"Distance Learning" is learning that takes place beyond the traditional classroom. We encourage parents and students to take the initiative as Distance Learning continues. Parents will play especially important rolls as coaches, teachers, mentors, and supporters of their children's learning. Grades can be monitored using the StudentView system. Curriculum delivery systems from the school will range from paper packets (Post Office) to online. At this time, Paul Bunyan Communications has ensured internet connectivity to most of our students. High School students should regularly check their emails for updates from their classroom teachers.
Dear Blackduck Students and Families,
We now know that schools will be closed for the remainder of this school year and we also know that this will create many challenges for families. We would prefer to be greeting your children at our doors over the next few weeks but in the interests of community well-being, that will not be possible. Blackduck Public Schools is committed to supporting families as we work together to continue learning experiences for students during this extended closure.
Over a very short time, district office staff, principals, teachers, and support staff have come together to develop a Temporary Distance Learning Plan (TDLP). We understand the stressful and difficult time that has come upon us. We hope to continue providing quality education and support services to your children in the most effective way.
We will run a modified weekly schedule as school moves from on-campus to distance learning. Distance learning is, by nature, more independent and self-paced. We tried to balance the need for predictability and structure with the need for flexibility… and some grace. This is a pandemic, after all. Teacher hours of availability will be 7:50 to 4:30 Tuesday through Friday. Teachers may set "office hours" when students can quickly reach them.
High School Attendance Blackduck High School teachers are providing many different ways to be in contact with students. These points of contact are; Google classroom, Schoology, and email. Students must make contact with each of their teachers. Attendance will be taken for all classes. If contact is not made by noon on Friday, they will be marked absent for that week. Teachers may require more contact for participation points, but that will not affect student attendance.
Elementary School Attendance Elementary teachers in PreK - 2 will make contact with students via phone, remind, facebook, google classroom, text, or email (with parents) for attendance and academic purposes. Elementary teachers in grades 3 - 6 will have contact via chromebook with students who have the internet. Students without the internet will be contacted by phone, text, or remind. If no contact is made by noon on Friday, students will be marked absent for that week. Absences will be recorded by classroom teachers.
Grade Level Plans
Pre-K - 1st Grade: Bi-weekly packets will be provided to students, along with communication through Remind, Facebook, Seesaw, and Email.
2nd - 6th Grade: Packets of core curriculum as needed with the use of Google Classroom for means of communication along with links and video lessons. Communication can be done through Remind, Facebook and Email.
Junior High/ High School Core Classes (Math, Science, English, History): Students will be using a school gmail account, Google Classroom, Google Hangout, Schoology, Quizlet Khan Academy, and Newsela to receive and complete assignments.
Junior High/High School Electives (classes other than core): One assignment will be given per week per elective. Assignments will be provided on Google Classroom, Schoology or email.
Mental Health Support: Mrs. Loehlein, Mr. Stomberg and Ms. Lund will be available by email for support services during this time. We will be checking our emails regularly, so feel free to contact us if you need anything. If you would like us to call you, please provide your number in your email. We hope to be available to all students as much as possible.
Special Education: The special education department will use paper copies, along with communication through Google Classroom, email, zoom, Khan Academy, and phone calls. At any time, please feel free to contact your students’ case manager with any questions.
We look forward to the day when we can all be together again but until then, stay safe, stay well, and know that we miss you!