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Continuity of Learning
Frequently Asked Questions


COVID-19 Continuity of Learning Plans for 2019–20 Academic Year

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Although Michigan’s K–12 school buildings have closed for the remainder of the school year, the Lansing School District is determined to ensure student learning can continue.

Here’s how.

Teachers, counselors and support staff from across the district will be working closely with students and families to deliver the tools they need to keep growing and learning.

These frequently asked questions are divided into sections, so you can quickly find the answers you’re seeking:

General Questions

PreK Students

K–6 Students

7-12 Students

Students with IEPs and 504s

 


General Questions

Q. How is this going to work? I don’t have the time or ability to home-school my child.
A. The school district’s plans don’t ask parents/guardians to home-school their child(ren), instead, our district’s educators will provide instructional and personal services directly, in the safety of your home. We’ll be using a number of different methods, from mail, printed packets, text messages and phone calls to high-quality online platforms.

Parents’ involvement will be required only to the extent we need to identify your technology needs and address special learning concerns. In some cases, our educators may call or reach out via text; otherwise, our aim is to be focused on your child.

Q. What if we don’t have access to a computer or the internet right now?
A. Depending on your child’s grade level, you may not need one. At minimum, the Lansing School District will distribute devices as needed to students in grades 7–12.

We’ll be calling families across the district to find out where devices are needed; for every home that’s already equipped with a computer and internet, we’ll be able to share one more with another family that lacks access.

Q. So how will my child receive all the materials he/she needs to learn?
A. Elementary students in grades K-6 will receive district branded grade level packets. Parents/guardians will be invited to pick them up at their child’s school on Friday, April 24, 2020 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Q. Will the work my child completes be graded?
A. Through the weekly check-ins with teachers, students will be monitored for progress and feedback will be given. Please refer to the section that covers your child’s grade level for your answer.

Q. How will the school district communicate with me?
A. Again, this answer will vary by each student’s grade level. However, the district will continue the use of surveys, district website postings, and the “Let’s Talk” application to gather your input and share information. We’ll also work to produce necessary print materials and social media posts. We’ll also continue working with local media to get out key information. Finally, you can also continue relying on the InTouch robocall system for phone calls, emails and texts.

Q. When does all this work begin?
A. Beginning April 16, 2020, the Lansing School District began reaching out with all of the following:

  • Phone contacts from school personnel to all families
  • Learning plans for PreK students, including email and phone contact
  • Branded grade level packets for students in grades K–6
  • Needed in-home technology, complete with student and parent guides, for students in grades 7–12

Q. What if my child or family needs additional support?
A. The district’s Office of School Culture will deploy its twenty-four (24) student support specialists to conduct phone check-ins with assigned caseload students. These staff members will offer assistance by phone, email, and utilize virtual conferencing with individual students as needed.

Principals and teachers will monitor and assess the needs of students and families. Based on this feedback, student support specialists will make contact with individual students and families to determine what support and/or external resources are needed. Virtual conferencing with school administrators will convene when necessary in order to collaborate on a higher or deeper level concerning the need of any individual student and family.

Q. Will our family still be able to access meals?
A. The Lansing School District will continue to provide meals to our students in the same manner we have since March 16, when the Governor ordered schools closed. Please visit our web site for the latest information about meal distribution.

 


PreK Students

Q. What will my child be doing?
A. PreK students in the Great Start Readiness Program will continue learning through the Core Advantage program, as they have throughout the academic year.

Q. What if my family can’t access the internet?
A. Families in need of technological support should reach out to their child’s teacher.

Q. How will my child’s teacher communicate with us?
A. Lansing educators will engage in two-way communication with families at least two times each week. Additional communication will be provided as needed.

Q. How will my child’s schoolwork and participation be assessed?
A. The school district is placing a high priority on the development and needs of the whole child. We will continue to use COR Advantage to ensure your child continues learning and growing in preparation for the next school year.

Q. What if my preschooler needs help processing his/her feelings about what’s happening now?
A. The Lansing School District will provide support through the Office of School Culture and the Department of Special Education by deploying student support specialists, social workers, and school psychologists to make consistent contact with their students.

 


K–6 Students

Q. How will my child continue his/her learning for the remainder of the year?
A. Elementary students in grades K-6 will receive district branded grade level packets. Parents/guardians will be invited to pick them up at their child’s school on Friday, April 24, 2020 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Additional opportunities for connectedness will occur via Google Classroom and a variety of previously used communication tools such as Class Dojo, Remind, Showbie, New Tech Network Echo, etc.

Literacy and Math
The learning packets will include district curriculum and resources from our HMH Journeys (ELA) and Go Math! lessons.

Other Subjects
Learning in science and social studies will be done through compelling, interesting projects that can be done at home. Each week, we’ll provide a unique lesson that can occur over a sequence of days. We’ll use the same approach for art, music and physical education, so your student can keep growing and experiencing new things over time.

Social Emotional Learning
Lansing’s Office of School Culture will provide its own learning packet of lessons and family inclusive activities.

