Distance Learning Option

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Full-Time Distance Learning Option

Lakeville Area Schools will offer a full-time distance learning option for any family who wishes to participate for the 2020-21 school year. Students in grades 9-12 will participate in online distance learning through their high schools. K-8 students will participate in online distance learning through LinK12 Lakeville, our comprehensive, state-certified online school, which has been part of our district since 2013. To learn more about LinK12 Lakeville, please review these Frequently Asked Questions.

If you wish to opt into distance learning, please email enroll@isd194.org. Please note, your child(ren) will be committing to the full-time distance learning option through at least the first semester of the 2020-21 school year (September-January). 

LinK12 Lakeville and the high schools will be sending all families registered for distance learning additional information about schedules, orientation, device pick-up and more.

High School Distance Learning

High school students in the full-time Distance Learning option will receive education in a similar fashion to high school students in the hybrid model. This online curriculum will be delivered by teachers at their high schools through Schoology.

Curriculum and Schedule

High school students will be able to take the courses they had previously registered for, including honors and AP courses. Students will learn by watching pre-recorded video lessons posted by their teachers and/or completing assignments posted by their teachers. Teachers will post lessons and assignments in Schoology each morning before the school day begins.

Students will engage in learning activities that are approximately 20-30 minutes in length with work time to round out each class period.

  • Please note: AP class times may be longer

Sample Class Time for Distance Learning

Each Wednesday, high school students’ distance learning lessons may be condensed so they have the opportunity to also engage in personalized learning experiences and receive support, including: 

  • enrichment opportunities like diving deeper on a specific topic with a small group or individually
  • intervention opportunities, like reviewing a lesson to ensure understanding with a small group or individually
  • check-ins with school staff on social emotional learning and well-being

Unlike Wellness Wednesdays that were implemented in the Spring, new learning will be provided and students will be expected to engage in lessons.

Grading and Assessment

Grades are reported as A, B, C, D, F, P (pass) or NC (no credit) along with pluses and minuses. Teachers will update student scores and grades throughout the term and finalize grades in Infinite Campus at the end of the quarter and semester. Student progress will be formally reported four times per year.

Teachers will administer common assessments. Teachers will explore a variety of assessments to meet student needs.

Attendance

High school students will check in online to mark themselves present.

If a student is sick and cannot complete their distance learning work, their parent/guardian should call the school building’s attendance line. Students will work with their teacher to make up any missed work due to illness.

LinK12 LakevilleElementary and Middle School (LinK12 Lakeville)

Curriculum and Schedule

All LinK12 Lakeville curriculum has been developed specifically for online instruction. Parents/guardians and students should expect to dedicate 5 or 6 hours for learning each day. 

LinK12 Lakeville follows the Lakeville Area Schools calendar for breaks and holidays. LinK12 Lakeville will also follow the Hybrid Model’s plan for learning on Wednesdays, which includes both structured learning and options for personalized support. 

LinK12 Lakeville class attendance is based on logging in to courses regularly, completing coursework and making appropriate progress each week as outlined by the student’s teacher. 

Elementary: 

Elementary students will receive instruction in Literacy, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education/Health, Art and Music. 

Daily schedules, assignments, live instruction and pre-recorded instruction from Lakeville Area Schools teachers will be delivered through an online platform called “K12”. Each student has been emailed a unique pin number to login to the K12 learning platform. If you have trouble logging in, please email Ann Wolf at ann.wolf@isd194.org.

Curriculum at the elementary level includes both digitally delivered coursework, as well as hands-on materials. Teachers are also always available at the student or parent/guardian’s request to provide a one-on-one lesson. Each day elementary students will participate in 45 minutes of live interaction with their teacher. These 45 minutes will be broken up into shorter sessions throughout the day and may be with the entire class, a small group, or one-on-one with the teacher.

Elementary LinK12 Time Allotment

If LinK12 Lakeville students do not want to participate in daily live interactions to allow for more flexibility, they may email their teacher the first week of school to opt out.

When students are not participating in live interactions with teachers, assignments will be posted on the K12 platform. Students can work on these assignments at their own pace. Assignments will be due on Friday each week.

Gifted Elementary Students
In addition to the LinK12 Lakeville curriculum, students currently in Discover and Ignite will receive online gifted education instruction from your Gifted Education Specialist. All students currently in Ignite will be clustered together with the same LinK12 Lakeville teacher and will also receive math and literacy instruction for the next grade level up. Your student’s Gifted Education Specialist will be reaching out to you in the next two weeks with more information. If you have questions, please contact the Elementary Gifted Learning Coordinator Molly Hammel, molly.hammel@isd194.org or 612-888-0509.

