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Teaching and Learning
As we begin the 2020-2021 school year, our goal is to communicate with and engage our students through meaningful and thoughtful learning experiences, both online and in school. In school, students and staff will adhere to safety protocols. When working from home, Google Classroom will be the primary platform used in grades UPK-12. This instruction, both synchronous and asynchronous, will also adhere to the New York State Learning Standards. Students will be provided with instruction aligned to academic programs which include regular and substantive interactions with an appropriately certified teacher regardless of delivery method, whether in person, remote or hybrid.

We understand that not all students have access to the internet and or WiFi. Information about possible solutions will be made available by the Technology Department.

Effective Instructional Practices
The fundamentals of teaching and learning hold true in our classrooms as well as in a home environment. We will make every effort to hold true to these fundamentals.

  • Lesson objectives will be clearly communicated to students.
  • Content and skills will be introduced and reinforced in a variety of ways.
  • Collaboration is an important part of learning. Students will have opportunities to interact with their teacher and each other
  • Teachers will continue to monitor student progress and provide timely feedback. 
  • Guidelines for grading and assessments are being discussed and information will be forthcoming, pending State Education Department guidance.

Supporting the Home Environment 
Parents can:

  • Set up a daily family routine, including healthy eating and sleeping habits; create a daily schedule that includes quiet work time, physical activity, and family time.
  • Talk each day with your child about his/her work and promote literacy by reading to your child and encouraging him/her to read independently.
  • Limit and monitor TV watching, gaming, social media and unproductive computer time.

School Schedules

Schools will open to the hybrid learning model on September 24, 2020.
The decision was made on August 27 to begin the 2020-2021 school year in a remote learning model.

With the Governor’s announcement that schools were allowed to open under specified conditions for operation, the decision was made to open school using a hybrid model.

As per New York State Guidelines the Lakeland Central School District has prepared schedules for three possible re-entry scenarios, 100% In Person, 100% Remote, and Hybrid Learning in which some students will attend school on a particular day and others will work from home in order to meet CDC Guidelines for social distancing. 

As stated earlier in this document, in all three scenarios students will be provided with instruction aligned to academic programs which include regular and substantive interactions with an appropriately certified teacher regardless of delivery method, whether in person, remote or hybrid. Instruction is aligned to outcomes in  New York State Standards. All instruction has been developed so that whether delivered in-person, remotely or through a hybrid model due to a local or state closure, there are clear opportunities for instruction that are accessible to all students.

Update August 12, 2020 -
Two-Hour Delay Schedule- Because of the potential hardship this element of our plan would create for our families, the two-hour delay has been removed from the schedule for the fully in-person and hybrid models.

100% Remote Learning Option -  Unless the District moves fully to an in-person learning model, we will be offering a 100% remote learning option for ALL students. If you plan to take advantage of this option, we ask you to complete this form to help us plan for this learning method. Please submit one form for each of your children no later than August 24, 2020. Please note that this option will require a minimum 10-week commitment from families. We will consider requests to change a student’s status to remote learning after the initial enrollment period on a case-by-case basis.

Hybrid Model


Hybrid Learning - Sample Student Schedules (subject to revision)

In order to reduce student density, all LCSD schools will group students by “A” or “B” cohorts. These cohorts of students will alternately attend school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, with Wednesdays acting as a “Flex” day and being all virtual.

Student groupings of “A” and “B” cohorts will be selected by alphabetical order as follows:
“A” cohort  = students with the last name that begins with A-L.
“B” cohort  = students with the last name that begins with M-Z.

A/B cohorts will generally be created alphabetically.  In addition, the building administration will consider other variables such as grade level, class-size, type of class, siblings, and/or extenuating circumstances deemed necessary to balance density levels.

All hybrid/remote school schedules were created to provide for optimal daily student interactions with teaching staff and to accommodate an A/B schedule. Students in grades 6-12 will be provided with a Google email account to ease communication between students and teachers.

