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Online/eLearning Update

North Olmsted City School District

April 9, 2020

Dear North Olmsted Families,

We want to begin by thanking you for all you have done and continue to do to support student learning at home.  We know this is not an easy or comfortable situation for anyone.  Online/eLearning presents challenges to learning that are different from actually being face to face with students in the classroom.  The Online/eLearning experience is new both for our students and our teachers.  With these factors in mind, how we approach student learning and assessing student learning must also be different.

Students and staff will begin Spring break on this Friday, April 10, 2020 through Sunday, April 19, 2020.  There will be no Online/eLearning during spring break.  Online/eLearning will resume on Monday, April 20, 2020 and 4th Quarter will begin.  As we know at this time, schools are closed through Friday, May 1st, however, there is the possibility the closure may be extended.

 

Important Information about 4th Qtr. Online/eLearning

Our goal is to keep learning expectations realistic and manageable for students and families. The focus during 4th Qtr. will be on essential learning standards of course/subject content and will be new grade level/course material.

- Students will be expected to engage in Online/eLearning and complete learning assignments. Students in grades K-12 (not PreK) will access assignments through Google Classroom.

- We will assess student learning through providing feedback on student’s completed work, rather than typical grading practices.

Students will be graded using a Pass (P) / Incomplete (I) method based on the student's completion of assignments.  

Additional information on each of these items is provided below.

Accessing Student Learning through Google Classroom

Up to this point, Online/eLearning plans have been posted on our district website.  Beginning Monday, April 20, 2020, students will access learning through their teachers’ virtual classroom using Google Classroom.  Moving forward, all teachers will use Google Classroom to post learning content, assignments, instructional videos, and access to Google Meet.

All students in grades K-12 (not PreK) in the district have login credentials (username and password) for Google Classroom.  These credentials were emailed from donotreply@nolmsted.org to families on March 16 or 17, 2020.  Students have been using their login credentials into the Clever Portal, which contains Google Classroom.   If your child needs their login credentials, contact your child’s teacher or nocshelp@nolmsted.org.

Below is helpful information to familiarize yourself with Google Classroom and Google Meet:

Accessing Google Classroom on a Desktop/Laptop/Chromebook

Accessing Google Classroom on a Mobile Device

Accessing Google Meet on a Computer or Mobile Device

What if I have multiple students using the same computer?

What if I have multiple students using the same mobile device?

Additional help videos will be made available as students begin this new learningGoogle Classroom is for teacher/student interaction. If you have questions or comments as a parent, please email your child’s teacher.

Expectations for Student Learning/Work Load

In Google Classroom, teachers will be posting instructions, assignments and learning materials for the week each Monday morning at 8:00 a.m.  Assignments will be posted for the week. New learning will be focused on essential learning standards and outcomes for each grade level/ course content area. Again, district goals for student learning is to keep student workloads and learning expectations reasonable and manageable.

In addition, our special education students and families will also receive communication from their child's Intervention Specialist. 

We recognize that student learning needs are different and the pace at which students work is different.  If at any point you have questions about student workload, or work is becoming difficult to manage, please contact your child’s teacher and principal.  Please communicate with your child’s teacher or principal using email or you may also leave voicemail messages with your child’s principal.

Grading for 4th Quarter

As mentioned, Online/eLearning presents challenges to learning that are different from actually being face to face with students in the classroom with students.  The Online/eLearning experience is new both for our students and our teachers. With these factors in mind, how we approach student learning and assessing student learning must also be different and not the same as a typical school setting.

We believe that the Online/eLearning circumstances should not have a negative impact on student grades. Students will be given descriptive feedback on learning assignments. Overall, students will be graded in 4th Qtr. using Pass (P) or Incomplete (I) based on students’ completion of work. 

Under the current COVID-19 school closure Online/eLearning circumstances, this approach to grading is highly recommended rather than using traditional grades.  Both locally and at the Collegiate level, similar methods have been adopted in place of traditional grades. 

To Pass (P) for the 4th quarter, students will be expected to participate in Online/eLearning and complete assignments. Individual grades will not be issued for assignments. Teachers will provide descriptive feedback to students on assignments.

No final exams for 2nd semester will be given for high school courses.  The 2nd semester grade will be based on the 3rd and 4th quarters.

More details and specifics about grading for 4th quarter and determining final grades for the semester will be provided to families upon return from spring break.

Technology Support

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with district issued Chromebooks, logging into resources, or are in need of a Chromebook device, please contact the North Olmsted Schools Technology team at NOCSHelp@nolmsted.org.  Information about resources for Internet access can be found on our district web site at www.northolmstedschools.org

In closing, we know all school districts across Ohio and the nation all started at different places with capacity to support Online/eLearning.  As a district, we continue to learn and grow to best support our students in this “new normal”.  As your partners in your child’s education, we want to support our students and families as best we can.  Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or comments.

Please continue to check our district website for general information www.northolmstedschools.org.  We hope you and your family are able to relax from Online/eLearning over spring break!

Be well. Be healthy. Go Eagles!

Sincerely,

The North Olmsted City School District

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