The Upper Saddle River School District developed a comprehensive PreK - 8 plan for virtual learning in case of a school closure due to health emergency. At this stage, the Bergen County Executive Department has advised schools to plan virtually for a minimum of two weeks. Plans have been established for ten (10) school days, however, we are communicating guidelines for the first five (5) days, including March 16 - March 20. The district will review our virtual learning plan next week and make changes if necessary.
Attendance: All students (K-8) are expected to participate in virtual instruction for a minimum of three (3) hours per day. Parents must report student attendance using Genesis at the start of each school day (by 8:00 AM). In addition, attendance must be confirmed through the submission of a Form each day that indicates what schoolwork was completed.
General Hours of Instruction: District personnel will be available to guide learning and handle communication between the hours of 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Classroom teachers, administrators, and specialists will be operating for a number of hours within that time frame. Families should generally plan for a child to participate in learning activities during that time, however, exceptions can be made to extend time beyond 3:00 PM.
Delivery of Instruction: Teachers will send an electronic communication (email) at the start of each school day with learning expectations and guidelines. Generally, instructional periods should be 20 - 40 minutes per day for: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Related Arts. Teachers may also assign general activities to engage children in appropriate learning in an at-home, virtual setting.
PreK - Grade 3: Classroom resources and materials will be delivered through hyperlinked documents and physical materials (e.g. textbooks, packets, etc.).
Grades 4 - 8: Classroom resources and materials will be delivered through Google Classroom and physical materials (e.g. textbooks, packets, etc.).
In this virtual learning environment, classroom instruction will take place asynchronously. This term means students receive guidelines and complete the work on their own time. However, in some cases, synchronous learning might be available where teachers use online tools for video conferences (e.g. Google Hangout/Meet).
Feedback and Communication: Teachers will be available for communication 2 hours per day in four 30-minute blocks. This communication can be in the form of email, phone, or video determined mutually by the teacher and family. Submission and feedback on student work will vary by grade level.
PreK - Grade 3: Families may submit student work by scanning student samples (photograph or hard copy scan) if appropriate and accessible.
Grades 4 - 8: Students are expected to submit work through Google Classroom, and teachers will provide feedback using the same program or email.
Special Education: Accommodations and modifications for students with IEPs will be made in this virtual learning environment. Students receiving services will remain in communication with their assigned personnel. The Director of Special Services will be communicating regularly to the families of students receiving services with more specific information.
Technology Support: The technology department will be available from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM each day to answer questions and address problems. For families who have limited or disrupted Internet service, the district will make accommodations, as needed, to support communication and delivery of instructional materials.
Counselor Support: The school counselors and other personnel will be available from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM to provide assistance for individual children. In addition, school counselors and administrators will be providing additional wellness resources and strategies to reduce any anxiety children may have due to the global health situation and abrupt transition to virtual learning.