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Old 03-23-2020, 11:51 AM
 
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People here keep posting that their schools are closed until (various dates), but I’m confused whether they mean the school buildings are closed or instruction has ceased. To me those are two very different situations. In my area, school buildings have been closed, but instruction is happening online, so school is not closed.


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Good question. Seems there is quite a difference in what schools across the nation are doing in terms of continuing education.

I think generally people mean school buildings are closed, but whether they are doing online learning for grades, online learning for extension, or no online learning is really different.
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Old 03-23-2020, 12:04 PM
 
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In NC buildings are closed. eLearning is to happen, but I feel it's at different levels based on district. If a district is 1:1 device then yeah, they can instruct till their hearts are content.

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Many districts are not 1:1 and this poses a problem.
Is there a decide at home for learning to occur?
Is the teacher tech savvy enough to do eLearning (trust me there are many who are not)
is there support from parents/families for this to work
if packets are being used how often are they being produced and how do families get them?
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Old 03-23-2020, 12:12 PM
 
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In my district students are doing remote learning from packets we gave them and checking in online. Staff is still going into the building. I neighboring districts the buildings are closed and staff were told they had 2 hours to get their personal items.
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Old 03-23-2020, 12:28 PM
 
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We are physicially closed but teaching online.


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Old 03-23-2020, 12:30 PM
 
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We are physically closed, but giving families "suggestions" about what they can do. We can't use anything for grades.
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Old 03-23-2020, 12:38 PM
 
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When you talk about “packets” what does that mean? Online worksheets/ideas emailed to parents/students? Physical packets so pen and paper then uploaded somehow to you? Google Docs? How does this work in a primary class? Sorry for questions. I’m just curious.

Our schools are physically closed. No one is allowed in to get anything. They were all cleaned and supposedly disinfected last week, during our scheduled March Break. Closed as of Friday evening. No one but custodial staff were allowed in last week.
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I have mentioned before that I tutor several students in this district for a non-for profit organization.

This teacher takes attendance every morning, sends out an email with the schedule for the students for the day. This even includes a snack time where students can see and interact each other. The teacher has read books orally that they listen to them at a certain time, - there is an entire curriculum. It has had a few glitches for the students getting in on their Net Books to a particular program once in a while but that’s about it. There are also times for questions.

It’s almost like they are in the classroom all day long except they’re doing everything remotely at home.

The students I tutor have a phonetics reading teaching who touches base with them every day and gives them activities. She also touches base with the parents.

Both teachers have given their phone numbers and will contact parents at any time.

The homeroom teacher has mentioned meetings and has had to rearrange a couple times where the class has plan to meet online together. I’m not sure if she has online meetings or if she’s actually traveling to the building. Since Illinois went on lockdown Saturday night my guess is that her meetings are now online.

I was quite amazed that this plan was set into action. I fully expected that my students would be just sitting at home.
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We are physically closed and on extended Spring break until April 6. A meeting is to take place tomorrow among admin to decide how we will move forward. Our district has a high percentage of free and reduced lunch. Many have no internet access. It will be challenging to provide equally to all in this situation.
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My school building is closed and teachers cannot enter it. Younger grades provided paper-based work to their students, while older grades are doing everything online. As we move forward in time, those younger grades are facing challenges: there's no way to get finished work back or replace it with more work. We don't know when we'll be able to go back.


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Old 03-23-2020, 01:23 PM
 
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Our buildings are closed to students and public but not staff. We are still offering breakfast and lunch by a drive-by/pickup plan (at the school building.)

We did send home packets for review and reinforcement of previous concepts--no new learning. Some teachers are offering some online components but are not allowed to require or grade it. We do not have 1:1 devices and not all students had internet, wifi or home devices.
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Our buildings are closed to all but custodians. The district is 100% free lunch, so breakfasts and lunches are available for pick-up each day at schools well-spaced out throughout the city.

As for elementary schools, large worksheet packets (made by each grade level) were made available at the front door of schools and lunch locations during the first week. Activities for every grade and free internet resources are posted on the district website. Nothing will be collected or graded. Many teachers are uploading video lessons that any child in the district can watch. Teachers are not doing individual classroom lessons online, but they can add resources to the district website at any time.

Some kids do not have computers with internet, but just about every parent has a smart phone to check the activities. One internet company is offering a really cheap plan for low-income families too. Also the super told the parents in an all-call message to contact him if they need help getting internet service.
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Old 03-23-2020, 01:47 PM
 
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In Oregon, buildings are closed, no recorded or required work can be assigned, teachers should continue to make contact with students as best they can and provide lessons and structure as best they can.

What this looks like varies from district to district, and private schools are allowed to do whatever they want (distance learning, I mean, they can't still hold school in their buildings).
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Old 03-23-2020, 02:42 PM
 
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Boise, Idaho---schools closed for the week before Spring Break (last week--we're on SB now). Admin told us to NOT send any work home. (i sent 3 lists of ways to keep busy and mind engaged.) our district is incredibly concerned about the equity in our district and the families that don't have internet/devices.

we were told to enjoy ourselves over break and that we'd be hearing from the district later.

i am a planner---i do not like this limbo....
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Old 03-23-2020, 04:00 PM
 
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We are doing online learning, but my district hasn't given any details as to what that looks like yet . I would still consider it "school being closed." Online learning doesn't hold a candle to "real school."
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Lots of variation...
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Since this is managed at the state level... I'm certain there are lots of variations, even within the state. I'm in rural Maine and proud to share that my district (and those in this area) are:
  • Closed in the sense that there is "no school" in the traditional sense of students coming to school.
  • School buildings are closed to the public--teachers and staff are working inside. Deliveries and pickups can be arranged.
  • Teachers are preparing a combination of "online lessons and events" together with take-home packets.
  • Staff are preparing brown bag breakfasts and lunches which are being delivered by regular drivers along bus routes with the packets.
  • Long term activities are being assessed and alternatives are being explored.
  • We are learning to live with uncertainty and working a step at a time.

We are officially "closed" until April 27th.
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We are Sheltering in Place so no going into any school buildings. Our state is not counting the time children work right now towards total hours needed to complete the year - nor are they willing to shorten the hours YET....great outcry but legislature is not in session.

Private Catholic Schools are carrying on 100% online in any fashion that works for a given building - paper packets, online meetings, google classroom, zoom, whatever works. Archdiocese of Detroit is monitoring the situation and willing to cut the year short if it becomes necessary.

WHEN/IF we go back to school - unknown at this time. Sheltering in Place is until at least April 13th
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