Ensures that every student in the State of Minnesota receives an equitable education and has equal access to learning and instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While distance learning is in effect, attendance is still required. Teachers track distance attendance in a variety of ways. Daily contact with students will be attempted through phone calls, emails, assignment completion, and check-ins to online resources. It is possible for teachers to identify who is in attendance during a live video session, whether a student has signed into their SeeSaw, Schoology, Google Classroom, completed assignments, who has sent or received an email, participation in an online chat, or who has uploaded an image or video documenting a student's learning activity. While conducting distance learning, educators will clearly identify the method they will use to verify attendance so this can be inputted into Synergy. The role of parents and guardians when learning occurs during distance learning is to ensure they and their student(s) are aware of the way in which attendance will be noted on any given day and for any given class. Distance learning requires that parents and caregivers also consider other factors. Specifically, parents and guardians have the responsibility to support their student's meaningful engagement in learning through distant means. The tips and tools offered here identify specific actions that can be taken in support of the endeavor to promote continuous learning outside the four walls of a classroom.
Getting used to distance learning might take a little while. Some people will love it right away. Others might need some time to get used to how to participate in live video sessions or use a chat room. Be patient and remain kind to those who will take longer to adjust to a virtual learning environment. If you're one of the people who isn't as comfortable with technology or online learning as your peers, it's okay. Stay positive. Be persistent.
- Use respectful behavior and language.
- Stick to appropriate topic discussions.
- Send only appropriate video transmissions.
- Use only appropriate icon, emoji, and avatar submissions.
- Wear school appropriate clothing if you are attending meetings via video.
- Be honest and do not plagiarize or copy others’ work -- in other words, use academic integrity.
- Not falsify information about yourself or impersonate others online.
When everyone remembers to act kindly, show consideration for others, and treat one another online as you wish to be treated in person, we'll all be able to focus on learning.
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