Distance Learning

Distance Learning Plan Framework (Spring 2020)

Nerstrand Elementary School has developed a framework to support the distance learning needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This document was updated on April 1, 2020

School Mission

At Nerstrand Elementary School, we celebrate and appreciate our individual differences!

Guiding Principles

Equity. Bring a child-centered equity lens to our planning. Ensure the same attention to equity issues that inform our regular program apply to our design and delivery of distance learning.

Mission-based. Ensure that the mission is at the forefront of planning and evolving changes as the plan is implemented.

  • DISTANCE LEARNING: The MN Department of Education defines distance learning as the following: "Students engaging in distance learning have access to appropriate educational materials and receive daily interaction with their licensed teacher(s)." The distance learning plan is not the same as flexible / e-learning days (used for snow days). Children are expected to be online each day, interacting with their teacher and engaged in learning. 
     
  • SEE SAW AND GOOGLE CLASSROOM: Teachers in grades K-3 will use See Saw as a tool to communicate and deliver content to children. Teachers in grades 4-5 will use Google Classroom to communicate and deliver content. 
     
  • ZOOM and Google Meets: Teachers may use Zoom and Google Meets to provide face to face (synchronous) instruction and interaction with children. Teachers will arrange blocks of time throughout the week for this face to face interaction. 
     
  • EXPECTATIONS FOR LEARNING: Teachers are designing lessons to provide two-to-three hours per day of student engagement while allowing for student and family flexibility. 
     
  • OFFICE HOURS: Nerstrand School office staff will be available by email from 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM during Distance Learning Days.The distance learning email address for general office questions is: barb@nerstrand.charter.k12.mn.us. If families need to reach out by phone, please use the front desk line; 507-333-6850, or if contacting Director Maggie Kiley, 507-333-6854. 
     
  • CLASS ATTENDANCE: Attendance will be taken each day based on student interaction with their teacher via Zoom, Google Meets, SeeSaw, Google classroom, telephone, or other electronic means. The easiest way for students to show their attendance is by answering the morning message question posted each day. 
     
  • STUDENT ABSENCE: If students are ill or have an appointment, parents should still email barb@nerstrand.charter.k12.mn.us to excuse them. Unless students are called in they will be expected to be online each day and complete and turn in daily classroom activities. Teachers will be notified of students who are called in as absent from their parents. 
     
  • TEACHER WORKDAY: The teacher workday is 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. 
     
  • TEACHER ABSENCE: If a teacher is unable to be present for class (illness, personal leave, appointment, etc.), they will leave student expectations for the day in SeeSaw or Google Classroom, much like they would leave for a substitute, but they may not be present to answer questions or help students on this day. 
     
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION LEARNERS: The specific needs of each special education student are outlined in the student's Individual Education Program plan (IEP). During a required Distance Learning period, special education teachers will be in contact with students and/or parents to create an Individualized Distance Learning plan for students to ensure continuity of service as is appropriate. Students will continue to receive related services identified in the IEP as appropriate in a Distance Learning period. Special education teachers will continue to provide instruction to address individual IEP goals using a variety of options available. General education and special education teachers will also implement the accommodations and modifications necessary to access their instruction in both general education and special education materials. More detailed guidance will be provided by the Special Services Department. 
     
  • READING INTERVENTION SERVICES: Intervention reading support for students in the general education reading intervention programs will continue on a modified schedule. The intervention teacher will communicate the schedule in collaboration with the classroom teacher and manage instruction with children. 
     
  • SPECIALIST CLASSES: When in school, students participate in Music, and PE, each for 125 minutes per week. For Distance Learning, Specialist teachers will be preparing lessons each week. These lessons will be included in the work plans sent to students by classroom teachers. Music teacher Jake will continue his work with band and drum line participants through individual outreach to families. 
     
  • TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT/DAMAGED CHROMEBOOK: If you need technology help or have a damaged Chromebook, please contact your classroom teacher for help or email Peggy Issaacson at peg@nerstrand.charter.k12.mn.us 
     
  • BIWEEKLY PROGRESS REPORTS WILL BE SENT TO FAMILIES: Part of the directive from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) on Distance Learning is that schools should be giving families progress reports during this time. At Nerstrand School we have decided to send these reports out by email every other week. The first progress report for your child will be sent on 4/9/20. Progress reports will center around 2 areas: Effort and Understanding.
    • Effort: This information centers on the consistency in which your children are doing their work. Your teacher may report that your child(ren)'s effort is consistent or inconsistent.
    • Understanding: Your child's teacher will let you know if understanding seems to be consistent or inconsistent. They may be more specific about understanding with math and reading.

 

SCHEDULING LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR STUDENTS:

Classroom teachers may give more detailed suggested schedule documents to families that include all learning areas as well as coordinated recess and lunch times. These schedules are intentionally designed to be flexible, with the understanding that families are managing distance learning in different ways. These suggested schedules are sent to you as a possible way to help with managing students’ days.  It is up to each individual family to create a schedule that works for them.  As trained professionals, we do want to help families with this learning;  we are here as a support so please reach out if you are struggling with schedules or homework. 

Each day, students will be expected to check in for attendance and then work on the learning tasks assigned by their teachers. Most of the learning time will be flexible.  Students will interact with their teachers at various times of the day  through email or assignments in See Saw or Google Classroom. Classroom teachers will provide instruction using a variety of online and offline methods. Teachers will also be making connections with students individually to check on student progress and to answer questions students may have about assignments.

