ISLA students engaging in distance learning will have access to appropriate educational materials and receive daily interaction with their licensed teacher(s). It is important to note that distance learning does not always mean e-learning or online learning. Our plan will provide meaningful, relevant, and equitable learning programming to address the needs of all students. It is important to the ISLA community that we provide this learning in a format that can be equitably accessed by all students. As we developed this plan, we made every effort to mitigate any potential barriers that ISLA families might have in the delivery of this learning plan.
We understand that it is not realistic to replicate classroom learning at home. We have been working hard to put together a plan that will set students and families up for success and leverage the kind of learning opportunities that present themselves at home. If the tasks we set forth become overwhelming, push students past frustration level, or become time-consuming beyond what is appropriate, please feel justified in stopping for the day and reach out to us so that we can work together on a plan that will appropriately support your child.
Beginning at 9:00 each morning, students will have a daily and weekly checklist for tasks and activities.
Students will be able to access a morning message video and an explanation of the day’s tasks on Seesaw, or through a Zoom meeting.
Feedback and School-Home Communication:
For the first two weeks, each student will have the opportunity to video conference with the classroom teacher for a 15 minute one-on-one check in via Zoom.
In addition to these mini-conferences, students can also expect to receive timely feedback on their work.
As questions or complications arise, families can rest assured that teachers will be available to respond to via email during regularly scheduled office hours.
Families can also continue to count on regular bi-weekly newsletters from grade teachers, as well as school-wide emails from the ISLA office, as new information becomes available.
IB PYP and Spanish immersion
We recognize that it is a special challenge to continue meaningful IB PYP and Spanish immersion learning outside of school. Please know that we will continue to offer learning engagements that connect to our units of inquiry and the IB learner profile. As much as possible, we will continue to use a transdisciplinary approach. You may notice, for example, that reading assignments have a strong connection not only to language arts standards, but also to the transdisciplinary themes and lines of inquiry from our current unit of study. We hope to also offer open-ended, family-friendly inquiry opportunities that take advantage of the time that students will be spending at home.
We also anticipate connecting each student to our wonderful Language Ambassadors for increased opportunities, and for meaningful authentic interpersonal communication in Spanish.
Weekly routines and daily “to do lists” will be posted.
We anticipate the students will need access to the following materials and technology. If you should need support with technical difficulties, please reach out to: email@example.com
Attendance: Teachers will take attendance through the observation of student participation in Seesaw, morning meeting, and other applications. Please contact the attendance office and your student’s teacher if your ISLA student will be absent.
ISLA will ensure supports identified on a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan are in place and make accommodations as provided.
ISLA will communicate with parents and guardians regarding their child’s services, and/or amend IEP’s to address how to best meet the student’s needs in a flexible learning model, including direct specialized instruction, related services, and accommodations.
English Language Learner Requirements
ISLA will provide scaffolding methods available to support students in a distance learning environment, and provide translation and interpretation services as needed for families that do not use English as a primary language.
Protections for Students Experiencing Homelessness or Housing Instability
ISLA will monitor participation and engagement of homeless students in distance learning (e.g., including both attendance and performance.), and will satisfy the Federal requirements of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, to support homeless students throughout this crisis and promote their full participation in their education throughout the duration of the distance learning period.
ISLA will monitor the efficacy of distance learning plans and approaches for all students, including homeless students, and be prepared to consider alternatives or additional support needs as part of that review. ISLA will maintain regular contact with local public health departments, county or Tribal human services departments, and Continuum of Care planning bodies on ongoing or emerging needs and to connect to resources that can assist students and families experiencing homelessness.
ISLA will continue to provide lunch services for free and reduced students and students of essential workers through our lunch vendor.
Child Care for children of essential employees
ISLA will continue to provide childcare for the ISLA students who are the children of Tier 1 emergency and healthcare workers. These students will follow the distance learning plan from their grade level while here at ISLA. All care will follow the guidance of the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health guidelines.
Student, Staff, and Community Wellbeing
ISLA is committed to helping all staff and families maintain optimal wellness during this time, and will be implementing a comprehensive support plan to provide mental and physical health resources for the community.
As families prepare for the transition to distance learning, we would like to provide some insight on what families can do to set students up for success. We ask that you:
While many social media posts humorously express an increased appreciation for teachers while children are at home, we recognize that the idea of facilitating learning from home is overwhelming for many families for many reasons. We know it is not realistic to replicate classroom conditions at home, and we want you to know that we appreciate you and we are here to support you as each family discovers the best way to serve their needs. With patience and compassion, we will continue to support each other in doing what we feel is best for students and we remain dedicated to ISLA’s mission to empower the whole child by nurturing the development of personal growth, strong character, academic excellence, and global vision.