CHISD Flexible Learning

Cedar Hill ISD (CHISD) continues to deliver at-home learning until we return to school. Our teachers and staff will continue to work on developing lessons and assignments that continue to engage scholars and help them reach their full potential. This at-home learning effort isn’t remedial - it will cover content that is outlined by the state. While the district is closed, we expect our scholars to continue learning at home with the remote support of our teacher and support personnel.

Teachers are communicating directly with families and scholars with specific information regarding their classes and required lessons. Resources on chisd.net/flexlearning will be updated frequently for families to access additional activities to support the lessons assigned by their teachers. It is important for parents and caregivers to monitor this work so that learning is on-going as we wait to re-open schools. Scholars will receive instruction on-line at all levels.

Beginning with Week 4, CHISD will transition from the District Flex Learning site and classrooms to your child's home campus. Some of the District Google Classrooms, Music, Library, and Physical Education will remain open to all scholars for enrichment, resources, and activities.

Academic Time Suggestions:

45 minutes - English/Language Arts

45 minutes - Math

30 minutes - Science

30 minutes - Social Studies

30 minutes - Enrichment/Flex time

Sample daily schedules that include core instruction time:

Elementary - English

Elementary - Spanish

Secondary

Roles and Responsibilities

Parents

  • Establishing routines and expectations (sample schedules)

  • Help provide environment conducive for learning (access to technology, safe, and quiet space)

  • Monitoring communications from your scholar’s teachers and Google Classroom

  • Support a healthy life balance by providing time for reflection, physical activity, conversation, and play

  • Taking an active role in helping your scholar process his/her learning

  • Remaining mindful of your scholar’s stress or worry

  • Monitoring how much time your scholar is spending online

  • Keeping your scholar social, but set rules around their social media interactions

  • Checking the district website regularly for updates and resources

Scholars

  • Establish daily routines for engaging in the learning experiences (see sample schedule)

  • Dedicate time to engage in learning each day

  • Identify a space in your home where you can work effectively and successfully

  • Check appropriate online platforms (Google Classroom, Edgenuity, Seesaw) for information and resources daily

  • Engage in all learning with academic honesty

  • Communicate proactively with your teachers via email or virtual conferencing

  • Submit all assignments in accordance with timelines and/or due dates

  • Comply with School Internet Safety policies including expectations for online etiquette

  • Reach out to counselor if you are worried or experience any stress

Teachers

  • Strictly follow the guidelines for time and schedule provided by the district based on your grade level and subject area.

  • Consider including offline activities in your lessons such as reading, engaging in discussions with a family member or friend remotely, writing in a journal, taking pictures and/or making a video for those students without continuous access to technology

  • Use district supported platforms such as Google Classroom, Zoom, online textbooks, Google Drive, etc.

  • All video synchronous learning opportunities should be recorded and posted for students who are unable to make the live session if possible (ensure students are dressed appropriately)

  • Provide timely feedback, as it is essential to student learning; this is especially so in online learning environments

  • Actively monitor your email for questions and communications from students/families

  • Think differently about feedback in a virtual environment considering opportunities for verbal and written feedback.

  • Feedback and progress by standard/skill to support our SPED/504 students

  • Provide students ample time to complete assignments - more time than you would usually provide in class may be necessary for students Complete your weekly check-ins using the script.

  • Contact those students who are not submitting work

  • Utilize district approved resources

What can you expect in the following weeks of Flex Learning?

  • A weekly phone call from your child's homeroom or second period teacher.

  • An invitation to Google Classroom or information from your child's campus about accessing, completing, and turning in online work.

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