Continuity of Learning During COVID-19
The HCPSS distance learning model consists of two primary components: learning activities per course/subject for students to complete independently and weekly virtual class check-ins with teachers via Google Meet.
HCPSS COVID Response (4 page PDF)
Student and Staff Technology Device Information
Parents/guardians, students and staff can find details on personal device requirements, requesting technology, support for devices, and student technology duties and obligations.
High and Middle School
The continuity of learning plan for secondary students focuses on delivering learning objectives in a variety of ways, leveraging the tools and resources that students and families have available and accounting for the supports they require.
Secondary students will engage in learning activities that will take up to two hours each week, per class, to complete. Weekly assignments will be posted each Monday by 9:15 a.m. and will be due on Friday by 10 a.m. Weekly class check-ins will be held.
A typical week for a secondary student:
On Monday mornings, students will log into Canvas and receive their weekly assignments for all instructional areas.
Throughout the remainder of the week, students will have important opportunities for live virtual check-ins with teachers.
The majority of each day will be designated as time for students to complete assignments.
Assignments will be turned in for feedback on Fridays.
The continuity of learning plan for elementary school students focuses on delivering learning objectives in a variety of ways, leveraging the tools and resources that students and families have available and accounting for the supports they require.
Students will engage in 1–2 hours of learning activities each day, which will be shared through Canvas each Monday morning.
Virtual Class Check-ins
Weekly virtual class check-ins will be held for 15–20 minutes via Google Meet. The check-ins will be an opportunity for students to connect with teachers and classmates, to discuss weekly learning tasks, and to ask questions.
Students previously receiving additional reading or mathematics support, IEP services, or ESOL services may be invited to additional small group virtual instruction sessions each week.
A typical week for an elementary student:
Watch teacher videos and complete associated learning tasks.
Practice online reading and math using Lexia Core5 and Dreambox.
Virtual Check-ins provide essential connection with teachers & classmates, 15-20 minutes, once a week.
Time will be allotted for interventions, related services, and English language instruction based on student need.
The HCPSS Special Education Department has communicated with families of students who receive special education services. In these communications, parents were notified that school-based staff will continue to work alongside families to best meet the needs of their child.
A countywide plan for special education services is not being developed because every child’s plan is unique to them and each child will essentially have their own individualized continuity of learning plan. Parents are being offered several options to collaborate with staff on how best to support their child and will engage in conferences and/or IEP team meetings as necessary. HCPSS is aligned with federal and state guidance to collaborate with each and every family in order to reach an agreement.
Supporting Students at Home
As we support continuity of learning through a move to distance learning, HCPSS is offering tips and suggestions to support families in transitioning to a home-based learning environment. Your child’s teachers will be providing specific instruction, learning activities, and assignments that will take the place of classroom learning experiences while school buildings are closed.
Resources available in multiple langauges.