Typical 5 day week A/B schedule:

Monday
"A” Cohort in School
“B” Virtual Participation
Tuesday
"B" Cohort in School
"A" Virtual Participation
Wednesday - NO STUDENTS IN SCHOOL
ALL VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION.
Thursday
"A” Cohort in School
"B” Virtual Participation
Friday
"B" Cohort in School
"A" Virtual Participation

Wednesday is a “Flex” Day which will be utilized for the following: 
Virtual instruction for all students; teachers will be expected to monitor emails throughout the day.
Mandated meetings that require teacher/staff attendance
As a day of in-person instruction during weeks shortened due to holidays (see examples below).
A Flex-day shortened week calendar will be provided for planning purposes.
 

Schedule for weeks containing a single holiday will be adjusted with the use of the Flex-day as an instructional in the school day.

Example 1
Monday
Schools Closed
Tuesday
"A" Cohort in School
"B" Virtual Participation
Wednesday FLEX
"B" Cohort in School
"A" Virtual Participation
Thursday
"A” Cohort in School
"B" Virtual Participation
Friday
"B" Cohort in School
"A" Virtual Participation

Example 2
Monday
"A" Cohort in School
"B" Virtual Participation
Tuesday
"B" Cohort in School
"A" Virtual Participation
Wednesday FLEX
"A" Cohort in School
"B" Virtual Participation
Thursday
"B" Cohort in School
"A"
Virtual Participation
Friday
Schools Closed

Example 3
Monday

"A" Cohort in School
"B" Virtual Participation
Tuesday
Schools Closed
Wednesday FLEX

"B" Cohort in School
"A" Virtual Participation
Thursday
"A" Cohort in School

"B" Virtual Participation
Friday
"B" Cohort in School
"A" Virtual Participation

Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK)
Mode of Learning-In Person
All students attend school and follow the master schedule for the building.

Mode of Learning-Hybrid
UPK students will follow their typical cohort groupings of am and pm and regularly scheduled day. During a five day week all students, including UPK, will work from home on Wednesdays, “Flex” Day.

UPK Student Day   
AM Cohort   9:00 - 11:30 am
PM Cohort 12:30 -  3:00 pm

Mode of Learning-Remote
All students will work from home.  Opportunities for synchronous contact with teachers, remote instruction, and support will be provided along with recorded lessons and other assignments via Google Classroom.  Examples of synchronous and asynchronous activities are included in the chart below. A schedule will be communicated by your child’s teacher.

English Language Learners
In order to address the learning loss experienced by many English language learners (ELLs), in both their English language development and their mastery of content area knowledge the LCSD will:

  • New registrants whose Home Language Questionnaire notes a second language is spoken in the home will be screened for ENL services via an individual interview. If the individual interview shows the student’s primary language is other than English, the student will be given the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL) within the first 30 days of school opening to determine the student’s English language proficiency level.
  • All ELLs will be placed appropriately and will be provided units of study based on their last English proficiency assessments, either the NYSITELL given to new entrants in the 2020-2021 school year, or the results of the spring 2019 New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test  (NYSESLAT).  
  • Former ELLs who tested Commanding in 2018 or 2019 will be eligible for transitional ENL services and/or will be monitored through integrated content instruction with the ENL teachers and ENL teacher-to-student check-ins.
  • Progress monitoring will be done by using the NYSESLAT Targets of Measurement in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • All ELLs are assigned to an AB cohort and attend school on all 4 days to meet New York State mandated ENL units of study.
  • ELLs at the elementary level are going to receive services 4xs per week during I-Block. ELLs requiring a second unit of ENL will receive services in the classroom and can receive virtual services on Wednesdays to assist with classwork.
  • ELLs at the middle and high school levels are scheduled for one or two periods of service ENL services 4xs per week and can receive virtual services on Wednesdays to assist with classwork. 
  • During the hybrid model of instruction, stand-alone and integrated content instruction will be provided through a combination of in-person and remote (synchronous and asynchronous) lessons.
  • The remote learning portion of their schedule will include a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning. 
  • ENL teachers will communicate with the parents/guardians of ELLs in the parents/guardians preferred language on a regular basis. Translators will be utilized to support teacher-parent meetings (using Google Meets) where appropriate. 
  • The District will host its annual ENL Parent Workshop remotely in late September/early October.
Elementary

Mode of Learning-In Person
All students attend school and follow the master schedule for the building.

