Remote Learning

School buildings closed through end of school year

To help our state and nation slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Battle Ground Public Schools will educate its 13,000 students remotely through the end of the 2019-20 school year. This directive is from Governor Jay Inslee and applies to all schools in the state of Washington.

In providing remote learning, Battle Ground Public Schools will follow the district’s Remote Learning Plan and guidance from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Remote Learning Plan

This information is intended to educate our stakeholders about Battle Ground Public Schools’ (BGPS) remote learning plan through the end of the 2019-20 school year.  These pages detail the expectations for everyone involved in educating our students as we implement remote learning.

Initially as a district, we shared and posted home learning resources to help parents keep students engaged in learning during the initial closure days. These could be useful if your child needs additional learning opportunities now or during the summer.

We want to thank all of our students and families for their patience as we work to shift our instructional delivery from the classroom to the homes of 13,000 students. While we are committed to providing the best model for remote learning, we know that it will not replace the in-person learning experience.  We value the teacher/student relationship and have collaborated with our building leadership teams to develop this remote learning plan.

This plan allows for the flexibility of families supporting students at home, as well as provides flexibility to our staff, who are also supporting their families at home.  Our plan is intended to give ALL students access to a quality educational experience during this public health crisis. We appreciate your patience as we implement remote learning.. We will make changes and modifications along the way as we learn from each other what is best for Battle Ground students and families.

Goals for Remote Learning

  • Provide ALL students a meaningful learning experience
  • Keep students at the center of intentional outreach to continue building relationships and maintain connections 
  • Help students feel safe and valued 
  • Deliver content through flexible instruction
  • Use the professional expertise of our teachers to provide students and families with a consistent and quality learning experience
  • Follow OSPI guidance

Tips for learning at home

ESD 112 has tips for making distance learning work for your family:

  • Designate a learning (and working) space
  • Set a schedule for work and play
  • Let off some steam and be creative
  • Practice social distancing–but don’t isolate
  • Take some time to talk through what’s happening
  • Give yourself a break

Final thoughts

  • Teachers and staff are excited to connect with their students.
  • Be patient with yourselves, your children, and our staff as we navigate the unknown over the next few weeks.  It will be a learning experience for everyone.
  • We are committed to supporting both the academic and social-emotional needs of our children and families.  Despite our best efforts and intentions, mistakes are inevitable.
  • Email is the preferred method of communication at all levels.  Start with the teacher, then the principal, and then our Battle Ground Public Schools administrative offices.
  • Please be flexible as we monitor the plan and make adjustments and improvements as we move forward together.

Be sure to read our FAQ below!

Primary (Grades K-4)

Student and Family expectations

  • Participate in learning 30-60 minutes per day
  • Phone or email the teacher

Teacher expectations

  • Develop a weekly plan and schedule — share in Google classroom and via email. 
  • Balance think time, work time, and play time for health and well-being. 
  • Limit lessons to 30-60 minutes/day. 
  • Partner with parents to support student learning through ongoing communication and collaboration via Google classroom, phone or district email. 
  • Specialists, counselors, etc. and others may send lessons, resources to parents via building social media platforms. 

Specialists
Students will continue to have special courses such as Music, Art, Physical Education, and Library/Media lessons shared with them.

Completion of Assigned Work
Students have the flexibility to complete the posted lessons throughout the week and when it is convenient for the child and family.  Please communicate with your classroom teacher about assignment results in order to inform next steps.

Grading
Teachers will assign marks for all academic subject areas covered by second semester instruction, including those covered during remote learning. Areas in which no significant instruction is provided will be graded as not applicable (NA).

Questions
It is likely that there will be questions as we move through this new process.  Parents and students can contact their teacher via any of the following ways:

  1. Call their classroom teacher’s district phone number/extension and leave a message;
  2. Email the classroom teacher;
  3. Check-in (electronically) with the classroom teacher during their posted office hours.

Tech Support
At any given point in time, students and families can get Tech Support by first contacting the classroom teacher, then by emailing: studenthelp@battlegroundps.org or calling: (360) 885-5465.

Sample Daily Schedule for a Primary Student
We want ALL of our students in BGPS to be able to continue learning during this time at home. By providing our students with daily opportunities to engage in rigorous, appropriately-leveled, learning experiences, we remain committed to and connected with our students and families.

