eLearning will look differently from school to school, classroom to classroom and from student to student.
While this page provides helpful information and resources to aid with eLearning, the district asks students and families to please work closely with teachers and principals.
Teacher Planning Days
Academy District 20 has designated the below Mondays as Teacher Planning Days:
- March 30, 2020
- April 6, 2020
- April 13, 2020
These days provide teachers a chance to collaborate in grade level teams, or by course, to plan standards-based eLearning activities, discuss pacing, evaluate progress toward standards, and allow students designated work time for projects and assignments.
If the suspension of in-person education is extended beyond April 17, all Mondays through the suspension period will be designated as Teacher Planning Days.
Online Learning Resources
There are a number of resources that help parents assist children with remote learning. Academy District 20 recommends the below resources which many of our students are already familiar with.
Help with Technology
If a student needs either a technology device or an internet connection, they should email their school principal directly and immediately. School principals will make every effort to assure all students have access to eLearning opportunities.
Students who are having trouble with their school-issued device, please speak with your teacher or contact the District Help Desk.
Time Spent eLearning
The goal of eLearning is to provide instruction to promote student learning; it does not mean spending 7.5 hours in front of a screen or doing work each day. Although this may be new, we will work together to find a healthy school/life balance and ensure students continue to learn and grow
For both elementary and secondary students, teachers will provide standards-based learning activities Tuesday through Friday in each content area and/or for each course. A good gauge for the amount of time spent doing class work is no more than four total hours in a single day. The hours should be broken up by breaks and the work being completed during those four hours will vary based on a multitude of factors including school, grade level and subject matter.
Below are specific expectations for eLearning by each grade level.
Elementary Teachers will:
- Provide a learning activity every day (Tuesday-Friday) for reading, writing, math, science and/or social studies.
- Provide one learning activity weekly for each specials/exploratories (music, art, PE, etc.)
Middle School Teachers will:
- Provide a learning activity or make contact every day (Tuesday-Friday) for reading, writing, math, science and social studies (students may be working on extended project so a new assignment each day might not be appropriate).
- Provide a learning activity daily for exploratories (drama, Spanish, art, PE, etc.).
High School Teachers will:
- Provide a learning activity or make contact every day (Tuesday-Friday) for the courses they teach (students may be working on an extended project so a new assignment each day might not be appropriate).
Connecting with a Teacher
Teachers will clearly communicate the best way to stay in touch. They will be available between 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., for parent questions and to discuss any concerns. Teachers will also respond to parent questions within 24 hours, excluding weekends.
Although teachers will be consistently communicating with students to support learning, it is a student’s responsibility to participate in their learning and to reach out for help when needed. All students are encouraged to contact their teacher if they are having trouble understanding content or participating online. Teachers will work with each student to develop achievable solutions.
Contact a Counselor
Being away from friends and teachers can be difficult. If any student is struggling with thoughts of self-harm, Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention Partnership can set up a video conference by calling (719) 573-7447. Therapists have the ability to video conference, and peer support groups will be accessible through a Zoom link. School counselors may also be contacted to provide student support and assist with concerns.