Mode of Learning - Hybrid
Students will be divided into two cohorts (A & B). School days will be designated as A or B Days. The  “A cohort” will attend school on A Days, The “B cohort” will attend school on B Days. On opposite days, students will work from home but live stream into their classroom according to their schedule. During a five-day week, all students will work from home on Wednesdays.

Cohorting
When the District or individual schools within the District are operating under Hybrid Learning Model, approximately fifty percent of students will attend in-person classes in the school building while the other fifty percent engage in classes and coursework online from home. Students will alternate between in-school and virtual participation according to a set rotation of cohorts (A/B-A/B).

Virtual Participation
Classrooms will be equipped with technology for screencasting or direct streaming of instruction, allowing at-home students to participate in the instructional portions of each class. The cohort of students that are attending classes from home will follow virtually the same schedule as the cohort that is in-school.

Elementary School Student Day: 8:20 am - 2:30 pm

All students will follow a master building schedule. Class schedules will be posted in the teachers' Google Classroom.
Mode of Learning - 100% Remote/Virtual
When the District or individual schools within the District are operating under a 100% Remote Learning Model, the student and the teacher are separated by distance, and cannot meet in a traditional physical classroom setting. Therefore, all classes and coursework are facilitated online. All students, UPK-12, have devices and access to hotspots for Wi-Fi.

Lakeland Central School District has designed a Remote Learning Model using a combination of Synchronous and Asynchronous activities.
  • Remote Learning - At home learning via Google Classroom.
  • Synchronous  -  “Live” via Google Meet. Examples include but are not limited to: Direct instruction, check-ins, mini-lessons, small group, clarifying expectations and showcasing student work, assessment practices that require spontaneous teacher-student interactions, delivery of academic and social-emotional support services, engagement.
  • Asynchronous - “Not live” streaming via Google Classroom. Examples include but are not limited: Pre-recorded content, recorded readings, modeling, lectures/talks, voice over PowerPoints, video clips or screencastify, Benchmark, DreamBox, GO Math!, Castle Learning
Remote learning will involve a balance of synchronous (live and in real time) and asynchronous experiences. 

The recommended routines and specific schedules within the following school sections are intended to provide clarity and consistency. The guidelines were developed with consideration for student readiness and developmental differences.

The purpose of synchronous sessions include opportunities for daily substantive interaction between students and teachers.

Synchronous opportunities may include:

  • Check-ins;
  • Direct instruction;
  • Mini-lessons;
  • Differentiated learning;
  • Clarifying  expectations and showcasing student work;
  • Assessment practices that require spontaneous teacher-student interaction;
  • Delivery of academic and social-emotional support services; 
  • Engagement in discussions related to course content
Asynchronous opportunities support synchronous sessions and may include:
  • Building prior knowledge;  
  • Reinforcing learning and practicing skills;
  • Deepening understanding of concepts and expanding skills;
  • Assessment practices that do not require spontaneous; teacher-student interactions;
  • Developing projects and performances that demonstrate student achievement;
  • Conducting research;
  • Pre-recorded content;
  • Recorded readings;
  • Modeling; 
  • Lectures/talks;
  • Voice over on PowerPoints;
  • Video clips;
  • Benchmark, DreamBox, GO Math!, YouTube, History Channel, TED Talks, Khan Academy, Castle Learning, Raz-Kids are some examples of what you can expect

Remote Learning Schedules
All buildings will follow a master building schedule.

Elementary School
Elementary school schedules will be posted on each teacher’s Google Classroom.
Elementary remote experience for each day is between the hours of 8:20 am and 2:30 pm
Daily Elementary Remote Schedule - Times will follow individual building schedules.

Student attendance will be taken via: 

  • The student must be present for a scheduled Google Meet; OR
  • The student must complete a teacher created check-in form; OR
  • The student must demonstrate engagement by completing assignments; OR
  • The teacher has made contact with the student or a parent and none of the above criteria can be met due to technology issues, etc.

