The District 196 distance learning plan is unique to support the learning of students at all grade levels.
District 196 is implementing distance learning in compliance with an executive order from Governor Walz. The distance learning plan supports the learning of students at all grade levels in District 196 with a goal to provide meaningful learning for students and maintain personalized connections in the event that students are unable to be in the school building(s) due to an emergency situation (e.g. epidemic or other emergency).
The distance learning plan includes grades K-3 learning opportunities, both online and offline, and grades 4-12 learning opportunities that incorporate a larger use of our digital platforms. We are fortunate that for grades 4-12, we have a robust one-to-one technology learning environment that includes Schoology, our learning management system.
We recognize that learning at home and/or online provides a different educational experience than the traditional learning environment we are accustomed to within schools. We are dedicated to facilitating meaningful learning as effectively as possible in these circumstances, given the tools available. We also recognize our staff, students, and families may be facing unprecedented challenges during an emergency closure and we all need to be patient, supportive, and understanding. Flexibility and communication is key as we navigate emergency school closure and distance learning.
MDE FAMILY ENGAGEMENT WEEK JUNE 1-5, 2020
The Minnesota Department of Education is hosting a digital Family Engagement Week and with webinars and resources for families to help support student learning over the summer. Throughout the week, education experts will be hosting series of online events and promoting resources to help support families over the summer months during these unprecedented times.
- Tuesday, June 2 at 1 p.m. families can learn more about summer learning activities hosted by public libraries and community locations during a webinar with State Library Services. Registration is available here.
- Tuesday, June 2 at 4 p.m. parenting educator and 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year Katy Smith will provide tools for Parenting in Uncertain Times. Registration is available here.
- Wednesday, June 3 at 10 a.m. families can learn more about engaging early learners in literacy and math with activities for the whole family.Registration for the June 3 webinar is available here. This webinar will be repeated on Thursday, June 4 at 5 p.m. Registration for the June 4 webinar is available here.
- Thursday, June 4 at 10 a.m. families can learn about MDE’s Summer Food Service Program including how they can access free meals in their community. Registration is available here.
The goal is for K-5 students to be engaged in learning for a total of 2.5 hours throughout each day as the students navigate and complete learning activities and related tasks as part of the learning community.
The goal is for secondary students to be engaged in learning, as a general guideline, for no more than 40 minutes per class per day for those classes that met on a daily basis. This includes time for completing assignments/tasks and any direct instruction.
The goal is for ABE students to continue their learning at home through distance learning. This includes online lessons and activities from their teachers and distance learning platforms such as MobyMax, Read Theory, or Edmentum/Plato.
The goal is for Transition Plus students to continue their learning at home through distance learning. This includes online lessons and activities from the teachers and distance learning platforms such as: SeeSaw, Schoology, Collab, Google Drive, Email, Zoom and phone.
The goal in early childhood for children and families is to be engaged in learning activities and exploration through common daily routines.