Distant Learning Plan

Table of Contents Introduction…………………………………………………………..1

District Mission Statement………………………………………………………………..2

District Vision………………………………………………………………………………..2

District Goals…………………………………………………………………………………2

Personnel Action Plan………………………………………………………………………3

Communication Plan……………………………………..…………….…………………8

Continuation of Educational Services…………………………………………………..8

Continuation of Other Education Services…………………………………………….9

Areas of Distance Learning ……………………………………………………………… 9

Definition of Education ………………………………………………………………..  10

Health and Safety   ………………………………………………………………………. 10

Self – Care for Employees ………………………………………………………………. 11

Students Attendance and Engagement ……………….…………………………….. 12

Educational Services …………………………………………………………………….. 12

Staff Meetings and Professional Development ……………………………………. 14

Technical Support………………………………………………………………………… 15

Ensuring Quality & Equitable Educational Opportunities for Students  ……..16

Students Experiencing Homelessness ………………………………………………. 16

Educational Staff Expectations ……………………………………………………….. 16

Human resources policies and procedures ….……………………………………… 17

Student Access to Devices ……………………………………………………………… 17

Assistive Technology ……………………………………………………………………. 18

Internet Access …………………………………………………………………………… 18

General Education ……………………………………………………………………….  19

Special Education ………………………………………………………………………… 20

Federal Title Consideration…………………………………………………………….. 20

Daily Schedule for Title I students …………………………………………………… 21

Counseling Service …….………………………………………………………………… 21

Providing High-Quality, Effective, Standards-Based Education ….……………. 22

Meal Plan ………………………………………………………………………………….. 24

 

 

 

 

Introduction

The well-being of our students is the first and foremost concern of the Twin Buttes School District. We are confident our overall plan for instruction provides the foundation for our students. Many modifications and changes will happen over the next coming days months from face-to-face classroom settings to remote settings. Our foundations and core beliefs of respect, responsibility, honesty, accountability, teamwork, and empathy have guided us to develop a way to continue education during the time of this pandemic crisis.

Our mission is about our students and providing them with opportunities to continue and develop in the learning process. Twin Buttes has put a solid plan in place to continue providing engaging, relevant, standards-based learning opportunities as well as daily meals and technology support for all students in the Twin Buttes School District.

There are plans in place to meet the needs of all students and to continue to provide support and services for all students with Individualized Education plans, Speech plans and 504 plans. As you read, there are planned weekly staff meetings, allowing us to monitor all the progress we are making and to make adjustments to better serve the needs of the students. The most import word for everyone is “Communication” at an end.

District Mission Statement

We will provide a safe and secure learning environment so that all students can achieve academic success.

District Vision

Twin Buttes School, with the support of families, businesses and civic organizations, prepares students for the future by engaging all learners in meaningful experiences that encourage communication, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking, while meeting the educational and ethical standards of our innovative learning community.

District Goals

1) Learn to be a good citizen and practice democratic ideas and ideals.

2) Develop communication, computational, and other skills to everyone’s ability.

3) Develop good character, self-respect, and a feeling of self-worth.

4) Form satisfying and responsible relationships with other skills to everyone’s ability.

5) Gain information needed to make job selections and develop skills to become productive individuals.

6) Understanding and practice the skills of family and community living.

7) Learn the techniques of managing money, property and resources.

8) Develop a desire for learning now and in the future.

9) Learn how to use leisure time.

10) Practice and understand the ideas of health and safety.

11) Become aware of and appreciate culture and beauty in the world.

We Believe a good school system:

1) Builds on the strengths and gifts of each student.

2) Provides all students the same opportunities for success after high school.

3) Instills in every student the belief that they can achieve more than they think possible.

4) Assures that every adult in the system is committed to the future success of all students

5) The opportunities available for students to connect globally require school today to be vastly different from schools of the past.

6) Students should graduate the 8th grade and successfully go on to high school. To complete additional learning, and training, becoming lifelong learners- technical certification, military, two-year/associates degree, or bachelor’s degree without the need for remediation or apprenticeship or internships that will result in a profession.

Personnel Action Plan

This plan was developed with the intention to have operations ongoing and the possibility of a school closure. Take precautions as directed – Encourage hand washing – Adults that exhibit symptoms or have traveled should remain home – Students that are symptomatic should be kept away from well students and parents contacted. – Letters were sent (sent 3-9 & 3-24) home to ALL the families from BIE about health care and how to prevent the virus.

1) Administrators

  1. Normal School Operations
  2. Monitor attendance of students to determine the impact
  3. Report any significant elevations in absences to MHA Nation Health Department and admin team.

iii. Promote attendance policies that reinforce students who are sick to stay home.

  1. Be prepared to address large numbers of staff absences.
  2. Prepare distance learning plan in the event of a prolonged closure
  3. Extended Closure
  4. Identify essential personnel
  5. Set alternate office hours

iii. Execute distance learning programs

2) Front Office

  1. Normal School Operations
  2. Be aware of absence policy changes to inform parents and families
  3. Assist keeping symptomatic students away from well students and contact parents.

iii. Follow recommendations from MHA Nation Health Department, Dunn County Health Department, and North Dakota State Health Department on how to address student illness.

  1. Extended Closure
  2. Make copies for teachers as needed due to closed office.

3) Follow social distance recommendations a. Support staff concerning teacher work room as necessary.

