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Continuity of Learning – Full Plan

Jump to: Phase 1 | Phase 2 | Phase 3

The continuity of learning plan 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. It does not seek to replicate the classroom experience as courses and content will not be taught live at a certain time on a particular day. Rather, teachers provide course or grade-specific work that can be completed independently, guide students through a variety of learning experiences, and provide opportunities for students to ask questions and engage with the teacher remotely during scheduled online sessions.

Continuity of Learning Plan Report

The purpose of this report is to provide responses to specific information requested by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). It does not necessarily contain all of the information regarding our continuity of learning plan.

Phase 1

HCPSS staff worked diligently to provide resources to families for supporting students at home. These were provided on two different dates in order to bridge the gap to phase 2.

  • March 13, 2020: Resources for supporting students at home were sent home and posted online.
  • March 26, 2020: Additional resources for supporting students at home were posted online and offered at meal distribution sites.

Students and families will be focused on:

  • Remaining healthy and adhering to the guidelines distributed by health professionals.
  • Engaging in the learning activities provided and others developed by parents.

Staff will be focused on:

  • Remaining healthy and adhering to the guidelines distributed by health professionals.
  • Constructing a comprehensive plan for phases 2 and 3 of the plan.
  • Securing answers of pertinent questions from state leaders.
  • Developing training materials to support teaching staff when they return on March 30.

Phase 2

A staggered professional development schedule allows ample opportunity for needed training and support in preparation for students to begin remote learning. The simultaneous professional development of all instructional staff is not feasible so high school staff will be trained first, followed by middle and elementary staff. During this time, teachers on all levels are connecting and engaging students and families prior to the start of phase 3. Here are the planned windows when staff will receive training and have time to prepare instruction for phase 3:

  • March 30, 2020 – April 8, 2020: High school staff will receive training and have time to prepare to engage their students in learning opportunities
  • April 1–17, 2020: Middle school staff receive training and have time to prepare to engage their students in learning opportunities
  • April 3–17, 2020: Elementary school staff receive training and have time to prepare to engage their students in learning opportunities

Students and families will be focused on:

  • Assessing their technology needs and notifying staff of technology and access gaps.
  • Re-engaging with teachers.
  • Becoming familiar with the Canvas platform which will be leveraged in phase 3.
  • Developing a daily home schedule to prepare for daily engagement in learning opportunities for each student in the household.

Staff will be focused on:

  • Clarifying expectations on students and teaching staff.
  • Professional development on the technology tools being leveraged for engagement with students.
  • Setting up their online classrooms.
  • Preparing instructional materials and assignments to be provided digitally.
  • Re-engaging students and families.

Phase 3

Students begin remote learning. The staggered approach aligns with necessary training for staff at each level and provides time to ensure staff and students have technological resources and training to implement this Phase.

  • April 14, 2020: High school students begin remote learning
  • April 20, 2020: Middle school and Elementary school students begin remote learning

Students and families will be focused on:

  • Implementing the daily home schedule for instruction.
  • Completing assignments provided every Monday for the week.
  • Connecting with each teacher one time weekly during scheduled times.

Staff will be focused on:

  • Implementation of a new instructional delivery model.
  • Delivering content and support based on state guidelines and requirements.
  • Continuous improvement to the delivery model to ensure all students are active and engaged learners.