Structure helps children feel safe and supported. Talk with your classroom teacher if you need suggestions for how to set an appropriate schedule for your child.

Grade LevelMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
KindergartenReading
Social Emotional
For Fun
Writing
Science
For Fun
Math
Social Studies
For Fun
Reading
Social Emotional
For Fun
Specialists:
Art/Music/PE-Health
For Fun
1st GradeReading
Social Emotional
Writing
Science
Math
Social Studies
Reading
Social Emotional
Specialists:
Art/Music/PE-Health
2nd GradeReading
Social Emotional
Writing
Science
Math
Social Studies
Reading
Social Emotional
Specialists:
Art/Music/PE-Health
3rd GradeReading
Social Emotional
Writing
Science
Math
Social Studies
Reading
Social Emotional
Specialists:
Art/Music/PE-Health
4th GradeReading
Social Emotional
Writing
Science
Math
Social Studies
Reading
Social Emotional
Specialists:
Art/Music/PE-Health
*Your teacher can suggest a schedule to go along with the weekly lessons that are provided; however, it is just a suggestion. As long as work is completed in a timely fashion, families should set a schedule that works for them.

Middle School (Grades 5-8)

Student expectations

  • Check student email account daily for updates from staff.
  • “Attend” online classes and participate in remote learning opportunities.
  • When assistance is needed, contact teachers via email, phone, or Zoom.
  • Complete work assigned by teachers and submit the work by the due date/time established by the teacher.
    • Contact your teacher if you cannot complete an assignment.
    • At this time, work will not be graded and put into Skyward; it will be monitored by teachers and feedback will be given to students. This may change as we receive further guidance from OSPI.

Teacher expectations

  • Provide instruction/learning activities for each class through Google Classroom. These will be sent out weekly by 11:00 AM on Mondays.
  • Provide materials for students who can not access online resources. Support staff will help put together learning packets that can be picked up by students/families.
  • Monitor learning progress throughout the week and provide timely feedback to students.
  • Be available during office hours for students via email, phone, or Zoom.
  • For Students on IEPs: Your child’s special education teacher and/or therapist (e.g. SLP, OT, PT) will help accommodate and modify all educational opportunities so they can be accessed by your student. They will also provide supplemental resources that can support IEP goal areas and maintenance of skills where appropriate.

Parent expectations

  • Create a dedicated space (as best as possible) for your child to work.
  • Regularly check in with your child during learning.
  • Regularly check in with the teacher with your student.
  • Assist with technical issues as best you can; then contact the teacher; then the Help Desk.
  • Oversee the completion of student work on a schedule that works for you and your family.

Schedule
Students at the secondary level (grades 5-12) are able to choose when to work on their different classes.  They do not need to follow their current individual schedule. Each school will communicate their specific schedule for classes if they have one.

Attendance
Teachers will document student participation in the learning activities completed and staff will  reach out to students who are not participating.

Completion of Assigned Work
Students have the flexibility to complete daily posted lessons throughout the day and/or when it is convenient for them and their families.  However, completed assignments should be turned in weekly.

Grading

  • Students will receive letter grades of A, B, C, or D or an incomplete “I” designation on their second semester report card. 
  • For each class, the grade that students had earned as of March 13 is the baseline grade. All students will have the opportunity to improve their baseline letter grade. The final letter grade will not be lower than the baseline letter grade. Students can improve the grades they had earned as of March 13, and should contact their teachers to discuss the options for doing that.
  • An F may not be given as a letter grade. If a student’s baseline letter grade was an F, and the student has not made an effort to, or had an opportunity to improve their grade due to COVID-related circumstances, the student may receive an incomplete.
  • Students assigned an “incomplete” for a course will be given opportunities to re-engage and meet the learning standards.

Office Hours
Teachers will communicate their office hours to students.

Tech Support
At any given point in time, students and families can get Tech Support by first contacting the classroom teacher, then by emailing: studenthelp@battlegroundps.org or calling: (360) 885-5465.

Sample Middle School Schedule
Each teacher/team will establish office hours that will be communicated to families through Google Classroom and/or email. As much as possible,  staff will work regular school hours.

