Distance Learning Goals and Approach:
Greenwich Public Schools is committed to providing the optimal learning experiences to all learners. During the days of unexpected, yet necessary closure, GPS will provide opportunities for Distance Learning. Distance Learning will require students to access offline and online instructional opportunities from home or elsewhere in order to maintain instruction during unplanned school closures and the opportunity to continue the learning process. Teachers communicate directly with students and families to share school content, assignments, due dates and more.
Daily learning plans are developed using a district template and guidance to provide a framework and allow for flexibility and personalization. The home learning schedule will determine when in which the learning takes place. It is recommended that a daily routine is followed to provide for consistency, familiarity with routines and opportunities for one or teachers to connect with their learners.
Instruction will be provided through district approved learning management systems (LMS): Schoology and Google Classroom. Other applications will be used by teachers to support communication, collection of work and daily interaction between the teachers, students and families like Seesaw, Class Dojo and Smore. Curriculum content and daily lessons may be delivered in a variety of applications based on preexisting classroom use and the personalization of the video, recordings, books, documents and learning activities.
Smore Newsletter Samples:
- International School at Dundee
- North Street School
- Parkway School
- Old Greenwich School
- Western Middle School
- ISD District Art Show
- North Mianus School iPad Art Slide Show
- North Street Logo School-Wide Art Show Contribution
- North Street Art Show Contribution
- Riverside Art Show Contribution
Distance Learning and Special Education:
- Access to Education: The template that K-5 classroom teachers are using to develop their daily lesson plans includes a section for students with IEPs. Each lesson should have general strategies, accommodations and modifications for students with IEPs. Special education teachers are also working with their general education colleagues to add resources and strategies to those lessons.
- Communication: Our PPS team continues to provide information through a variety of methods, including family phone calls, emails, and video conferences. Most notably, we have set up and continue to add resources to the Greenwich Public Schools website on our page: Special Education Distance Learning Resources. Also, at least one member of your child’s team (special education teacher, speech therapist, psychologist) should be in contact with you at least weekly (unless you have requested less frequent contacts).
- PPT: During this unique time of emergency school closure, school districts and families are not required to revise IEPs to reflect distance learning or to conduct PPT meetings related to the method of delivering instruction. We encourage parents to contact your child's classroom teacher, special education teacher, related service provider (psychologist, speech/language pathologist, etc.) or your school administrator if you need assistance. If you feel that your concerns represent a unique set of issues, the school may convene a virtual or conference call PPT.
Tips to Support Your Child During Distance Learning:
- Establish routines and expectations to maintain a familiar rhythm of the day. Use the Greenwich Distance Learning Student Checklist to support your learners at home.
- Balance screen time and non-screen time activities.
- Students should take brain breaks and move regularly as they engage in the activities and study.
- Discuss what your child is learning and ask questions.
- Establish times for quiet and reflection.
- Remain mindful of your child’s stress.
Superintendent Jones is sending regular updates to the GPS Community. Dr. Jones' messages are archived on the Health Services page.