Because virtual learning makes it difficult to allow the student to feel connected to their home school, classroom, and classmates, the social and emotional health of these students will be addressed through the regular inclusion of activities that allow them to remain a part of their school community. This will be done via Zoom or Google Meet sessions, videos of school events, and regular contact with a classroom teacher.
Google Classroom will be used as the learning management tool in Franklin County Schools for grades K-5. Courseware and Exact Path will be utilized for students in grades 6-12.
One licensed teacher per grade level/subject area will provide assignments for students enrolled in virtual learning. This instruction will mirror their in-person classroom instruction and pacing of Tennessee State Standards for that grade level or subject.
Instruction will be presented in a variety of ways, such as through brief video lectures, reading the instruction and completing tasks or projects, or face to face interactive instruction utilizing Zoom or Google Meet. District art, music, guidance counselor, librarian, and PE teachers will provide weekly tasks to supplement the core curriculum. While several hours will need to be devoted to virtual learning each day, most instruction and work can be completed on a flexible schedule.
Attendance will be taken daily and will be measured by a student’s completion of assignments generated by the teacher via Google Classroom or on-line programs. Assignments will post throughout the day based on the student’s schedule. Students may be required to complete and submit assignments in a variety of ways, including submitting photos or videos of completed tasks and participating in Zoom lessons weekly. Technical assistance will be available for this process as needed.
A resource page of virtual enrichment resources and activities will be created for each grade level by the district technology coordinator and shared with all students enrolled in the program. Activities for enrichment may be given from this content.
Parents and students will be provided with training options to assist in learning to use the necessary programs (Google Classroom, Clever, Skyward, iReady, Exact Path, etc.) These options will include both in-person and video conferences, as well as on-line tutorials developed by the district technology coordinator. The first week of the virtual program will be spent developing skills that will ensure success with the program and a good line of communication between students, parents, and teachers.
Activities to help virtual learners feel connected to their in-school peers will be included in the program.
A district Virtual Learning Coordinator will oversee the program and will be available to address needs of families enrolled in virtual learning. Regular updates will be provided to keep everyone informed, and to create clear and consistent communication with families.