Phase 1: Grades K-5

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Elementary Schedule

Updated September 1
To help parents and students navigate Distance Learning, teachers will provide weekly learning plans which outline learning for the week.  At the elementary level, Seesaw and PowerSchool will be the primary platform for lessons, learning, and communication.  Teachers will receive additional training in use of these platforms to better organize information and assignments for students and parents.
 
Five Days a Week (Monday through Friday) 
Six Day Cycle
 
Kindergarten: 2.5 hours per day
Our goal during Distance Learning 2.0 will be to mirror, to the best of our ability, a regular school day. 
 
Grades 1-5:  5 hours per day
Our goal during Distance Learning 2.0 will be to mirror, to the best of our ability, a regular school day.  

 
We understand that there may be unique challenges for students with disabilities and that this may be a stressful time for our families. Throughout the closure, your child’s special education team will work to provide access to the distance learning framework while supporting IEP goals and objectives. Additionally, we are hopeful to be able to offer some services on site. For support, please reach out to your child’s teacher, therapist, or Dr. Ryan-Washington at [email protected]

Live and Recorded Lessons

Teachers will utilize Zoom to hold live lessons each day.  Zoom will also be used to schedule break-out rooms for collaboration, small group instruction, interventions, one-on-one testing, etc. Additionally, teachers may choose to create and post tutorials or videos on the concepts or skills so the student can access them later. Speech and other related services will be scheduled into a student’s day.

Parents, it is important to let your child’s teachers and principal know of special circumstances so you and they can work together and plan accordingly.
 

Attendance and Grading

Attendance
Unlike in the spring, PDE is requiring all school districts meet a 180 day requirement and instuctional minute requirements based on grade level.  As a result, attendance will be taken during the first period of the day and will follow the same process as if the students were in school. Attendance will also be taken at each period. If your child is ill, please call the school to report an absence. We are in the process of creating a system that will allow you to submit excuses online.  More details to come.
 
Please Note: We understand that due to family circumstances the Distance Learning 2.0 student schedule will not be a perfect fit for all families. Parents and teachers will be working closely together to ensure that those students with working parents are also engaged. Once your children's schedules are received, look for communication from their teachers and be sure to share the challenges you will be facing in regards to attendance so we can work together. 
 
Grading 
Recognizing that families are experiencing the current situation in different ways, teachers have been asked to provide a great deal of flexibility in grading. With that said, grading will mirror traditional grading practices, as if students were in school. Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher(s) to discuss concerns.  Grades will be posted in PowerSchool.
social emotional learning logo Our student's mental health is of high concern. District administration and school counselors are working collectively to determine a path forward for navigating mental health challenges among students and staff, as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic. Counseling groups will be scheduled as well as regular check-ins with students. If you have concerns about your student, please do not hesitate to contact your child's counselor.

Quick Links

Your child's teacher is the best resource to help you with the work your child is completing. Below are additional ways you can access information. 

HELP CENTER & DEVICE SUPPORT

POWERSCHOOL
PowerSchool is the West Shore School District’s online portal for all student information, including report cards, test scores, absences/tardies. PowerSchool is utilized district-wide and updated in real time. Communication preferences can also be set through PowerSchool’s Contact Manager. In this system, parents can review contact information (changes must be made by contacting your child’s school) and opt to receive texts, email messages and phone calls about emergency situations, closings/delays and general information. 

During the closure, please use the Contact Us page if you need help obtaining a PowerSchool account.

SEESAW
Seesaw is a portfolio journal designed to house all of your child’s work in one place. The short 3-minute video linked to below will explain more about Seesaw. Many elementary school staff are using Seesaw to connect with students and their families. If you have difficulty logging into Seesaw, please contact your child's teacher. 
CLEVER
The following resources are available to our students through our Clever login: Benchmark Education, ExactPath (Edmentum Courseware), Study Island, Everfi, Science Fusion, Journeys, Collections, ReadingEggs, MathSeeds, and Seesaw. Students should log in with their Google account ([email protected]). If you have difficulty logging into Clever, please contact your child's teacher. 
  • Clever Student Log In  - Students should log in with their google account 
  • Clever iOS App - Students with Clever Badges (typically K-2) can use the Clever App. Sorry no Android App at this time.

ZOOM
Zoom is an video conferencing program used by teachers to connect with students and parents virtually. A Zoom account is not needed to participate in a meeting. 
 
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