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April 2, 2020 // Sudbury Learns from Home

Dear Sudbury Families, 

I wanted to provide a preview of plans for Phase II of our remote learning plan-- “Sudbury Learns from Home”.  Please know that Sudbury educators have been working tirelessly and collaboratively to develop a plan that is equitable, differentiated, sustainable, and flexible.  This plan will go into effect on Tuesday, April 7th.  During this new learning phase, extension activities posted through sudburystudents.org will remain accessible.  These activities provide valuable suggestions which families may wish to access in order to extend or enrich learning opportunities at home.

This week a comprehensive plan developed by educators and administrators was shared with staff.   A one-page summary document is linked here.  The plan aligns with DESE guidance and delineates parameters for time on learning within content areas, roles and responsibilities, communication, and best practices for remote learning.  As a district, we understand that remote learning requires an active partnership between home and school. We are also cognizant of student privacy concerns and are prioritizing sudburystudents.org as the district’s access point.  Please make this your virtual entry point to all SPS resources.

At the middle school level, teachers will connect with and push out new learning to students using Schoology, our learning management system.  Core content and Unified Arts teachers will be providing 30 minutes of content and skill learning per scheduled instructional period. In addition, homeroom teachers will be supporting student connections through a targeted Social Emotional Learning (SEL) lesson.  During this period of school suspension, all assignments will be marked “credit/no credit.” Credit will be awarded for assignment completion and feedback will be provided. Middle school educators will communicate virtual office hours during which students can request help and connect.

At the elementary school level, learning activities are being developed for all core and specialist subjects. Families of students in grades 2-5 will receive a communication from teachers regarding access to their Google Classroom.  It is essential that families ensure that their students can access their Google Classroom, as it will be the primary content delivery method for students in grades 2-5. Content for grades PK-1 will be pushed out through classroom websites and family email as our youngest students who are not yet readers and have not developed keyboarding skills do not have individualized Google accounts.  PK-1 classrooms will communicate individually regarding mechanisms for receiving student work products and sharing feedback.

Technology is a powerful communication and learning tool.   We know that it also has limitations and have tried to balance online platforms with paper and curated content.  We have also attempted to provide experiential and response-dependent activities. If your family does not have access to a device that can be used to support student learning, please complete this requisition form by Monday, April 6.  Please know that we do not expect families to provide a computer for each child. We encourage a model in which students share access on both family-owned devices and the ones that the district has assigned to students.

During these extraordinary times, it is worth revisiting and recommitting to our mission by pledging to partner with families and the community to enable students to “become lifelong learners and effective contributors to society.”  The mental and physical health of SPS students is paramount. Our mental health and nursing teams are available to provide support, and our administrative teams are positioned to meet individual family needs. Please reach out to individual educators and administrators using the email convention of firstname_lastname@sudbury.k12.ma.us.  Together we are committed to helping Sudbury Learn from Home.

Sincerely

Kimberly Swain,

Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning

 

Sudbury Public Schools' Distance Learning Plan