ELEMENTARY STUDENT SCHEDULE - ALL STUDENTS 5 DAYS PER WEEK
ACCORDING TO YOUR CHILD’S SCHEDULE-POSTED TO GOOGLE CLASSROOM
(subject to revision)

 

Preparing to log onto Chromebook for synchronous activities/attendance

ELA

Live Google Meet for a portion of ELA lesson followed by asynchronous Google Classroom assignments

Math

Live Google Meet for a portion of Math lesson followed by asynchronous Google Classroom assignments

iBlock

Live Google Meet for small groups as needed AND Independent intervention tasks

Lunch

At home

Sci/SS

Live Google Meet for a portion of Sci/SS lesson followed by asynchronous Google Classroom assignments

Specials

Live Google Meet for a portion of Specials lesson followed by asynchronous Google Classroom assignments

Dismissal

 


Middle School
Middle School Student Day: 9:30 am - 3:45 pm

All students will follow a master building schedule. Class schedules will be posted in the teachers' Google Classroom.

Mode of Learning-In Person
All students attend school and follow the master schedule for the building.

Mode of Learning-Hybrid

Students will be divided into two cohorts (A & B). School days will be designated as A or B Days. The  “A cohort” will attend school on A Days, The “B cohort” will attend school on B Days. On opposite days, students will work from home but live stream into their classroom according to their schedule. During a five-day week, all students will work from home on Wednesdays.

Cohorting
When the District or individual schools within the District are operating under Hybrid Learning Model, approximately fifty percent of students will attend in-person classes in the school building while the other fifty percent engage in classes and coursework online from home. Students will alternate between in-school and virtual participation according to a set rotation of cohorts (A/B-A/B).

Virtual Participation
Classrooms will be equipped with technology for screencasting or direct streaming of instruction, allowing at-home students to participate in the instructional portions of each class.  The cohort of students that are attending classes from home will follow virtually the same schedule as the cohort that is in-school.

Middle School Student Bell Schedule
 A/B Remote Check-in  8:55 am - 9:25 am
 Period One  9:30 am - 10:09 am
 Period Two  10:12 am - 10:51 am
 Period Three  10:54 am - 11:33 am
 Period Four (Grade 6 Lunch)  11:36 am - 12:15 pm
 Period Five (Grade 7 Lunch)  12:18 pm - 12:57 pm
 Period Six (Grade 8 Lunch)  1:00 pm - 1:39 pm
 Period Seven  1:42 pm - 2:21 pm
 Period Eight  2:24 pm - 3:03 pm
 Period Nine  3:06 pm - 3:45 pm














Mode of Learning - 100% Remote/Virtual
When the District or individual schools within the District are operating under a 100% Remote Learning Model, the student and the teacher are separated by distance, and cannot meet in a traditional physical classroom setting. Therefore, all classes and coursework are facilitated online. All students, UPK-12, have devices and access to hotspots for Wi-Fi.

Remote learning will involve a balance of synchronous (live and in real time) and asynchronous experiences. 
Lakeland Central School District has designed a Remote Learning Model using a combination of Synchronous and Asynchronous activities.
  • Remote Learning - At home learning via Google Classroom.
  • Synchronous  -  “Live” via Google Meet. Examples include but are not limited to: Direct instruction, check-ins, mini-lessons, small group, clarifying expectations and showcasing student work, assessment practices that require spontaneous teacher-student interactions, delivery of academic and social-emotional support services, engagement.
  • Asynchronous - “Not live” streaming via Google Classroom. Examples include but are not limited: Pre-recorded content, recorded readings, modeling, lectures/talks, voice over PPowerPoints, video clips or screencastify, Benchmark, DreamBox, GO Math!, Castle Learning
Remote learning will involve a balance of synchronous (live and in real time) and asynchronous experiences.

The recommended routines and specific schedules within the following school sections are intended to provide clarity and consistency. The guidelines were developed with consideration for student readiness and developmental differences.

The purpose of synchronous sessions include opportunities for daily substantive interaction between students and teachers.

