Distance Learning Model

  • Definition                              Click here for the full 2020-21 Return to School Plan

    During the Distance Learning Model, all students have remote instruction, access to instructional materials, and receive daily interaction with teacher(s) from home.  Distance learning is not e-learning. Both technology and paper/pencil assignments and delivery of instruction can be utilized during distance learning.  

    All activities and extracurricular programs should follow the COVID-19 Prevention Guidance for Youth, Student, and Child Care Programs. 

    Distance learning may be implemented if Minnesota COVID-19 status worsens significantly enough at the local, regional, or state level.  Once implementing the Distance learning model, decisions on whether to loosen restrictions to the Hybrid Model will be made by the state if COVID-19 at the local, regional, or state level improves.

    Academics & Scheduling

    Alexandria Public Schools implemented the Alexandria Distance Learning Plan spring 2020. The following is taken from that plan, which will be applicable during the 2020-21 school year:

    K-5 distance learning students will:

    • Interact daily with resources, materials, and licensed teacher(s).
    • Attend synchronous class sessions.
    • Complete work within one week from the date it is assigned.
    • Receive IEP special education support addressed by their case managers in conjunction with their homeroom teacher.
    • Interact with teachers daily through Google Meet, Seesaw, email or telephone.   
    •  Connect with teachers either digitally and/or phone during daily scheduled “office hours” for students needing more support.

    6-12 distance learning students will:

    • Interact daily with resources, materials, and licensed teacher(s).
    • Attend synchronous class sessions.
    • Receive IEP special education support addressed by their case managers 
    • Interact with teachers daily through tools such as Google Meet.
    • Connect with teachers either digitally and/or phone during daily scheduled “office hours” for students needing more support.

     

    Pre-school, elementary, middle school and high school each have a complete return to school plan for academics and schedules, which can be accessed from the links below.  These plans include schedules, attendance, interventions, grading, and any other relevant information for all three learning models. 

     

    Please see Early Education, Preschool  and Early Childhood Family Education Scheduling Plan HERE.

    Please see Elementary Academics and Scheduling Plan HERE. 

    Please see Middle School Academics and Scheduling Plan HERE. 

    Please see High School Academics and Scheduling Plan HERE.

     

    Special Education 

    Alexandria Public Schools employ a full time Director of Student Support Services, Dr. Michelle Bethke-Kaliher, and Assistant Director of Student Support Services, Sara Richards, who supervise special education services for the district. Individual Education Plan (IEP) teams will consider plans for the student for the In-Person learning model, Hybrid learning model and Distance Learning model. Alexandria Public Schools has the goal of maximizing the effectiveness of specialized instruction while at the same time minimizing COVID-19 infection risk and consider all necessary safety measures.

    Please see a more detailed Special Education Plan HERE.

     

    Alternate Delivery Specialized Instructional Services (ADSIS)

    The Alexandria Public Schools will provide ADSIS services through various platforms including virtual face-face synchronous instruction through digital connections and virtual synchronous services.

     

    Transportation

    Transporting students to and from school is not necessary during distance learning.

    Please see a more detailed Transportation Plan HERE.

     

    Food & Nutrition 

    Meals will be available for students when they are home during the distance learning days. The meals will be a combination of fresh food and frozen. The specifics for each site are detailed in the Food Service Plan.

    Please see a more detailed Food & Nutrition Plan HERE.

     

    Childcare And Compass

    On days of distance learning, Compass will be offered for district-enrolled K-12 years from 6:30 am -5:30 pm.  Compass will be offered for APS enrolled, all day every day preschool class, when in the hybrid model.  On distance learning days, Tier 1 critical families (K-12 years) will be able to attend Compass free during regular school hours (7:30am-2:30pm).  “The school-age care for children of critical workers is intended for extreme circumstances in which no parent or guardian is at home, due to employment as a critical worker.”   Upon daily arrival in the distance learning model, students will have a health screening with protocol followed. A portion of Distance Learning will be supported in all models.

    Please see a more detailed Child Care and Compass Plan HERE.

     

    Technology:  Internet & Devices

    During the In-Person learning model, students will have school issued devices in grades K-12. No distance learning will be taking place for in-person learning students.  Although it would be helpful for students to have internet access at home, it is not essential, as distance learning is not a part of the In-Person learning model.  

    Please see a more detailed Technology Plan HERE.

     

    Athletics & Activities

    Athletics and activities will be offered following the MDE and CDC guidelines.

    Please see a more detailed Activities Plan HERE.

     

    Community Education 

    Community Education will be offered following the COVID19 from Mn Department of Health guidelines.

    Please see a more detailed Community Education Plan HERE.

     

    Mental Health & Social Emotional Learning Support

    Alexandria Public Schools is committed to supporting the physical and social/emotional wellbeing of all of the students as they re-enter the school building in the midst of the COVID 19 pandemic.  Safety precautions are required to keep our staff and students physically safe, however, equally important is our students’ mental health. We will continue to support our students’ social and emotional needs.

    Please see a more detailed Social Emotional Learning Plan HERE.

     

    Building Cleaning and Sanitization

    Please see a more detailed Building Cleaning & Sanitation Plan HERE.