It is our hope that families will:
- Review the Colorado Department of Education Best Practices for Families
- Follow all communication coming from the district to stay up to date in the dynamic time of change. Visit the Distance Learning site and school specific sites for new updates over time and to leave suggestions for items you would like to see.
- Reach out and engage with staff often, let us know if we can support you and do not be afraid to ask
- Share what is working or not working directly with school and district leaders and teachers giving specific examples so we can work toward improvement
- Take time to celebrate and find small wins each day
- Find opportunities to be creative and laugh with your kids
- Find opportunities to re-connect with your teenagers, it is a joy to see how they are growing into adulthood
- Hold us accountable for reaching our goal of reaching 100% of our students and their families throughout this time
- Set structures that work best for your family's needs...see the examples below.
Daily/Weekly Learning Structure Ideas for Families:
D11 knows that there are many diverse family needs in times like these. As stated on the Roles and Responsibilities for Families page, simplicity is a primary goal for all families. Within our stated commitment to family partnership, families are encouraged to set structures that work best for them and to let educators know if something does not work for their needs. First and foremost, families should take care of themselves. While teachers will offer learning opportunities throughout this time, there is no penalty or expectation that a child's day must look like a typical face-to-face day. Lessons will be recorded for students to access any time. If a family schedule does not work to provide assignments etc. please let your teachers know. And, as stated in the Common Expectations section ,4th quarter grades cannot drop below a student’s 3rd quarter grade. All grades in 4th quarter are meant to share improvement areas only which allows all students to apply, transfer and solidify important knowledge and skills to be ready for their next year.
Below are daily/weekly structure ideas based on different family needs:
Sharing Technology Among Many Members OR Limited Technology Access:
Example schedule for a family with:
Review school tasks. Make a list of any assignments that can be done without technology (e.g. write a poem about Spring) OR plan a replacement task that would be done without technology (Assignment: Find information about your favorite animal. Instead of searching online, reference a book at home)
Parent work time-online meetings, tasks
Children work on no tech tasks/ take breaks to move and snack
Choose other activities that would not need technology- the district distance learning site has many activity suggestions for art/PE/creativity
Lunch Break together or parent work time catch up
Middle school student uses technology for any assignments they can do. If there is a recorded session from a previous lesson with teachers-view and follow those lessons.
Elementary student shares activities and tasks they have been working on with the parent. Parent may ask questions like-how did you like working on that? Was it difficult? What was most interesting? etc.
Middle school student finalizes any assignments, calls teachers during office hours if needed or writes a summary of what assignments were completed and which ones they did not have time to do.
Elementary student uses technology to complete tech specific tasks such as learning games/skills practice.
Parent finalizes any tech needs work
Middle School student takes a break
Elementary student takes a break
Any time blocks can be set for any part of the day. If the parent can do work in the evenings-and students in the daytime, that will work. If middle school or elementary students like to have early evening tasks-assignments can be done then as well. Some older students prefer later evenings.
Bottom Line: any schedule to do daily/weekly assignments or to meet all or a portion of assignments is fine. The best option is to clearly communicate with your teachers what your family’s needs are and what you believe is a reasonable expectation within those needs. Communication will ensure all families feel honored and lessen any unintended pressure.
Another option is to develop alternative tasks as needed:
Possible schedule for families that like a school-type structure during a portion of their day:
If you have access to technology you can use it within any of the online resources/activities from the list below.
Work in small intervals with movement breaks as needed
- Set the stage (15 minutes)
- Look through the menus/assignments and gather any materials you might need and set learning goals for the day.
- Distance learning (2-3 hours elementary and 3-4 hours for secondary)
In a home environment typically, learners will spend a varied amount of time on a various subjects offered within their school:
- Science/Social Studies
- Reading and Writing
- Visual and Performing Arts
- Physical Education/Dance
- World Language
- Social-Emotional Learning
Break/Snack/Movement/Reflection (60 minutes)
- Follow the lead of your child and take breaks as needed.
- Eat lunch and take time to get outside or move around inside.
- Reflection on learning deepens understanding and connections in topics. Click Here