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Distance Learning Plan

Distance Learning Plan

Palm Avenue Middle School (Palm) Students will receive Distance Learning (DL) instruction via Google Classroom. As much as possible, Palm will run a DL school within the school. The student is at home accessing course work in a digital format. Students will continue to be enrolled in their school (Palm) and taught by a certified teacher from our school. Some lessons will be synchronous (the teacher delivering a lesson or the students are participating in discussions through Google Classroom and Meets), and some lessons will be asynchronous (students working independently accessing work created by the teacher through Google Classroom). There will be communication between teachers, students, and parents via Aeries Communicator, Email, Parent Conferences, or Phone throughout the duration of DL enrollment. All teachers who teach through the DL program are Wasco Union Elementary School District employees who are certified in the grade level or course subject that are assigned to teach. Teachers will follow the Wasco Union Elementary School District Board of Trustees adopted curriculum and state standards.

Getting Started

All efforts will be made to share schedules and classroom assignments through online live learning, peer interaction, and live facilitation using Google Education platform. he week prior to school starting. 

Daily WINN Social Emotional Learning Attendance Check-Ins will emphasize community and culture building.

Specific training for parents regarding the use of Aeries Parent Portal and how to support your child with Distance Learning will also be available.

Assessments and academic assignments will begin the first week of school. 

Targeted Instruction on Critical Standards

Palm teachers will teach to the California State Standards and use the same adopted materials as in-person learning. Teachers will identify essential standards and map those through the year for students. 

Assessment and Grading

Teachers will provide a variety of assessments to determine student mastery of the course content. Assessments may include virtual DL discussion-based assessments, essays, project-based, and formative assessments. Forms of Assessment in DL instruction may include: Google Classroom, Google Forms, Kahoot, etc. Students will receive letter grades for each assignment and assessment. Students will also receive progress reports, quarter and semester grades at the conclusion of each period. Each teacher will follow district policy in the issuance of letter grades, homework, make-up work, and numerical scores for GPA calculation.

Teachers will provide students and parents with grading rubrics and expectations. Teacher grading expectations are to be documented and outlined in teacher and class syllabus.