Shelton's Steps to Distance-Learning

Steps to Distance-Learning

SSD's journey to distance-learning
Posted on 04/21/2020
In the last 30 days, the Shelton School District has made a complete 180-degree transformation and it is important to take a step back and take a look at where we were, and the journey we have been on to get to where we are today.

In the last 30 days, the Shelton School District has made a complete 180-degree transformation and it is important to take a step back and take a look at where we were, and the journey we have been on to get to where we are today. Every student, parent, staff member, and community member has played an instrumental role to help us get to where we are today. Below we address some common questions we have been receiving.

Why are we implementing distance-learning plans now
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Nobody could have predicted that our in-school instruction would come to an abrupt halt due to a global pandemic, but we are proud of where we are today. When schools initially closed, the Office of Superintendent Public Instruction (OSPI) highlighted the importance of Maslow’s Hierarchy encouraging school districts to focus on student and family needs. We realize that there are many obstacles that our families and staff must overcome as we transition to a continuous distance-learning model. Many families do not have access to technology, some do not have internet access, parents are working from home, and some students have multiple roles at home. The first couple of weeks during the school closure was focused on setting up childcare for our essential healthcare providers and first responders, and implementing meal and Chromebook distribution plans while following strict guidelines to ensure the safety and health of all students, staff, and family and community members. After basic needs were assessed and addressed by surveying every SSD family, we could then focus on our distance-learning plans for all students.

Hierarchy of Basic Human Needs
Hierarchy of Needs

Timeline to Distance-Learning

What is SSD’s distance-learning plan?
Each school will operate a little differently from each other to support the needs of their students as we transition to distance-learning. CLICK HERE to read about your school’s distance-learning plan. We realize that there are many obstacles that our families and staff must overcome as we transition to distance-learning and we have taken these obstacles into consideration and we will give our students plenty of grace during this time.

What are OPSI’s recommended guidelines for maximum student commitment each day as schools transition to distance-learning?
Pre–K: 30 minutes
Grades K–1: 45 minutes
Grades 2–3: 60 minutes
Grades 4–5: 90 minutes
Grades 6–8: 20 minutes per class (2.5 hours maximum per day)
Grades 9–12: 30 minutes per class (3 hours maximum per day)

How do we make decisions?
We receive guidance from the Office of Superintendent Public Instruction (OSPI). The superintendent, school board members, and curriculum leaders then review the guidelines to make decisions and make sure we are in compliance with state law. To read the latest information regarding continuous education from OSPI, visit https://www.k12.wa.us/sites/default/files/public/communications/OSPI%20Publication%20-%20Continuous%20Learning%202020.pdf

 
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