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LCS Distance Learning Digital Plan 

Lafayette Christian School places high priority on our school mission of excellence in education, centered in Christ. We value face-to-face interaction and the relationships established between our students and teachers. In extenuating circumstances, distance learning may be utilized as a method for providing instruction when face-to-face interaction is not possible. 

Distance learning defined

Distance learning occurs when the learner and teacher are separated by time and distance (not in a traditional classroom setting). Information is typically transmitted via technology. This may include Google Classroom, video conferencing, email, and physical paper packet materials so that no physical presence in the classroom is required. When technology-facilitated distance learning isn't possible, paper materials can be used as a substitute. Distance learning can occur synchronously, which means real-time interaction, or asynchronously, which is defined as self-paced, independent of the teacher. 

What does distance learning look like at Lafayette Christian School?

Grades K-2
  • Distance learning in the elementary grades K-2 may use a variety of delivery formats and modalities.
  • Teachers will utilize email as a means of communicating with students, providing learning materials, and collecting work. 
  • Parents and students will use their home device to access course materials if possible.
  • Teachers will make accommodations for students who do not have a device available at home, who do not have reliable internet access, and/or who are unable to effectively access learning materials electronically. 
  • On designated distance learning days, teachers will be available to students/parents via email and other mediums from 10AM - 12PM and from 1 - 4PM. 
Grades 3-5
  • Distance learning in the intermediate grades, 3-5, may use a variety of delivery formats and modalities.
  • Teachers will utilize Google Classroom and email as a means of communicating with students, providing learning materials, and collecting work. 
  • Elementary students and parents can access Google Classroom once they're signed in to their Google Classroom account. 
  • Students will use their home device to access course materials if possible. A LCS Chromebook can be available to students as needed. Students can correspond with teachers electronically using their Lafayette Christian issued email account. 
  • Teachers will make accommodations for students who do not have a device available at home, who do not have reliable internet access, and/or who are unable to effectively access learning materials electronically. 
  • On designated distance learning days, teachers will be available to students/parents via email and other mediums from 10AM - 12PM and from 1 - 4PM. 
 Grades 6-8 
  • Distance learning for middle school students may also include various formats and modalities. Teachers will utilize Google Classroom as the primary method for communicating with students, providing learning materials, and collecting work. The depth and breadth of these activities may look different for each course depending on the teacher.
  • Students will use their home device to access course materials if possible. A LCS Chromebook can be available to students as needed. Students can correspond with teachers electronically using their Lafayette Christian School issued email account or by using the messaging options within Google.
  • Teachers will make accommodations for students who do not have a device available at home, who do not have reliable internet access, and/or who are unable to effectively access learning materials electronically. 
  • On designated distance learning days, teachers will be available to students/parents via email and other mediums from 10AM - 12PM and from 1 - 4PM.
  • A coordinated calendar listing tests between teachers will help balance student workload.

Teacher Expectations
  • Teachers will post assignments by 10AM every day, providing a recommended schedule to complete the tasks for that day.
  • All teachers will maintain a regular online presence with the class. Individual student interactions are recommended.  Middle school teachers will connect with homeroom students via email or video every day.
  • Daily check-ins with students are recommended.  Teachers should teach and share content using an online presence. This can be done in a mixture of ways. 
  • The teacher is to participate each day in “Office hours and Teaching time” at the designated times between 10AM - 12PM and 1 - 4PM. Office hours are defined as a time when students are able to ask questions live or via small group instruction by appointment. Teaching time is defined as the teacher instructing a live whole class lesson or leading a virtual class session. 
  • Live video meetings are recommended (like Zoom, Google Meet, etc.) These can be for office hours, review sessions, etc.  They also should be utilized to make personal connections with the class and to maintain the social dynamics of the classroom.  It is recommended that these online meetings be organized and planned ahead so students can get the most out of them. (example: pose a question ahead of time for students to think about) 
  • Social-emotional learning: All teachers will celebrate birthdays in some manner. If a teacher observes a student is experiencing a type of emotional challenge, the GLASS specialist can be contacted to discuss ideas on how to help.
  • Indiana standards are to be followed.
  • A master Zoom schedule will be created so that Zoom meetings do not conflict with other grade levels. 
  • Staff meetings and student success meetings will take place on a monthly basis.
Assessment 
  • Grades - posted by Monday 10AM every week in FACTS SIS (RenWeb) and visible to parents in the Family Portal
  • Mixed online assessments - This includes daily feedback as well as tests/quizzes.
  • Teachers will use a coordinated assessment calendar for scheduling assessments and exams to avoid overloading students.
  • Final Semester Exams for 7th and 8th grades will be eliminated.  Culminating tests will take the place of exams.
Student Expectations 
  • For students who are in quarantine and any type of eLearning situation, timely communication is essential.  Teachers desire the best for the student. 
  • Technology use/guidelines — Students will follow the guidelines outlined in the technology use agreement that was signed at the beginning of the school year. 
  • When students collaborate and participate with other students and teachers, they are expected to follow the same expectations outlined in the school handbook.
  • In extended periods of time at home, students need to socialize and interact for their own health. Each teacher will include this in their lesson planning. 
  • Check emails and Google Classroom for every class at least once per day. Teachers will have a plan for you to progress and will interact with their classroom site on a regular basis. All materials for every class to be posted by 10AM each day. Assignments will be due by 10PM on their due date. Parents should contact teachers with any concerns about the workload.
  • Check your school email each day for updates.
  • Interact with the material in a timely way. Do the work assigned to you and be prompt. Make every effort to complete your work in a way that honors the Lord.
  • Contact your teacher if you cannot get work completed due to lack of understanding or time pressures.
  • Limited learning breaks will allow more productivity. Think of recess and take a 10-15 minute break every two hours just like the school schedule. 
  • As always, save copies (a backup, if necessary) of all digital work in your drive. For example, if your teacher asks you to contribute to an online discussion, it may be wise to create it in Google Docs first and then copy/paste it into the discussion board. If your internet gets disconnected while you are writing, it will be saved in Docs, but not necessarily in other formats.
  • Zoom or Google Meet may be used by the teacher to provide live instruction, live support, or just create an opportunity for teachers and students to engage with each other. 
  • Students entering a Zoom/Meet will need to follow proper Zoom/Google Meet etiquette. Prior to entering Zoom/Meet students are asked to:
    • Mute their microphone and turn on their camera
    • Remain muted until the teacher calls on them 
    • Students that have questions while the teacher is leading instruction or interacting with one of their peers are invited to enter that question in the chat box. Teachers will address chatbox questions periodically throughout the Zoom/Google Meet. 
  • To avoid interference, if two students are in the same room at home only one student can have their microphone and volume on.
Parent Tips/Guidelines
  • Attendance will be taken each day via an email form.
  • Technology questions contact Mr. Sanson.
  • Students will login to Google Classroom with LCS email and password.