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PWCS Continuity of Learning Timeline

In support of state superintendent guidance, PWCS is utilizing a research based phased approach to supporting the continuity of learning for our students while they are at home.


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Due to the challenges related to this historical world health event and national emergency; it will be necessary for our teams to adapt how we support our students. As a result of Governor Northam's order, PWCS schools must remain closed for the remainder of the school year. As we ensure the safety and well-being of students, PWCS can no longer offer its students an instructional day and services on IEPs, 504 plans, gifted education plans, and required EL services as it does when schools are open for instruction. In the place of instruction, our schools and team members are implementing the following plan to provide students with opportunities to learn, to challenge themselves, and to review and retain past lessons. All teachers will work collaboratively and use proactive strategies to continue engagement in learning for all students including our English learners, special education, dually identified, and twice exceptional students providing the supports possible given the limitations of virtual learning under these conditions.

Phase 1: Learning Materials and Resources Sent Home

March 13

  • Books, materials, instruments, etc. sent home prior to the closure of schools as best staff
    were able to do so.

Phase 2: Resources and Supports for Home Learning

March 20

  • PWCS Home Learning webpage launched providing online academic resources, free apps, offline activity ideas, suggested daily schedules, and parent tips.

  • Dual enrollment (DE) teachers directed to follow the direction of the associated college or university regarding resuming online instruction.

Phase 3: Preparation for Increased Teacher Supported Home Learning

March 23
  • Content/Program area Staff Communities pages updated with links to training on how to update class webpages.

  • Supervisors provide content to support instruction on previously taught course/grade level content.

  • Department chairs, lead teachers, and supervising administrators notified of new resources and encouraged to share them with their colleagues in their school.

  • Zoom meetings conducted for teacher leaders to share materials, resources, and professional learning opportunities developed and organized to support them.

  • Content/Program Supervisors develop a calendar of virtual support sessions for teachers by grade level/course.

  • IT began process of securing licenses for Canvas.

  • IT surveys principals to ensure every teacher has access to a computer at home.

March 26

  • All teachers activate and/or update their class webpage with:
    • directions related to completing, revising, submitting assignments that were made prior to March 12.
    • content/standards taught to date,
    • content/standards that remain to be taught, and
    • materials, resources, and/or assignments to begin the support of the review of content previously taught.

  • IT orders 15K+ HP ProBook x360 11 G5 – Education Edition - flip design (delivery up to 6 weeks)

 

March 27

  • Community survey conducted regarding device and WIFI availability.

  • IT will work to provide a computer to all teachers that need one.

  • Student and Professional Learning teams continue developing age appropriate personal projects (Sample project ideas):
    • HS focus on career pathway(s) of interests,
    • MS focus on social/emotional development in connection to content learning, and
    • ES focus on a specific theme and connect content learning around that theme) that could be centrally developed and could be provided to students in which teachers would provide feedback and students could self-assess based on an established rubric. Of course, schools could be given the latitude to modify these according their students.

April 2-3

  •  In preparation for Phase 4, schools will utilize the specific guidance to develop and advertise
    their supported review learning rotation schedules.

  • Following the School Board Meeting; Senior families surveyed for computer needs, then other High School families surveyed.

Spring Break
April 6 – 10 – Students and Staff on Spring Break

Phase 4: Implement Increased Teacher Supported Home Learning – Virtual Schoolhouse

April 13

  • Distribute additional laptops to teachers needing device access.

  • Teachers continue to support students in improving their third quarter grades by redoing assignments and retaking assessments which were assigned or administered prior to March 13, 2020.

  •  All teachers will continue providing ungraded review activities and learning resources on class webpages for review of content previously taught before March 13, 2020. Teachers using platforms other than class webpages will continue to indicate on their class webpage how parents and student can access this information.

  • Schools continue to advertise their Phase 4 review learning rotation schedule.

  • Teachers begin to upload review lessons and activities according to the Phase 4 learning rotation plan and guidance.

  • Survey high school seniors by phone to determine device need.

  • Teacher and/or counselor led tutorial sessions scheduled for Seniors requiring substantial support to fulfill graduation requirements.

  • Teachers receive information and support regarding the extended learning personal projects.
Virtual Schoolhouse Details

Phase 5: Continue with Increased Teacher Supported Home Learning and Offer Extended Learning Through Personal Projects

April 13

  •  Virtual training on Canvas for instructional staff

  • All teachers continue uploading content review lessons, activities, and assignments as well
    as learning resources according to the advertised Phase 4 virtual schoolhouse and rotation
    guidance. Teachers already using platforms other than the class webpage continue to how
    and where learning content can be found.

  • Teachers continue to support students in improving their third quarter grades by redoing
    assignments and retaking assessments which were assigned or administered prior to March 13, 2020.

  • Continue distribution of laptops to teachers needing device access.

April 14

  •  Extended learning personal project options posted for students.

  • Teachers provide guidance and support for extended learning personal projects.

April 24

  • Third quarter ends.

  • All teachers continue uploading content review lessons, activities, and assignments as well as learning resources according to the advertised Phase 4 virtual schoolhouse and rotation guidance. Teachers already using platforms other than the class webpage continue to provide how and where learning content can be found.

  • Teachers provide feedback along with continued guidance and support for extended learning personal projects.

April 27

  • Beginning with high school seniors, devices distributed to students without device access.

May 1

  • Seniors who have satisfied all diploma criteria established by the Virginia Department of
    Education will be declared to have met all graduation requirements.

  • Seniors with remaining requirements are granted an extension for credit recovery.

Phase 6: Continue with Teacher Supported Learning and Personal Projects Begin K-11 Student Learning Using Learning Management System

May 5

  • Third quarter report cards distributed.

  • Continue distribution of devices to student without device access.

  •  Provide at-home distance learning options through Canvas for K-11 or other platforms using either personally owned or Division distributed device.

  • Multiple outdoor hotspots available to students at identified schools.


June 5

  • Seniors who have remaining graduation requirements complete submissions of remaining
    work.

   

June 12

  • K-11 review learning concludes.

  • Diplomas mailed to graduates.