Synchronous opportunities may include:

  • Check-ins;
  • Direct instruction;
  • Mini-lessons;
  • Differentiated learning;
  • Clarifying  expectations and showcasing student work;
  • Assessment practices that require spontaneous teacher-student interaction;
  • Delivery of academic and social-emotional support services; 
  • Engagement in discussions related to course content
Asynchronous opportunities support synchronous sessions and may include:
  • Building prior knowledge;  
  • Reinforcing learning and practicing skills;
  • Deepening understanding of concepts and expanding skills;
  • Assessment practices that do not require spontaneous; teacher-student interactions;
  • Developing projects and performances that demonstrate student achievement;
  • Conducting research;
  • Pre-recorded content;
  • Recorded readings;
  • Modeling; 
  • Lectures/talks;
  • Voice over on PowerPoints;
  • Video clips;
  • Benchmark, DreamBox, GO Math!, YouTube, History Channel, TED Talks, Khan Academy, Castle Learning, Raz-Kids are some examples of what you can expect
Middle School
Middle School remote experience for each day is between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:37 pm 

Daily Middle School Remote Schedule (per period as per student’s schedule)
Times will follow the regular building bell schedule.

Student attendance will be taken via: 

  • The student must be present for a scheduled Google Meet; OR
  • The student must complete a teacher created check-in form; OR
  • The student must demonstrate engagement by completing assignments; OR
  • The teacher has made contact with the student or a parent and none of the above criteria can be met due to technology issues, etc.

LIVE academic instruction will be provided for a portion of each period along with asynchronous work.
LIVE ENCORE instruction will be provided for a portion of each class along with asynchronous work.

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT SCHEDULE ALL STUDENTS 5 DAYS PER WEEK
ACCORDING TO REGULAR BELL SCHEDULE

(subject to revision)

Period One

Live Google mini-lesson followed by asynchronous Google Classroom assignments

Period Two

Live Google mini-lesson followed by asynchronous Google Classroom assignments

Period Three

Live Google mini-lesson followed by asynchronous Google Classroom assignments

Period Four

6th grade-Lunch at home

7th/8th-Live Google mini-lesson followed by asynchronous Google Classroom assignments

Period Five

7th grade- Lunch at home

6th/8th- Live Google mini-lesson followed by asynchronous Google Classroom assignments

Period Six

8th grade- Lunch at home

6th/7th- Live Google mini-lesson followed by asynchronous Google Classroom assignments

Period Seven

Live Google mini-lesson followed by asynchronous Google Classroom assignments

Period Eight

Live Google mini-lesson followed by asynchronous Google Classroom assignments

Period Nine

Live Google mini-lesson followed by asynchronous Google Classroom assignments


High School

Mode of Learning-In Person
All students attend school and follow the master schedule for the building.


All students will follow a master building schedule. Class schedules will be posted in the teachers' Google Classroom.

Mode of Learning-Hybrid
Students will be divided into two cohorts (A & B). School days will be designated as A or B Days. The  “A cohort” will attend school on A Days, The “B cohort” will attend school on B Days. On opposite days, students will work from home but live stream into their classroom according to their schedule. During a five-day week, all students will work from home on Wednesdays.

High School Student Day: 7:20 am - 1:41 pm
Period Nine - Teacher Check-in, as needed, 1:46 pm – 2:20  pm

Cohorting
When the District or individual schools within the District are operating under Hybrid Learning Model, approximately fifty percent of students will attend in-person classes in the school building while the other fifty percent engage in classes and coursework online from home. Students will alternate between in-school and virtual participation according to a set rotation of cohorts (A/B-A/B).

Virtual Participation
Classrooms will be equipped with technology for screencasting or direct streaming of instruction, allowing at-home students to participate in the instructional portions of each class.  The cohort of students that are attending classes from home will follow virtually the same schedule as the cohort that is in-school.
High School Student Bell Schedule
 Period One  7:20 am - 8:05 am
 Period Two  8:08 am - 8:53 am
 Period Three  8:56 am - 9:41 am
 Period Four
 9:44 am - 10:29 am
 Period Five   10:32 am - 11:17 am
 Period Six
 11:20 am - 12:05 pm
 Period Seven  12:08 pm - 12:53 pm
 Period Eight  12:56 pm - 1:41 pm
 Period Nine Check-in, as needed   1:46 pm - 2:20 pm











Mode of Learning-100% Remote/Virtual
When the District or individual schools within the District are operating under a 100% Remote Learning Model, the student and the teacher are separated by distance, and cannot meet in a traditional physical classroom setting. Therefore, all classes and coursework are facilitated online. All students, UPK-12, have devices and access to hotspots for Wi-Fi.

