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USD 456 Continuous Learning Plan
USD 456 Continuous Learning Plan
Joe Sample
Monday, March 23, 2020

Trojan Family,

Today, Marais des Cygnes Valley teachers met to discuss the Continuous Learning Plan guidance from the Kansas Department of Education and brainstorm the new learning model they will need to create in response to the Governor's closure of schools. During this meeting, teachers finalized the district's CLP frameworks and are now devising their classroom plans for the remainder of the school year. A significant amount of communication will still occur with students and parents, but here is the current framework for Continuous Learning for the remainder of the school year at USD 456:

  • Elementary Students
    • Teachers will utilize a combination of direct activities/assignments and online resources for students as the means for learning remaining critical standards
    • Weekly plans/activities/assignments will be provided on Mondays each week by each grade level teacher through their class communication application
    • Teachers will be available by email or video conferencing during the usual office hours of 8:00am-3:30pm
    • Response to communication occurring during non-office hours will occur the next business day
    • Parents will receive direct weekly communication check-ins via phone or video conference
    • Teachers will directly monitor progress of activities/assignments and online resources during the week
    • Intervention will be initiated by the teacher if student progress is not satisfactory
    • Teachers will utilize the recommended guidelines for maximum commitment each day:
      • Pre-K : 30 minutes
      • Grades K-1: 45 minutes 
      • Grades 2-3: 60 minutes 
      • Grades 4-5: 90 minutes
  • JH/HS Students
    • Teachers will utilize Google Classroom for students as the means for learning remaining critical standards
    • Plans/activities/assignments will be provided each weekday at 8am by each subject area teacher through Google Classroom
    • Teachers will be available by email or video conferencing during the usual office hours of 8:00am-3:30pm
    • Response to communication occurring during non-office hours will occur the next business day
    • Parents will receive email communication via Google Classroom updates in regards to class activities and assignments
    • Students will receive weekly check-ins via direct email communication from the teacher
    • Teachers will directly monitor progress of activities and assignments during the week
    • Intervention will be initiated by the teacher if student progress is not satisfactory
    • Grades will be gathered and continually posted via Powerschool
    • Teachers will utilize the recommended guidelines for maximum commitment each day:
      • Grades 6-8: 20 minutes per class
      • Grades 9-12: 30 minutes per class

The rollout of this plan will occur this week. Beginning Tuesday, March 24th, and continuing Wednesday, March 25th, communication will be initiated by phone with each family in the district. On that call, plans will be made in regards to receiving student property remaining in the buildings, evaluation of home technology needs, and clarification of any remaining questions. Generally, parents/guardians can expect to drive-thru for necessary items on Thursday, March 26th and/or Friday, March 27th.

School work will resume on March 30th, 2020.

Thank you again for your understanding during this transition. We are looking forward to continuing our work in the education of your student.