The American Rescue Plan “Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan” and Ohio’s Extended Learning Plan were created to provide continuity of services for all students. These plans allowed the district to address learning gaps by adding the following personnel, materials, and professional development:
- Title 1 teachers at each elementary to revamp the Title program in small group reading intervention
- Training for teachers on reading instruction
- Two math consultants to support teachers
- Math intervention teacher at SES
- Math intervention tutors at GMS and GHS
- Summer school coordinators and teachers
- One additional intervention specialist
- Four certified classroom teachers to reduce class size and provide intervention support
- 850 additional Chromebooks
- New fleet of mobile flat panel displays, wireless casting, document cameras, and internet phones to replace outdated technology and the incorporation of technology to seamlessly educate students both in and outside of the classroom
- Family Engagement Specialist
- The addition of two mental health therapists through Catalyst to serve elementary students
While nothing replaces direct teacher instruction, we must plan for all scenarios. These are the two academic plans for the 2021-2022 school year.
Scenario 1: Full Return: In-person learning for all students.
- Class sizes will be reduced to provide physical distancing
- Flexible use of all staff members
- Throughout first quarter, students will practice remote lessons
- Teachers will use Google Classroom and Google Meet regardless of grade and/or subject
- All staff will use Google Classroom as their learning management system
- Band and choir will resume with distancing, ventilation, and utilizing outdoor opportunities
- As a department and/or grade level, PLC time will be utilized to discuss the pacing guides each week
- Title services and/or intervention may use small group instruction at kidney tables
- During student quarantines, students will engage in the classroom learning environment through Google Classroom and or Google Meet. Students will follow their normal schedule through Google Meet and teachers will communicate that schedule prior to class starting. In the event of a student quarantine, expectations will be communicated by the specific building.
- Teachers will assess students using the Restart Readiness Assessments from the state of Ohio and other district diagnostic assessments to identify and address learning gaps
- The district has added summer intervention for K-12 students to address learning gaps. In addition to academics, the district will provide breakfast and lunch for those students as well as the greater student body.
- The district has hired additional staff to address the learning gaps, including math intervention at SES, GMS, and GHS, restructuring of the Title program at Marr/Cook and SES, and additional teachers throughout the district. Additionally, the district has added a district Family Engagement Specialist to help families find resources throughout the community to reduce barriers to academic success as well as two mental health therapists to address mental health needs.
Scenario 2: Remote learning only
- Staff reports to work everyday and will follow their normal work schedule.
- Teachers will post a daily calendar prior to the start of school on remote learning days. The calendar will be in this format.
- All online assignments will follow the 5E format.
- Remote learning will be delivered by the teacher through synchronous instruction on a daily basis.
- All teachers will stream and record direct instruction and post to their Google Classroom.
- Intervention specialists will schedule small group meetings with individual students based on the IEP goals, with a focus on reading and math goals. Intervention specialists will create a schedule and submit it to the building principal and the Director of Student Services. These meetings will be scheduled around content-area instruction.
- Guidance counselors will create a weekly schedule of individual student meetings with the goal of meeting with as many students as possible. The ultimate goal is that every student, K-12, will have a check-in with the counselor once per month.
- Utilize John Turpening, therapists, and school psychologists to help with student mental health.