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  • An Introduction to Distance Learning

    SPPS will take advantage of its Personalized Learning Through Technology infrastructure to support Distance Learning in grades Pre-K through 12. On Monday, April 6, SPPS will begin our Asynchronous Distance Learning program for all students using district-issued iPads.

    Asynchronous Distance Learning is when a teacher and a student interact with learning activities in different places and at different times. Students enrolled in asynchronous distance learning courses are allowed to complete their work any time of the day that works best for a student and their family.

    This style of Distance Learning gives students and families the most flexibility. We believe that, given the current circumstances, this is the best way to launch SPPS Distance Learning.

    For attendance purposes, SPPS will require all students to engage with a post from a teacher in Seesaw (K-2) or Schoology (3-12) each school day. Teachers will also post daily assignments in those learning platforms at the start of the regular school day.

    SPPS Distance Learning relies on students to use their iPad device and participate in online learning platforms such as Seesaw and Schoology. Teachers may use other district-approved technology to engage with students via email, using online courses, setting up group chats and forums, and sharing videos and audio recordings. 

    Teachers will be mindful of resources that may not be available to students in a Distance Learning environment. Successful completion of assignments is not dependent on particular materials or resources (for example, access to a printer). A variety of choices, options and examples of possible resources will be provided to students when possible.

    Each school will determine common Distance Learning grading practices, and develop a timeline for student workflow to be used by all teachers at their school. School expectations for the first week of Distance Learning, and moving forward, will be clearly communicated to students, families and staff.