Requirements and Guidelines
Our teachers will provide a rigorous, inquiry-based educational experience that meets essential standards, inspires creativity, promotes independence, and prepares students for the next level. Full return to school will have required attendance, grades, consistent communication, and support will be provided for the whole child. We will also seek to build community as a school while we continue to navigate this year together. The state requires 240 minutes of daily instruction and this may include a combination of live instruction, independent work, homework, and/or assessments. Live interaction is required daily, and all students will receive 250 minutes of daily-person instruction, in addition to any enrichment opportunities after school. There will also be time set aside for teacher professional development and planning, outreach to students and families, social and emotional support, and community building.
Full return to school learning includes daily in-person instruction and independent work (any work assigned by teachers not completed in class). Independent work time will allow students to practice and/or develop concepts taught during in-person instruction. All assignments, activities, and resources will still be posted in Google Classroom. Teachers will create instructional (essential) standards-based assignments that encompass a progression of learning. This includes enrichment, engagement, intervention, remediation and exposure to new material. Teachers will be responsible for creating instructional activities that meet the needs of their students in order to prepare them for the next level.
Class Periods (In-Person & EDL)
- Students are required to attend all class sessions (attendance will be taken)
- When on campus, students must attend all classes and adhere to all safety measures and precautions in place and outlines in this guide
- All students will meet with each of their classes five times per week for in-person learning (with additional independent practice/work). All periods will be 70 minutes long
- Teachers will provide students with the opportunity to connect, build relationships, engage through in-person instruction, support with assignments, extension activities, etc.
- Post all assignments, activities, and resources in Google Classroom
- Monitor all assignments, provide feedback for students (varies depending on class)
- Respond to student emails and inquiries in a timely manner
- Provide in-person instruction 5 times a week, 70 minutes for each period
- Post any other information pertinent to the course on their webpage and/Google Classrooms
During in-person learning, attendance is mandated by the state of California and all students are required to be in school. Students are responsible for completing the instructional activities assigned by each of their teachers throughout the week. Additionally, students are required to attend all in-person class periods. During these class periods, teachers will be able to connect with their students, answer questions, deliver instruction, or clarify and guide students through an activity. Any student who is unable to attend a class must contact the teacher and the front office.
- Complete and submit assignments as assigned by teachers
- Attend all class periods
- Adhere to Zoom policy (All Zoom policies still in place if need to be utilized)
- Attend all in-person class periods and adhere to all the safety measures in this guide
- Use scheduled independent learning time to complete all assignments and submit them
- Contact teachers with questions on instructional activities at any time during the week
- Read for 30 minutes a day
Independent Work Guidelines
Our standard Board Policy is 60 minutes of independent work in the 6th grade, 70 minutes in the 7th grade, and 80 minutes in the 8th grade (outside of class instruction) per day, with additional time for independent reading and advanced courses. In the 3x3 model, students are taking half as many classes, but should have the same amount of overall independent work. Students are to utilize the “independent work” time outside of their in-person sessions.
Google Classroom will continue to be the main vehicle for the delivery of all instructional content, resources, and the housing of all assignments. Teachers will use Google Classroom in ways that are conducive to full distance learning, a hybrid of in-person and distance learning, or all in-person learning at the school site. Clear guidelines and common practices have been established for the use of Google Classroom across grade levels and content areas, however, students will be responsible for understanding the specific policies around each teacher’s Google Classroom.
- Use the Stream for announcements and comments only (no classwork)
- Organize topics in “Classwork” by week, starting with “Week 1: August 20-21, Week 2: August 24-28.” There may be additional “Topics” for things like units, Resources or supplemental information.
- Clearly communicate to students when instructional activities and assignments are due
- Due dates will only be used on assignments and/or activities that are required to be turned in or marked as done.
- Include instructions for all assignments in the assignment post and not solely as separate attachments (detailed instructions can be included separately, but the steps to complete the assignment should be included in the assignment post)
- Title assignments in Aeries the same as the assignment in Google Classroom
- Be a self-advocate and know how their teachers want questions to be asked
- Familiarize themselves with and understand each teacher’s practices and policies
- Know and understand when each instructional activity and/or assignment is due
- Check Google Classrooms and MVMS Grade Level Google Classrooms regularly
- Turn off all Google Classroom notifications other than notifications of private comments on individual assignments
- Monitor, check, and respond to school email daily
- Check Aeries for missing work and class progress