Phase 2: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions and Answers

*NEW* Will report cards be printed this school year?
The District will not be mass printing report cards. First marking period report card information for grades 1-12 can be accessed online in PowerSchool on November 11 (kindergarten only receives report cards in January and June). For step-by-step directions on how to view grades, attendance, and teacher comments in PowerSchool, please click here. Part 1 of the guide provides directions for those using the PowerSchool website and Part 2 (which starts on page 9) provides directions for using the PowerSchool mobile app.

Parents, if you need to set up a PowerSchool account please contact your child's school. Grades and comments can also be viewed using your student’s PowerSchool account and their login credentials.

My child changed teachers, how can I view past grades. Currently they are not showing up.
In order to re-assign students to a new class, in PowerSchool students are considered to have "dropped" their past class. Grades and assignments from their Phase 1 teacher(s) are still recorded and will count toward their first quarter grade. 


How will attendance be taken during Phase 2?
Student attendance will be recorded on a daily basis for students in both Option 1 and Option 2. 

Option 1: In person days will follow the same attendance procedures as usual. Remote days will require students to sign into PowerSchool between 6 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. to count as present for that day's attendance. Students should use the same username (without the @wssd.bz) and password for PowerSchool that they do to access their google drive. 

Please note, even if a student does not have a first period class, they still must sign in to PowerSchool by 9:30 a.m. to be marked present for the day. Once logged into PowerSchool, students may check their assignments, grades, or simply log back out. Students that do not log-in by 9:30 a.m. will be marked absent for the day, and parents will receive an automated attendance call unless the parent has already communicated with the school that the student was going to be absent. On Fridays, Option 1 students in Distance Learning 2.0 will have attendance taken just as they have since the start of the school year (during homeroom or a designated Mod).

Option 2: For student continuing with Distance Learning 2.0, attendance will be taken during homeroom (elementary) or the start of their Zoom classes (middle school).

When will the first quarter end?
The end of the first quarter will remain October 28. There has been no change to the approved school calendar

Students will complete the remainder of the first quarter with their teacher assigned for Phase 2. If there was a teacher change, the new teacher will work with the student's previous teacher to finalize the student's grade. We do not want a student’s grade to suffer because of the transition, rather we hope that students will continue to submit missing assignments and work to raise their grade before the marking period ends.  

When will I know who my child's teacher is and if there are changes to their schedule? 
Students and their families will receive a welcome letter on Friday, October 9, 2020. This message will be sent to all families to confirm their child’s teacher(s). Please note, new teacher assignments may not be visible in PowerSchool, Schoology, Seesaw, etc. until Monday, October 12.

In Person Learning - Grades K-12

Where can I learn more about health and safety measures?
Please visit the Returning to In Person Safely page for this and other information as you prepare for your child's return to school on October 13. 

For students and staff in Option 1 who are in person, what will Fridays look like?
On Fridays, everyone but the low-incidence classrooms will have a DL 2.0 day. High School and Elementary students will follow the current DL 2.0 schedule. Middle School students will begin at 9 a.m. and follow a DL 2.0 schedule emailed to families the week of October 13. Low-incidence students will Zoom into the DL 2.0 classes they have been attending in order to be included in the regular education program. Attendance procedures will be the same as the current DL 2.0.

Click here to download a PDF of the elementary schedule for Fridays.

What will happen if my child is quarantined?
Students who are quarantined as a result of COVID-19 and feel well enough to complete school work, will be able to keep up with the class by asynchronously accessing the course daily during the quarantine. To limit changes in teacher and flow of curriculum, quarantined students will remain with their current teacher and schedule and will not be transferred to a Distance Learning 2.0 class. Click here for additional information on what to expect.

In Person Learning - Grades 6-12

What will an A/B/A/B day look like?
Regardless of days off or cycle days, students will follow this schedule: 

Last Names A-K
Mondays and Wednesdays – In Person
Tuesdays and Thursdays – Work Remotely from Home
 
Last Names L-Z
Mondays and Wednesdays – Work Remotely from Home
Tuesdays and Thursdays – In Person

Friday
High School students will follow the current DL 2.0 schedule.
Middle School students will begin at 9 a.m. and follow a DL 2.0 schedule emailed to families the week of October 13.
Fridays count as cycle days in a 6-day cycle.

On the days when students are not in school, we highly recommend they follow a regular schedule to keep up with the remote learning work. That schedule could follow their regular school day or mirror the Distance Learning 2.0 schedule, but should be consistent.

The work done on the days when students are at home will prepare them for their in person lesson. The in person day is application of concepts and skills. It is also a time for the teacher to work with small groups of students who may need extra support. The days in school will be very active since students have already previewed the material at home and worked on an assignment. The length of time spent on remote learning activities should mirror the time required for in person learning. As usual, teachers may also assign homework and projects outside of either learning day.

Sample Lesson
CELL DIVISION REMOTE LEARNING IN PREPARATION FOR IN PERSON LEARNING:
Approximate time to complete is 50 minutes.
In order to prepare for tomorrow’s lesson on cell division, students will complete the following:
Watch the EdPuzzle video or teacher lecture/demonstration about cell division. The video will stop at certain points to check for understanding. Students may watch the video as often as needed which allows them to learn at their own pace.
Create a concept map showing the order of the phases of the cell cycle. Upload to Schoology.
Answer the discussion prompt in Schoology and respond to 2 other people who have posted a response.

CELL DIVISION APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE FOR IN PERSON LEARNING:
50-minute class period.
The lesson today will challenge students to use what they learned about cell division. They will play a game with others in which they control cell division from inside a cell’s nucleus. They must make sure that each stage of the cell cycle happens in the correct order and that the cell has successfully replicated its genetic material at specific checkpoints along the way.  If they make more than three mistakes during one cell division, the cell is destroyed, and they have to start again.
 
How will we appropriately address all standards and competencies?
Our goal, as it is every year, will be to teach and assess 100% of the curriculum.
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