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Return to Online Learning
Updated November 20, 2020

Through the end of the semester, middle school students will engage in learning in a 100% online environment that includes blended learning opportunities. They will participate in synchronous (real-time) online learning with their classroom teacher, and they will also engage in asynchronous (engage in posted lessons and assignments on their own time) and independent work as assigned. This enables students to continue progressing in the curriculum.

Students and parents can expect a daily schedule, where they check in with teachers at specific times and also work independently throughout the day.

Academic Excellence by Design

Through the St. Vrain Blended Learning Plan, students and teachers have the tools they need to investigate, communicate, collaborate, create, model, and explore concepts and content in authentic contexts.

Middle School Teaching & Learning Priorities:

  • Safety: The health and safety of our students, staff, and parents is our top priority and we continue to work in partnership with Boulder County Health and the State of Colorado to determine the health and safety practices for our schools. Students should be prepared for additional procedures when they return to school, in accordance with our health agency partner guidelines.
  • Relationships: Establish and maintain strong teacher to student (family) and student to student relationships.
  • Engagement: Create ongoing opportunities for engagement and excitement in learning.
  • Academic Excellence: Deliver high-quality, rigorous instruction.
  • Equity: All students have the access to resources and the support they need to reach their educational goals.

Launching the School Year through Blended Learning

During online learning, teachers will provide instructional experiences that are aligned to academic standards and the content priorities for each grade level. In the same way teachers begin a school year with in-person learning, they will also provide opportunities to build classroom communities, foster student relationships with each other, empower successful online learners, and identify student needs for learning.

  • Attendance

    The goal of this procedure is to ensure that student instructional time is documented daily through consistent attendance-taking practices across schools for the 2020-2021 school year, regardless of the instructional setting or model of instructional delivery. These include: in-person instruction, synchronous online instruction, asynchronous online instruction, or through coursework assigned via Schoology. A consistent approach will help ensure that students receive the equivalent amount of teacher-student contact as in a typical academic year, and that St. Vrain Valley Schools adheres to Compulsory Attendance Laws.

    Students are considered in attendance if:

    • Student logs into WebEx and the teacher marks students in attendance.
    • Teacher modifies attendance based upon completion of assigned coursework in Schoology.

  • Instructional Models

    Teachers will continue to utilize the researched-based instructional models for online learning that are used for in-person learning. Course content is the academic priority for all students and we will continue to align course content with Colorado Academic Standards.

    The learning model for the remainder of the semester will be a more structured online learning environment with a daily schedule that reflects synchronous learning, asynchronous learning, and independent practice.

    Learning Model Definition Examples
    Synchronous Learning Synchronous learning is digital and online learning in which students learn from teachers or peers in real time, but not in person. This occurs through video tools such as Webex. Students all learn at the same time by attending an online lesson or class.
    • Webex “live” class with teacher direct instruction.
    • Students view a direct instruction video in Schoology as a class, followed by Webex “live” classroom discussion.
    Asynchronous Learning Asynchronous learning is when students learn the same classroom materials at different times and/or locations, typically through a lesson posted by the teacher in Schoology.
    • Students independently read articles, view a video demonstration, or work through a slide deck in Schoology and then independently respond to a posted assignment.
    Independent Practice Independent practice occurs offline. Students have opportunities to practice and apply their new knowledge and skills. This is a time when students complete posted assignments, homework, or projects.
    • Homework
    • Assignments
    • Read and respond
    • Projects
  • Learning Time & Sample Schedule

    In order to enhance the learning for all students and adhere to the state requirements for instructional time, more structure has been added to the students’ academic day for the 2020-21 school year. A sample schedule is provided below. Final schedule adjustments will occur at the building and classroom level.

    Teachers will balance synchronous, asynchronous, and independent learning experiences based upon the needs of the learners and the learning goals. For example, Monday through Thursday will include a structured schedule with synchronous lessons and time built in for independent work. Fridays will be asynchronous and a time when students complete independent assignments, parents can sign up for teacher office hours, or students can receive pre-arranged academic tutoring or support. Please see the weekly and sample daily schedules below.

    Weekly Schedule

    Click here to access the district's annual academic calendars

    Middle school students will have a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning on Monday through Thursday, and they will work asynchronously on Fridays.

    The schedule for each middle school in St. Vrain is different. Please see the information below as an example schedule, however your student’s school will communicate the specific schedule for your student.