The learning packets will include a customized letter from the school principal that provides instruction and guidance on completing the packets. Classroom teachers and support staff will work together to make contact with each student/family at least twice per week.

Q. What if my family can’t access the internet?
A. Grades K-6 students will receive printed learning packets on April 24, 2020. The design of the packet allows for extended learning through a technology device if one is available, but no computer will be required. The printed packets are being provided to address equity and allow for a format that embeds lessons to address the whole child.

Q. How will my child’s teacher communicate with us?
A. Lansing educators will engage in two-way communication with families at least two times each week. Additional communications will be provided as needed.

Q. How will my child’s schoolwork and participation be graded?
A. Classroom instructors will reach out twice per week to monitor and provide feedback on your child’s progress. Although no letter grades will be assigned to this work, the work in the packets is critical for preparing your child for success at the next grade level.

We know that nothing can replace the value of face to face teaching, however we are already planning how we will adjust instruction in the fall for the needs of all of our students. In the fall of 2020, students will be assessed in grades K-3 with AimsWeb Plus to determine readiness and the need for re-teaching. Students in grades 4-12 will be assessed in the same manner using NWEA with MAP Growth in particular.

Please feel free to communicate to your child’s teacher about any concern specific to your child.

Q. What if my student needs help processing his/her feelings?
A. The Lansing School District will provide support through the Office of School Culture and the Department of Special Education by deploying student support specialists, social workers, and school psychologists to make consistent contact with their students.

 


7-12 Students

Q. How will my child continue his/her learning for the remainder of the year?
A. Students in grades 7–12 will have a variety of options to continue their learning. The primary mode of instruction and support for all students in grades 7–12 will be the web-based and technology supported program, APEX.

The district will distribute technological devices as needed. The distribution will take place Friday, April 24th from 9am - 2pm at your child's school. Prior to distribution, designated staff will contact every student in grades 7–12 to obtain clarification of the need for a technological device and to inform them about Wi-Fi options. Families will receive a Robo-call notification prior to Friday, April 24th confirming that they should report to the school for the device distribution. Additionally the Device Agreement and Internet Access documents will be provided.

Students will need to visit www.lansingschools.net/CoL to retrieve and review the following documents that will provide additional support and guidance on the remote learning plan for 7-12 students:

  • Letter from the Principal
  • Student/Parent Guide
  • Option 1: APEX Supplemental Learning eCodes & Online Enrollment Instructions
  • Option 2: Grades 9-12 Daily Schedule
  • Internet Access Flyer

Q. What if my child does not need a device, do we need to report to the school on Friday, April 24th?
A
. Students who do not need a device do not need to go to their schools on Friday, April 24th.  These students will need to visit www.lansingschools.net/CoL to retrieve and review the following documents that will provide additional support and guidance on the remote learning plan for 7-12 students:

  • Letter from the Principal
  • Student/Parent Guide
  • Student Vue Learning Option Selection Instructions
  • Option 1: APEX Supplemental Learning eCodes and Online Enrollment Instructions
  • Option 2:  Grades 9-12 Daily Schedule
  • Internet Access Flyer

Q. What will my child need to do next?
A. All students will receive their current (as of March 13) Marking Period 3 grade for their final Semester 2 grade. For any of the following continued learning options, no student grade can or will be lower than the March 13 grade. However, student grades can be adjusted upward.
If desired, students will have the ability to continue their learning in each course using a modified 4th Marking Period plan. See options below:

Option 1: Supplemental Learning
Students who are content with their final Semester 2 grade can choose to participate in supplemental learning, in each of their courses, through the supplemental APEX Learning Platform.

This supplemental, online learning is an opportunity to continue learning without any changes to final grades. In other words, this option is not credit recovery. Students will complete the learning activities on their own as this option does not include teacher support. Student work on this platform will not be evaluated.

Option 2: Teacher-Led Instruction
Students who want to improve their final Semester 2 grades and/or continue learning through a teacher-led format can participate in teacher-led lessons according to a specific schedule.

Time slots are designated for teachers to be available for each class and to provide learning opportunities. Teachers and students are not expected to engage during the entire scheduled time. Students who adequately complete all of the assigned activities for each class will receive an increase of one letter grade.

  • Students may choose which classes they want to participate in to earn an increased grade.
  • Students must make a minimum of 1 weekly contact (through Google-classroom, email, phone, or attending virtual face-to-face meetings) with their teachers in the classes they are participating in. Students must complete assignments, activities, and projects to earn an increased grade.
  • Students who do NOT complete the assigned activities for each class will NOT receive an increase of one letter grade.

Option 3: “Taking a G”
This option is for students who passed a class, but do not want their grade to affect their GPA. The “G” is applicable to current Lansing School District administrative practices that supports the provision of assigning a grade of “G” due to an extenuating circumstance.

Whether or not students participate in option 1 or 2, any student who is not happy with his/her grade but is passing their class can opt to take a “G” for a Semester 2 grade. A “G” will not impact students’ GPA but does indicate that the student earned the credit for the class.

