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Continuity Of Education Program

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The Bethel Park School District began its Continuity of Education Program for all students K-12  on Monday, March 30.  Parents were informed on March 25 via electronic communication from Superintendent Dr. Joseph Pasquerilla, with electronic communication on March 26 from each school's principal, outlining how the program works.  Following are excerpts from those communications.
 
OVERVIEW
The Continuity of Education Program has been designed to be educational and engaging, but not overwhelming to students or families who may need to provide assistance to their children. 
 
These initial assignments will be reviewed and evaluated by the teachers, but at this time they will not receive a formal letter grade.  We understand that not all of our families are in the same place with regard to technology in the home.  Please do not hesitate to call or email your child’s principal to let us know how we can support you better in this area.

Professional staff met virtually with one another on Friday, March 27 to develop a week’s worth of lessons, and they shared those lessons electronically, using their school’s communication platform by Monday, March 30.  As long as the school closure lasts, each week students will receive from their teachers an additional week’s worth of lessons.  Staff will be reviewing the plan on a weekly basis and making any necessary adjustments, to ensure that everyone has access to the content and that it continues to provide a quality experience.
BPHS
BPHS Teachers began posting weekly learning lessons/activities beginning Monday, March 30.  Students will use Google Classroom, Classroom Websites, and/or District Email to receive their materials and submit it back to the teachers.  Learning will be asynchronous, in that each individual student will have the option of when they decide to login and complete the weekly assignments.  
 
While self guiding, teachers will be available Monday through Thursdays during two instructional blocks for teaching, feedback, and communication directly with the students and parents.  Students may reach out with questions at any time but should not necessarily expect an answer from the teacher until the AM (10 -11:30 am) / PM (1 - 2:30 pm) Academic Blocks. Other parts of the days and Fridays will be dedicated towards planning, collaboration, and growth in developing further online instruction. 
 
Students are encouraged to develop daily routines and dedicate 20 minutes per day or 80 minutes per week per subject/class.  Once initiated, teachers will look to post lessons/activities on Fridays, students will have until Thursday night to submit their completed assignments.  More communication and the specific class expectations will be given to the students through each class teacher and their respective means of instruction delivery.  

The goal of the initial nine days is to reconnect students with their learning programs while gauging the capacity of all students to access their education from home.  Activities are meant to be meaningful, yet manageable as we transition to this new learning style.  The high school is fortunate in the fact that many teachers and students already use the tools from the google suite and other class websites/platforms to communicate and complete their classes.  This will assist in the transition to Distance Learning. These initial assignments for the first nine days will be reviewed and evaluated by the teachers, but at this time they will not receive a formal letter grade. These assignments during these first nine days will be further used to evaluate the student’s ability to access and function within the parameters of Distance Learning.  
 
Third Grading Period Information--The abrupt school closure interrupted the end of our 3rd quarter at the high school.  The decision has been made to allow students during the next two weeks to complete and submit any outstanding work or assignments for credit.  Teachers will accept any missing work from students that they did not complete or submit during the week (March 9-13) leading up to the school closure.  Any make-up work submitted can only benefit students or increase their grades, it will not impact them negatively.  If no further work for the 3rd quarter is submitted by students, the 3rd quarter grade will be calculated as their grade to date, excluding the assignments they may have missed as a result of the school closure.  

Students and Parents/Guardians are asked to communicate directly with teachers, school counselors, special education supports, or with the building administration if there are any factors preventing student(s) from accessing their learning.
 
Steel Center
The Steel Center for Career and Technical Education began its Distance Learning  Program on Monday, March 30.  Please click here to learn more.
 
Parkway West
The Parkway West Career and Technology Center is offering educational continuity beginning the week of March 30 through the online platform Schoology.  Assignments will be "released" to students on the same date districts return.  Attendance will be taken and assignments graded (for now).  Parkway West CTC staff is working remotely from 7:30-2:30 to support students. 
 
IMS
IMS Teachers began posting weekly learning lessons/activities on Monday, March 30.  Students will use Google Classroom, Classroom Websites, and/or District Email to receive their materials and submit it back to the teachers.  Learning will be asynchronous, in that each individual student will have the option of when they decide to login and complete the weekly assignments.  
 
While self guiding, teachers will be available Monday through Thursdays during two instructional blocks for teaching, feedback, and communication directly with the students and parents.  Students may reach out with questions at any time but should not necessarily expect an answer from the teacher until the AM (10 -11:30 am) / PM (1 - 2:30 pm) Academic Blocks.  Other parts of the days and Fridays will be dedicated towards planning, collaboration, and growth in developing further online instruction. 
 
Students are encouraged to develop daily routines and dedicate 20 minutes per day or 80 minutes per week per subject/class.  Once initiated, teachers will look to post lessons/activities on Fridays and students will have until Thursday night to submit their completed assignments.  More communication and the specific class expectations will be given to the students through each class teacher and their respective means of instruction delivery.  

The goal of the initial nine days is to reconnect students with their learning programs while gauging the capacity of all students to access their education from home.  Activities are meant to be meaningful, yet manageable as we transition to this new learning style.  The middle school is fortunate in the fact that many teachers and students already use the tools from the google suite and other class websites/platforms to communicate and complete their classes.  We hope that this will assist in the transition to Distance Learning.  All NEW work assigned in the initial nine days will not be graded as staff are looking for effort on the work that is assigned.  
 
Third Grading Period Information--The abrupt school closure interrupted the end of our 3rd quarter at the middle school.  The decision has been made to allow students during the next two weeks to complete and submit any outstanding work or assignments for credit.  Teachers will accept any missing work from students that they did not complete or submit during the week (March 9-13) leading up to the school closure.  Any make-up work submitted can only benefit students or increase their grades, it will not impact them negatively.  If no further work for the 3rd quarter is submitted by students, the 3rd quarter grade will be calculated as their grade to date, excluding the assignments they may have missed as a result of the school closure.  

