Ready Schools, Safe Learners 2020-2021

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Last updated on 8/07/20

 

Dear Yamhill-Carlton Students and Families,

 I hope this message finds you well! Thanks again for sharing your questions, suggestions, and your support as we continue to plan for our school reentry through Comprehensive Distance Learning. We will receive updated guidance form ODE on Tuesday which will help us to clarify what flexibility we have for providing a number of essential services such as childcare and district wide meal service. We will also hear more about sports, clubs and activities.

I know you are anxious to hear more of the details of our fall plans for school and I share this update today based on the efforts, inputs, and thoughtfulness of our staff and community. I’ve been inspired by our staff who have worked diligently with building and district leaders over the past weeks in their commitment to delivering a distance learning model significantly different than the models implemented last spring , but building on what was learned. The highlights of our schedules, learning systems, and logistics are emerging and key components include:

YCES

  • K -3 students will meet with their teacher regularly and participate in live instruction through Zoom in core content areas each day.
  • Students will follow a predictable schedule each day with breaks for breakfast, lunch, and physical activity built into the day.
  • Social Emotional learning and support will be integrated into the week and students will continue to have access to their counselor and other supports as needed.
  • Assignments, assessment, progress monitoring, attendance and feedback will occur through See Saw and Google Classroom learning platforms.
  • Digital curriculum aligned to standards will be used to support the teacher facilitated lessons and a parent portal will be created so parents will have access to the learning resources
  • A typical day might include a whole class morning meeting, a language arts block, a movement break, a mathematics block, a lunch/wellness break, reading intervention and extension time, a science/social studies-listening and learning time, and a time for applied learning and independent work.

    YCIS

  • All students will meet with their teacher regularly and participate in live whole group and small group instruction through Zoom in core content areas each day.
  • All students will follow a predictable schedule each day with breaks for breakfast, lunch, and physical activity built into the day. Blocks of time are scheduled to allow for whole group, small group, and applied learning time within each.
  • Assignments, assessment, progress monitoring, attendance and feedback will occur through the Google Classroom learning platform with standards based digital curriculum used to support the teacher facilitated lessons. A parent portal will be created so parents will have access to the learning resources
  • A typical day for grades 4-6 might include a reading/writing block, a social studies/science block, a mathematics block, a lunch/wellness break, and elective (art/music/PE) block and then time for applied learning, independent work, and/or connecting with teachers or support staff.
  • A typical day for grades 7-8 might include a language arts block, a social studies/science block, mathematics block, a lunch/wellness break, and elective block.There would then be time for applied learning, independent work, and/or connecting with teachers or support staff during office hours.

    YCHS

  • All students will meet with their content area teachers and participate in live whole group and small group instruction through Zoom in their classes each day.
  • All students will follow a predictable schedule of 4 classes each day. Blocks of time are scheduled to allow for whole group, small group, and applied learning time within each. The 4 period day reduces the amount of courses that must be managed distantly. Courses are condensed so students earn a full credit in a semester.This provides the opportunity for students to earn 8 credits in the year.
  • Assignments, assessment, progress monitoring, attendance and feedback will occur through the Google Classroom learning platform and selected standards based digital curriculum will be used to support the teacher facilitated lessons in each content area. A parent portal will be created so parents will have access to the teaching and learning resources.
  • A typical day for grades 9-12 might include a period of Math, a period of History, a period of Biology, and a period of Spanish. Wellness breaks would be included and there would be ample time for over the week for connecting with support staff and visiting teachers during office hours.

Again, we are planning to deliver the first 9 weeks of school through distance learning with the first two weeks of school, August 31-September 11, dedicated to developing important foundational components to ensure students, educators and families are ready for the learning ahead. The first days of school will certainly be different than any year before. Students, teachers, and families will spend this time getting connected and becoming oriented to and practicing with their learning platforms and materials. Students and families will also be talking with counselors and other support staff about preparing for special needs and supports. Teachers will spend much time during these first two weeks in professional development sessions.

Our goal is to issue a computer to each student and we will be working on distribution and connectivity during this time as well.

We will be sharing parent support materials in the coming weeks and we want to refer you again to the Common Sense Education site for information, advice, and guidance related to remote and digital learning.

We know that our students learn best with live interaction and connection with their teacher and support staff at school and we look forward to an opportunity to return to on-site instruction. Our goal is to ensure that student learning is taking place five days per week, with live learning sessions of some form occurring each day regardless of location.

We hope this update is helpful and we are preparing for posting recorded and delivering live presentations of these plans next week. Your questions have been helpful and we have also updated our FAQ based on your feedback. The FAQ is located on the district website at https://www.ycsd.k12.or.us/ under the Ready Schools, Safe Learners banner.

We look forward to your feedback as we continue to refine our plans. Thanks again for all your support.  Together we can do this.

Sincerely,

Bill