    Monday Synchronous Learning (via Webex)
    Asynchronous Learning
    Independent Student Work
    Tuesday Synchronous Learning (via Webex)
    Asynchronous Learning
    Independent Student Work
    Wednesday Synchronous Learning (via Webex)
    Asynchronous Learning
    Independent Student Work
    Thursday Synchronous Learning (via Webex)
    Asynchronous Learning
    Independent Student Work
    Friday Asynchronous Learning
    Independent Work
    Teacher Office Hours
    • Additional Academic Support
    • Student Engagement Checks
    • Pre-arranged additional virtual tutoring with classroom teacher, special education teacher, or other teachers

    Sample Middle School Daily Schedule

    Middle school students can expect a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning for their classes. The following is a sample schedule to show what a day might look like for your student. The actual schedule for each middle school will vary based on the individual school’s master schedule.

    Your school will share your student’s schedule with you, and it will reflect a similar balance between synchronous, asynchronous, and independent learning.

    Every Monday - Thursday
    Period 1
    7:45-8:10 (Webex) Mathematics
    Attendance and Direct Instruction
    8:10-8:40 Mathematics
    Independent Practice and Assignment Completion
    Period 2
    8:45-9:10 (Webex) Language Arts
    Attendance and Direct Instruction
    9:10-9:40 Language Arts
    Independent Practice and Assignment Completion
    Period 3
    9:45-10:10 (Webex) Science
    Attendance and Direct Instruction
    10:10-10:45 Science
    Independent Practice and Assignment Completion
    Lunch break 10:45-11:15 Lunch
    Period 4
    11:15-11:40 (Webex) Social Studies
    Attendance and Direct Instruction
    11:40-12:10 Social Studies
    Independent Practice and Assignment Completion
    Period 5
    12:15-1:15 Academic Intervention or Enrichment
    Direct Instruction or Independent Practice

    School-specific support planning (7 Mindsets, Academic Intervention, Enrichment or Extension Classes, etc.)
    Period 6
    1:15-1:35 (Webex) Elective #1
    Attendance and Direct Instruction
    1:35-2:00 Elective #1
    Independent Practice and Assignment Completion
    Period 7
    2:00-2:20 (Webex) Elective #2
    Attendance and Direct Instruction
    2:20-2:45 Elective #2
    Independent Practice and Assignment Completion
    Every Friday - All Classes
    On Fridays, students will be expected to complete independent and asynchronous work and teachers can also arrange for additional in-person instruction.

    Independent and Asynchronous Student Work: Students work on asynchronous and independent learning tasks. Students and parents can access their teachers and counselors during office hours as well.

    Teacher Scheduled Office Hours: Teachers are available for students or parents to schedule additional virtual academic support, answer parent or student questions, or schedule time with school counselors and other school staff. School staff will communicate how students and parents can sign up for individual needs on this day.

    Each Friday, middle school students will still need to upload some assignments and they also have opportunities to check in with teachers from all of their classes through Teacher Office Hours.
  • Grading

    Building administration and professional teaching staff shall incorporate a grading system for evaluating and recording student progress to measure student performance in conjunction with our district's academic standards. In alignment with our grading policies, teachers will explain to students and families how courses are graded, the scale of marks awarded, and the timeline of when students receive grades. Consistent with normal practice, teachers will use appropriate discretion in deciding which specific measures are factored into students' grades. Infinite Campus will be available starting in August for teachers to record grades, and for parents to monitor their student's progress.

  • Common Communication Structures

    Common communication structures are imperative to ensure that parents and students have a clear and consistent way of accessing and interacting with their learning experiences.

    • Teachers will share the class schedule with parents and students, as well as contact information.
    • All grade 6-8 teachers will use Schoology as their primary launchpoint for digital learning management. This will create a single access point for digital learning materials at each grade level for all students and parents throughout the district. This does not preclude teachers from continuing to use a variety of digital learning tools, this will merely create a clear and predictable starting point for students at a given grade level.
    • Coordination of pick-up/drop off of student materials will occur at the building level and will be communicated clearly to families.
    • Teachers will communicate their system for students and parents to sign-up for individual time to answer questions and receive additional academic support during their office hours on Fridays and throughout the week.
    • Teachers will hold office hours on Fridays. This will be a time to receive additional academic support by appointment or for ongoing communication between teachers and parents.

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