Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and Shelter-In-Place order, EVCS closed campus and resumed online distance learning for our students Kindergarten-8th grade

OVERVIEW & PURPOSE

It is our desire to serve our families in the best way possible under the given circumstances. Over a course of 3 weeks, our students, parents, teachers, and administrative team needed to convert and adapt to new structures and routines. Our intent is to continue to provide as much support and consistency to our families. As we have transitioned to online distance learning, we are establishing a set of guidelines to help this process. Please read it in its entirety.

 

What is Distance Learning and what will be needed? 

  • Distance Learning is instruction in which the student and teacher are in different locations.
  • Distance Learning includes interacting through the use of a computer, video or audio instruction, or instructional television.
  • Distance Learning involves interaction between student and teacher.

EDUCATION STANDARDS

  • Zoom Classes
    • Students are required to log into Zoom meetings with their teachers at the given times to receive instruction and guidance. 
    • Parent/guardian are to notify teacher if student is not able to attend Zoom class
    • Students are to turn on their webcam to ensure security and teachers are able to verify the student upon entering and also to promote interaction amongst one another in the class discussion.
    • Students should have ‘proper’ backgrounds during their online class and refrain from sharing/playing with their backgrounds.
    • Students are to be prepared (have needed material ready before the start of class) to minimize disruption during lesson.
    • Classroom etiquette
      • Be prepared prior to class starting (have paperwork ready as requested by teacher)
      • Sit in a place that allows focus and is free from distraction 
      • Dress appropriately for a typical school environment
      • Listen when others are speaking, stay present and focused
      • Take turns to speak 
      • Unless there’s a scheduled snack time, please eat before or after your scheduled Zoom session
  • Electronics
    • As students have more access to their electronics (computer, laptop, tablets, cell phones, etc.) they have access to various sites and applications. For the safety of your student and others, please 

 

Virtual Classrooms Norms & Expectations: 

Much like in our physical classrooms at the beginning of the year, teachers and students will be developing Norms and Expectations for their new virtual classrooms.  In this way, students will be clear on what is expected and how to succeed in class. Please discuss proper online etiquette before your student joins the virtual classroom.

Below are some ways that teachers will be encouraging students to be successful using Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) :

 

Take Care of Yourself Take Care of Others Take Care of Business
Distance Learning

Find a quiet place where you can hear your teacher and background noise will not interfere with your learning 

Dress appropriately for a normal school environment

Inform your parents when you are entering a video conference with a teacher or class

Avoid any side conversations with classmates

Use language & vocabulary as you would in a traditional classroom

Press the mute button on your video platform so that you can hear your teacher better.  Only unmute when sharing your thoughts

Technology

Come to class with laptop/tablet charged

Keep login, passwords, and private information private

Use technology appropriately

Be respectful of others online

Always THINK before posting a comment (is it True, is it Helpful, is it Inspiring, is it Necessary, is it Kind?)

Take care of your Desktop/laptop/tablet

Be careful if eating or drinking around your desktop/laptop/tablet

Stay on task when using technology

 

Tips for Students:

  • Become familiar with the Distance Learning Schedule so that you know when to check in online for each of your classes. Set a routine for yourself that is your dedicated “school time.” Remember, this is not time off – you are still attending school, but in a different learning environment. Be sure to schedule time to take a mental break, get a snack or some fresh air: We suggest a 15 minute break for every 1.5 to 2 hours of work. Having a routine will help you focus and use your time effectively. 
  • Create a work space for yourself so you can use an electronic device such as a computer, open a textbook, and complete assignments. As much as possible, minimize potential distractions such as a TV. While your bed might look like a comfortable place to work, it might not be the best place for you to focus on coursework. 
  • Practice good online etiquette. Treat your online classroom as you would your regular, in-person classroom with appropriate attire, backgrounds, and behavior during your class online meetings. Use appropriate and considerate language and keep topics professional and relevant to the course material.
  • Stay connected to your classmates and teachers. Outside of your scheduled class time, email and/or connect with your teachers during Office Hours to check in and ask questions. Stay connected with your classmates by creating virtual study groups and using Zoom, Google Hangout, and FaceTime to socialize, as allowed by your family rules. 
  • Reach out to your teacher. All teachers will be available during Office Hours so you can ask questions and get help quickly through email and phone.

 

Tips for Parents 

How can I support my student in Distance Learning? 

  • Set routines to establish “school time” from “down time”. This may include a quiet work space where the student can use educational materials such as books or electronic devices to complete assignments. Limit distractions such as television and non-assigned computer activities during times students are completing school assignments. If your teacher has not already included break time, schedule time for your student to take breaks, get a snack  or some fresh air. A good rule of thumb is for students to take a 15 minute break for every 1.5 to 2 hours of work. Establishing structure for your student will help them focus and use their time effectively. 
  • Set expectations of other household members so that “school time” is recognized by all. Limiting distractions from others will help students focus.
  • Realize that students will need time to adjust to learning remotely and using online learning platforms. Check in with your student daily to determine how they are doing and what help they may need. Encourage them to ask questions during learning sessions and/or during teacher Office Hours.
  • The experience of Distance Learning is different from in-person learning in the physical classroom. Support your student by setting up a routine together and allowing for variation on how and when your student works. 
  • Encourage your student to reach out to friends by phone or online so they have opportunities to stay connected. 

GRADING

  • Students will be graded on participation & completion of work
    • Teachers have planned to give ample time for students to complete work. If student is not able to complete assignment in the allotted time frame, parent should notify teacher
  • For Quarter 4, the grading scale will be adjusted from letter grades to reflect more of participation/effort/completing work
  • Grade point system is 0-4 No Pass (NP) 5-10 Pass (P)

MATERIALS NEEDED

Required:

  • Computer, Chromebook, iPad, or tablet
    • If your student needs to borrow a Chromebook, contact evcsoffice@gmail.com to check one out based on availability
  • Internet Access
    • Free and/or low cost internet access may be obtained by contacting participating carriers. www.everyoneon.org/CETF
  • Worksheets, paper and pencils/pens

Optional:

  • Headphones
  • Printer and/or scanner