eLearning

Choice Board Links for Preschool through 2nd Grade

eLearning Guidelines | 2019-2020

A case of the novel coronavirus disease is now confirmed in Omaha, local health officials and new Federal guidelines could require schools to cancel large events or dismiss classes for 14 days or longer as a strategy to prevent the spread of the virus. Governor Ricketts also shared that everyone should prepare for any scenario that might cause a disruption.

The Nebraska Department of Education advised schools to have a plan for school closures. They encouraged schools to be innovative in finding solutions to maintain a sense of normalcy for students and families. On Friday, March 6, Blair supported staff and students in learning how to implement eLearning as a plan for a school closure.

With funds donated by Washington County Bank and money raised from a K-2 Elementary Fun Run Fundraiser, all students in grades 3-12 could have access to a computer (laptop) device. The District plan is to use technology and implement eLearning Days if a long school cancellation would be necessary. Select here to go to the Blair Novel Coronavirus Home Page

Why eLearning Days?

eLearning Days are designed to provide access to learning when school is cancelled for extraordinary circumstances or due to weather. These days can never replace the face-to-face interaction between students, their teacher, and peers; however, eLearning can provide continuous learning when school is cancelled. It also eliminates the need for makeup days at the end of the school year.

Attendance

Attendance is based on the completion of the work assigned during eLearning Days. Students who do not have the necessary resources may make arrangements with their teacher for additional time to complete the work.

eLearning Day Communication

BCS will contact students, parents, and guardians about eLearning days via phone, text, and email using School Messenger. In the message, BCS will share that school is cancelled and there will be an eLearning Day. The district website will also contain information and resources about eLearning Days.

3rd Grade through 12th Grade eLearning

Students in grades 3-8 can take home a school issued Google Chromebook. All eLearning lessons will be in Google Classroom. An eLearning folder with the eLearning date will be located inside each class under the Classwork tab. The eLearning folder will be visible at the top of the screen with the date the eLearning day is assigned.

Students can access their work by opening Today’s lesson for a description of the lesson, objective, materials, video/or text lesson developed by their teacher. There will also be a description of practice work, and assignment. Students will be able to access all of these materials inside the eLearning folder including assignments, online readings, quizzes, tests, etc. In some cases, the student may be directed to complete offline activities such as textbook readings or other assignments.

Preschool through 2nd Grade Guidelines

Students in grades Early Childhood through 2nd Grade will utilize Choice Boards on an eLearning Day since students do not have school issued computers. These Choice Boards will be distributed to families via paper and email and can also be viewed and downloaded using the links below or by visiting

On eLearning days, students in Early Childhood through 2nd Grade will choose one (1) activity in each of the subject areas listed. Upon completion, the parent and child will sign the Choice Board and return it to school.

If you have questions about the eLearning activity, please contact your classroom teacher.

Synchronous Learning using ZOOM:

Students have the opportunity to interact with one another and their teacher through a cloud based solution called Zoom. Teachers will provide each student with a ZOOM link or meeting phone number and code in advance through email and with a posted link in their Google Classroom. Select here to learn how to Join a Meeting in Zoom.

All video synchronous learning opportunities will begin and end on time. Video synchronous learning will be recorded and posted and communicated to students who are unable to participate. The teacher will be the last person to leave a learning session. Core courses in grades 3-12 will meet a minimum of two times per week. Synchronous learning will be scheduled during the time of day that a teacher would normally be face-to-face with students. For example, if a student is scheduled in 2nd hour math, the synchronous learning on a given day should happen during the time 2nd hour would happen face-to-face. This is the best method to avoid scheduling students into multiple sessions at the same time.

Options for contacting your child's teacher on an eLearning Day:

Internet Access

We are aware that not all students have Internet access at home. When we anticipate having an eLearning Day, students will be given ample time at school to download all assignments and supporting materials.

Because power and Internet outages are possible during school cancellations, all students are encouraged to download all materials prior to the anticipated eLearning Day. Although Internet access will not be required to complete eLearning Day lessons, for those students wishing to use Internet resources, the district has provided a WiFi Hotspot map/list.

What do I do if I don't have Internet Access?

Select here to learn how to download course materials from Google Classroom and complete work without needing the internet.

Community Wifi Hotspots

Parents can access Wifi Hotspots in the following locations:

Blair: the parking lot at Deerfield Primary School, North Primary School, South Primary School, Arbor Park Intermediate School, Otte Blair Middle School, Blair High School, and at the Blair Public Library.

Following is a sampling of Wi-Fi that is available free to the public in the Omaha Greater Metro area.

Omaha: Douglas County Courthouse: 1701 Farnam St., Omaha-Douglas Civic Center: 1819 Farnam St., Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce courtyard: 13th and Howard Streets., Omaha Visitors Center: 1001 Farnam St. www.visitomaha.com/about-omaha/free-wifi-locations/. Joslyn Art Museum: 2200 Dodge St. The museum’s free admission includes free Wi-Fi. Omaha Public Library: W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St., and all 11 branch libraries listed at www.omahalibrary.org. University of Nebraska at Omaha: 6001 Dodge St.

Bennington: Public library, 15505 Warehouse St.;

Ralston: Baright Public Library, 5555 S. 77th St.; Aksarben Village: 67th and Center Streets; Midtown Crossing at Turner Park: South 31st Avenue and Dodge Street. Nebraska Crossing Outlets: 21209 Nebraska Crossing Drive, Gretna; Oak View Mall: 3001 S. 144th St.; free registration required in Oak View Mall Club.; Village Pointe: 17305 Davenport St.; Westroads Mall: 10000 California St.; renovations under way at the mall include installation of Wi-Fi and charging stations for electronic devices.

Accommodations and Modifications

Classroom accommodations for online or virtual instruction for the general curriculum will incorporate classroom accommodations and modifications as necessary to comply with student IEPs. As such, district plans for using eLearning will include accommodations and modifications for students with disabilities as part of the instructional delivery. Some common accommodations are oral administration (text to speech), reduced amount of practice items, and reducing the amount of information on a page. If it is determined students are not on track to meet IEP goals, extended learning opportunities will be offered.

Special Education - Teletherapy for Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy

Teletherapy services for Speech, Physical Therapy, and Occupational therapy will be offered using synchronous learning with ZOOM and asynchronous learning inside Google Classrooms. BCS staff will contact students and parents and provide each student with a ZOOM link or meeting phone number and code in advance through email and with a posted link in their Google Classroom. Select here to learn how to Join a synchronous meeting in Zoom.

Supplementary Aids and Services

If the student receives supplementary aids and services that enable the student to advance appropriately toward attaining annual goals or to be involved in, and make progress in the general education curriculum those services will be included in the eLearning plan.

Assistive Technology

If a student utilizes assistive technology in order to access the general education curriculum or specialized instruction, AT is available to the student as needed for the eLearning assignment.

eLearning Links

Video - eLearning Information

Access Grades 3-12 Course Materials

Video - How to Access Course Material Grades 3-12

Video - How to Develop eLearning Course Materials for Teachers using Google Classroom

Video-How to use ClassLink