Senior Credit Recovery
Any senior who needs to make up credits for graduation must participate in the APEX credit recovery program. Students will need to communicate with credit recovery teachers to complete assessments and complete the required course. This option is only available for senior students to meet graduation requirements.

Q. How will my child choose his/her option for continuing learning?
A.
All students will go to their Student Vue Synergy Account to make their selection. The instructions on this process are included in the documents that will be posted at www.lansingschools.net/CoL. The specific document to review for this is Student Vue Learning Option Selection Instructions.

Q. What if my family can’t access the internet?
A. Grades 7-12 students will be provided a technology device as needed to engage in on-line learning through APEX Learning. Additionally, each student will receive a resource document that references several internet access options that are either free of charge or are being offered at a discounted rate during the time of school closure.

Q. How will my child’s teacher communicate with us?
A. Lansing educators will engage in two-way communications with families at least two times each week. Additional communications will be provided as needed.

Q. How will my child’s schoolwork and participation be graded?
A. We know that nothing can replace the value of face to face teaching, however we are already planning how we will adjust instruction in the fall for the needs of all of our students.
Depending on which option for grading your child chooses, criteria has been established by grade level to determine the rate at which students should show mastery in order to successfully complete content for the current school year and be best prepared for the 2020-2021 school year. Alternate forms of assessment, such as special projects, digital presentations, and written reports, will be used.

Classroom instructors will reach out twice per week. Additional monitoring will occur through Google Classroom with classroom instructors convening office hours to provide support, guidance, and feedback on work completed. Teachers will also provide instructional sessions through Google Classroom on content that requires a review of background knowledge along with guidance on steps to master new content.

The Lansing School District will work with and support school level leaders and
classroom instructors as they evaluate the participation of pupils in the plan via phone contact logs, Google Classroom and related classroom convening tools for instruction, tutorials, and office hours. Using the aforementioned tools, a rubric designating minimum and maximum participation expectations will be documented.

Students in grades 9-12 completing and/or recovering credits for graduation who prefer a letter grade rather than a P (Pass) will complete APEX modified assessments.
Please feel free to communicate to your child’s teacher about any concern specific to your child.

Q. What if my child needs extra support?
A. The district’s Office of School Culture will deploy its twenty-four (24) student support specialists to conduct phone check-ins with assigned caseload students. Student support specialists will also provide social emotional assistance by phone, email, and utilize virtual conferencing with individual students as needed.

Principals and teachers will monitor and assess the needs of students and families. Based on this feedback, student support specialists will make contact with individual students and families to determine what support and/or external resources are needed. Virtual conferencing with school administrators will convene when necessary in order to collaborate on a higher or deeper level concerning the need of any individual student and family.

Q. My child participates in career and technical education (CTE). How will these classes be continued?
A. The Lansing School District has received notification of a letter that was issued to parents of CTE students enrolled in the Ingham ISD Wilson Talent Center. The letter indicates that the Wilson Talent Center will be implementing a Continuity of Learning Plan on April 28, 2020.
The communication further indicates that CTE students should be aware of their Office 365 email login and password in order to participate in the proposed online mode of learning to complete the courses for the 2019-2020 school year. If you have questions about CTE, please contact your high school counselor.

Q. What happens to students that are taking part in dual enrollment programs?
A. Students dually enrolled will be held to the agreement made between the postsecondary institution and the Lansing School District in accordance with state law.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact your school counselor.

 


Students with IEPs or 504s

Q. How will students with IEPs or 504s be taught using remote methods?
A. The Special Education Department of the Lansing School District, in response to Executive Order 2020-35, ensures all students with disabilities have equitable opportunities to access the methods for delivery of instruction, in accordance with all students in the Lansing School District.

Methods for delivery of instruction may include written, telephonic or virtual learning, including outreach, to each student with an IEP or 504 plan. Instruction and services will be delivered in light of each student’s individual circumstances and will be monitored on a weekly basis.

Related services may include:
Speech and Language:

  • Support students and families with functional language skills at home
  • Promote generalization of already mastered articulation skills at home
  • Promote communication skills with families at home

School Social Work:

  • Support families of students with behavioral needs
  • Support students’ mental health needs by referral to the Office of School Culture
  • Provide resources to families

Occupational and Physical Therapy

  • Support families with sensory diets
  • Provide mindfulness activities and resources
  • Parent and student contact

In summary, the Lansing School District assures that all students’ grades Prek-12 will be
supported and guided through remote learning as required as a result of Executive Order
2020-35.

The Lansing School District will follow the recommendations of the Michigan
Department of Education and MAISA as it relates to student engagement and time on
task.

Staff expectations for monitoring and feedback of student work will be carried out
and documented through digital logs and applicable record-keeping formats. Every effort
will be made to ensure that students are provided an alternate mode of learning with
embedded supports through the end of the school year.

Q. What about students who are English Learners?
A. The school district will produce approximately 600 English Learner packets in multiple languages to support students currently learning the English language.


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If you have questions that aren't answered above, please contact us through our Let's Talk site or email us at covid19@lansingschools.net