Windsor Public Schools will reopen on Tuesday, September 8th with two instructional models: Hybrid Learning and Distance Learning. The Hybrid model combines 2 days of in-person learning with 3 days of distance or at-home learning each week. The Distance model is 100% remote, i.e., students learn from home every day. Distance learning days are counted as instructional days for students. On distance learning days designated by the Superintendent, students will not report to school, but engage in online instructional activities reflective of a traditional school day. Distance learning is counted as an instructional day for students and a working day for teachers. Distance learning will never replace face-to-face time students have with their teachers, but it can provide continuity and counter the loss of instructional time resulting from extended school closures. Distance learning resources for educators are available on Kyte Learning, ClassLink and Google Team Drive.
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What is the difference between Hybrid Learning and Distance Learning? In Hybrid Learning, students are assigned to a group and attend school 2 days per week. Group 1 students attend school in-person on Mondays and Tuesdays and Group 2 students attend school in-person on Thursdays and Fridays. In the Distance Learning model, students do not report to school. Distance learning students learn from home every day.
Distance Learning: Staff assigned to distance only classes will not report to school, but engage in online instructional activities reflective of a traditional school day for all students. All certified staff participated in professional development regarding the distance learning plan in order to maximize student learning. Distance learning will never replace face-to-face time students have with their teachers, but it can provide continuity and counter the loss of instructional time resulting from extended school closures.
How do I access Google Classroom resources? Get started with Google Classroom resources, tips and tricks from educators like you by visiting the Google for Education Teacher Center.
How will my students access assignments? Distance learning assignments will be available for students through Seesaw (PK-2) and Google Classroom (3-12) or ClassLink. Students and certified staff can find Seesaw (PK-2) Google Classroom (3-12) in ClassLink my.classlink.com/windsorct. Students and certified staff login to ClassLink using their Windsor Google Login account. If students have hyphenated last names, the hyphens are not used. Student passwords vary by grade level band because students can change their own passwords. If a student has trouble accessing distance learning assignments, he or she should first check the Educational Technology for Students website.
What are the expectations for preschool? Preschoolers will be provided with developmentally appropriate supplemental learning activities on Seesaw. Staff may also use the PreK Distance Learning Website to provide additional information to families.
What do I do if I have a technology related question? Before submitting a Tech Help Desk ticket, staff should check the Distance Learning Tips for Teachers page that can be found via Departments>Technology to see if their question is answered by information on either the staff or student Educational Technology Department Google Sites. If wifi or internet connectivity issues are still a concern, please read through this guide to assist in troubleshooting home connectivity.
What do I do if I have a question related to hybrid or distance learning? Please direct your questions to your building principal, instructional coach or department chair. You may also direct questions to the Office of the Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services. Email is the preferred method of communication. All technology questions should be submitted through a regular Tech Help Desk ticket that can be submitted by clicking on the orange life preserver tile in ClassLink my.classlink.com/windsorct.
What are the expectations if students do not have internet access at home? All students will be assigned to a developmentally appropriate device. However, if a student does not have access to internet, staff can report that using this form.
How can I get technology help for my students? Please submit a Tech Help Desk ticket on the student's behalf, or encourage the student to submit their own Student Tech Help Desk ticket that is linked on the Technology Department page at www.windsorct.org.