What are Distance Learning Days

  • Parent Support Hotline

     

    The goal of Distance Learning is to continue student learning and growth while students are away from school. You can expect some changes to HOW we deliver instruction but know the content and rigor of instruction will be the same. Students will use a digital platform  to receive announcements and assignments from teachers. Students will participate in a variety of activities, but not all will be online.

     

    Thank you for your support as we make this change.  If you have questions, please contact your child's teacher or call the Parent Support Hotline.

     

    Instructional Delivery

    Distance learning will begin for all students on Monday, March 30th starting at 10:00 a.m.

    Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)

    ECFE students and families will use email and Google Meeting as online tools during distance learning.  Teachers will email new learning activities each Monday by 10:00 am and will be available for additional support via email, Google Meet or phone throughout the week.

    Preschool

    Preschool students will use Seesaw, an online tool, during distance learning.  Teachers will post new lessons every Monday by 10:00.  Teachers will also provide additional learning activities each day by 10:00 am and will be available for additional support via email, Google Meet or phone throughout the week.  Parents should log in each day from a device at home to complete the activities with their student.

    Teachers will be recording all instruction, so families can complete lessons at any time throughout the day.  Students are required to log in every

    Monday through Friday and complete assignments to receive credit for attendance.  Teachers will be available to answer questions and provide help through Seesaw or through their district phone or email address.

    Elementary

    • Elementary students will use Seesaw to receive class content. Teachers will be recording all instruction, so families can complete lessons at any time throughout the day. Students are required to log in every Monday through Friday.
    • A comprehensive set of Seesaw resources for families can be found here.
    • A Seesaw FAQ guide for families can be found here.
    • Elementary students will have between one and a half and two and a half hours of activities each day depending on their grade level.
    • Teachers will begin by getting students used to Seesaw. Academic learning will begin after that. 

    Secondary

    • Secondary teachers will post activities, assignments, and assessments on Schoology each day by 10 am.
    • Teachers will be available by phone, email, and Schoology between 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday-Friday.
    • Students must log in to each Schoology class each day, and all work will be submitted through Schoology.
    • Families can monitor student academic progress through Schoology and Skyward. Course materials and assignments can be viewed through Schoology.  Grades and missing assignments are viewed through Skyward.
    • A Schoology Family Resources page can be found at https://www.isd742.org/Page/7507.
    • Anyone requiring additional support should contact their school’s media specialist, administrator, or school counselor.

Special Education

  • Students who receive special education services will continue to be connected to their classroom as well as their case manager and special education providers. Case managers will work together with families to design instruction unique to each student. Each student with an IEP will have an Individualized Distance Learning Program (IDLP) that addresses the student’s goals, services, and adaptations during distance learning. Case managers will work together with teachers and administration at your child’s school to implement the IDLP.

    A student’s service times are unique and will be outlined in the IDLP. However, in most cases the number of minutes of services during Distance Learning will be less than the minutes of services provided in an on-site school day, in keeping with time allocations from all classes. When on-site instruction resumes, the student’s previous IEP will be back in effect.

    Parents/guardians with questions about a student’s IDLP should connect with the case manager.

Multilingual Education

  • Multilingual Learner (ML) students will work closely with their classroom and English Learner teachers during distance learning to continue progress in Academic Language Development in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English.

Social Emotional Support

  • We know this can be a challenging time for students and families. Our school counselors, social workers, nurses, chemical health, and Greater MN counselors are here for you. This team will be connecting with students through Google Meet and can also be reached by phone or email. Our schools will continue to offer opportunities for connection with students and families. Daily announcements or other community building activities will continue via Seesaw for elementary students and Schoology for secondary students.

Support for Families

    • Teachers will post learning activities in Seesaw or Schoology by 10:00 a.m.
    • Teachers will be available by voicemail, email or Seesaw or Schoology messaging from 10:00-3:00 pm.
    • English, Somali and Spanish Hotlines are available for families who need support.
      • English - 320-370-8000
      • Somali - 320-370-8118
      • Spanish - 320-370-8117

Parent Technical Support & Access to Device

  • Elementary: Need help using Seesaw or your chromebook or ipad?

    • Students needing technology assistance should direct questions to their schools’ Media Specialist via phone or email for assistance.

    Secondary: Need help with technology assistance?

    • Students should direct questions to their Media Specialist via phone, Schoology message, or email for assistance.

    All Media Specialists

Internet Access

  • Several internet providers are currently offering FREE internet access to students for a period of 60 days or throughout the school year. Below are details on two providers that serve the 742 area. If you need internet service, contact one of these companies as soon as possible. Note: we do not endorse one provider over the other. Note: Xfinity’s internet offer does not serve our area.

    Charter/Spectrum Communications: https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more

    • To enroll: call 1-844-488-8395 or email: Timothy R. Pyle | Residential Inbound Sales Representative, Email: Timothy.Pyle@charter.com
    • Identify your student(s) as St. Cloud Area School District 742.

    Arvig: https://www.arvigbusiness.com/

    • Apply online for the Arvig Education Assistance Program or call 1-888.992.7844.
    • Identify your student(s) as St. Cloud Area School District 742.

    After contacting a provider, if you still have questions regarding internet access, please email: ryan.cox@isd742.org or call 320.370.8125 and leave a message.