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All Ithaca City School District schools are closed through the end of the academic year.

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Distance Learning

During our extended school closure, we will provide students with access to instructional activities and lessons through digital and non-digital distance learning approaches, as well as offer opportunities for students to connect with teachers and classmates. The main goals for our current phase of alternative instruction, "ICSD Distance Learning 2.0," are to:
  • provide our students with a truly engaging and empowering academic distance learning experience;
  • ensure our students have access to appropriate social and emotional content, skills, and strategies; and
  • support our educators so that they have the ability to manage their own lives while planning and teaching through a distance learning approach.

In ICSD Distance Learning 2.0, students have opportunities to learn through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous activities and connections. Synchronous learning activities are those that happen together, usually in an online platform like a videoconference session. Asynchronous learning activities are those in which students engage independently, such as completing written assignments or watching a pre-recorded video or demonstration. (See below for grade-specific distance learning elements.)

 

Supports for Students and Caregivers

 
Family and Student Support Line
Students and caregivers who are experiencing issues with technology or who need help completing assignments can call our Family and Student Support Line any time at (607) 882-9850. Please leave a voicemail and someone will call you back as soon as possible.
Student and Caregiver Website
We have set up a new website, designed to help all students and families find support for learning digitally during our school closure: ICSD Distance Learning for Students and Caregivers website.
 
Distance Learning Elements by Grade Level

The specific elements of our instructional approach, such as learning platforms, modes of student contact, and student learning time, vary according to grade level. 

Pre-K-1st Grade Distance Learning Elements
Platform/Focus: Assignments and materials (books, projects, workbooks, manipulatives, etc.) will be delivered to students' homes. Supplemental digital resources will be recommended when possible/appropriate as well.

Connections: Students will have daily contact with a classroom teacher, specialist, or teaching assistant/aide via phone or email, or digitally when appropriate. Master Educators of Inclusion will host weekly office hours for families or students who have questions or concerns.

Student Learning Time: Students will be learning around 1 to 1.5 hours each day, doing work and connecting with their teacher(s).
2nd-5th Grade Distance Learning Elements
Platform/Focus: Chromebooks, along with print materials (books, workbooks, etc.) will be delivered to your home. Students in grades 2-3 will mostly use software (SeeSaw) and students in grades 4-5 will mostly use Google Classroom.

Connections: Students will have daily contact with a classroom teacher, specialist, or teaching assistant/aide via phone or email, or digitally when appropriate. Master Educators of Inclusion will host weekly office hours for families or students who have questions or concerns.

Student Learning Time: Students will be learning around 1.5 to 2.5 hours each day, doing work and connecting with their teacher(s).
6th-8th Grade Distance Learning Elements
Platform/Focus: Chromebooks will be delivered to your home, if they have not already been. Grades 6-8 will continue the use of Google Classroom.

Connections: Each teacher will connect at least twice per week/per course through office hours and/or direct video lessons. Master Educators of Inclusion will host weekly office hours for families or students who have questions or concerns.

Student Learning Time: Students will be learning around 2.5 to 3 hours each day, doing work and connecting with their teacher(s).
9th-12th Grade Distance Learning Elements
Platform/Focus: Chromebooks will be delivered to your home, if they have not already been. Grades 9-12 will continue the use of Google Classroom.

Connections: Each teacher will connect at least twice per week/per course through office hours and/or direct video lessons. Master Educators of Inclusion will host weekly office hours for families or students who have questions or concerns.

Student Learning Time: Students will be learning around 2.5 to 4 hours each day, doing work and connecting with their teacher(s).