Remote learning will involve a balance of synchronous (live and in real time) and asynchronous experiences. 
Lakeland Central School District has designed a Remote Learning Model using a combination of Synchronous and Asynchronous activities.
  • Remote Learning - At home learning via Google Classroom.
  • Synchronous  -  “Live” via Google Meet. Examples include but are not limited to: Direct instruction, check-ins, mini-lessons, small group, clarifying expectations and showcasing student work, assessment practices that require spontaneous teacher-student interactions, delivery of academic and social-emotional support services, engagement.
  • Asynchronous - “Not live” streaming via Google Classroom. Examples include but are not limited: Pre-recorded content, recorded readings, modeling, lectures/talks, voice over PPowerPoints, video clips or screencastify, Benchmark, DreamBox, GO Math!, Castle Learning
Remote learning will involve a balance of synchronous (live and in real time) and asynchronous experiences.

The recommended routines and specific schedules within the following school sections are intended to provide clarity and consistency. The guidelines were developed with consideration for student readiness and developmental differences.

The purpose of synchronous sessions include opportunities for daily substantive interaction between students and teachers.

Synchronous opportunities may include:

  • Check-ins;
  • Direct instruction;
  • Mini-lessons;
  • Differentiated learning;
  • Clarifying  expectations and showcasing student work;
  • Assessment practices that require spontaneous teacher-student interaction;
  • Delivery of academic and social-emotional support services; 
  • Engagement in discussions related to course content
Asynchronous opportunities support synchronous sessions and may include:
  • Building prior knowledge;  
  • Reinforcing learning and practicing skills;
  • Deepening understanding of concepts and expanding skills;
  • Assessment practices that do not require spontaneous; teacher-student interactions;
  • Developing projects and performances that demonstrate student achievement;
  • Conducting research;
  • Pre-recorded content;
  • Recorded readings;
  • Modeling; 
  • Lectures/talks;
  • Voice over on PowerPoints;
  • Video clips;
  • Benchmark, DreamBox, GO Math!, YouTube, History Channel, TED Talks, Khan Academy, Castle Learning, Raz-Kids are some examples of what you can expect
High School
Schedules are posted through Home Access and on the teacher's Google Classroom.
High School remote experience starts at 9:20 am and ends at 2:02 pm.


Student attendance will be taken via: 

  • The student must be present for a scheduled Google Meet; OR
  • The student must complete a teacher created check-in form; OR
  • The student must demonstrate engagement by completing assignments; OR
  • The teacher has made contact with the student or a parent and none of the above criteria can be met due to technology issues, etc.

LIVE instruction will be provided for a portion of each period along with asynchronous work.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT SCHEDULE ALL STUDENTS 5 DAYS PER WEEK
ACCORDING TO VIRTUAL BELL SCHEDULE
(subject to revision)

Period One

9:20 - 9:53

Live Google mini-lesson followed by asynchronous Google Classroom assignments

Period Two

9:56 - 10:29

Live Google mini-lesson followed by asynchronous Google Classroom assignments

Period Three

10:32 - 11:05

Live Google mini-lesson followed by asynchronous Google Classroom assignments

Period Four

11:08 - 11:41

Live Google mini-lesson followed by asynchronous Google Classroom assignments

Period Five

11:44 - 12:17

Live Google mini-lesson followed by asynchronous Google Classroom assignments

Period Six

12:20 - 12:53

Live Google mini-lesson followed by asynchronous Google Classroom assignments

Period Seven

12:56-1:29

Live Google mini-lesson followed by asynchronous Google Classroom assignments

Period Eight

1:32 - 2:02

Live Google mini-lesson followed by asynchronous Google Classroom assignments

 

Parental Involvement
The home environment adds a new level of complexity when it comes to parent involvement in the learning process. Only you, your child, and your teacher can find the right balance of parental involvement. In most cases, our recommendation is to give your child just a touch more independence that you may be comfortable with.

Reaching Out for Support
School staff is available to families. Use email and/or phone calls to contact any of our staff. If you are not sure who to contact, reach out to your principal, and they can connect you with someone who can help.

Expectations
Teachers and students should follow these guidelines to ensure productive, respectful continuity of instruction. 

