On Tuesday, August 4, the Lynchburg City School Board voted to begin the 2020-2021 school year under the Remote Only model for all LCS students for the first nine weeks. Remote learning is the instructional practice that includes learning out of the LCS building. The first day of school is Monday, August 24, 2020.
What does remote learning look like?
Remote learning will include instructional materials created and provided by certified LCS teachers. For students in grades 3-12, instruction will be delivered via Google Classroom.
For students in grades PreK-2, instruction will be delivered via SeeSaw. Books, paper learning materials, and other hands-on resources will also be available to support student learning. Teachers will partner with the students’ parent/guardian to ensure the student is able to access materials.
What is the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) recommendation for maximum learning time for remote/virtual learning?
Recommendations for student learning time are shown in the chart below. However, self-selected reading time should be in addition and encouraged daily. Times will vary from student to student, as all students learn at different rates. Families may also have unique circumstances.
|GRADE LEVEL||MAXIMUM LEARNING TIME PER DAY||MAXIMUM LEARNING TIME PER WEEK|
|Pre-K||30-45 min daily||2 ½-3 ¾ hrs weekly|
|K-2||45-60 min daily||3 ¾-5 hrs weekly|
|3-5||60-90 min daily||5-7 ½ hrs weekly|
|6-12||30 min per teacher daily||2 ½ hrs per teacher weekly|
|Pre-K-12||self-selected reading time should be encouraged daily and outside of recommended learning time|
The recommendations above are meant for any delivery model to support different learning models. Teachers may find that they have to scale back and adjust based on individual student needs. Teachers should give themselves and students flexibility during this time. Everyone is adjusting and many have multiple roles at home.
What does the daily schedule look like for staff and students?
Will assignments be graded?
Yes, some assignments will be graded unlike in the Continuity of Learning choice boards in Spring 2020. Students will be given opportunities to select various learning activities that best suit their learning style and individual needs. Students will be given the opportunity to improve grades based on increased understanding. LCS teachers will clearly communicate grading expectations. The expectation is that we strive for two grades a week.
How will my student interact with his/her teacher?
The teachers will give timely, meaningful feedback and focus on the individual needs of each student. Students will interact with their assigned teacher via video conferencing using Zoom, which may include small group instruction or individual check-ins during teacher office hours. Teachers may also reach out via phone calls, and they can schedule reteaching sessions. Teachers will communicate with students and families regarding the best methods of contact.
Will my student receive a device?
We are excited to be able to provide Chromebooks to all LCS students in grades 3-12 for the 2020-2021 school year. Returning students in grades 7-12 should already have a device. Students in grades 3-6 and new secondary students will be issued a device prior to the first day of school.
We will be distributing Chromebooks several times this month. Please come on the day that best fits your schedule. You should visit the Distribution Site(s) based on which school(s) your child(ren) will attend.
- Wednesday, August 12 from 1:00-6:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 13 from 10:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 18 from 10:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, August 19 from 1:00-7:00 p.m.
- ADDED: Thursday, August 20 from 10:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
I don’t have internet access. What do I do?
Currently, all LCS schools have external WiFi available for our families and the community. WiFi is also available at six Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Centers. For a listing of the locations and the hours of internet access, please click here.
LCS is also working with local internet service providers on solutions for our families. For more information on Internet Essentials from Comcast, please visit this site.
Do my children have to be on the computer at a certain time to get instruction?
No. Remote instruction will not be bound by a synchronous (timebound) daily schedule. There will be flexible opportunities for students (individual, small groups, large groups) to engage with teachers and school staff in a synchronous environment via phone calls and/or Zoom sessions.
How will LCS address learning gaps from the 4th quarter of Spring 2020?
LCS teachers will start the year with grade level content with opportunities to embed prior content when necessary. Also, social-emotional learning (SEL) will be a priority from the onset.
Will meals be available for students? How will meals be distributed?
School Nutrition will operate two USDA Child Nutrition Programs—The National School Lunch Program and The Child and Adult Care Food Program. Breakfast, lunch, supper and snack will be available each instructional day to all LCS students at no cost. Meals will be distributed curbside at the 5 secondary schools and delivered to students by bus at designated stops throughout the city. More details concerning serving times and bus routes will be provided soon.