Distance Learning launches on Monday, 4/6

posted Apr 3, 2020, 1:33 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Apr 3, 2020, 1:33 PM ]
The teachers, administrators, and instructional support staff of Bartlesville Public Schools have been working hard to develop a stay-at-home Distance Learning plan that will help their students finish the school year strong. That planning has presented its own set of trials, as most of it has occurred digitally or at a distance, but the staff has designed a continuous learning plan that will help students grow academically this spring.

We know our parents and students have many questions about what the remainder of the school year will be like. A new website, BPSLEARN.COM, will steadily address those issues while providing links and resources for Distance Learning.

While this is not how we expected to end the school year, we believe our plan will allow us to keep students on track, while also protecting what is most important – their health and well-being.

Our teachers are excited to resume school with their students on Monday, April 6 and support parents as families transition to this new mode of learning.

BPSLEARN.COM
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

On Monday, April 6, elementary classroom teachers will call their students’ parents.  The purpose of the call is to establish a positive line of communication between the teacher and student/parent that will continue throughout the remainder of this school year.  Teachers have worked diligently to create distance learning packets that are meaningful but also offer flexibility and choices to engage children in the learning process. 

There will be three different options for parents to get their elementary-school lessons packet:
  • Packets will be available to download at BPSLEARN.COM by Monday, April 6. That website will also have a link to phone-friendly copies of the same lessons for each grade level by date and by subject.
  • Printed packets will be available for pickup at each elementary school on April 6 from 8:00-9:30 a.m.
  • For parents who are unable to pick your packet up on Monday, April 6, on Tuesday, April 7 they will be available in the food pickup lines at Central and Madison middle schools, which operate from 8:00-9:30 a.m. and from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They will also be sent out on the neighborhood food delivery buses on Tuesday, April 7.
Parents will only need one packet per family because each packet contains lessons for Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade. (Please note that the packets contain only the first three weeks of our Distance Learning plan. Teachers will be working on more assignments in the days and weeks ahead in order to finish the academic year.)

Remember that the packets and additional resources are not intended to create additional stress; please do what makes sense for your family.  If you have additional questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOLS

Middle school and high school students will be able to use their district-issued Chromebooks to continue instruction using Canvas and other online services. Students are familiar with the program and should look for information from their teachers via Canvas, Remind, and email about how to proceed. Students in special programs will receive appropriate guidance from their teachers.

Teachers will be reaching out to families by voice calls, if needed, to determine which families need an internet hotspot, once those become available, to help connect the Chromebook to the internet. There are also low-cost internet options available to our families. Obviously, students will not be responsible for online work until an internet connection can be provided.

Teachers may grade some secondary students’ work; however, the intent is for grading to encourage students, provide helpful feedback, and the goal will be to help maintain or increase, not decrease, a student’s existing average in a class. The work will be used to learn new concepts and to reinforce those that have already been introduced. Teachers will be in regular contact with students to provide them with support and guidance, with each teacher providing “office hours” or other mechanisms for students to request individual help. 

Students with Chromebooks needing replacement should participate in the weekly Chromebook swap in the loop off Hillcrest Drive in front of the high school each Wednesday from 1-3 p.m.

Helpful links and ongoing updates about the new Distance Learning program are at BPSLEARN.COM.