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Family choice: BCSD Remote Learning

Filed in Archive by on August 7, 2020

For families with health or safety concerns or whose students may not feel comfortable returning to the classroom this fall, full remote learning from home is an option for all families in the district.

Families who WANT TO REQUEST the fall remote learning option for their child must complete the BCSD Remote Learning Waiver form by August 15, 2020. This form is an important part of our planning for the new school year. The BCSD Remote Learning Waiver Form can be found here.

When making this decision, please note the following regarding remote learning at each level. The structure of the remote learning is subject to change, but for purposes of filling out the waiver, remote learning at each level includes:

K-5 Remote Learning Family Choice Option

  • Students will receive a mix of video conferencing lessons provided by BCSD faculty via Google Meet or Zoom and independent learning opportunities supported by online tools.

More information about K-5 Remote Learning:

The district’s plan is to offer Model 1 (an example can be viewed below). Since all available teaching faculty have been assigned to in-person instructional duties allowing the district to safely adhere to CDC and DOH classroom guidelines, Model 1 is the most like remote learning option for K-5 students.

Should a large number of families opt for the Remote Learning Option, Model 2 could be made available if the number of in-person class sections can be safely reduced. Please note that both models are preliminary and subject to change.

Model 1 (This is the planned model for fall 2020)

The following is the tentative schedule for the K-5 Remote Learning option, including class time, subject and mode for delivery of instruction.

  • 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. – Morning Meeting w/In-Person Class (Google Meet or Zoom)
  • 10 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. – ELA Reading (Teachers’ College Video Lessons/i-Ready)
  • 10:50 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Physical Education (Google Classroom)
  • 11:40 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. – ELA Writing (Teachers’ College Video Lessons/i-Ready)
  • 12:20 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. – LUNCH
  • 1:10 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. – Mathematics (Khan Academy Video Lessons/i-Ready)
  • 1:50 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. – Art/Music/Library (TBD Video Lessons)
  • 2:30 to 3 p.m. – Science/Social Studies (TBD Video Lessons)

Possible Model 2

Implementation of Model 2 would depend on how many students choose a remote learning option at each grade level as it would rely on a reassignment of teaching staff. This model would likely be the model used if schools or the district were forced to close and move to an all-remote learning model.

All remote instruction would take place via Google Meet or Zoom.

  • 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. – Whole Class Instruction in Core Curriculum (ELA/Math/Science/Social Studies)
  • 10 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. – Breakout pods (Pod 1: Small Group ELA Instruction; Pod 2 Independent Practice ELA/Math; Pod 3 Physical Education)
  • 10:50 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Breakout pods (Pod 1: Physical Education; Pod 2 Small Group ELA Instruction; Pod 3 Small Group Independent Practice ELA/Math)
  • 11:40 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. – Breakout pods (Pod 1: ELA/Math Independent Practice; Pod 2 Physical Education; Pod 3 Small Group ELA Instruction)
  • 12:20 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. – LUNCH
  • 1:10 p.m. to 1:40 p.m. – Breakout pods (Pod 1: Small Group Math Instruction; Pod 2 Independent Practice Science/Social Studies; Pod 3 Art/Music/Library)
  • 1:50 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. – (Pod 1: Art/Music/Library; Pod 2 Small Group Math Instruction; Pod 3 Small Group Independent Practice Science/Social Studies)
  • 2:30 to 3 p.m. – (Pod 1: Science/Social Studies Independent Practice; Pod 2 Art/Music/Library; Pod 3 Small Group Math Instruction)

Grade 6 Remote Learning Family Choice Option

Students will follow an assigned schedule and will receive live instruction in each of the core subject areas (ELA/Math/Science/Social Studies). Students will receive all non-core instruction through pre-recorded videos and assigned tasks. There will be no World Language for sixth grade students in 2020-21. To meet social distancing requirements required for in-person instruction, World Language teachers are being assigned to co-teach with content area teachers to reduce class sizes and provide more support for Grade 6 students.

Grades 7-12 Remote Learning Family Choice Option

Students will follow an assigned schedule and receive live instruction in all subjects except physical education. Students may receive physical education instruction through pre-recorded videos and assigned tasks (dependent upon in-person class activity). Remote learning students will follow their assigned class schedule.

Teachers in grades 7-12 have the flexibility to design lessons that reflect their teaching philosophy. Requirements of all 7-12 lessons are that they meet the needs of students; the lessons ensure all students are actively engaged for the entire class period; and attendance is taken on a daily basis.

Below are some sample frameworks that a teacher might elect to use. This is not an exhaustive list and teachers might utilize another framework as well. Teachers could choose to vary the framework based upon a particular lesson. The same framework would not necessarily be used every day.

Framework 1

Remote students connect to the class via Google Meet or Zoom at the beginning of the period and remain connected throughout the entire lesson to take part in the class. They can interact with their teacher and their in-person and remote peers.

  • The teacher engages in a “traditional” 40-minute lecture/discussion

Framework 2

Remote students connect to the class via Google Meet or Zoom at the beginning of the period and remain connected throughout the entire lesson to take part in the class. They can interact with their teacher and their in-person and remote peers.

  • Lesson Opening (15 min): Quick welcome followed by the introduction of new content or the further exploration of a previous topic
  • Independent/Partner/Group Work (10 min): Students work independently, with a partner, or in groups. For partner or group work, a shared Google file could be utilized. Cameras could be turned off during this time.
  • Lesson Closing (10 min): Review and revise independent/partner/group work and
  • Flex Time (5 min): Assign homework, announcements, etc.

Framework 3

Remote students connect to the class via Google Meet or Zoom at the beginning of the period and remain connected for the whole-class lesson and then sign off for independent work.

  • Whole-Class Lesson (20 min): Quick welcome followed by the introduction of new content or the further exploration of a previous topic
  • Independent Work (20 min): In-person students will work independently and the teacher could provide support.  Remote students would work on the same or similar tasks and could summit via Google Classroom, if necessary.

Framework 4

Remote students log in to Google Classroom at the beginning of the period to retrieve their assignment. Students work on the assignment for the duration of the class period and submit at the end or at a later date, if appropriate.

Remote Learning Family Choice Form Due August 15

Families who WANT TO REQUEST the fall remote learning option for their child must complete the BCSD Remote Learning Waiver form by August 15, 2020. The BCSD Remote Learning Waiver Form can be found here.

You can verify your choice in Aspen

All families can check to verify the status of their selection for their student in the Aspen Parent Portal. Please wait at least 24 hours from the time you filled out the form until the time your selection appears in Aspen. More information can be found here: https://www.bethlehemschools.org/how-to-verify-your-remote-learning-option-status/