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Shakopee Public Schools
Distance Learning Plan
(Updated March 17, 2020)
The Minnesota Department of Education expects schools to continue meeting the academic needs of students by providing distance learning opportunities through daily interactions with teachers. Access to iPads, laptops and other resources help us meet that goal. Our plan will provide opportunities for all students to continue learning new material and practicing the skills they have already learned.
If the situation occurs that schools need to be closed due to the COVID-19 virus, Shakopee Public Schools intends to provide instruction to students in all grades via distance learning. The soonest this would occur is Monday, April 6th (i.e. after Spring Break).
Implementing distance learning will require the full cooperation of students, teachers, and parents to make the instruction and learning meaningful and in compliance with the full expectations of Minnesota Statutes.
If you or a designated person could stop by the school to pick up the iPad, laptop and/or additional resources provided to support learning, school offices will be open during regular school hours between now and March 20th. If someone other than you is coming to pick up the device, please contact the school office ahead of time to let them know who will be picking up the device. If you are unable to pick up the device from the school and need to make arrangements for drop-off, please call the school office to let them know.
The district also has a limited number of wireless hotspots that can be made available for households that do not have wireless Internet access. Let the school office know if you would like to request a wireless hotspot.
It is intended that the distance learning model of delivery will continue to provide students with new learning while sustaining previous learning. Therefore, the goal will be to connect learning to the regular instruction that has been occurring. Tasks will be meaningful and important to student learning goals and outcomes.
Students in Grades PreK - K
Although students in PreK and Grade K have experience with iPads, the District does not have enough devices available to provide every student an iPad for home use. A Combination of online/web-based and offline resources will be provided to support our early learners.
Our distance learning model will follow these guidelines:
Students in Grades 1 - 5
For Grades 1-5, the District will provide students with an iPad for Distance Learning. We prefer students use a district device because:
Our distance learning model will include a combination of online resources and assignments that are not technology-based, and will follow these guidelines:
Students in Grades 6-12
For Grades 6-12, the District provides students with iPads or laptops for Distance Learning.
Our distance learning model will be provided online via Canvas, and will follow these guidelines:
Students with IEPs
Despite the fact that many students with IEPs use iPads to support learning, there will be modifications in order to implement appropriate instructional strategies that comply with IEPs. Specialized Service staff will work with classroom teachers to support students that need modifications/accommodations to support learning in addition to providing instructional activities aligned with current IEP goals, services, and related services. Specialized Service staff will work with students and families on assistive technology needs.
Students who are English Language Learners
As much as possible, service delivery in distance learning will reflect and align with the service students receive in the classroom. For example, co-taught classrooms will continue to be co-taught and students will receive support and feedback from the EL teacher along with the classroom teacher.
Student Online Attendance
Distance Learning will take the place of regular schooling and therefore, attendance is important. As such, school districts will be expected to monitor and report student daily attendance to the State of MN.
Instruction when the teacher is unavailable
If a teacher is unable to provide instruction for the day, you will receive communication from your child’s teacher regarding the absence.
This goes to our help desk system. Please provide as much detail as you can about the issue.
Phone: (952) 697-8701
This is not a direct line, but you can leave a voicemail and we will get back to you.