Distance Learning 2-0
Distance Learning is a method of learning and teaching in which instruction, course materials and assessments are conducted virtually. In this plan, to ensure health and safety, no students or families are able to come into the school buildings during distance learning; rather, students access all course materials through Seesaw or Schoology and interact daily with their licensed teacher(s) both synchronously and asynchronously. St. Cloud Area Schools has improved its distance learning model from last spring based on feedback from families, students, and staff. We refer to this learning model as Distance Learning 2.0.
6-12 Information for Distance Learning
When distance learning is required due to health and safety concerns, students in grades 6-12 will be expected to follow the same schedule as when they are physically in our school buildings. Students will log in to Schoology and Google Meet at the start of each class period to meet virtually face-to-face with their teachers and classmates. They may be instructed to remain online for the duration of that class period or to collaborate in small groups or work individually. Period attendance will be taken, and students are expected to be on time and present for each class. Teachers will begin their classes through Google Meet whenever possible. Maintaining visual, social, and emotional connections with our students during distance learning is vital and a virtual meet is one of our easiest and most effective tools.
At the October 7 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Jett shared that local county officials are forecasting a COVID case count over 30. In accordance with the Governor's Safe Learning Plan, this case rate requires St. Cloud Area Schools to transition to a distance learning model for grades 6-12 at Kennedy, North, South, Apollo, McKinley and Tech. We will begin Distance Learning for these schools on Monday, October 19, and they will remain in the distance learning model until county health data drops and remains below 30 for at least three consecutive weeks. As permitted by the Safe Learning Plan, we will use Wednesday, October 14 as a transition day for our secondary staff to prepare for this new learning model. On this day, no new instruction will take place and our students can use this day to complete assignments or activities, but they will not need to log-in to Schoology. All students enrolled in special education programs at Riverwoods, Roosevelt Education Center, Clara’s House, Journey, 180 Group Home, InStep, CO2 and Recovery Plus will remain in-person, following their current schedules. Students enrolled in grades Pre-K-5 and the Distance Learning Academy are not impacted by this transition.