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HAMS Remote Learning
HAMS Remote Learning
Michelle White
Sunday, March 29, 2020

HAMS Remote Learning

Beginning 3/30/20

Introduction:

Due to the Covid-19 virus, Illinois school closures are stretching into April and will probably continue for an undetermined length of time.  HAMS faculty/staff feel an ethical responsibility to provide students with remote learning opportunities.

Purposes:

The purposes of providing remote learning opportunities for students are:

  • To decrease the long-term effect of school closure on student achievement
  • To support student learning and continuity of education
  • To engage student minds
  • To move curriculum forward

It is understood that the quality and quantity of education and materials will not be the same as in the school classroom (see Work Expectations).  However, HAMS hopes to engage students in remote learning opportunities without:

  • Overwhelming students
  • Frustrating parents
  • Overwhelming teachers

Parental Role:

HAMS teachers need your support in order to make remote learning successful.  Teachers will provide instruction and learning activities. It would be helpful if parents would provide:

  • A quiet place for students to learn.
  • A quiet time for students to learn.
  • Assistance for students when requested.  However, you are not alone. Teachers will be available to offer assistance as well.  (See Online Learning Activities).

Since all of our students have been directed to be participants in the HAMS Office classroom and individual teachers’ classrooms, this will be our main method of communication.  Please have your child check Google Classroom daily. Individual teachers may be sending messages to parents through Remind, as well.

Work Expectations:

A typical school day consists of a little less than 7 hours.  Our goal is to engage students in remote learning for an average of 3 hours per day.  Some days may be longer and some shorter.

A typical day may be structured like this:

  • Math- 30 minutes of ALEKS
  • ELA- 20 minutes of silent reading, 40 minutes of a provided learning activity
  • PE- 30 minutes of a provided learning activity
  • History- 30 minutes of a provided learning activity
  • Science- 30 minutes of a provided learning activity

This is just a hypothetical example of a day.  Each day may look different depending on the learning activities provided that week.  Fine Arts work may need to be incorporated, as well. Students in band may have a virtual lesson scheduled or be given lesson instructions and be asked to report back in writing.

Methods:

HAMS teachers will provide remote learning opportunities both for students who have access to the 

Internet at home and those who do not.  It is not expected that a student will complete both sets of activities.  

Students may complete the printed learning packet or the online learning activities

Printed Learning Packets:

Printed packets of learning materials will be provided for students who don’t have Internet access at home.  These packets will be grade level specific. A cover letter will provide directions. Printed packets will be available every Monday at the following locations: 

  • HAMS
  • Coffee Shop @ 112 East Main Street, Hoopeston - 11:00 - 12:00
  • Sack lunch distribution sites in East Lynn, Wellington, Rankin - 11:00 - 12:00

Again, these printed packets are only available for students who don’t have Internet access at home.  Students with Internet access will be engaged with different resources (see Online Learning Activities).

Online Learning Activities:

Many of our student homes have Internet access.  This means that a large number of students will connect with their teachers via Google Classroom.  Students can expect that at the beginning of the week, teachers will post a list of learning activities students are to complete by the end of the week.  This may be accompanied by videos and other resources that students can access for learning. Additionally, teachers may post times of availability that will allow students to video conference with teachers and classmates via Google Meet, Zoom, or other such video conferencing technology.  Teachers will be standing by to support student learning.

Online learning requires appropriate etiquette so here are a few simple reminders:

  • Check Google Classroom daily.
  • Use Google Classroom only for school related business.
  • Follow school expectations for language and politeness; be respectful when commenting/responding to classmates.

PE & Fine Arts:

More than ever during this forced period of isolation, we are in need of activities to relieve our bodies and minds.  PE and Fine Arts activities can provide a profound outlet for stress. These teachers will also be providing lists of activities for students both in printed and online form.  These assignments will be posted on Google Classroom, as well.

For 6th grade students, Mrs. Mandel will communicate with parents of Concert Band students to create opportunities for virtual band lessons.  Additionally, she will provide students with creative opportunities for personal performance projects.

Special Education:

For students identified with a disability, special education teachers and related service providers will be collaborating with the general education teachers to provide accommodations and modifications to the general education remote learning curriculum.  Students will be working toward meeting their goals and objectives as defined in their IEP through various means of instruction.  If a student is in an instructional class, he or she will be receiving alternative assignments for those subject areas in the mail.  For example, if a student is in Mrs. Schoonover’s Math class, he or she will receive Math assignments specific to their class in the mail.

Summary:

HAMS faculty/staff are committed to serving your students during this unique time.  Good communication between home and school will help us succeed. Please do not hesitate to communicate with your child’s teacher via whatever means works best for you.  Additionally, if there’s anything Mrs. White can assist you with, don’t hesitate to send an email (whiteml@hoopeston.k12.il.us). The faculty and staff of HAMS look forward to serving you and your children.