Grade-All students in grade K to 8 will be provided with the following school supplies/materials to be used as part of their virtual learning experience. Items should be placed in a location that allows the student access to them during their virtual classes.

  • Pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Crayons-24 pack
  • Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Ruler
  • Post-its
  • Composition book per student
  • Loose Leaf lined paper
  • Composition book Graph ruled (middle school only)

In addition to the items above, each grade level has specific items that are connected to their curriculum that they will need.

A special thanks to the staff who contributed to the development of the CSD Virtual Academy!

Jennifer Alexander

Renee Griffith

Beth Murray

Nick Baker

Katie Gutowski

Azadeh Narimanian

Melanie Barbas

Tim Hein

Stacy Nichols

Keri Bell

Christine Holdren

Lakeya Nova

Caitlin Best

Charlene Jackson

Janissa Nuneville

Lisa Brewington

Lars Jensen

Robert Poore

Sherrie Clark

Kia Johnson

Catherine Rounsley-Maxwell

Jim Comegys

Bill Johnston

Holly Sage

Katrina Daniels

Nikki Jones

Crystal Samuels

Kristen Dassel

Michelle Jones

Schalea Sanders

Brianne Davis

MaryAnn Koziol

Andrea Segeda

Laura DePippo

Tara Kulak

Kathryn Strouss

Tresha Edmond

Kristina Lamia

Beth Twardus

Alexandra Ellison

Crystal Lancour

Ann Udovich

Brian Erskine

Michelle Lonergan

Michelle Upperman

Donna Fesmire

Christina MacKerchar

Jennifer Vikari

Deborah Ford

Nicole Markey

Rebecca Vitelli

Lauren Fox

Regina Matarese

Kevin White

Carrie Fromal

Tameka Mays

Sandra Wilson-Hypes

Tom Gavin

Paige Morris

Nicholas Wolfe

Jeffory Gibeault

Mandy Munson

Shaina Woo

As of 8/5/20