RVCS Distance Learning Plan

River Valley Charter School is committed to providing the optimal learning experiences to all learners. During the days of unexpected, yet necessary closure, RVCS will provide opportunities for Distance Learning. Distance Learning will require students to access offline and online instructional opportunities from home or elsewhere in order to maintain instruction during unplanned school closures and the opportunity to continue the learning process. Teachers communicate directly with students and families to share school content, assignments, due dates, and more.

RVCS distance learning follows the two-day campus instructional model in that any live lessons teachers do will be done on the student’s scheduled onsite campus day.  This means 9th and 10th graders will receive live lessons from their teachers on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 7th, 8th, 11th, and 12th graders will receive live lessons from their teachers on Wednesdays and Fridays.  To determine if the teacher is giving a live lesson, students need to check the teacher’s posted independent study assignment sheet.  Teachers will provide explicit instructions on how they will deliver course content on weekly assignment sheets that will continue to be posted on Jupiter Grades.  All teachers will interact with students on the students’ scheduled days, but the interaction will vary based on the content teachers are delivering to students.

By implementing the schedule below, RVCS is ensuring students have access to their class periods and additional access to teachers for tutoring. Live instruction may take place during these ½ hour class periods. Some teachers will opt to upload pre-recorded videos or PowerPoints; however, they will be available to help students during the student’s scheduled class period. This means Period 1 on T/Th or W/F will still take place on those days, but the “class time” will be from 9:00-9:30 rather than 8:20-9:32. The “class time” periods correspond to students’ on-campus schedules.  This schedule provides students scheduled times with their teachers while providing the teachers the needed time in the afternoons to create the content they will push out to students.

 

Expectations during Distance Learning:

RVCS staff members recognize that we are currently living in a time fraught with uncertainty.  Students are still required to attend school for the remainder of the school year, but we understand there will be challenges that exist for many students and families.  It is imperative that any issues that arise that will hinder a student from accessing their education be communicated with the teachers so they can help assist families in ensuring students continue to learn.

Families should be sure to let the school know if there are technology issues the family is facing.  RVCS will provide Chromebooks to students who need them so they can complete their assignments.

As always, RVCS expects students to do their best on assigned work and complete assignments with integrity and academic honesty.  RVCS asks that students do their best to meet timelines and due dates for all assigned work.  Students are expected to communicate proactively with their teachers if they cannot meet deadlines or require additional support.

Teachers will grade assigned work and post grades to Jupiter.

 

During video conferencing, the following rules apply:

Conduct:

  1. Students or parents are NOT PERMITTED to record/take pictures/screenshots of any part of videoconferencing lessons.
  2. Background noises make it more difficult to meet online. Students should be on mute and wait for recognition by the teacher before they unmute themselves and speak to the group.
  3. Only one participant should speak at a time. Comment in the “Chat” if you want to share and wait to be recognized.
  4. Students should be respectful to all members of the online classroom. Remember this is a learning tool and a school setting.
  5. Students should act appropriately as if they were in a classroom and avoid behavior that would cause a disruption to the lesson.
  6. School personnel will be contacting parents of students exhibiting inappropriate behavior during lessons.
  7. Nothing from videoconferencing lessons is to be posted on social media.

 

Setting:

  1. Provide a quiet environment that allows students to focus and apply themselves to the assignments given.
  2. Turn off the TV and other distractions.
  3. Please treat any type of videoconferencing time with your child’s teacher as a regular lesson. Younger (or older) siblings should not be interrupting this time.
  4. This is also not a time for parents to conference with the teacher.
  5. We understand that parents may have to help younger kids manage whichever device is being used; beyond this, however, the teacher must be allowed to interact with the students as he/she would in a regular classroom. There can still be fun, of course, but the time should be guided by the teachers’ guidelines and tasks.
  6. Older grades, in particular, should be prepared for these lessons by being in a quiet space (or using headphones), and ready with questions or work they need to share.
  7. Students should not be using their phones unless it is part of their participation in the lesson.
  8. Students should not be laying down. Remember this is a class setting.
  9. Student should be dressed in school-appropriate clothing.

 

 Distance Learning Daily Schedules
Student  Schedule – While tutoring time may be placed in the afternoon schedule or in your morning class session, any live lesson presentations for a course will be limited to a morning class session. See your class IS sheet for more detail.

Timeframe

Monday (unless specified below, teachers will correspond with students throughout the day) Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Friday

Period 1 – 9:00-9:30 N/A T/Th class time; IS day for W/F students W/F class time; IS day for T/Th students T/Th class time; IS day for W/F students W/F class time; IS day for T/Th students
Period 2 – 9:35-10:05 N/A T/Th class time; IS day for W/F students W/F class time; IS day for T/Th students T/Th class time; IS day for W/F students W/F class time; IS day for T/Th students
Period 3 – 10:10-10:40 N/A T/Th class time; IS day for W/F students W/F class time; IS day for T/Th students T/Th class time; IS day for W/F students W/F class time; IS day for T/Th students
Break – 10:40-10:55
Period 4 – 10:55-11:25 N/A T/Th class time; IS day for W/F students W/F class time; IS day for T/Th students T/Th class time; IS day for W/F students W/F class time; IS day for T/Th students
Period 5 – 11:30-12:00 N/A T/Th class time; IS day for W/F students W/F class time; IS day for T/Th students T/Th class time; IS day for W/F students W/F class time; IS day for T/Th students

Teacher Office Hours (Subject to Change per Week) 

(Actual office hours are listed on the Google Doc shared with students on Jupiter Grades)

Timeframe

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Friday

1:00 – 1:30

   1:30 – 2:00
   2:00 – 2:30
   2:30 – 3:00
   3:00 – 3:30

3:30 – 4:00