Remote Learning

Fall 2020 Remote Learning Plan

Battle Ground Public Schools’ Board of Directors approved the district’s fall remote learning plan with a full remote start for all students when school begins on Sept. 2. The plan provides for flexibility to transition to in-person learning as Clark County receives guidance from local and state health authorities, meets new state metrics for in-person learning, and advances through the Washington Safe Start phases.

After reviewing the sample schedules and plan, if families want to choose one of the alternative learning paths (River HomeLink or River Online Learning), please sign up on the interest form in order to begin the school year on time in these programs and give the district time to provide for staffing.

In the board presentation, district leadership described how remote learning will be different in the fall based on feedback from families and staff that it received on the spring Remote Learning Survey.

Enhancements over spring learning include:

  • Continuous, extensive training opportunities for staff on technology platforms and remote learning best practices (to date, teachers have taken more than 5,000 hours of remote learning courses)
  • A uniform student experience through frameworks (daily schedule, essential standards)
  • Streamlined learning platforms (Google Classroom, SeeSaw for K-2)
  • Accountability through attendance and grading
  • Student AND parent support
  • Investments in remote learning infrastructure (connectivity for families, technology, online curricula)

Plan Components

As the details are finalized, the district will send additional communications to families and post information on the district website about different plan components. All direct learning will occur during regular school hours, and careful consideration has been given to the amount of time students will be online, in front of a screen, during the day. We’ve included the sample schedules in the FAQ section below from the board presentation.

Click below for more details and to see schedules.

Classes will be divided into two groups for direct instruction via Zoom software on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Half will have class time with their teacher in the morning, while the other half will have class time in the afternoon.

Class time will comprise four 30-minute blocks with time for literacy, math, specialists, social-emotional learning and movement breaks. When students are not learning with their teachers, they will be directed to work independently on assignments or in small groups with staff. Time is built in for special education, EL and interventions during independent work time. Students will be assigned to either an AM or PM direct instruction group, with some flexibility for families to make a switch if that is best for their schedules.

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, including those covered during remote learning.

Questions
It is likely that there will be questions as we move through this 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.

Daily Schedule for Primary Students
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. Below is the remote learning schedule for primary school students. Click the image to open it as a PDF.

Primary School Schedules

Middle school students will follow a framework with direct instruction occurring for half the day, and the other half reserved for independent assignments or small group work with staff. Students will attend half of their classes on Monday and Thursday and the other half on Tuesday and Friday, with Wednesday set aside for teacher office hours, individual intervention or small group time within each class period (similar to Tiger Time/Falcon Support). Time is built in for special education, EL and interventions during independent work time. The middle or high school schedule still could be adjusted to move direct instruction to the afternoon hours to align with partner programs (Cascadia Technical Academy) and/or accommodate for bandwidth with the number of students simultaneously online at home.

Students on IEPs, English Learners (EL), and students who receive academic interventions will receive additional communications and information as the start of the school year approaches.

Grading
Teachers will assign marks for all academic subject areas, including those covered during remote learning.

Questions
It is likely that there will be questions as we move through this 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 Middle School 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. Below is the schedule for middle school students. Click on the image to open the schedule as a PDF. 

Middle School Remote Learning Schedule

High school students will follow a framework with direct instruction occurring for half the day, and the other half reserved for independent assignments or small group work with staff. Students will attend half of their classes on Monday and Thursday and the other half on Tuesday and Friday, with Wednesday set aside for teacher office hours, individual intervention or small group time within each class period (similar to Tiger Time/Falcon Support). Time is built in for special education, EL and interventions during independent work time. The middle or high school schedule still could be adjusted to move direct instruction to the afternoon hours to align with partner programs (Cascadia Technical Academy) and/or accommodate for bandwidth with the number of students simultaneously online at home.

Students on IEPs, English Learners (EL), and students who receive academic interventions will receive additional communications and information as the start of the school year approaches.

Grading
Teachers will assign marks for all academic subject areas, including those covered during remote learning.

Questions
It is likely that there will be questions as we move through this 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 High School 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 students feel safe and supported. Below is the schedule for high school students. Click on the image to open the schedule as a PDF. 

High School Remote Learning Schedule

Clark County school district superintendents are following the guidance of local and state health authorities and recommending that districts adhere to the state metrics for schools when determining the return to in-person learning. In cooperation with the county health department, Clark County superintendents have developed a transition plan that allows for a 3-week assessment period during which they will monitor the level of coronavirus transmission in the county for stability before schools move to the next stage of learning.

COVID-19 activity level graphicHigh COVID-19 activity (>75 cases/100K/14 days)

  • Remote Learning: consider in-person learning in groups of less than 5 students for highest risk children (tiered special needs students).

Moderate COVID-19 activity (25–75 cases/100K/14 days)

  • On Sept. 21, begin 3-week assessment process to move to Stage 1: 
    • Week 1 – if value <75, then continue toward transition and
    • Week 2 – if value <75, then continue toward transition and 
    • Week 3 – if value <75, then review other indicators with the county health department to determine readiness for Stage 1 Transition and
    • Week 4 – if value <75*: Implement Stage 1 Transition: Grades K-4 Hybrid Learning model
  • Begin 3-week assessment process to move to Stage 2: 
    • Week 1 – if value <75*, then continue toward transition and 
    • Week 2 – if value <75*, then continue toward transition and
    • Week 3 – if value <75*, then review other indicators with the county health department to determine readiness for Stage 2 Transition and
    • Week 4 – if value <75*: Implement Stage 2 Transition: Grades 5-12 hybrid Learning model
    • Continue 3-week assessment process
    • Consider in-person low risk extracurricular activities

* A value >75 cases/100K/14 days during Stage 1 or 2 does not necessarily mean reverting back to remote learning.  It will be important to consider other indicators as well.

