Virtual Learning

  • What is the support system for virtual teachers?

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    Hybrid and virtual teachers are meeting weekly, on Mondays, to coordinate instruction. In addition, professional development focuses on supporting all teachers.

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  • Is a quick Monday check in with the teacher possible if live instruction isn't possible?

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    We are allowing the next few weeks for teachers and students to adjust to the hybrid model. We are looking at the potential for a quick class meeting on Mondays.

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  • Is there an etiquette associated with online learning?

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    Although learning will happen online, the virtual classroom is still a classroom. Please talk with students about demonstrating the same respect and courtesy for their teachers and for other students they would in the building classroom. Our Acceptable Use Policy still applies.

    • Remember that any direct instruction lessons may involve two-way camera and audio usage (meaning that the instructor will likely see and hear what is occurring in your home, including what everyone is wearing).
    • Do not audio/video record lessons.
    • Maintain the confidentiality of other students, if your child is participating in a group lesson. (Remember that all individuals participating will likely see and hear what is occurring in your home, including what everyone is wearing, just as you may see and hear what is occurring in their home).
    • Please email your child’s teacher after the lesson is complete, if you have any questions or concerns. Do not interrupt the activity with questions, either through the audio or through emails. Allow the professional to focus on the activity.
    • As we proceed and as circumstances change, we will send updated reminders of these and potentially new guidelines.

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  • If/when we transition back to school in-person, will my child keep the same teacher(s)?

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    At the elementary level, there is a possibility that the teacher may not be the same because some teachers will only teach students who remain virtual. At the secondary level, all teachers would stay the same as long as the student remains enrolled in the same course.

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  • Is the online curriculum the same curriculum students would experience if they were in school?

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    Yes.

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  • How will professional development be provided to teachers to prepare them for virtual learning?

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    The first week that teachers are back for the 2020-2021 school year, they will receive professional development that focuses on the virtual learning plan, as well as technology training related to the platforms they will use to deliver instruction.

    The district has made improvements to its technology since last spring. Those updates and enhancements will be reviewed with staff.

    The Virtual Learning Playbook and Teacher’s College will serve as primary resources.

    Teachers have also been participating all summer via online sessions that address virtual learners and instruction.

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  • Will parents be asked again to express their choice for student learning if we return to school?

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    We are using the information we gathered from parents to develop class rosters. To ensure continuity for students, we would not make changes until the end of a marking period.

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  • Will students be expected to turn their cameras on while participating in live lessons?

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    Yes. Students will be expected to utilize video when participating in live sessions. This promotes greater engagement during the lesson.

    We do understand that bandwidth and other factors may influence a student’s ability to turn on their camera.

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  • How is GVSD working with TCHS for the students who attend that program?

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    TCHS program will be offered both in-person and virtually, based on family selection.

    Families will be surveyed by Great Valley High School personnel about whether they want to attend TCHS in person or virtually.

    At the current time, GVSD will not provide busing to TCHS.

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  • How will GVSD ensure student privacy through the Virtual Learning lessons?

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    As a district, our first priority is always to protect the safety and wellbeing of our students. When it comes to our online learning plan, that meant that we examined a number of programs that would meet the needs of students and teachers while also ensuring the highest level of security. We settled on the use of Microsoft Teams because it is FERPA compliant in the use of student data and because it creates a closed environment for engagement with the teacher. It is important to note that FERPA primarily covers personally identifiable information in educational records, not to classroom instruction in a virtual environment. All participants will be required to log into Office 365, and students will be able to control their own video settings. In addition to the information above, our legal counsel has also advised that affirmative consent is not necessary to provide synchronistic instruction.

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  • Will teachers be delivering instruction from school, or will they be working from home?

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    Teachers will be working from school, except when extenuating circumstances apply.

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  • How often will students connect with teachers in small groups during the week?

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    Secondary students will meet in small groups at least one time per week per course. Elementary students should expect an individual teacher conference and at least one small group meeting per week.

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  • Will virtual students be mostly watching or also participating if instruction is in real time?

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    Students will receive live instruction on synchronous days and will be expected to engage and participate.

    On asynchronous days, students may be assigned to a small group or may meet with a teacher or specialist at a pre-arranged time. Most students will work independently on these days to complete and submit tasks/assignments.

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  • Will the virtual option be a live stream in real time, and/or will it be available later?

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    Teachers at the secondary level will livestream via Teams with students from Tuesday through Friday.  Students are expected to attend each class via Teams.

    Elementary teachers will meet with students in whole groups, individually, and with small groups via Teams.

    Lessons will not be recorded.

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  • What does the schedule look like for virtual learning?

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    Secondary schedules will follow the regular bell schedule. Live instruction will occur Tuesday through Friday. Mondays will be asynchronous learning days (not live instruction).

    Elementary students will participate in blocks of live instruction related to subject areas. The elementary schedule includes time for class meetings, small group instruction, individual teacher check-ins with students, and lunch/recess.

    There is time in the elementary schedule every day for students to engage in learning modules related to special areas (library, art, STEAM, physical education, and music). Special area subjects will rotate on a six-week schedule. Students will participate in the same special area for six weeks before moving to the next special area of study.

    Schedules for the elementary schools and the secondary schools are available on our website.

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  • How much time will students actually spend online every day?

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    As required by the PA Department of Education, students at the elementary level must receive 900 hours of instruction with a minimum of 180 days of instruction; secondary students must receive 990 hours and at least 180 days.

    On average, elementary students may spend 4 to 5 hours each day engaged in learning. Secondary students, on average, may be engaged in learning between 5.5 and 6 hours per day.

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  • What will the class size be for virtual classes?

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    Class sizes will reflect GVSD current class size guidelines.

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  • Can my teacher provide worksheets or other resources that do not involve the iPad?

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    The work and assignments provided to students are related to content areas and are designed to strengthen the skills students are learning in school.  The assignments given to students are designed to assess the student's skills and competencies, and teacher feedback is a critical part of that. We don't provide additional worksheets outside of those designated as part of the curriculum.

    Coming soon: In grades K-2, student "choice boards" will be available that are related to content areas and are designed to strengthen skills. A new choice board will be posted in Seesaw every couple of weeks and will include optional activities/assignments that extend student learning and speak to areas of student interest. 

     

     

     

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