High School (Grades 9-12)

Student expectations

  • “Attend” online classes and participate appropriately in remote learning opportunities Wednesday-Friday (see schedule below).
  • Complete work assigned by the teacher and submit the work through Google Classroom by the assigned due date.
    • Contact your teacher if you cannot complete an assignment.
  • Engage in learning activities for approximately 2 hours a week per course outside of scheduled class time. 

Teacher expectations

  • Provide support for learning opportunities, following the schedule below (using Zoom, Google Meet, etc.). Sessions may be recorded and made available to students.
  • Use Google Classroom to share the weekly learning experiences every Monday.
  • Monitor learning progress throughout the week and provide timely feedback.
  • Be available for office hours for students via email, phone, ZOOM, or Google Meet. (Similar to Tiger Time/Falcon Support.) Communicate the times you will be available to students and families.
  • Track the completion of learning opportunities (weekly) using Skyward so that families can stay up to date with student progress.

Parent expectations

  • Please contact the teacher first with any concerns.
  • Create a dedicated space (as best as possible) for your child to work.
  • Regularly check in with your child during learning.
  • Regularly encourage your student to check in with their teachers.
  • Make sure that work is being completed and turned in weekly.
  • Assist with technical issues as best you can; then contact the teacher; then the Help Desk.

Schedule
Students at the secondary level (grades 5-12) are able to choose when to work on their different classes.  They do not need to follow their current individual schedule. Each school will communicate their specific schedule for classes if they have one.

Attendance
Teachers will document student participation in the learning activities completed and staff will reach out to students who are not participating.

Completion of Assigned Work
Students have the flexibility to complete daily posted lessons throughout the day and/or when it is convenient for them and their families.  However, completed assignments should be turned in weekly.

Grading

  • Students will receive letter grades of A, B, C, or D or an incomplete “I” designation on their high school transcript. All second semester high school classes will have a statewide designator to indicate the course was taken during the COVID-19 school closure.
  • For each class, the grade that students had earned as of March 13 is the baseline grade. All students will have the opportunity to improve their baseline letter grade. The final letter grade will not be lower than the baseline letter grade. Students can improve the grades they had earned as of March 13, and should contact their teachers to discuss the options for doing that.
  • An F may not be given as a letter grade. If a student’s baseline letter grade was an F, and the student has not made an effort to, or had an opportunity to improve their grade due to COVID-related circumstances, the student may receive an incomplete.
  • Students assigned an “incomplete” for a course will be given opportunities to re-engage and meet the learning standards.

Office Hours
Teachers will communicate their office hours to students.

Tech Support
At any given point in time, students and families can get Tech Support by first contacting the classroom teacher, then by emailing: studenthelp@battlegroundps.org or calling: (360) 885-5465.

Sample High School Schedule
Schools will send out their schedule to students and families.

Information for high school seniors

NEW! Read our FAQ and webpage just for seniors!

High School and Beyond Plan Completion
Seniors who have not completed their High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP) requirements can log in to their accounts and finalize requirements for graduation. Seniors that have sections to complete will be contacted by Career Center staff and should check their email for directions with their student logins

BGHS College & Career Center contacts

PHS High School and Beyond Plan

Graduation Requirements
As of March 13, OSPI has canceled all required state testing for the remainder of the school year. More information will be provided in the future.

Graduation ceremonies and events

Virtual ceremonies will be held on each high school’s original graduation date, plus drive-through diploma cover pick up/celebrations will be held at 7 p.m. on each gradation night:

  • Battle Ground High School: June 5
  • CAM Academy: June 3
  • Prairie High School: June 4
  • River HomeLink: June 8
  • Summit View High School: June 9

More information about technology assistance is on the Chromebook Help web page.

Chromebooks

Battle Ground Public Schools provides Chromebooks to students who do not have access to a computing device at home. The Student Help Desk provides technical support for Chromebook and educational software issues.

Internet access

If your students DO NOT have reliable internet service at home, you can check in with the Student Help Desk at (360) 885-5465 about the availability of a hotspot.

Other options for internet access are also listed on the Chromebook Help page.

AP tests

Guidance continues to evolve, and updates are posted online.

