Secondary School Student and Family Expectations

student expectations during full distance learning

Attendance and Participation 


Regular participation in classes is critical to student success. It helps keep students motivated and connected to their teachers and peers. Daily attendance will be taken for grades K-12 and students are required to participate daily, just as they would in an in-person classroom. Students are expected to log in to Microsoft Teams and participate in schoolwork every day. 




Feedback is a critical part of continuous improvement and learning. Students are expected to act on the feedback provided by their teachers just like they would with in-person learning. Feedback will be provided in a variety of ways including comments on Seesaw assignments, 1:1 time with teachers, weekly check-in, or whole class feedback during Zoom. 


Students will also be expected to provide feedback to their school and the district through regular, short surveys.  Student voice is important in improving learning practices! 




Keeping the lines of communication open between the teacher and the student is critical to success in remote learning. Students and teachers need to respond to each other in a timely manner. For middle and high school students, this will usually be done through email and Microsoft Teams. Students should check for messages regularly throughout the school day. 




Students will be assessed frequently based on their participation in a variety of ways, including submitted writings, tasks, projects, assessments, and other assignments. It is important that students turn their work in through Microsoft Teams or as requested by their teacher so that progress can be monitored and recorded. 

Teachers in secondary schools (grades 6-12) will use the A, B, C, D, F grading system, with an I” (incomplete) remaining as an option when needed. Principals will meet with teachers to discuss extenuating circumstances of why a student might need to earn an Incomplete” instead of a letter grade. Principals will work with teachers to ensure that consistent communication is had by staff and families regarding grades that a student might receive. 

family expectations during full distance learning

During distance learning, we realize that the pressure of having your student learning at home can be overwhelming. We want to assure our families that our teachers will continue to teach your student each day and provide engaging and meaningful learning opportunities. Your role is to coach your student and encourage them to engage daily in their schoolwork. 




Daily attendance is vital to student success. Students expected to participate daily, just as they would in an in-person classroom. When your student is ill or will be missing school for any reason, you are expected to contact your student’s school to report absences as you have done in prior years.

How to submit absences in Skyward Family Access (pdf)




Family-Teacher communication is a vital cornerstone in maintaining the relationship between the school and families. Teachers are the parents’ first point of contact for academic questions. For students to succeed in remote learning, parents are expected to maintain responsiveness to email, newsletters, phone, and or video communications with the teachers and the school. Professional, courteous two-way communication is always encouraged. 


Learning Environment 


    • Provide a space in your home that supports your student’s learning needs for studying and academic work.

    •  Help your student set up a regular schedule for school that includes time for breaks, lunch and physical activity.

    •  Have daily conversations with your student about what they are learningEncourage them to share what is going well and where they struggle.

    •  Let your student know you support them and value the work they are accomplishing.

    •  Help your student identify their personal strengths and areas for growth.  Encourage them not to avoid the subjects they find difficult. Encourage your student to try new things while learning.

    •  Monitor your student’s progress and computer usage. Students should be making progress in all of their classes throughout the term.