At-Home Learning Plans
Newport News Public Schools will continue to provide instruction through our At-Home Virtual Learning Plans.
These plans were developed in accordance with guidance from the Virginia Department of Education to ensure students are equitably prepared for the next grade level.
Elementary Plan, 4th Quarter
In the Virginia Department of Education guidance documents, Dr. James Lane, State Superintendent, asked school divisions to consider the four options below in determining the instructional delivery necessary to ensure students are equitably prepared for the next grade level:
Instructional delivery necessary to award standard credits may include a variety of options such as:
- providing instruction during the extended closure;
- The provision of instruction should be done with careful consideration of providing equitable access and support for a variety of students.
- Accessible technology may afford students, including students with disabilities, an opportunity to have access to high-quality instruction.
- After the extended closure, divisions are responsible for reviewing how the closure impacted the delivery of services to students with disabilities and English learners. OR
- for certain students who were not able to receive instruction during the closure, school divisions may choose offering instruction during the summer of 2020; OR
- providing instruction by adjusting the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 calendars; OR
- incorporating learning modules into the existing 2020-2021 school year schedule.
The first component of the elementary academic plan includes providing continued instruction and feedback during the extended closure.
- NNPS realizes that as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis, many
students and families are facing increased hardships and challenges. In
addition, we recognize that access to technology or regular support from
families may be limited at this time. This first component of the academic
plan provides students engaging and relevant assignments and provides them
opportunity for regular feedback from their teachers. This component also
focuses on keeping students from falling further behind by keeping their
minds engaged. Presented below is a plan for what this will look like from April 13 - June
Up to April 27, 2020, students will continue with a 10-day packet of learning assignments/activities for reading, writing, math and social studies/science based on standards that were taught prior to March 13. In addition, WHRO TV will air instructional elementary content from 1- 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Download WHRO schedule .
Beginning April 27, 2-week instructional learning packets will be developed which may include new learning objectives for social studies and science and a spiral review of math and reading skills that had been introduced prior to March 13. In addition to those activities, there will be engaging lessons on components related to the 5 C's (critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, collaboration and citizenship skills).
The second component of the academic plan is to invite students who were not able to receive instruction during the closure or who were not in good standing prior to March 13 to attend summer school. During summer school, students will be provided remediation covering needs students display from the 2019-2020 school year. This component will assist in making sure students who were at risk of being held back as of March 13 have an opportunity to move on to the next grade level.
Lastly, the third component of the NNPS academic plan is to incorporate learning modules into the 2020-2021 school year. The incorporation of these learning modules will address the standards not taught during the 2019-2020 school year for all students.
This three-part plan allows opportunities for students to receive instruction to reinforce skills that have been taught, remediate skills not yet mastered, and provide enrichment opportunities related to the 5 C's. The academic plan for this mandated closure has been designed to ensure all of our elementary students receive direct instruction to cover the necessary standards that will be missed this school year.
Expectations for Learning
The following expectations are encouraged for elementary students for successful at-home learning:
- Use the Suggested Daily Learning Plan to develop a routine
- Review teacher's feedback on all assignments
- Contact teachers for instructional assistance during office hours
Elementary - Instructional Support for Students with Disabilities
The Special Education Department is working to assist teachers with supporting instruction virtually. Collaborative teachers should plan with general education teachers to organize differentiated instruction. A variety of online resources is also available to assist students and provide additional support for learning. Special education teachers are contacting students and parents directly to meet their individual learning needs.
For meetings, the division will be utilizing electronic signatures for IEP/504 documents. When appropriate, parents will be contacted and provided instructions for the online signature process. In addition, computer-based testing will be administered, as needed. If necessary, eligibility determination evaluations requiring face-to-face testing administration may be delayed with parental permission.
Special education teachers are providing work and communicating in the same manner as general education teachers to meet the needs of students. They are working with the general education teachers to provide strategies and accommodations to meet Student Learning Plans. IEP Progress Reports will be mailed with report cards.
504 case managers and general education teachers are providing specific accommodations for students with a 504 plan to meet the Student Leaning Plan.
Instructional Support for English Learners
English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers are providing work and communicating in the same manner as general education teachers. ESL teachers support English Learners through differentiated Language Support Menus that align with the new content in the elementary packets as well as virtual support. Newcomer students are receiving specialized instructional learning packets mailed to their homes. Current and recently exited Newcomer students also have access to Imagine Learning to support their continued growth in language and literacy.
General education teachers are continuing to provide accommodations as appropriate based upon each student's English Learner Support (ELS) Plan found in Ellevation. ESL teachers are also providing support to general education teachers in strategies and linguistic supports in order to make content comprehensible for students.
At the district level, all communications are transmitted in English and Spanish. In addition, the ESL Department will ensure families that understand another language receive a phone call with an interpreter via Voiance.
Meetings for English Learner Support (ELS) plans will be held in a virtual environment. As such, signatures will be captured virtually through Ellevation.
English Learner Language Progress Reports will be mailed with report cards.
New potential English Learners that enroll after March 13, 2020, will complete an over-the-phone informal language questionnaire to determine a temporary placement in ESL services. Within 30 days of schools reopening and social distancing being lifted, these students will be formally screened for future ESL services.
Although work is required to be submitted by students, traditional grades will not be given during the fourth quarter.
At the conclusion of the school year, teachers will report student's participation and completion of the learning packet assignments using the codes below:
TI - Turned In - Student has submitted the recommended number of assignments each week in the four core content areas and responded to feedback from their teachers.
NT - Not Turned In - Student has not submitted the assignments from the instructional learning packets.
Students in grades 1-5 can submit work to improve their third quarter grade through May 15. At the conclusion of the school year, a final grade will be given based on a student's cumulative grade for the first three quarters.
Students who did not meet grade level academic criteria based on information and data collected prior to March 13, will be recommended for summer school. This recommendation will be noted on the third quarter report card.
Report cards will be mailed to the student's address in Synergy (the student information system).
Teachers will continue to provide weekly feedback to support the further development of students' understanding of the skills/standards the learning packets are created around.
For students that are meeting minimum standards, teachers can recommend additional enrichment activities, through their weekly feedback communication with students and families. For students who are struggling to complete these grade level assignments, teachers will recommend strategies and supports that students can utilize to help them be more successful on upcoming assignments.
To maintain clear, consistent, and frequent communication, teachers will continue to provide office hours (9-10 a.m. and 1-2 p.m.) each day.
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