Educators - Distance Learning
Beginning on Monday, March 23rd Windsor Public Schools will shift from supplemental learning to distance learning to recover instructional time lost due to extended school closures. On distance learning days designated by the Superintendent, students and teachers 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 ClassLink and Google Team Drive.
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When will supplemental learning be used? Supplemental learning will provide opportunities for students to continue independent learning during school closures but will not replace a traditional school day.
What is the difference between supplemental learning and distance (e-Learning) days? Supplemental and distance learning enable students to learn anywhere and anytime.
Supplemental Learning: Supplemental learning will not replace a traditional school day. There are no contractual obligations or expectations on supplemental learning days.
Distance Learning: Windsor Public Schools may opt to implement distance learning to recover instructional time lost due to extended school closure by utilizing the district's online learning management system. On distance learning days designated by the Superintendent, students and teachers 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? Supplemental learning assignments may be available for students through Google Classroom in Grades K-12 or ClassLink. Students and certified staff can find Google Classroom in ClassLink my.classlink.com/windsorct. Students and certified staff login to ClassLink using their Windsor Google account login. 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.
How will Special Education services be delivered? Please see March 24, 2020 Letter to Families from the Director of Pupil and Special Education Services, Steven Carvalho.
What are the expectations for preschool? Preschoolers will be provided with developmentally appropriate supplemental learning activities on the PreK Distance Learning Website.
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 distance learning? If staff have a curricular question about Distance Learning, they should submit a Distance Learning Help Desk ticket. 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 or device access at home? If families do not have a laptop, desktop, tablet, access to internet, or discover that their home internet-connected device does not work with ClassLink, parents/guardians may complete the Internet and Device Access Survey. Our goal is to assure each family has access to internet and one developmentally appropriate device, as determined by the survey responses. Families with limited internet access will be directed to local internet service providers (April 27 update from Comcast) due to the limited availability of hot spots. In addition, teachers can provide paper-based assignments.
How can I get technology help for my students? Please refer to the steps on this linked one-page document.
What do I do if I have a question during the extended school closure? Due to potentially limited staff availability, all questions or concerns should be addressed to your building principal or the Office of the Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services. Email is the preferred method of communication.