Cloud School for Educators
The goal of Cloud School is to ensure learning continues in the event of school closure. We hope to carry on learning, but not necessarily replicate a traditional school day. Students should be able to independently extend their learning with the direction of the teacher.
- All information about the Cloud School is located on the Online Learning/Cloud School page of the district website.
- Some families do not have access to internet services; however, they may be able to receive communications through their own or their parents’ cell phones.
- Be aware that some students will be taking care of family members or could be working because of financial need.
- Many families have more than one child attending school; children may have to share devices
- Parents are invited and encouraged to participate in their students’ learning; students should be able to independently carry out the tasks assigned by teachers, including access to the material.
- Learning is authentic and can occur online or offline (e.g. reading, exercising, drawing, playing,constructing, writing, and etc. are perfectly acceptable Cloud School day tasks that can be photographed, videoed, or turned in upon return to school).
- Learning activities can be posted to Schoology and Seesaw.
- Use Schoology updates and discussions, Seesaw, Google Meet, email, and cell phone (if appropriate) for communication with parents.
- Students may want to meet in study groups during this time. Please encourage them NOT to gather in large groups throughout the school closure.
- Share your ideas with others on the Google Chat site called Cloud Learning Chat where teachers can exchange ideas and support each other.
General Expectations PK-12
- Post any new learning activities or changes by 9 a.m. Monday-Friday on scheduled school days.
- Teachers will make the best possible effort to provide activities to continue learning current class content and skills.
- Refrain from introducing new content that might require explicit instruction.
- Teachers should make their best effort to be available to students and communicate consistent hours that they can be available to chat online; this can be continuous or split into segments. We recognize that there will be days that exceptions apply, but the goal is to provide as much consistency and clarity as we can for students.
- Provide detailed descriptions for all learning experiences.
- Learning activities can also be supported through our online subscriptions and textbooks and communicated through email, Schoology, or Seesaw.
- Begin posts and emails with a warm and friendly introduction (consider video greetings or flipped video lessons). Loss of face-to-face contact for an extended period can be an issue for some students.
Be flexible, responsive, and positive. Students will be affected by the closure in different ways. Expect to receive late submissions or responses at times--or no response. If a student or family has difficulty accessing Schoology/Seesaw, the parents can complete this Google Form that will go directly to Anne, Nick, and Debbie for support. Where possible, we encourage online group conversations (e.g., Conferences in Schoology. Google Meet). Maintain regular communication with families. Remember to provide a variety of learning assignments and activities that are not just online - for example, reading, playing board games, STEM challenges with home materials, etc.