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Virtual Learning » Instructional Options - Virtual Learning Grades K-4

Instructional Options - Virtual Learning Grades K-4

Aprendiendo virtualmente en la escuela primaria

Virtual Student Schedule Example

The deadline for returning WSISD students to apply for virtual learning has passed.  We realize that the current situation is evolving and that your family circumstances may change. If your circumstances change and you need to change your child's learning model, please contact your child's campus.


White Settlement ISD Virtual Learning will require support from a learning coach at home and within the online classroom environment. Activities will be designed to ensure that students continue learning at the pace of the current WSISD scope and sequence as well as continue to develop a love of learning and gain appropriate academic and social-emotional skills. Virtual Learning classes will be created by WSISD and follow the schedule of classes at the student’s home campus. WSISD will ensure open lines of communication between teachers, students and parents. 

The level of rigor, workload, time commitment and timing of classes will be significantly different from At Home Learning in the spring of 2020. We highly recommend that families with students who were not consistently engaged in At Home Learning this spring select the In Person Instructional Model to ensure student success.

Virtual Learning requires:

  • The parent or another trusted adult to act as a learning coach with daily log in and completion of assignments.
  • The student to be an independent, organized, self-paced learner. 
  • The student to have reliable internet access.

Families who select the virtual instructional model for their student will commit to remaining in a virtual instructional setting for the first 9 week grading period.  Students who are struggling with virtual learning can opt in to In-Person instruction at the 3 week progress report date.  A doctor's note will be required to opt back into the virtual instructional model.

Families who select the In-Person instructional model for their student will commit to remaining in an In-Person instructional setting for the entire first grading period.  After the first grading period, students can opt into the virtual school setting at the end of the grading period.  Students can opt into virtual learning at a different time than the one specified with a doctor’s note. 

Virtual Learning Overview

  • Students must participate in virtual daily instruction with follow-up assignments. 
  • Live sessions will be scheduled during the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and set by WSISD.
  • Grades for the virtual instructional model will follow all WSISD Grading Guidelines.
  • Students will be assigned a district teacher.
  • Teachers will make contact with parents at a minimum of once every other week to track student progress.
  • To be eligible for participation in extra-curricular activities, students must participate in the In Person Instructional Model.
  • Students at DAEP/JJAEP will not be eligible for Virtual Learning during their assigned time.
  • Students will take the following assessments—Diagnostic, Benchmarks and CBA—in person at a designated location. WSISD will ensure all health and safety measures are taken. 
  • Internet access and a technology device must be available for daily student use. All kindergarten through second grade students in Virtual Learning will be issued an iPad. Students in grades 3 and 4 will be issued a Dell laptop. A $25 assurance fee will be required. Students must use a district issued device because WSISD cannot provide technology support to students with a device from home. Also, students will be required to utilize apps that must be loaded. Some applications cannot be loaded on other devices.
  • Families requesting virtual instruction without reliable internet service will be prioritized for the issuance of district hot spots. A $25 assurance fee will be required.
  • Dual Language: Dual Language Virtual Learning is only available for students who qualify for Bilingual Services.  Non English Learners who desire to participate in Dual Language must enroll in the In-Person instructional model. 

 

Student Expectations 

  • Dedicate time each day to virtual learning. This includes time dedicated to complete assignments, attend virtual class meetings, watch instructional videos and scheduled times from teacher. 
  • Follow the designated schedule for virtual meetings. 
  • Submit all assignments by the due date. 
  • Participate in online learning activities by responding to questions, asking questions, providing input, and working with groups.
  • Complete daily work (attendance is based on work completed). 
  • Monitor progress to ensure assignments are completed on time.
  • Identify a quiet and comfortable space for virtual learning.  
  • Practice proper etiquette while engaging on virtual platforms. 
  • Engage in consistent two-way communication with teacher(s). 

 

Parent Expectations 

  • View a Virtual Learning parent meeting.
  • Pick up resources from a designated location every other week.
  • Monitor time spent participating in virtual learning to ensure assignments are completed daily and that the student is attending virtual class meetings.
  • Assist students as their virtual learning coach.
  • Monitor course work to ensure student is successful with virtual learning.
  • Assist student in setting up a daily schedule. 
  • Help student identify a quiet and comfortable space for virtual learning.
  • Maintain communication between the student and their teachers by SchoolStatus or email.
  • Help the student take ownership of his/her learning. The goal is for students to be as self-directed as possible (as appropriate according to age of the student).  
 

The district can revoke virtual learning if: 

  • the student has 3 or more unexcused absences within a 2 week period, 
  • the student is failing one or more subject areas at the 9 week grading period, or
  • the student is not meeting adequate progress. 

A student is considered in attendance if:

  • the student attends a live session with an assigned teacher and/or
  • the student completes an assignment during the hours of 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.