NEW JULY 31: What is the design of the 50% hybrid learning model?

Students will be divided into A or B groups based on the last name of the primary parent/guardian listed in your parent portal. Siblings will attend school on the same day. 

A students will be on-site Monday, Wednesday, and every other Friday. 

B students will be on-site Tuesday, Thursday, and every other Friday.  

The following schedule will repeat every two weeks.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
A B A B A
A B A B B

Every Friday will be an early dismissal:

PVHS 12:05pm
PVJH 12:55pm
Elementary 1:40pm

By October 22nd, we will make a decision to stay in the hybrid learning model or to come back 100% onsite based on the current community spread or positivity rates in the county.

 


Is student participation required?

Yes. Unlike the spring of 2020, all learning PreK-12 is required. Attendance will be taken daily and grades will be given. Contact your principal with concerns.


Will standards change?

No. Teachers will continue to provide rigorous instruction based on the Iowa Core Standards in all three learning models.


How will my student be graded?

Because all learning will be required by the State of Iowa, students will receive grades. 

  • Elementary report cards will use Beginning (B), Progressing (P), Partial Mastery (PM) and Mastery (M).
  • Junior High and High School students will receive traditional letter grades.

What platform (learning management system) will my student use for online learning?

K-2 students will use SeeSaw and 3-12 students will use Google Classroom. There are a few exceptions to these foundational LMSs. Students enrolled in any college courses will be using Canvas, Level III Special Education students will use Unique Learning and High Students enrolled in Strength & Conditioning classes will use Team Builder for that course only.  Teachers will set up these classrooms at the beginning of the year to easily change from one model to another as public health status dictates. Each staff member is trained in best practices for implementing a Google or SeeSaw Classroom to ensure the best experience for parents and students.


NEW JULY 31: What will onsite and online learning look like for the hybrid model?

K-6: Each student will be assigned to a classroom teacher like they are every year. Classes will have fewer than 15 students (A/B groups). These classroom groups will stay together for lunch, recess and specials (Art, Music, PE and Science (3-6) to minimize exposure. Students who have been identified to receive additional academic support will continue to receive that support in the hybrid model. 

Hybrid Onsite Days - Face-to-face days will be rigorous with direct instruction and opportunity for collaboration with peers. Core subjects, including English Language Arts, Math and Social Studies, will be taught by a grade level teacher in a structure that looks like a typical school day with fewer students in the classroom. Students will travel through their instructional day, specials, lunch, and recess with their classroom group to minimize exposure. 

Hybrid Home Learning Days - All assignments for a classroom, whether online or onsite, will be posted in SeeSaw for K-2 students and Google Classroom for 3-6 students. Teachers will prepare students for independent and group work for the day they are learning at home. Students might also be directed to do assignments in preparation for the next onsite day. There will not be live lessons scheduled on a student’s hybrid home learning days. 

7-12: All students regardless of onsite or online learning will remain with their scheduled teacher. All students will be required to be proficient in the same course standards. 

Teacher lessons will be developed using a two-day framework in which the activities that can only be delivered face-to-face are offered when students are onsite. Activities that do not require direct teacher instruction will be accessible through the student’s Google Classroom.

Preschool: Our integrated preschool programs will run daily, Monday through Thursday. A home-learning online model will not be an option for preschool. For special education students (ages 3-5) whose needs are met through participation in our integrated preschool, the child's IEP (which is created and supported by the team) will define individualized programming and educational support.

Transition to Kindergarten (T2K): The district’s Transition to Kindergarten program will run on the school’s K-6 A/B hybrid schedule. A home-learning online model will not be an option for the T2K learner. 


NEW JULY 31: Can my family choose a 100% online model?

Yes. We encourage students to participate in the hybrid model, but if your student needs to participate in 100% online learning for medical or other reasons, it is an option. Please indicate your preference in your timely response to the district’s attendance verification form.


NEW JULY 31:  What will instruction and curriculum look like for a 100% online student?

K-6:  Online learners who are expected to “attend” school every day will be assigned to a PV teacher or teachers in their home building just like they would if they were participating in onsite learning. Assignments for a classroom, whether online or onsite, will be posted in SeeSaw for K-2 students and Google Classroom for 3-6 students. Teachers and students will access the district curriculum and learning goals, in common for all students, regardless of where a student is attending school.

