Remote LearningWSD Remote Learning

With the Executive Order to close school buildings for the remainder of the year, came more direction from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) regarding how to facilitate remote learning and continue instruction for students. This guidance has offered appropriate times per day for engagement, which are shared below. As of April 27,students are engaged in virtual course curriculum with teachers that encompasses continuous, collaborative and engaging content to meet the needs of every student. This online learning has been developed with three ideals in mind: compassion, content and connection. Students and teachers are learning together!

WSD Remote Learning Details

In anticipation of this extended closure, we have been working on a plan to accommodate all students in the Waterford School District, regardless of access to a technology device. As you know, we recently sent a survey to all families to ask about access to technology and the internet. Our priority for distribution will begin with families who have no devices. Our technology department will contact students who will receive a device. We anticipate those devices to be delivered via a postal delivery service during the week of April 20, 2020. Based on those responses, and in collaboration with districts around the county and Oakland Schools, we have developed the following plans by level.

Elementary

Elementary School students will have a multimedia approach to instruction. For those with access to a device, teachers will continue to use the platform students have been using. Those students are also encouraged to continue the supplemental work on Dreambox Math and Lexia for English Language Arts. The guidelines for engagement times for elementary students are a minimum of 30 minutes per day for students in kindergarten, a minimum of 45 minutes for grades 1 and 2, and a minimum of 60 minutes daily for students in grades 3-5. All students will be afforded a hard copy packet of work, separated by week for the remainder of the year. Students with a device will communicate with the teacher through the platform currently in use. For students without a device, teachers will connect and monitor their understanding by phone and/or email.

Middle School

Middle School students will also have a multimedia approach to instruction. For those with a device, teachers will continue to use the Google classroom platform. An important note is that smartphones are Google-friendly and students can use them to connect with classrooms. Those students are also encouraged to continue supplemental work on Edgenuity in ELA and math. Middle Schools have developed the attached schedule, which includes a minimum of 90 minutes of expected work per day and the opportunity for teachers to record Google sessions and post them so that timing can be flexible. All students will be afforded a hard copy packet of work, separated by week for the remainder of the year. Students with a device will communicate with the teacher through Google Classroom. For students without a device, teachers will connect and monitor their understanding by phone and/or email.

High School

We will distribute devices and assist with resources for internet connection in order to ensure that all students in grades 9-11 have access to a device. An important note is that smartphones are Google-friendly and students can use them to connect with classrooms. Devices may also be provided for seniors needing to make up work and for students in grade 8 who are enrolled in courses for high school credit. As a result, classes for these students will continue online in a modified format. The high schools have developed the attached schedule, which includes a minimum of 120 minutes of expected work per day (including class time and assignments). Teachers will record Google sessions and post them so that timing can be flexible.

Class of 2020

The academic part of this plan does not include seniors who were on track to graduate as of March 12, the last day that school was physically in session. Those seniors, in accordance with MDE guidelines, have earned their diploma and will graduate. Seniors who were not on track for graduation as of that date will be contacted by their counselor and given the opportunity to earn their diploma based on fulfilling unmet requirements. Durant High School staff will be in direct contact with 4th term seniors regarding completing requirements. There have indeed been many questions about graduation ceremonies. Please know that we are working on a plan and talking with other districts to share safe thoughts and ideas regarding their well-earned celebration. There will be more information regarding that question once this learning plan is implemented.

Grades & Credit

During these unprecedented times, the connectedness and care for our students and one another is our first priority as we maintain a continuity of learning. As mandated by Executive Order 2020-35, assessment, feedback, and grading are based upon the principle of no educational harm to any child through a humane approach that is in the best interest of each student. This pandemic, and the statewide suspension of in-person instruction, has impacted our entire society. The emphasis for schoolwork is on continuous learning, supported by monitoring and feedback, not grades. Therefore, the Waterford School District will be implementing the recommendations of the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA) in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) as follows.

Seniors who were on track to graduate as of March 12, will be conferred a diploma (Durant students will be contacted by staff to discuss graduation status). For seniors, in each class, they have the following options: Choose to earn the grade they were currently getting as of March 12 or attempt to raise their grade by completing assignments at the discretion of the teacher. Credit, if earned, would be granted and grades would become part of the GPA.Choose to receive credit with a mark of Pass (P) in lieu of a letter grade or receive an Incomplete (I) in lieu of a non-passing grade. In the case of an Incomplete, students will be given every opportunity to work toward earning a Pass to graduate on time. Seniors must submit their choice to their teacher in each class no later than May 4, 2020. If no choice is made, the teacher wil use Pass/Incomplete as a default.

High school and 8th grade students enrolled in high school courses will be given the following grading options at the end of the year: Students must submit their choice to their teacher in each class no later than June 11, 2020. If no choice is made, the teacher will use Pass/Incomplete as a default.Choose to receive the grade and credit they have earned as of June 9, 2020. The grade would become part of the GPA. Choose to receive a mark of Pass (P) or Incomplete (I) in lieu of a letter grade. In the case of an Incomplete, students will be given every opportunity to work toward earning a Pass. A Passing mark will earn credit but not impact the GPA. An Incomplete would not impact GPA but will not earn credit toward graduation. Students must submit their choice to their teacher in each class no later than June 11, 2020. If no
choice is made, the teacher will use Pass/Incomplete as a default.

Elementary and middle school students, including 8th grade for non-high school credit courses: All students will be given a Pass (P) or Incomplete (I) grade. Since no credit is awarded at middle school, and there is no official grade point average, students earning a Pass will move onto the next course in the next grade. Students earning an Incomplete will be given the opportunity to work toward changing the Incomplete to a Pass. Elementary students will move onto the next grade. Report cards for elementary will include written feedback and recommendations but no individual marks in content areas.