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ICSD Distance Learning 2.0

March 31, 2020

Greetings ICSD Families,
 
Thank you for your words of encouragement and inspiration in these unprecedented times. I continue to be amazed by the selfless acts of kindness our community is showing one another.  Also, my humble “thank you” to parents and caregivers who have offered their thoughtful insight on ways our school district (teachers, principals, counselors, support staff, and others) can help support students’ learning and social/emotional needs during this extended closure.
 
Currently, our educators are engaged in planning for our next phase of instructional delivery, ICSD Distance Learning 2.0.  In the event that school is closed for an extended period of time, our goals for this next phase are:
 
  • to provide our students with a truly engaging and empowering academic distance learning experience;
  • to ensure our students have access to appropriate social & emotional content, skills, and strategies;
  • to support our educators so that they have the ability to manage their own lives while planning and teaching through a distance learning approach.
 
ICSD staff will offer opportunities for students to learn together in a virtual classroom at the same time (synchronous) as well as provide assignments to be completed with or without educators present (asynchronous).  This combination of instructional delivery will allow for all students to learn and connect through a variety of methods.  Depending on your student’s grade level, you will see: 
 
Pre-K-1
Instruction:
  • Assignments and materials (books, workbooks, etc.) will be delivered to your home. We will be recommending supplemental digital resources as well. Students will be learning around 1 hour to 1.5 hours each day, doing work and connecting with their teachers.
Connection:
  • Daily contact (by a teacher - classroom, specialist or aide/TA) via phone, email or digitally as appropriate.
  • Weekly office hours hosted by Master Educators of Inclusion will be available should you have questions or concerns.
 
Grades 2-5
Instruction:
  • 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. Students will be learning 1.5 hours to 2.5 hours each day, completing assignments and connecting with their teachers.
Connection:
  • Daily contact (by a teacher - classroom, specialist or aide/TA) via phone, email or digitally as appropriate.
  • Weekly office hours hosted by Master Educators of Inclusion will be available should you have questions or concerns.
 
Grades 6-8
Instruction:
  • Chromebooks, if not already, will be delivered to your home. Grades 6-8 will continue the use of Google Classroom.  Students will be learning around 2.5 hours to 3.0 hours each day, doing work and connecting with their teachers.
Connection:
  • Each teacher will connect at least twice per week/per course through office hours and/or direct video lessons.
  • Weekly office hours hosted by Master Educators of Inclusion will be available should you have questions or concerns.
 
Grades 9-12
Instruction:
  • Chromebooks, if not already, will be delivered to your home. Grades 9-12 will continue the use of Google Classroom.  Students will be learning approximately 2.5 hours to 4.0 hours each day, doing work and connecting with their teachers and classmates.
Connection:
  • Each teacher will connect at least twice per week/per course through office hours and/or direct video lessons.
  • Weekly office hours offered by Master Educators of Inclusion will be available should you have questions or concerns.
 
During the week of April 6-10 we will continue to deliver meals, as well as connect with and provide learning opportunities for students. If an extended school closure is necessary in response to the New York State Disaster Emergency, we plan to transition to the more robust ICSD Distance Learning 2.0 plan beginning on April 13, 2020.
 
Thanks for your kindness, patience, and engagement.
 
Regards,
 
Luvelle Brown Ed.D.
Superintendent