Distance Learning 2.0

  • Distance Learning is a method of learning and teaching in which instruction, course materials and assessments are conducted virtually. In this plan, to ensure health and safety, no students or families are able to come into the school buildings during distance learning; rather, students access all course materials through Seesaw or Schoology and interact daily with their licensed teacher(s) both synchronously and asynchronously. St. Cloud Area Schools has improved its distance learning model from last spring based on feedback from families, students, and staff. We refer to this learning model as Distance Learning 2.0.

    Early Childood Information for Distance Learning 2.0
     
    When distance learning is required due to health and safety concerns, students in early childhood programs will be expected to follow a daily schedule communicated by their teachers. Students will be learning in a variety of ways including directly from their teachers in Google Meet, through activities provided in Seesaw and by engaging in paper/pencil activities. Students should expect to receive live instruction from classroom teachers at least once a day, along with a live Google meet on Tuesdays. Attendance will be taken during the live Google meet and through the completion of the Seesaw instructional activities. District 742 is committed to providing daily visual, social and emotional connections with students and will provide this during live class Google Meetings. Students are expected to engage in all learning activities.

    K-5 Information for Distance Learning 2.0

    When distance learning is required due to health and safety concerns, students in grades K-5 will be expected to follow a daily schedule communicated by their teachers. Students will be learning in a variety of ways including directly from their teachers in Google Meet, through activities provided in Seesaw and by engaging in paper/pencil activities. Students should expect to receive live instruction from classroom teachers at least twice a day, along with additional live instruction from teachers in specialized areas from time to time. Attendance will be taken during the first live session of the day. District 742 is committed to providing daily visual, social and emotional connections with students and will provide this during live class Google Meetings. Students are expected to engage in all learning activities and to be in attendance at the beginning of each day.

    • COVID-19 transmission rates are rising in our community. Local health experts and Stearns County officials are projecting a continued increase in these rates over the coming weeks. When case rates rise above 50, the Governor’s Safe Learning Plan requires we consider the impact of COVID on our community and schools, the recommendations of local public health officials and the medical community, and the operational challenges of increasing numbers of students and staff in quarantine.

      Having completed this analysis in consultation with our local health officials, St. Cloud Area School District will transition to distance learning for preschool, elementary and alternative programs students on November 30. Secondary students in the district are currently in the distance learning model.

    6-12 Information for Distance Learning 2.0

    When distance learning is required due to health and safety concerns, students in grades 6-12 will be expected to follow the same schedule as when they are physically in our school buildings. Students will log in to Schoology and Google Meet at the start of each class period to meet virtually face-to-face with their teachers and classmates. They may be instructed to remain online for the duration of that class period or to collaborate in small groups or work individually. Period attendance will be taken, and students are expected to be on time and present for each class. Teachers will begin their classes through Google Meet whenever possible. Maintaining visual, social, and emotional connections with our students during distance learning is vital and a virtual meet is one of our easiest and most effective tools.

    • At the October 7 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Jett shared that local county officials are forecasting a COVID case count over 30. In accordance with the Governor's Safe Learning Plan, this case rate requires St. Cloud Area Schools to transition to a distance learning model for grades 6-12 at Kennedy, North, South, Apollo, McKinley and Tech. We will begin Distance Learning for these schools on Monday, October 19, and they will remain in the distance learning model until county health data drops and remains below 30 for at least three consecutive weeks. As permitted by the Safe Learning Plan, we will use Wednesday, October 14 as a transition day for our secondary staff to prepare for this new learning model. On this day, no new instruction will take place and our students can use this day to complete assignments or activities, but they will not need to log-in to Schoology. All students enrolled in special education programs at Riverwoods, Roosevelt Education Center, Clara’s House, Journey, 180 Group Home, InStep, CO2 and Recovery Plus will remain in-person, following their current schedules. Students enrolled in grades Pre-K-5 and the Distance Learning Academy are not impacted by this transition. 

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