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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 but will mostly be paper materials.
  • Teachers will utilize ClassDojo and email as a means of communicating with students, providing learning materials, and collecting work. 
  • Elementary students and parents can access ClassDojo once they're signed in to their ClassDojo account.
  • 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. These accommodations may include a prepared packet of learning materials or other methods. 
  • On designated distance learning days, teachers will be available to students/parents via email and other mediums from 8:30-11:00 am and from 1-3:00 pm. 
Grades 3-5
  • Distance learning in the intermediate grades, 3-5, may use a variety of delivery formats and modalities including paper materials.
  • 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 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. These accommodations may include a prepared packet of learning materials. 
  • On designated distance learning days, teachers will be available to students/parents via email and other mediums from 8:30-11:00 am and from 1-3:00 pm. 
Grades 6-8 
  • Distance learning for middle school students may also include various formats and modalities but will likely be more dependent on technology. 
  • 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's comfort level with the Google Classroom platform. 
  • Students will use their home device to access course materials if possible. 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. These accommodations may include a prepared packet of learning materials. 
  • On designated distance learning days, teachers will be available to students/parents via email and other mediums from 8:30-11:00 AM and from 1-3:00 PM.
  • A coordinated calendar listing tests between teachers will help balance student workload.

Teacher Expectations
  • Teachers will post assignments by 8 AM every day. 
  • Teachers need to post attendance every day. This is done via Renweb, the same way on a regular school 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. 
  • Teachers in grades K-2 will prepare a packet of material for 1-2 days to be used on an E- Learning Day at the beginning of the school year. 
  • Teachers are to learn and utilize common content delivery methods that have been agreed upon per grade level and the school.  If new methods are discovered and could be helpful to the whole school, then they can be shared and discussed with staff for potential future use.  
  • Teachers should learn to utilize multimedia tools to create meaningful instructional content videos for students to view and utilize at later times. LCS can provide training for common delivery methods.
  • The teacher is to participate each day in “Office hours and Teaching time” at the designated times between 8:30am-11am and 1:00pm-3:00pm. 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. 
Assessment 
  • Grades - posted by Monday 8am every week in FACTS SIS (RenWeb)
  • Mixed online assessments - Instant feedback as well as test/quizzes. 
  • Teachers will use a coordinated assessment calendar for scheduling assessments and exams to avoid overloading students.
Student Expectations 
  • Student check-in/attendance - Students will need to check-in each day via some sort of attendance form. Parents of students who do not check in will receive a phone call from administration.
  • Technology use/guidelines - Students will follow the guidelines outlined in the technology contract 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 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. The plan is to require all materials for every class to be posted by 8:00 AM each day. Assignments will be due by 10:00 PM on their due date.  
  • Check your school email multiple times per day during school hours.
  • 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. He/she will specify when he/she is available, but in general, he/she will be asked to roughly simulate school hours.
  • Limited learning breaks will allow more productivity. 
  • 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 your child’s 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/Hangout. 
    • 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
  • Technology questions contact Mr. Sanson (ksanson@lafayettechristian.org)
  • Students will login to Google Classroom with LCS email and password. 
    • Teachers will have these for the students/parents on the first day of school.
    • Students will be practicing using Google Classroom during the first week of school.
    • A “cheat sheet” will be coming home with each student for parents to view.
General Content Delivery Guidelines

https://www.doe.in.gov/covid-19/resources

 

All Subjects are Grounded by a Christian Perspective - The teacher will maintain a Christian worldview in a variety of ways.  For example, what is your essential question? How is God present/apparent in your lesson?

  • Follow Indiana Standards.  Indiana Academic Standards
  • Create content videos - Screencastify, Flip Grid, SeeSaw, Zoom, Loom, iMovie
  • Utilize Engagement Strategies
  • Games - Menti, Gimkit, Kahoot
  • Choice Boards. Student voice and student choice

Bible 

  • Follow the CSI curriculum. You can download the electronic version of the curriculum through the month of September. Maintain the scope/ sequence of the curriculum as much as possible. 
  • Heidi Dean is the CSI Bible specialist. Feel free to email her to learn of more resources. hdean@csionline.org  
  • Things to remember- when you share a Bible lesson with distance learning, you are witnessing to other people who may be outside the LCS school body. 
  • It is important that Bible class maintains its importance despite being remote. Maybe you can vary the subject load. Can you go light on a subject one day and devote more to Bible?
  • Can you use art in your Bible? Look at the IN art standards and implement them with Bible?
  • Prayers/devotions are part of Bible class.
  • Instead of a worksheet, can you have students send a picture of something they created in response to the lesson? 
  • Heidi Dean shared an idea of a teacher who kept a little stuffed animal in different spots every time the lesson was shared to maintain interest in the lesson. Can you do the same with an object?
  • Video lesson content
    • https://www.adventurebible.com/
    • https://bibleproject.com/
    • http://rightnowmedia.com/

Language Arts

  • Grammar - video lessons and student practice
  • Writing - one-on-one feedback needed for writers
  • Handwriting skills feedback for younger grade level
  • Spelling - Mixed methods, games, tests.
  • Reading - It is important that teachers hear younger students read aloud. Scheduled small group possibilities include Zoom groups
    • https://www.readworks.org/
    • https://www.getepic.com/
    • https://bookcreator.com/

Math

  • Make or use curriculum content videos
  • Formative assessments for daily lessons

Science 

  • Citizen Science / Nature Studies
  • Webcams / Content videos
  • Online curriculum
  • Mystery Science

Social Studies  

  • Content videos
  • Choice boards where students choose a topic to present with mixed delivery

LCS values the whole child and believes that every child’s education should include art, physical education, and music regardless of location. 

Art - Students take pictures of Art and send it to the teacher.

Music - This can include playing tests, choice boards, and creative lessons to involve the individual and family. 

PE - Interactive activities for individual and families