• April 8, 2020

    Dear Shoreline Schools Families,

    With Monday’s decision by Governor Inslee to keep school buildings closed through the end of the school year, we want to provide you with an update on our continuous learning plan moving forward.

    Not returning to school is heartbreaking for all of us and not the outcome that we wanted; however, it is a necessary step in order for us to do our part in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and making sure we keep you and your children healthy and safe. While our school buildings will remain closed, we are focused on continuing the learning process for students online and through prepared packets of materials. While the experience of in-classroom instruction with skilled and talented educators cannot be replaced, it is our hope that the online home learning plans, lessons and resources will support your child’s continued learning.

    Families of students receiving special education services will receive a separate communication later this week with additional information and resources specific to special education students.

    As part of our home learning plan, we have chosen to use recorded online/video lessons rather than live video lessons during the extended school closure. We selected this format with students and families in mind. This allows students to access the online/video sessions at any time and they may view them multiple times. This flexibility takes into account the varying schedules and responsibilities of our students and families during this national crisis. While the lessons will not be live, teachers will provide other opportunities to connect with their students.

    Up to this point, our home learning resources have been general in grade bands and subject/content areas. As we move into Phase 3 and Phase 4, we are shifting to Shoreline teacher-created grade-level and course-specific online lessons and videos to support our students’ continued learning at home.

    The information below is broken down by elementary, middle and high school levels and phases. Please see the sections that are applicable to your student/s. Additionally, beginning on Monday, April 13, a redesigned continuous learning website will be live with grade-level and course-specific sections to more easily find the appropriate learning resources for your child.

     

    Elementary School Continuous Learning: Phase 2 (this week)

                Lessons & Schedule

    • This week, new online/video lessons created by teachers on special assignment (TOSAs), directors, principals and “pilot” grade-level teaching teams are being posted to our Home Learning Resources website.
    • A new schedule will be posted outlining learning activities.
    • Shoreline created lessons will include:

    o   Social Studies

    o   Literacy

    o   Math

    o   Science

    o   Art

    o   PE

    o   Read aloud/book talks

                Connecting with Students

    • Each student/family will be contacted at least once this week by their teacher.

     

    Elementary School Continuous Learning: Phase 3 (April 13 - May 1)

                Lessons & Schedule

    • New grade-level online/video lessons created by Shoreline teachers will be posted each week.
    • A new schedule will be posted that outlines learning activities using Shoreline-created lessons and specific online resources.
    • Counselors will post video lessons on social and emotional learning.
    • New learning packets will be available online and at meal distribution sites on April 15-17 and April 27-29. You can also request learning packets be mailed to you. To request a mailed elementary learning packet, click HERE.

    Connecting with Students

    • Each student/family will be contacted at least twice each week by their teacher. This may include but is not limited to: whole class communications; class meetings; office hours; small groups; individual students; and assignment explanation, completion and feedback; or other configurations as determined by the teacher.

                Family Learning Supports

    • Information and tips for parents/guardians to support their child’s continuous learning will be posted.

     

    Elementary School Continuous Learning: Phase 4 (May 4 and beyond)

                Lessons & Schedule

    • New grade-level online/video lessons created by Shoreline teachers will be posted each week.
    • Shoreline-created lessons will include:

    o   Reading and Writing

    o   Math

    o   Science and Engineering

    o   Art

    o   Library/Book Talks

    o   Music

    o   PE

    • A new schedule will be posted that outlines learning activities using Shoreline-created lessons and specific online resources.
    • Teachers will post new lessons to their school websites.
    • Counselors will post video lessons on social and emotional learning.

                Connecting with Students

    • Each student/family will be contacted at least twice each week by their teacher. This may include but is not limited to: whole class communications; class meetings; office hours; small groups; individual students; and assignment explanation, completion and feedback; or other configurations as determined by the teacher.

     

    Middle School Continuous Learning: Phase 2 (this week)

                Lessons & Schedule

    • This week, new online/video lessons created by teachers on special assignment (TOSAs), directors, principals and “pilot” grade-level teaching teams are being posted to our Home Learning Resources website.
    • A new schedule will be posted outlining learning activities.
    • Shoreline created lessons will include:

    o   Language Arts/Social Studies

    o   Math

    o   Science

    o   PE/Health

                Connecting with Students

    • Each student/family will be contacted at least once this week by a teacher.

     

    Middle School Continuous Learning: Phase 3 (April 13 - May 1)

                Lessons & Schedule

    • New course-specific online/video lessons created by Shoreline teachers will be posted.
    • A new schedule will be posted that outlines learning activities using Shoreline-created lessons and specific online resources.
    • Teachers will post new lessons to Canvas
    • New learning packets will be available online and at meal distribution sites on the weeks of April 13- 17 April 27-May 1. You can also request learning packets be mailed to you. To request a mailed middle school learning packet, click HERE.

                Connecting with Students

    • Each student/family will be contacted at least twice each week by their teacher. This may include but is not limited to: whole class communications; class meetings; office hours; small groups; individual students; and assignment explanation, completion and feedback; or other configurations as determined by the teacher.

     

    Middle School Continuous Learning: Phase 4 (May 4 and beyond)

                Lessons & Schedule

    • New course-specific online/video lessons created by Shoreline teachers will be posted.
    • Shoreline created lessons will include:

    o   English Language Arts

    o   Math

    o   Science

    o   Social Studies

    o   Art

    o   Music

    o   World Language

    o   PE

    • A new schedule will be posted that outlines learning activities using Shoreline-created lessons and specific online resources.
    • Teachers will post new lessons to Canvas.

                Connecting with Students

    • Each student/family will be contacted at least twice each week by their teacher. This may include but is not limited to: whole class communications; class meetings; office hours; small groups; individual students; and assignment explanation, completion and feedback; or other configurations as determined by the teacher.

    High School Continuous Learning Update

    • High school families have received information directly through family email and through Canvas for students. This information applies to all high school classes as of April 6. Information is also being posted to the school website for parents who miss communications by email.
    • Continuing Home Learning at the high schools will take place through Canvas through the end of this school year, June 19.
    • The high schools will provide more information regarding grading and issuing credit on student transcripts for the semester in the coming weeks.
    • Parents/guardians are reminded to set up Canvas parent observer accounts to monitor their students. Directions will be sent again and posted on the schools’ website.
    • Parents/guardians should also remind and require students to re-engage with all their teachers via k12 email and Canvas as we make this transition to continuous learning for the last 10 weeks of the school year.

    Spring Break for our district is scheduled for April 20-24. While lessons will be available for families online during that week, we will not have teacher or staff contacts available during that time. We encourage you to consider your family’s needs when deciding whether to continue to maintain your home learning schedule or to take a break. 

    We continue to follow guidance from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction regarding continuous learning. If there are additional changes or updates to our plans, we will share those with families. 

    We are aware of recent news reports regarding concerns about Zoom’s video conferencing platform and “Zoombombing” (unwanted individuals join meetings and sharing inappropriate content). We have licensed an education package that allows us to set universal restrictions and user settings, as well as providing detailed instructions to staff, to prevent similar situations. 

    In closing, we want to extend our appreciation for your patience and grace as we have worked to navigate this pandemic and changing state guidance on continuous learning. We will continue working to provide students with enriching learning opportunities and experiences during this unprecedented time. If you have any questions regarding our learning plans, please feel free to contact us at instruction@shorelineschools.org. If you have questions regarding your child’s individual program or progress through the learning materials, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

    We hope you and your family stays healthy and well.