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Remote Learning Options: Family Choice

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on August 12, 2020

This information was updated on Wednesday, August 12, 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 (updated August 12, 2020)

The K-5 Remote Learning Option provides a balance between synchronous and asynchronous learning for these students.

Synchronous learning is an approach where teachers and students are online at the same time with a set schedule. Learning resources and tasks are provided for students to work on during a set class time.

Asynchronous learning is an approach where teachers and students are not online at the same time. Learning resources and tasks are provided for students to work on at a time that works for them and their families.

Grades K-2 (Approx. 2-2 ½ hours of synchronous instruction)

  • Students will log on to their learning device daily (iPads for kindergarten/Chromebooks for grades 1-2).
  • The day will begin with the morning meeting/community building activities, attendance will be taken.
  • Students will receive live instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. In most cases, this synchronous instruction would not be delivered consecutively, but in periods throughout the school day.
  • Instruction in all other curricular areas will be asynchronous.
  • Students will be connected with a teacher/class for approximately 2 to 2 ½ hours each day.

Grades 3-5 (Approx. 2 ½ – 3 hours of synchronous instruction)

  • Students will log on to their Chromebooks.
  • The day will begin with the morning meeting/community building activities, attendance will be taken.
  • Students will receive live instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. In most cases, this synchronous instruction would not be delivered consecutively, but in periods throughout the school day.
  • Instruction in all other curricular areas will be asynchronous.
  • Students will be connected with a teacher/class for approximately 2 ½ to 3 hours each day.

For those families who choose K-5 Remote Learning, please be aware that students who return to in-person instruction mid-year are not guaranteed a spot at their home school. Teacher and building placements will be determined by available teaching staff and sections, student demand and most importantly, by the health and safety measures that are governed by CDC guidelines.

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.

Reopening Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

More information regarding the Bethlehem Central School District’s reopening plan can be found here. This list of questions and answers is being updated continuously. If you have a question, please email districtoffice@bethlehemschools.org.

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/