  • Practice Social Distancing. The reason we will continue to use Google Classroom is to enhance the practice of social distancing, in order to prevent the spread of the virus. We suggest that you do not encourage congregations at each other’s homes to do work, socialize, etc. — we want you to stay safe and healthy.
  • Focus and engage. Video and video conferences are an extension of your classroom environment.  Please take great care to ensure the same standards of appropriate classroom behavior apply. These standards include what you say, how you appear on screen, and what is visible in the background. 
  • Respect. Respect the privacy of other participants. Do not take screenshots or pictures of your teacher or fellow students. Do not make any audio or video recordings. These behaviors violate our policies and could result in disciplinary action. Also, the use of headphones when engaging in a voice/video chat will help to ensure the privacy of others.

Teachers will communicate to the administration inappropriate behavior that violates our Technology Acceptable Use Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Appropriate action will be enforced if necessary.

Reminder: Audio or video recording of a Lakeland Staff member or other student(s) without his/her permission is a violation of the District Code of Conduct.

Instructional Guidelines
Instructional guidelines are as follows:

  • We recognize that student-teacher interactions are an important part of the teaching and learning process.  Google Classroom tools including Google Hangouts/Meet are our means of connection to students and a form of checking in, especially for wellness. Teachers will meet synchronously with students who are working from home according to the schedules above.  These meetings are opportunities for teachers to connect with students as well as answer questions, explain assignments, offer feedback, or provide direct instruction and support daily interactions.   
  • Daily communication is expected and new content updates are to be provided according to teachers’ schedules and lesson planning.
  • We are aware of the limited paper and ink available to families and we will attempt to reduce the need to print paper materials whenever possible.   
  • For grades UPK, the focus will be on ELA, Math and foundational skills..
  • Teachers will monitor student progress to ensure participation and check-in with students if they are struggling or non-participatory. Teachers will keep track of students' work, and stay connected.  They will reach out to students/families if a child is not participating in some way. Teachers can consult with support staff for additional assistance as needed. We understand that non-participation in some cases may be the result of an impact due to COVID-19.
  • Ongoing feedback will be provided in a timely manner.  Feedback is formative in nature, should be ongoing and should be shared with the student. Examples of feedback can be in the form of an exit ticket, to gather information on learning, or in Q/A format to account for understanding to the extent possible. 
  • Academic Integrity: Each student is responsible for his/her own work. Academic misconduct, such as plagiarism or cheating, will result in an academic sanction which may include a grade of "zero" for the assignment or test. The parent(s) or guardian(s) will be notified of the offense.  Here is Lakeland’s Code of Conduct.

Attendance and Chronic Absenteeism
Teachers will utilize eSchool to track student attendance.  Attendance for each student will be recorded all days school is in session whether the student is scheduled to attend in person or is working remotely. In order to be marked “present” a student must meet the following criteria:

In Person

Remote

The student must be physically in the classroom when attendance is taken.  If a student is tardy or absent regular practices will be followed.
  • The student must be present for a scheduled Google Meet; OR
  • The student must complete a teacher created check in form; OR
  • The student must demonstrate engagement by completing assignments; OR
  • The teacher has made contact with the student or a parent and none of the above criteria can be met due to technology issues, etc.


The Comprehensive Student Attendance Policy, linked here, will be in effect.

Grading
Plan for Grading
Grades will be calculated based on policies and procedures in place prior to March of 2020.  This information is available in the student handbooks for all schools and in this Board Policy.  eSchool will be used to record and report student grades.  

Class assessments, both formative and summative, will be determined by teachers.

Final Exams 
At this time final exams will be scheduled for each course.  This will be evaluated on an on-going basis. The exact nature of how these exams will be administered and in what format they will be assigned is yet to be determined.

Standardized Assessments
Grade 3-8 State Assessments
All Grade 3-8 assessments will be administered in accordance with pending guidance from the New York State Education Department (NYSED).
Regents Exams
All Regents Exams will be administered in accordance with pending guidance from NYSED.

AP Exams
Information about AP Exams will be updated as it is received from The College Board.
SAT Exams
Information about SAT Exams will be updated as it is received from The College Board.
ACT Exams
Information about ACT Exams will be updated as it is received.

Any questions about Teaching and Learning should be directed to Dr. Karen Gagliardi, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction.