Parent-Guardian Survey Questions
August 12, 2020
These questions were generated prior to the modification of the plan to support teacher choice regarding teaching from school or teaching from home.
Questions with similar themes were combined.
Please note that the guidance on this topic changes almost daily!
For grades K-8, the state model we are following requires at least 2.5 hours per day of live (synchronous) direct teaching in our remote model, but it does not have to be all at the same time. The model also calls for at least 2.5 of student directed work (asynchronous) per day, with the teacher checking in, etc. (rev. September 16, 2020)
The goal is to bring these students back mid-October. In the meanwhile, instructional packets will be provided on our website.
Our plan calls for all students to be back in school for the start of the second trimester.
We are working on that and are studying various examples and will put this out soon.
Thank you, but we have access to adequate safety supplies.
We would likely not pull parents together for this purpose, but always welcome parent input and ideas. We know that the remote teaching plan is a hardship for many.
Teachers are receiving professional development regarding best practices in remote teaching, and will be observed by their building administrators while teaching remotely.
These students will be provided with home learning packets via our website. Our goal is to start bringing these students back in mid-October.
We carefully looked at all options and did have many discussions with other local districts before putting out our plan. The rising number of COVID cases in mid-July steered us toward a remote-only choice to support safety of students and staff.
Middleton is still working on their specific schedule. The goal is to have remote learning replicate in-school learning as much as possible.
We are reducing some parent fees, but still have maintenance and cleaning obligations for the buildings. We continue to provide school lunches even during remote times.
The district has been operating study committees since last April to develop plans, study options, and plan for return school. This took the form of actual plan development in July as we took a very close look at the trend in positive cases and finally received lengthy guidance from the state. We consulted with many school districts and were careful to consider all options.
The week of August 24th will be devoted to professional development for our staff, focused on best uses of the technology teaching platforms, as well as best practices in digital instruction to promote student engagement and learning. Instruction will be centered around our up-to-date curriculum, which is based on the latest learning standards. We will continue to provide professional development throughout the school year.
Grades PK-2 will be using Seesaw, and Grades 3-8 will use Google Classroom.
The district contracts with Smith Cleaning for daily building cleaning. Our internal staff do some cleaning during the day, but also focus on needed maintenance and repairs.
Everyone will have a role in remote learning and will help in a variety of ways. Librarians will continue to collaborate with teachers to provide access to learning resources. Aides will continue to support students and teachers and reach out to parents for students who need extra help. As our offices will remain open for now, our secretaries will maintain their normal duties.
We sincerely do value parent input and feel that we got good feedback from the survey. Also, there were parents on the planning committees.
We would recommend the same protocol for this as used in a regular school environment, Make your concerns known to the teacher, and if you still have concerns, contact the appropriate Principal or Assistant Principal.
Once we are back in school, teachers will be expected to perform their duties unless they have a critical health concern that would be dealt with via a leave. We would use substitutes to help support us in those cases.
We know that a remote teaching model is a hardship for many and we will work to make it as flexible as possible. The specific schedule and format will be coming out soon.
Lessons, assignments, and assessments will be provided to parents ahead of time as possible.
We do plan to bring special needs students back in mid-October with their teachers and support staff. If any of those persons cannot come back due to a health concern and takes a leave, we would provide a qualified substitute.
Yes, if a parent has a specific concern or question about how remote learning is going for their child, they should start with reaching out to their child’s teacher, then the Principal if needed. A survey is planned to get overall general feedback about how it is going/how it went, etc.
The survey was intended to assess the overall status of connectivity and devices in the homes of children with special needs. The district will provide the devices that your child needs, and printing and scanning are not normal expectations.
We have a number of stakeholder groups, of which the teacher’s union is one. Our primary function is to provide the best education we can for our students, and these are certainly difficult times, but we care and are doing our best. We do our best to serve the community at all times.
A parent can certainly withdraw their student, but students in Grades 1-8 are legally required to be enrolled in school or homeschooled.
Please call the Superintendent’s Office if you wish to speak to someone directly about the plan.
We will be back to more normal grading, so teachers will share their grading standards as the year gets started.
Please talk to your child’s teacher directly for alternative ideas/scheduling.
As always, teachers will share assessment results with parents.
A full coordinated teaching plan is the goal, but in these unique times, we cannot guarantee the preciseness that your question implies. We will do our best to work with arrangements like this that parents may make. Please do not plan on teacher change requests.