Low COVID-19 activity (<25 cases/100K/14 days)

  • Continue 3-week assessment process to increase on campus learning days and continue toward Stage 3 Transition
  • Resume in-person extracurricular activities

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.

Students who need a Chromebook can come by the Student Helpdesk and Tech Services during Student Helpdesk hours:

Student Help Desk

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
Call:
(360) 885-5465
Email: studenthelp@battlegroundps.org
Location: 11104 NE 149th St., Brush Prairie

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.

Battle Ground Public Schools uses the Google Education Suite, Seesaw and Zoom as its primary online learning tools.

Instructions for logging into these and other school applications are on the Learning Apps and Logins page.

Parent Academy FlyerIntroducing the Parent Academy: online classes specifically designed to help you navigate and understand the tools that your students will use during remote learning. The classes will be taught via Zoom by the district’s own technology education trainers and coaches. View a schedule of available courses here.

The classes will focus on tips and information that will benefit all parents. We understand you may have questions or concerns specific to your child’s learning. Please contact your child’s teacher with any specific questions.

Sign up for classes using this form. Once registered, an invitation to the Zoom class will be sent to the email address that you provide at least 24 hours prior to your selected session(s). Thank you for partnering with us to help your child progress toward their academic goals!

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.

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

USDA free meal program continues through December

The USDA has extended its free Summer Meal Program through December. Nutritious grab and go breakfasts and lunches will be available each school day to children ages 0-18.

  • Midday Distribution Time:  11:00-12:30
  • When: School days  (No Service on Friday, Oct. 9; Veterans Day, Nov. 11; Thanksgiving holidays, Nov. 25-27; and winter break.)
  • Where:
    • Captain Strong Primary
    • Glenwood Heights Primary
    • Pleasant Valley Primary
    • Maple Grove Primary
    • Yacolt Primary
    • Amboy Middle
    • Daybreak Primary
    • Tukes Valley Primary
    • Prairie High School
    • Battle Ground High School
  • Evening Distribution Time: 3:455:15 p.m.
  • When: School days, same as above
  • Where:
    • Battle Ground High School
    • Prairie High School

Parents of students with IEPs will be contacted at the start of the school with information about how these plans will be fulfilled. If you need to contact the Special Education department, please visit their website at https://www.battlegroundps.org/special-education/.

In the interest of developing strong partnerships between home and school, we are invested in supporting parents to assist in the education of their children. The following are items for consideration.

Parent Academy

Live virtual sessions to help you support your children; could record for parents to access on demand.

  • Remote Learning Survival Guide
  • Google Classroom/SeeSaw
  • Courses on individual apps for parents
  • Math curriculum for parents
  • Supporting your child’s social-emotional needs

In Building Supports

  • Assignment Helpline – a helpline staffed with Classified staff at each building to take phone calls after school business hours. This is an additional support for parents and students that need help with learning, assignments and communication when parents may be home or have more time to help children at home. Thinking of times from 4pm to 7pm.
  • Tutoring Center at each building – a tutoring center would be available at each building staffed by classified support staff that may have knowledge in the content areas or grade levels. Tutoring would be scheduled by phone, zoom, or when safely permitted to do so in person.The possibility exists that we may be able to use certificated staff. We would need to find budget capacity to pay teachers.
  • Parent Liaison at each building – this position would be staffed with a classified support person to provide extra assistance for parents at home. Families with multiple children may need an additional support to act as their first line of communication with teachers to help organize the student learning and assignments. The parent liaison may also be available to make connections for families with additional supports and resources.
  • Student Helpdesk/Tech Helpline – a helpline utilized in the same way as Spring 2020. Students and parents can call in to get support with technology needs, supports or hardware issues.

Final thoughts

  • Teachers and staff are excited to connect with their students.
  • Be patient with yourselves, your children, and our staff as we continue to navigate the unknown over the coming weeks and months.  It has been and will continue to 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.

More Frequently Asked Questions

Primary students will be divided into two groups
Students have online classtime for half the day and small group/independent assignments for the other half
Flexibility for primary school parents to choose morning or afternoon classtime
Instructional groupings manageable size for online classtime
Screentime limited to 2-3 hours per day
Wednesday students work in small groups and independently on assignments
Daily instructional support opportunities
EL, LAP and Special Education

 

Attendance will be taken during all real-time learning periods

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 

Primary School Learning Platforms and Curricula

Learning Platforms

  • SeeSaw (grades K-2)
  • Google Classroom

Curricula

  • Lexia (Reading)
  • Scholastic (Cross-curricular)
  • Newsela: Grades 2-4 (ELA, Science, Social Studies)
  • Bridges Home Connections (Math)

Middle/High School Learning Platforms and Curricula

Learning Platform

  • Google Classroom

Middle School Online Curricula

  • iReady Online Instruction (ELA)
  • Illustrative Mathematics
  • Newsela (ELA, Science Social Studies)
  • HistoryAlive! for Grade 6
  • The Washington Journey for grades 7-8

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.

If technology is not an option for your family, paper packets may be available for your student.  Please call or email your child’s school for additional information.

Students on IEPs, English Learners (EL), and students who receive academic interventions will receive additional communications and information as the start of the school year approaches.

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.

Universal screening of students when they return to school will help us to better understand their strengths, learning needs, and social-emotional needs

6-week reopening plan focuses on strategies for:

  • Student-Teacher Relationship Building
  • Remote Learning expectations
  • System for identifying students who need additional support in the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) framework

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