Special Education Elementary Students
Students with IEPs/504 plans, will be placed in a general education class online. Students will be supported by their teachers in accordance with their plans. If your child receives special education services, you will be contacted directly by your assigned case manager. For special education questions, please work with your case manager or you may also contact Sheila Domstrand at sheila.domstrand@isd194.org or 952-232-2011. 

Elementary English Learners
Students who primarily speak or interact in a language other than English may be eligible for language learning services. An EL teacher will contact you to arrange a screening if needed. If your student is identified as an English Learner, an EL teacher will contact you to arrange online language learning services. If you have questions about language learning services for your child, please contact Megan Reikowski at megan.reikowski@isd194.org

Middle School: 

All standard core courses will be offered. Additional elective and advanced courses will be offered based on enrollment. A full list of course offerings will be available in late August. Once we have the course registrations, the district will work with individual students to come up with an alternative plan if a course for which they registered cannot be offered due to low enrollment. 

Weekly schedules, assignments and instruction will be delivered through Schoology (for the majority of courses) or D2L/Brightspace (for foreign languages and some electives). In addition, teachers are available at the student’s request to provide a one-on-one lesson.

Each morning, students will log on and check their assignments for the day/week. Coursework can be completed in any order and at any time, as long as assignment deadlines are met. 

Students will need to participate in live instructional sessions called Classroom Connects twice a week for 15-30 minutes each. Participation in these sessions is worth 20% of a student’s grade. Teachers may schedule Classroom Connects for morning, afternoon or evening and will share dates and times with students one month in advance. Classroom Connects will also be recorded so any student who is unable to attend the live session may watch the recording and receive credit. Teachers will also be available for individual support as needed.

*These live sessions can occur during the day or evening. Your student will be given advance notice of when each session occurs. If they cannot attend the live session, they will be able to watch a recording.

Special Education Middle School Students
Students with IEPs/504 plans, will be placed in a general education class online. Students will be supported by their teachers in accordance with their plans. If your child receives special education services, you will be contacted directly by your assigned case manager. For special education questions, please work with your case manager or you may also contact Sheila Domstrand at sheila.domstrand@isd194.org or 952-232-2011. 

Middle School English Learners
Students who primarily speak or interact in a language other than English may be eligible for language learning services. An EL teacher will contact you to arrange a screening if needed. If your student is identified as an English Learner, an EL teacher will contact you to arrange online language learning services. If you have questions about language learning services for your child, please contact Megan Reikowski at megan.reikowski@isd194.org

LinK12 Lakeville Grading and Assessment

Elementary: 
Student progress will be formally reported two times per year via Infinite Campus using the district continuous progress reports. Progress is reported by using the following growth indicators: M = Meets Learning Targets, D = Developing Toward Learning Targets, N = Not Meeting Learning Targets and X = Not Assessed or Taught at this Time

Teachers will use NWEA MAP testing in a distance learning environment. Teachers will assess students one-on-one during a monthly conference call online.  Additionally, students will be assessed twice a year online using NWEA MAP testing. Student progress will be reported using the district continuous progress reports. Per current guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Education, students in LinK12 will still take the MCA tests.

Middle School:
Teachers update student scores and grades in Infinite Campus on a weekly basis. Student progress will be formally reported four times per year via Infinite Campus. Grades are reported as A, B, C, D, F, P (pass) or NC (no credit), along with pluses and minuses.

Teachers will provide various assessments online to give students a variety of ways to demonstrate their learning.

LinK12 Lakeville Questions?

If you have any questions, please fill out this LinK12 Questions Form. This will help us get back to you as soon as possible.

Distance Learning Classroom and Schoolwide Supports

Social-emotional learning is a critical component for student success, regardless of the instructional model. Lakeville Area Schools is committed to the social, emotional, and behavioral success of all students, especially during this unprecedented time. We recognize your child’s success will result from positive and predictable environments that cultivate connection and sense of belonging, teach skills to build resilience and navigate uncertainty, and detect struggles as they happen.

We recognize students are experiencing a variety of feelings and thoughts about the adjustments they will experience this school year, which can result in disengagement. Throughout the school year, buildings will monitor student progress for signs of academic, social, emotional, and behavioral struggles. If we detect emerging concerns, we will work with students and families to identify effective strategies and supports that promote engagement and student success. 

All LinK12 Lakeville students will meet with their teacher and classmates during two live virtual sessions each week to make personal connections with others. In addition to academic content, LinK12 Lakeville may offer additional opportunities for social connection both through online opportunities and in person, following current health and safety guidelines.

LinK12 Lakeville instructional staff have participated in ongoing required professional development, alongside all other district schools, that focuses on understanding student mental wellness and tools to best support all learners. Lakeville Area Schools also provides mental health support and resources to LinK12 Lakeville students through our Student Services Department.


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