Elementary School Student and Family Expectations

Student Expectations during 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 Seesaw and participate in schoolwork every day.

Students whose grade-levels are attending school in-person will follow regular attendance
 practices.

 

Feedback 

 

Feedback is a critical part of continuous improvement and learning. Students are expected to act on the feedback provided by their teachers and paraeducators 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 surveysStudent voice is important in improving learning practices! 

 

Communication 

 

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 through age-appropriate correspondence. For elementary school students, this will usually be done through Seesaw. 

 

Grading 

 

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 Seesaw or as requested by their teacher so that progress can be monitored and recorded.

Teachers in elementary schools (grades K-5) will use the standards-based system (1-4) with comments attached. Principals will work with teachers to ensure that consistent communication happens between families and teachers regarding clarity of student progress.


Family Expectations

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. 

 

Attendance 

 

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.

Students whose grade-levels are attending school in-person will follow regular attendance practices. 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)

 

Communication 

 

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 growthEncourage 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.