Students and parents/guardians are asked to communicate directly with teachers, school counselors, special education supports, or with the building administration if there are any factors preventing student(s) from accessing their learning. 
 
NAMS
NAMS Teachers began posting weekly learning lessons/activities by Monday, March 30.  Students will use Google Classroom, Classroom Websites, and/or District Email to receive their materials and submit it back to the teachers.  Learning will be asynchronous, in that each individual student will have the option of when they decide to login and complete the weekly assignments.  
 
While self guiding, teachers will be available Monday through Thursdays during two instructional blocks for teaching, feedback, and communication directly with the students and parents.  Students may reach out with questions at any time but should not necessarily expect an answer from the teacher until the AM (10 -11:30 am) / PM (1 - 2:30 pm) Academic Blocks. Other parts of the days and Fridays will be dedicated towards planning, collaboration, and growth in developing further online instruction. 
 
Students are encouraged to develop daily routines and dedicate 20 minutes per day or 80 minutes per week per subject/class.  Once initiated, teachers will look to post lessons/activities on Fridays, students will have until Thursday night to submit their completed assignments.  More communication and the specific class expectations will be given to the students through each class teacher and their respective means of instruction delivery.  

The goal of the initial nine days is to reconnect students with their learning programs while gauging the capacity of all students to access their education from home.  Activities are meant to be meaningful, yet manageable as we transition to this new learning style.  Not all NAMS teachers have utilized Google Classroom and some of the other educational deliveries that we have available.  We recognize that there may be a learning curve when it comes to utilizing this technology and we ask for your patience as we learn together.  The next couple weeks may prove challenging, but we hope that this will assist in the transition to Distance Learning. These initial assignments for the first nine days will be reviewed and evaluated by the teachers, but at this time they will not receive a formal letter grade; however, they will be further used to evaluate the student’s ability to access and function within the parameters of Distance Learning.
 
Third Grading Period Information--The abrupt school closure interrupted the end of our 3rd quarter at NAMS.  The decision has been made to allow students during the next two weeks to complete and submit any outstanding work or assignments for credit.  Teachers will accept any missing work from students that they did not complete or submit during the week (March 9-13) leading up to the school closure.  Any make-up work submitted can only benefit students or increase their grades, it will not impact them negatively.  If no further work for the 3rd quarter is submitted by students, the 3rd quarter grade will be calculated as their grade to date, excluding the assignments they may have missed as a result of the school closure.  

Students and Parents/Guardians are asked to communicate directly with teachers, school counselors, special education supports, or with the building administration if there are any factors preventing student(s) from accessing their learning. 
 
ELEMENTARY
The program began on Monday, March 30th.  Teachers will plan and distribute instructional activities and lessons each Friday for the following week. These learning activities will encompass primarily ELA and mathematics, but will also include a social studies or science assignment on Fridays (excluding April 10th) as well as daily work in one of the special areas. 
 
The special areas will rotate each week by grade level. For example, music will take place with second grade in week one, third grade in week two, etc. These activities are designed to maintain student learning during this prolonged time away from school. They are not intended to be overwhelming, nor to add stress to families during this difficult time. A typical week will look like the following:

Grades 1-4
Monday: ELA (20-25 minutes), Mathematics (20-25 minutes), Special Area (15 minutes)
Tuesday: ELA (20-25 minutes), Mathematics (20-25 minutes), Special Area (15 minutes)
Wednesday: ELA (20-25 minutes), Mathematics (20-25 minutes), Special Area (15 minutes)
Thursday: ELA (20-25 minutes), Mathematics (20-25 minutes), Special Area (15 minutes)
Friday: Science or Social Studies (20-25 minutes)

Kindergarten
Monday: ELA (20-25 minutes)
Tuesday: Mathematics (20-25 minutes)
Wednesday: ELA (20-25 minutes)
Thursday: Mathematics (20-25 minutes)
Friday: Science or Social Studies (20-25 minutes)

Specials Rotation
PE/Health: Week 1 - 1st grade, Week 2 - 2nd grade
Music: Week 1 - 2nd grade, Week 2 - 3rd grade
Art: Week 1 - 3rd grade, Week 2 - 4th grade
Library: Week 1 - 4th grade, Week 2 - 1st grade

As of now, the assignments will not be graded. However, it is expected that a good faith effort will be made by students to complete them. Teachers may deliver this instructional component via email, or another platform such as Classroom Dojo or Google Classroom. Teachers will communicate their method of delivery with parents/guardians, based on what parents/guardians and students in each class may be used to using. Students who receive instruction in a support classroom will receive assignments from the teacher responsible for their instruction. Please communicate with your student’s classroom teacher on any additional instructional support you may need.

Teachers will be available Monday through Thursday to answer emails from parents and students during a 1.5 hour block in the morning (10:00-11:30 AM) and a 1.5 hour block in the afternoon (1:00-2:30 PM). 

The goal during this time period is to maintain student learning and continue our students’ education despite the circumstances, not to create stressful situations for families nor overwhelm our students.
 
Parents/Guardians who have any questions or concerns are encouraged to email their child's principal.
 
SPECIAL EDUCATION
Extensions will be provided on an individual basis for those students who are eligible or thought-to-be eligible for Section 504 Accommodations or IEP services.  For further information or to discuss any concerns you may have about your child’s special education services, please contact Lori Sutton, Director of Special Education, at 412-854-8405, or by emailing [email protected].   To learn more, please click on the link below.
 
 

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