Below are some possible schedules that your family may set up during  Distance Learning.  Again, we realize that all families may not be able to adhere to these schedules.  These are suggestions.  Your child is used to a reliable schedule when they are at school and they may be missing that consistency.  Creating a schedule for your child may help with some of the fear and uncertainty they are feeling during this time.  It also may help you with working with your child. 

If your child is receiving special services through Speech, Occupational Therapy, and/or Special Education Teachers, then you have been contacted separately about your child’s schedule.

Possible K-1 Schedule

Time

Activities

8:00-10:00

Morning meeting, social/emotional skills; literacy or math

10:00-11:30

Literacy or math

11:30-1:00

Recess, Lunch, PE

1:00-2:30

Theme (Science and Social Studies)

Specials (Music, Spanish, or Art)

2:45-3:30

Teacher office hours- This is a  time to reach out to classroom teachers and PE and Music Specialists to ask  questions about homework or distance learning.  Feel free to reach out to Maggie-maggie@nerstrand.charter.k12.mn.us

 

Possible 2-3 Schedule

Time

Activities

8:00-10:00

Attendance, Literacy or Math

10:00-11:30

Literacy or Math, morning meeting

11:30-1:00

Recess, Lunch, PE

1:00-2:30

Theme (Science and Social Studies)

Specials (Music, Spanish, or Art)

2:45-3:30

Teacher office hours-This is a time to reach out to classroom teachers and PE and Music Specialists about questions about homework or distance learning.  Also email maggie@nerstrand.charter.k12.mn.us

 

Possible 4-5 Schedule

Time

Activities

8:00

Morning check in

Daily work document posted in Google Classroom

8:15-10:00

Literacy

10:15-11:30

Math

11:30-1:00

Recess, Lunch, PE

1:00-2:45

Class meetings (see schedule below)

Theme (Science and Social Studies)

Specials (Music, Spanish, or Art)

Meeting times (in Zoom)

1:00: Herons

1:30: Kestrels

2:00: Robins

2:45-3:30

Teacher office hours-This is a time to reach out to classroom  teachers and PE and Music Specialists about questions about homework or distance learning.  Also email maggie@nerstrand.charter.k12.mn.us

 

 


Distance Learning Plan Teams

Team

Teachers / Staff

Description of Role

Education Program Leadership

Director - Maggie

 

Supporting Roles/ Designees

Jan Boudreau

Nicky Schaefer

Sarah Johnson

Tara Vondrasek

Paula Shroyer

Gretta Kunze

Andrew Lubinski

Kelly McGregor

Carmen Bonde

Jake Kaukola

Peg Isaacson-tech support

 

  • Design, implement and oversee deliver of DLP
  • Ensure plan is equitable, staff and resources
  • Develop attendance and other
  • Accountability systems to measure effective implementation of plan
  • Overseeing implementation of technology to parents
  • Supporting teachers in tech needs

 

Admin / Human Resources

Director-Maggie Kiley

Office Manager-Barb Grote

Finance Officer-Keith Johnson

Custodian-Mike Erickson

 

  • Ensure that financial, governance systems run smoothly and effectively
  • Buildings / Grounds
  • Budget Planning
  • Accountability / Compliance

 

Health Services

Health Services through District 656

  • Ensure health plans are accommodated
  • Provide health support and guidance regarding Covid-19

K/1 Team

Classroom Teachers-Paula Shroyer, Gretta Kunze,

Specialists Teachers: Carmen Bonde, Jake Kaukola,

Special Education Teachers:Jan Boudreau, Nicky Schaefer

Paraprofessional Educators-Teauna Hokanson, Cheryl Keller, Cara Waddell, Philip McBride, Amy Harris

  • Planning collaborating between paras, classroom teachers, PE/Music specialists and special education teachers
  • Using classroom activities to take attendance
  • Daily contact with students

2/3 Team

Classroom Teachers-Tara Vondrasek, Sarah Johnson

Specialist Teachers:  Carmen Bonde, Jake Kaukola,

Special Education TeachersJan Boudreau, Nicky Schaefer

Paraprofessional Educators;  Sara Flom, Krin Danberry, Amy Harris, Margaret Huber, Brooke Kaukola

  • Planning collaborating between paras, classroom teachers, PE/Music specialists and special education teachers
  • Using classroom activities to take attendance
  • Daily contact with students

 

4/5 Team

Classroom Teachers:  Kelly McGregor, Andrew Lubinski, Specialist Teachers:  Carmen Bonde, Jake Kaukola,

Special Education Teachers:  Jan Boudrea, Nicky Schaefer

Paraprofessional Educators:  Philip McBride, Heather Aldrich

  • Planning collaborating between paras, classroom teachers, PE/Music specialists and special education teachers
  • Using classroom activities to take attendance
  • Daily contact with students

 

Special Education Team / Intervention

Sped Director:  Bonnie Carlson

 

Sped Teachers:  Nicky Schaefer, Jan Boudreau

School Psych: Michelle Flannery, Speech/Language:Kristin Fischer, Occupational Therapy: Katie Freidig, Donna Amenuvor,

Intervention Paraprofessional:  Lori Amy

  • Ensure we are working towards meeting the academic IEP goals/intervention goals through direct instruction (ZOOM)
  • Organize Virtual IEP meetings/evaluations
  • Deliver speech services to best of ability
  • Related services Check in with parents/support with fine/large motor
  • Modify assignments as needed to best support students

Specialists

Music-Jake Kaukola

PE-Carmen Bonde

  • Ensure that all students have activities to choose from each day in both of these areas
  • Use of choice boards and technology to reach out to families

 

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