Remote Learning Goals and Approach:
Greenwich Public Schools is committed to providing the optimal learning experiences to all learners, and as such GPS will provide opportunities for Remote Learning for those students and families who have chosen to pursue this option for learning for the 2020-2021 School Year. Remote Learning will require students to access offline and online instructional opportunities from home or elsewhere in order to maintain instruction and the opportunity to continue the learning process. Teachers communicate directly with students and families to share school content, assignments, due dates and more.
Instruction will be provided through district-approved learning management systems (LMS): Schoology and Google Classroom. Other digital tools will be used by teachers to support communication, collection of work and daily interaction between the teachers, students and families; these may include platforms like Seesaw, Class Dojo and Smore. Curriculum content and daily lessons may be delivered in a variety of digital tools based on previous classroom use and personalization of videos, recordings, books, documents and learning activities.
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Remote Learning and Special Education:
- Access to Education: K-5 classroom teachers will be developing their daily lesson plans to include IEP accommodations and modifications. 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.
- PPT: 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 Remote Learning:
- Establish routines and expectations to maintain a familiar rhythm of the day. Use the Greenwich Remote 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 2020 Return To School Planning Team page.