The College Board has announced that traditional face-to-face AP exams will not take place this year, and instead students will have the opportunity to take an online exam from home. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3.

In lieu of the traditional exam setup, the College Board is providing free AP Review sessions. These live sessions can help to supplement students’ high school instruction and  to prepare for the online exam.

Visit the AP Central website for the latest information regarding remote learning resources, at-home testing options, and exam dates.

BGHS will continue to take payments for AP exams. The tests are posted with a fine date of 5/29/20. How to pay school fees/fines with a credit card? Go to: http://wa-battleground.intouchreceipting.com Username: Your student’s 7 digit ID number Password:  Your student’s last name (case sensitive).

All PHS students taking the test have paid in full and are ready to go.  Please send any questions to Wennerlind.Kristin@battlegroundps.org or thompson.erin@battlegroundps.org

SAT and ACT exams

SAT Exams: The makeup for the SAT exam on March 28 (originally scheduled for March 14) and the SAT exam scheduled for May 2 have been canceled. Students who already registered for the May 2 exam (and whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities) will receive refunds. Students can go to https://www.khanacademy.org/sat to keep their readiness skills sharp while schools are closed. As of now, the SAT exam on June 6 is still scheduled.

ACT exams: ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13. Students can go to https://www.act.org/ for more information.

Home Learning Resources

To support families during this challenging time amidst the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, we have compiled a list of resources to continue learning at home.

Visit our Home Learning Resources webpage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Classroom teachers will provide weekly assignments in core instructional areas. Assignments can be completed independently or with family support.

For K-4 students, teachers will provide learning activities that total 30 to 60 minutes per day.

For students in grades 5-12, teachers will provide learning activities that add up to 2 hours of work per class each week.

Learning at home is very different from learning at school, and students should not be expected to spend the same amount of time on their learning.  Based on guidelines from the State Superintendent, we recommend the following amounts of learning time per day:

  • K-1 30-45 minutes
  • 2-4 45-60 minutes
  • 5-6 90 minutes
  • 7-12 No more than 3 hrs per day

Every family is different.  If your child or family is struggling to meet these guidelines, or you want additional enrichment activities, contact your child’s teacher for suggestions.

The district will use the Google applications that we already have in place during the regular school day.  Most importantly, we will draw on the collaborative and interactive strengths of Google Classroom to post assignments and materials. Google Classroom also provides teachers the ability to provide timely feedback as students move through lesson modules.  Teachers might also use phone, email, and Zoom teleconferencing software for interactive class sessions.

We have created two videos to orient you to the main platforms that we are using to deliver remote learning with technology. You can 

Access to a Chromebook or computer and internet access are needed to access our core instructional online materials. 

Battle Ground Public Schools provides Chromebooks to students who do not have access to a computing device at home. The Student Help Desk provides technical support for Chromebook and educational software issues.

  • You can reach the student help desk:  7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling (360) 885-5465 or emailing studenthelp@battlegroundps.org.
  • You can checkout a Chromebook or return and swap out one that is having hardware issues 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at CASEE Building C (look for Technology Services), 11104 NE 149th Street, Brush Prairie
  • If you do not have internet service at home, please explore one of the low-cost options listed on our website or contact the Student Help Desk.

If technology is not an option for your family, we will produce a paper packet for your student.  Please call your school to get paper learning packets.

Special education teachers will support the accessibility of educational learning opportunities, and provide supplemental resources for special education students that can support IEP goal areas and maintenance of skills.

Let your classroom teacher know so they can work with our district’s EL services to support your student’s needs.  EL teachers will also reach out to students with supports for at-home learning.

If you are facing challenges at home like food or housing insecurity, please talk with your school counselor or call the BGPS Family and Community Resource Center at (360) 885-5434. They can help provide referrals to agencies that may be able to help.  Lessons will be maintained online so that when you are ready to begin your child’s education, the appropriate materials will be available. If there are crises or hardships that we cannot assist you with, the safety and well-being of your family should, of course, come first.

If your child needs social-emotional support such as mental health counseling or prevention/intervention support, please contact your school counselor. Many of these services will continue to be offered to students while they are at home.

More information is available on our Mental Health Resources and Coping with stay-at-home orders pages.

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