Planning for Distance Learning

Planning for Distance Learning (no earlier than March 30)
Posted on 03/17/2020
Planning for Distance LearningThis week, staff has been planning for Distance Learning in the event that longer-term school cancellations are needed due to COVID-19. Distance Learning will ensure students continue to receive engaging learning activities with daily interaction with their teacher(s).

The state of Minnesota has directed school districts to use these two weeks to plan. Distance Learning will not begin until March 30, if a longer-term school cancellation is necessary.

Along with planning for Distance Learning, teachers will be reaching out to families through Thursday, March 19 to ask about access to devices, internet, meals and additional services. On Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25, some teachers will choose to participate in Distance Learning practice and will post practice activities for students in Seesaw or Schoology. This practice will allow staff and students to learn more about the technology, ask questions and be prepared for the potential of mandatory Distance Learning, as declared by Governor Walz after March 27.

In the meantime, please become familiar with our distance learning plans below.

Elementary Distance Learning

  • Elementary families will access daily learning using Seesaw, an online learning tool. 
  • Classroom teachers and specialists will post activities daily, by 10 a.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Teachers will be available via Seesaw, email or phone between the hours of 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
  • If a family does not use technology, students will participate in activities provided by their teachers. Teachers will provide this option for families who may not have access to the internet.

Secondary Distance Learning

  • Distance Learning for middle and high school students will be self-directed, independent learning. Teachers will assign students learning for each course through Schoology, an online learning tool.
  • Teachers will post lesson plans daily, by 10 a.m. Monday-Friday.
  • Teachers will be available via Schoology, email or phone between the hours of 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m.
  • Our goal is for each middle and high school student to have access to a device and internet during Distance Learning.
  • Middle school families at Cottage Grove, Lake and Woodbury Middle School should watch for an additional email about picking up a Chromebook for their students.
  • For students who are not able to access technology, teachers will customize learning by providing opportunities by phone instead of through Schoology.

We understand that students will have a wide variety of responsibilities at home during Distance Learning Days and that some may not have access to devices or the internet. School staff understand this and will be flexible with those situations. A number of providers are offering free internet and we encourage families to access these resources.

As a reminder, all South Washington County Schools will be closed through Friday, March 27. This means students are not scheduled to return to school until at least Monday, March 30. It is important that families keep their students in their neighborhood, out of public spaces and avoid social gatherings of 10 or more during this statewide school closure.