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  • In the event that Johnson County community transmission rates are in the orange gating criteria level, the distance learning model is the suggested learning mode for grades 6-12 in-person learning students and in the red gating criteria level the distance learning model is the suggested learning mode for all in-person learning students (PK-12). This experience will be different than the spring and more comparable to the full Blue Valley experience. Students enrolled in VirtualED will continue with VirtualED. During periods of distance learning, students will be in the same courses with the same teachers as their in-person schedule. More information about Distance Learning.

    IN A DISTANCE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT THERE WILL BE A FOCUS ON THREE AREAS RELATED TO TEACHING AND LEARNING: 

    • Comparable and personalized learning experiences

    • Social-emotional learning and positive class culture

    • Clear and consistent communication


    COMPARABLE AND PERSONALIZED LEARNING EXPERIENCES

    Learning in a distance environment will be comparable to learning in a blended or in-person model. While activities and strategies will vary, all students, regardless of learning format, will have high-quality learning experiences.

    • Students will experience the full district curriculum to the extent possible. When necessary, priority standards will be emphasized so that students are prepared for the next grade level or course in the sequence.

    • Students will engage in live/synchronous, direct instruction from their teacher in addition to asynchronous classwork.

    • Students will have the opportunity to engage in learning activities that develop collaboration skills with peers.

    • Students will receive quality feedback on their performance in a timely manner.

    • Students will engage in an age-appropriate balance of digital and analog activities. 

    • Students of all abilities will be able to access distance learning.

    • The amount of time in which students will engage in school work will be comparable to an in-person environment.


    SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING AND POSITIVE CLASS CULTURE

    • Students in a distance learning environment will continue to experience learning social-emotional skills embedded in their academic instruction. They should also experience a class culture that enhances learning and promotes positive relationships.

    • Students will develop social-emotional skills through explicit instruction on specific competencies.

    • Students will experience a positive class culture and develop quality relationships with peers and their teachers.  


    CLEAR AND CONSISTENT COMMUNICATION

    • Quality communication strategies will enhance the distance learning experience for students, families and teachers.

    • Students and families will understand what to expect from the distance learning experience.

    • Students will have one platform, Canvas, where they will receive information, communicate with teachers and enter into learning experiences.

    • Students will rely on a consistent cadence of information from their teacher(s). Most likely information and/or lessons will be shared on a schedule in order for families to plan for the upcoming day or week.
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