100% online learning will be a combination of live virtual instruction and learning that is paced by the home learner. Teachers will schedule short small group live instruction sessions via Google Hangouts during the instructional day. Students will not be invited to access the live stream of an onsite class as a daily practice. A weekly schedule for live lessons and check-ins will be provided to the student and family no later than Friday prior to instruction in the coming week.

For example, an online lesson in Math, ELA and or Social Studies might include one or more of the following: 1) lesson launch, 2) direct instruction, 3) collaboration with peers, and/or 4) teacher feedback. Pacing and lesson sequence will be aligned to the onsite classroom. Art, Music, PE and Science (3 - 6) will be accessed asynchronously for the home learner through the Google Classroom and/or Seesaw learning management system. A “home learning online model" will not be an option for preschool.

7-12: Students choosing the 100% online model will remain in class with their peers and will access their assignments through Google Classroom. They will also have access to teacher recorded lessons and scheduled synchronous (live) learnings. Because students will have access to a variety of resources while at home, they will receive authentic assessments such as “Free Response” questions, demonstrations, produce a recorded presentation, online group or partner discussions, etc. Students will be required to be proficient in the same course standards. Details will be found in the course syllabus once the course starts.


NEW JULY 31: If we select 100% online, are we able to switch before October 22nd?

Yes.  To finalize student schedules, we are asking for a final decision by noon on August 4th through our attendance verification form. If you select the online option and it is not working out for any reason, your student may switch to the hybrid model. Please contact your building principal to make that change.


NEW JULY 31:  If students need to be quarantined, how will they be educated?

Online learning will be provided to those who cannot come to school while quarantined.  PV curriculum will be offered and students will be graded as if they were in the classroom on a daily basis. Staff will set up online classrooms at the beginning of the year (SeeSaw K-2 and Google Classroom 3-12) so as to easily change from one model to another as public health status dictates. Each staff member is trained in best practices for implementing a Google and/or SeeSaw Classroom to ensure the best experience for parents and students.


What assessment will take place to make sure students are ready to transition to the next grade level?

Our teachers are in close communication with previous grade level staff members. Students will be assessed when the school year starts and teachers will address student needs as they’ve done in the past. Teachers will continue to assess individual student progress toward learning goals utilizing fall administered MAP and FAST testing.


NEW JULY 31: If we select 100% online, are we able to switch before October 22nd?

Yes.  To finalize student schedules, we are asking for a final decision by noon on August 4th through our attendance verification form. If you select the online option and it is not working out for any reason, your student may switch to the hybrid model. Please contact your building principal to make that change.


How will Pleasant Valley provide equitable education for each student?

The District is dedicated to providing thorough and appropriately rigorous educational opportunities for every student, whether on-site or on-line. All students are entitled to an opportunity for participation in any service provided by Pleasant Valley Community School District.

Students with Disabilities

Ensuring equitable learning opportunities to enable students with disabilities to progress in Iowa Academic Standards and social emotional learning continues to be the aim of IEP and 504 teams. The entire IEP team will make any decision about an individual child’s placement or services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Early ACCESS, or Section 504. The IEP team will review the specialized services and supports prescribed in the current IEP. Special education teachers will continue to collaborate with general education teachers to provide scaffolds, accommodations and modifications for students with disabilities. Special education teachers will communicate frequently with families to ensure student needs are being met in both the physical and virtual settings. 

English Language Learners

ELL teachers will continue to collaborate with mainstream teachers to build lesson supports for language learners in both physical and virtual environments. Teachers will work with students and families to ensure that basic, technical, and social emotional needs are met in the case of virtual learning being a necessity. 


NEW JULY 31: What about Music Classes?

Pleasant Valley Community Schools will follow the National Federation of High Schools aerosol research. Band Choir and Orchestra rooms will establish a 6’ seating separation pattern towards the director. The exception to this rule is for trombones which require 9’ separation. Students in choir and orchestra are required to wear face masks. Band masks are currently being researched as they involve a more complicated slit design. Fabric bonnets will cover all brass instruments to reduce aerosol spread. Each musician will have their own sheet music and folder. Instrument retrieval/storage is currently being discussed to reduce large group gatherings. Additionally, we’re researching room air flow patterns to determine if UV germicidal mitigation is possible.


NEW JULY 31: What about PE Classes?

We  will hold as many PE classes as possible outdoors.  Social distancing can be provided in our gyms and students will not be asked to wear masks.  Equipment will be cleaned after use.