Distance Learning Family Manual
The global COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event that is changing the landscape of many aspects of our daily lives around the world. As Schoolcrafters, we have been approaching this task like we do an expedition- with curiosity and creativity. Now that we know we are moving into a month of distance learning- something that has never been attempted before- we will all be honing our skills in perseverance and responsibility.
This document has been prepared as a reference guide for families who have questions about distance learning. It is our hope that you will read through these pages and reach out to us with questions, and also continue to reference this manual as questions arise.
Perhaps the most important habit of scholarship that Schoolcrafters could be focusing on right now is Caring. Please take care of yourselves and take care of each other. Teaching and learning are journeys, and we are proud and honored to be a part of yours. Please let us know how we can help.
The distance learning program that we have designed is an attempt to take the most important parts of our program- Character and Culture, Mastery of Knowledge and Skills, and High Quality Work-- and place them into a digital setting. Crew is the backbone of our school community, so there will be daily opportunities for live interactions with teachers and with peers.
Speaking of responsibility-- here is a blueprint for distance learning with Schoolcraft-
Distance learning requires an interaction with a licensed teacher every day. Our distance learning attendance policy defines interactions in two ways:
Please note: You do not have to do BOTH of these things every day in order to be counted present. ONE of these things counts as an interaction. Teachers will be turning in attendance by 9 AM the following day, which means that if your student is doing their work in the evening, that will still count as an interaction as long as they turn in some work.
If your student is sick, has an appointment, or other usual reason to be absent for a day, please follow our regular attendance procedure by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (218) 444-2102 and leaving a voicemail. Keep in mind that they have from 6 AM one day to 8 AM the next day to submit work in order for it to count towards attendance- so if they have an appointment or short-term commitment, they may still have time to complete an interaction and be counted present for the day.
All lessons are planned to be ‘pushed out’ to the learning platforms by 6 AM in the morning. This will include reading, math, writing, expedition, and specialist classes of art, music, PE, and SEL/Forest.
Daily Crew Meeting:
Every day, your child will be invited to a daily crew meeting at the following times:
These meetings are opportunities for students to make connections with their teachers and with their classmates, just as they would during school every day. Teachers will be sending out a zoom link for these meetings.
Teacher Office Hours:
In addition, teachers are available for ‘office hours’ if students want to pop in with questions. Teachers are also able to be contacted via email. The office hours are an open zoom ‘chat room’ that students can access to ask questions about their work.
*Please note that we are trying out these office hours to see if it is helpful for families. If we find that this structure is not working, we will adjust to an appointment-based system.
Teachers have been working around the clock to plan lessons that will be engaging and relevant, and have shown once again that we are ready to tackle this new challenge. Many teachers have developed expectations, similar to a course syllabus, that they have sent to families. If you have misplaced yours, you may access it here:
Kindercrew and First Grade
Second and Third Grade
Fourth and Fifth Grade
BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS AND DISCIPLINE
Our behavior flow chart and discipline policies still apply, even in a digital space. This means that students who are not participating productively will receive redirects, “office” referrals, and parent contact where it is appropriate. Examples of behavior that would receive a redirect in a digital space would include ‘blurting’ or speaking out of turn, inappropriate language, sharing inappropriate pictures, links, or other content, etc.
K-3 students will be using Seesaw as their primary learning platform. In Seesaw, you can tell when a student has work by looking at the ‘activities’ tab. The assigned lessons are indicated with a red circle.
4-8 students will be using Google Classroom. 4-8 teachers will post a daily check list of the day’s work.
All students will use Zoom for their crew meetings and to contact teachers during office hours. Your student’s teachers will send you the link to their Zoom meetings.
Zoom Instructions for Students
Seesaw for Families
Google Classroom and Your Child's Account
In the Seesaw example below, you can see there is a red circle with ‘4’ on the activities tab at the bottom of the screen. This means that this student has 4 activities to complete.
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In the example below, you can see that this student has updates in Art, Crew, and PE. This does not necessarily mean that there are activities or assignments due, but the student should check these updates each day.
If you need to contact administration, please use these email addresses. Email will be the best way to get a hold of us, as we are cutting our on site hours down to a minimum. However, if you call us at school and leave a voicemail, someone will return your call as soon as possible.
Adrienne Eickman, Director
Rita Poulton, Business Manager and Health Assistant
Mark Bjornrud, Tech Support
Megan Hogetvedt, Office Manager
Alison Drietz, Department of Student Life
Libby Kendall, Department of Student Life
Don King, Facilities Manager
Sara Dreyer, SPED coordinator
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