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  • Please take a moment to read the latest update from the Public Schools of Petoskey in regards to a Remote Learning Plan.
     

    April 7, 2020

    Dear Parents and Caregivers,

    Next Tuesday April 14, we will officially launch our Remote Learning Plan.  The Remote Learning Plan is in response to Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order (EO) 2020-35, which closed our school buildings for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. In the development of this plan, we have also incorporated strategies to help promote the safety and health of our staff, students, and community. While you will be receiving additional communication and greater detail from teachers and principals, I wanted to provide you with a broad overview of the plan at this time.  

    PLAN OVERVIEW

    The goal of this plan is to provide daily learning opportunities for students to practice existing skills and be introduced to new skills determined to best prepare them for learning upon their return to school. While students will not be penalized for lack of work completion, participation is strongly encouraged and will be monitored and supported through frequent check-ins with students, parents, and caregivers. The plan will offer a combination of approaches to enable teachers, parents, and students to connect around learning which attempts to address the many differences in our students’ access to technology and communication devices, parental supports, and other circumstances. 

    LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (LMS)

    A Learning Management System (LMS) will be used by all teachers as a “launchpad” for students accessing work online. Teachers will provide students/families with explicit instructions on how to access the LMS platform and understand how they can participate in learning. Additional information can be found at https://petoskeyhome.wixsite.com/online

    Each day, students will be presented with short increments of prepared instruction followed by an opportunity to engage with learning. The scope and sequence of instruction/learning will be similar across grade-level teams or courses of the same content. The level of application or demonstration of learning will vary depending on the content and developmental level. For young learners, content and application may involve providing suggestions and opportunities for families. See Sample Learning Plan below.

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    Elementary

    30 min math

    15 min art

     

    30 min. ELA

    15 min. music

     

    30 min. math

    15 min. PE

     

    30 min. ELA

    15 min. tech

     

    30 min. science or social studies

     

    Middle School

    30 min. Math

    30 min. ELA

     

    30 min. Science

    30 min. Social Studies 

     

    30 min. Math

    30 min. ELA

     

    30 min. Science

    30 min. Social Studies 

     

    30 min. Elective 1

    30 min. Elective 2

     

    High School

    30 min. Math

    30 min. ELA

    30 min. AP if applicable

     

    30 min. Science

    30 min. Social Studies 

    30 min. AP if applicable

     

    30 min. Math

    30 min. ELA

    30 min. AP if applicable

     

    30 min. Science

    30 min. Social Studies

    30 min. AP if applicable

     

    30 min. Elective 1

    30 min. Elective 2

    30 min. AP if applicable

     

    LEARNING WITHOUT INTERNET ACCESS OR DEVICES

    We understand that there are varying degrees of access to home internet service within our school district. The Remote Learning Plan addresses this by making paper work packets available to students. During their initial contacts, teachers will work with you to determine the best way for materials to be shared with you and / or your student(s). Work packets will be made available to all students without access to the internet, as well as others who may have access, but would rather have their student access the paperwork. For families opting for hard copy packets of work, work will be shared via email with parents who have access to a printer or  mailed via USPS for families that do not have access to a printer. The first set of work packets will be sent on Monday, April 20.

    LAPTOP CHECKOUT

    Plans are being devised to assist students and families at home who may have internet access, but request a device for the purpose of learning during the implementation of the Remote Learning Plan. Directions for how to request a laptop and pick it up will be communicated in the future, as those details are finalized.

    PARTICIPATION

    I strongly encourage every student in our school system to take advantage of the learning offered through this plan.  The best way for students to continue learning, maintain connections with peers and teachers, and to be in the best possible position for the next school year or the start of their postsecondary careers is to take advantage of this remote learning platform.  However, participation is voluntary and attendance will not be maintained in students’ academic record. Teachers will continue to reach out to students, parents, and caregivers to help provide supports that may be interfering with student participation.  

    GRADING

    For the period beginning April 14, 2020 and ending with the conclusion of the school year on June 11, 2020, the Public Schools of Petoskey will not be grading student work.  Instead, feedback will be provided to students from their teachers. For high school students, students will either earn credit or no credit for their second semester classes.  Students who had a 60% or higher in a course on March 11 will earn credit for the course. Students with a grade of 59.9% or below in a course on March 11 will have an opportunity to earn credit through remote participation (either online or in paper) and show mastery of the required learning. Students enrolled in online credit recovery classes, Dual Enrollment, Early College, and AP courses will continue through those courses.  Online AP exams will be available through the College Board.

    BELONGINGS

    We know that many of our students took much of what they needed home with them at the start of the school closure, but that many still have belongings in their classrooms, cubbies, or lockers.  Students and parents wishing to pick up belongings needed for remote learning (glasses, textbooks, band instruments, etc.) can make arrangements with their building principal. All other items will be distributed when the Stay Home / Stay Safe order is lifted.

    SPECIALIZED SERVICES

    Students receiving specialized services will be contacted by their service provider to determine needs and supports going forward.  As we continue to gather this information regarding your student’s needs, the team will work together with you to offer the supports and services needed to best help your child through this transitional period.

    COMMENCEMENT

    At this time, we are unable to commit to Commencement as scheduled due to the closure of our school buildings and gathering restrictions. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and are exploring alternatives including online options, or a more traditional ceremony later in the summer, assuming it is safe to do so. Despite these unfortunate obstacles, we  remain committed to honor the work and accomplishments of our Senior class.

    As with any new venture, we will continue to make adjustments and work to continue to improve the plan and how we can best meet the needs of each of our students during this time. We know that this is a highly unusual circumstance and that there is a lot of anxiety, uncertainty, and concern about our health and safety, our economy, restrictions on our freedom of movement, and many others.  Each of us will experience what is happening in our own way, based on our own situation, background, and experiences. I also know that the team of professional educators at the Public Schools of Petoskey are doing everything we can to help students in the very best way we can. We will get through this as families, as a school district, and as a community. This plan is our initial attempt at trying to meet many diverse learning needs with a system that has not been utilized before.  I ask that you extend grace to our educators and that you work with them to overcome any obstacles you encounter along the way. Thank you in advance for your patience, your understanding, and your flexibility as we work together in the best interest of students.

    Respectfully,

    Christopher Parker, Superintendent

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