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Remote Learning 2020

We all find ourselves in unprecedented territory. Many parents are being asked to work from home while their children engage in remote learning. We want to assure you that our top priority is to partner with families to make remote learning as trouble-free as possible. Our desire is to provide learning opportunities for students that do not put more strain on families. 


Our goal is to provide students with a balance of both online and offline activities to engage in learning at home. We have asked our teachers to be cognizant of screen time, give students choice, capitalize on the home environment, value quality over quantity, remove hard deadlines, and to be mindful of the variety of situations families are facing during this time. While remote learning is certainly not the ideal situation that any of us want to find ourselves in, we are committed to making it as flexible as possible for families.


We have created “A Guide to Remote Learning” for each level that will get posted to Schoology and social media each Friday. The purpose of these guides is to provide students and families with optional resources to use during this time. There has been an overwhelming amount of resources and information posted online, and it is our desire to weed through all of that for you and provide a streamlined format to use with your children, should you choose.


We are here to support our students and families. While remote learning is not ideal, we will work together to inspire and guide our students. If there is any way we can support you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out first to your child’s teacher or principal, or to anyone at the District Administrative Office.

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We will use Schoology for daily student learning and student/parent communications. Consider this platform to be the home base for remote learning. Beginning March 30, teachers will post an update to Schoology daily that explains how students can engage in the learning for the day. Teachers will be available via email and Schoology messages, should students or parents have questions. If you do not have access to the internet, do not have a device, please contact bwit-support@bwls.net; if you are not signed up for Schoology, please contact your building secretary for assistance.  

Remote Learning Grading

Our top priority is the safety and wellness of our students. We are focused on providing engaging remote learning at home, while prioritizing the care for students and staff.


We are cognizant of the variety of situations families are facing and believe the use of a traditional grading system during this time presents the possibility for inequalities. Our philosophy for the grading of remote learning is based on the premise that a student’s academic record will not be negatively impacted by remote learning. 

 

  • Elementary (Standards Based Grading): Remote learning will not be incorporated into the final report card scores. Students will continue to receive feedback on completed assignments. Report card comments will include progress at the conclusion of the third quarter and overall engagement with remote learning.
  • 5th-12th: A student’s academic record will not be negatively impacted by remote learning. A student’s cumulative grade for a course (year-long or semester) will not be lower than their cumulative grade at the end of the third quarter (March 6). All learning from March 9 through the remote learning period is graded, but grades will be exempt at the end of the quarter if they do not improve a cumulative grade for any courses. Students will continue to receive feedback on completed assignments. 

In addition to ensuring that a student’s academic record is not negatively impacted by remote learning, we have adjusted our remote learning practices to offer more flexibility to families. Our teachers have removed hard deadlines for assignments and they will be posting all assignments at the beginning of the week. By moving to a weekly instructional update, this limits the amount of time that students have to be able to access the internet and allows more flexibility for our families to complete assignments at a time that makes sense for their situation. We want to support our families and make remote learning as trouble free as possible. If there is any way we can support you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out first to your child’s teacher or principal, or to anyone at the District Administrative Office.