4) Custodian

  1. Normal Operations
  2. Follow enhanced cleaning procedures as prescribed by supervisor.
  3. Clean highly touched surfaces daily.
  4. Extended Closure
  5. Follow recommendations from supervisor for alternative work hours and expectations.

5) Health Departments (MHA Nation/Dunn County/State health Department/Nurse (if possible) Health Departments – MHA Nation/Dunn County/State health Department/Nurse (if possible)

  1. Normal Operations
  2. Provide support to school administrator and staff with response guidance and actions.
  3. Assist in providing support to students exhibiting symptoms.

iii. Ensure schools have needed medical supplies.

  1. Monitor absence levels and report any areas of concern to school administrator.
  2. Extended Closure
  3. Continue to provide recommendations to regarding school administrator in regard to closure.
  4. Provide guidance as needed for various stakeholders

iii. Assist school administrator with implementation of telehealth as needed for students.

6) Teacher

  1. Normal Operations
  2. Symptomatic students should be kept away from well students and parents contacted.
  3. Be prepared to provide instructional opportunities in the event of a closure.

iii. Be prepare to continue teaching from home/office.

  1. Communicate with parents and guardians to prepare them in the event of a closure
  2. Reassure your students and provide emotional supports as needed.
  3. Direct additional supports as necessary including counseling services.

vii. Collect information from parents regarding technology access at home.

  1. Extended Closure
  2. Execute distance learning plan
  3. Set daily office hours and inform your students, families, and school administrator.

iii. Continue standard practices of weekly and/or daily lesson plans. iv. Thought partner with Ed Direction coach for planning

  1. Meet virtually with other staff and PLCs to discuss distance learning for students.

7) Tech Department

  1. Normal Operations
  2. Ensure operations of educational tools used for online learning.
  3. Prepare to support teachers in providing instruction remotely.

iii. Provide additional training and support as needed.

  1. Prepare for implementation of helpdesk operations during closure.
  2. Install apps to assist with remote learning and instruction on all devices in preparation for closure.
  3. Extended Closure
  4. Implement helpdesk operations.
  5. Continue to support educators as needed.

iii. Aid school administrator in working with internet companies to provide access to families currently without high speed reliable internet access.

8) Food Service

  1. Normal Operations
  2. Plates, silverware, salad and fruit bar will be controlled in the kitchen and served.
  3. Hire additional personnel to help serve, if needed.
  4. Extended Closure
  5. Prepare for food distribution if a closure occurs.
  6. Work with administration to inform school board member as needed.

iii. Hire additional personnel to help serve, if needed.

  1. Drivers to distribution food to student (Routes) home delivery. 9) District Operations –
  2. Normal Operations
  3. Maintain contact and monitor information from BIE, MHA Nation, NDDoH and NDDPI.
  4. Work with health departments as needed.

iii. Provide information as needed to all stakeholders.

  1. Prepare press releases and manage media contacts.
  2. (School & Local Honeywell system) –
  3. Create communications portal on district website.
  4. Determine event and school closures based on recommendations.
  5. Identify essential personnel and work duties in the event of school building closure.
  6. Prepare for business operations to continue as needed during a closure
  7. Prepare guidance for staff currently on leave and work hours during closure
  8. Prepare for transportation needs during closure
  9. Prepare for food distribution during closure.
  10. Extended Closure
  11. Execute closure plan
  12. Prepare reintegration plan as closure concludes

iii. Continue to prepare statements for stakeholders.

Communication Plan

Twin Buttes Public School communication plan is to continue to be transparent with staff, students, parents, school board, and community members. Staff will use Zoom video conferencing, phone calls, and text messages to communicate and collaborate with each other.

1) School Board members and families:

  1. The administration will communicate regularly with the school board and students via the Honeywell all call and social media management system. Twin Buttes Public School currently utilizes a school website and a Facebook group.

2) Parents and students:

  1. Teachers are in daily contact with their students and with parents/guardians as necessary and age appropriately via the phone and distant education platform.

Continuation of Educational Services

In the event of a pandemic / epidemic significantly impacts how we provide educational services; Twin Buttes Public School intends to address the following practices and processes to achieve our desired outcomes.

Continuation of Other Education Services

  1. A) Cultural Learning:
  2. Mr. Indieke Park will continue teaching the Mandan Language to students. Within the next few days Mr. Park will have the ability to connect remotely with the students.
  3. B) Ed Direction
  4. Ed Direction staff will continue to provide support to the teachers and help them with any instructional planning needs that they have. Ed Direction will serve as a thought partner for teachers, help lesson plan, provide training, and support PLCs.
  5. C) Staff Collaboration
  6. Staff will work together to learn best practices from each other during this challenging time. PLCs and staff meetings will continue through Zoom video conferencing.

Areas of Distance Learning

  1. A) Technology
  2. Technology will be a basis means of communication. Using a variety of services: grading, data collection, assessments, professional communication, and delivery of content. Each student has a district supplied laptop or iPad. District staff will also utilize direct telephone calls to the students and families. Additional details on specific technology and how it will be used are listed in the area of the plan.
  3. B) Instruction
  4. The teachers at Twin Buttes have worked to ensure instruction delivered in accordance with this plan is aligned with the BIE, ND state education standards, and appropriate for all grade levels. Plus, the plan appropriately meets the needs of all students in the district.
  5. C) Communication
  6. Communication with parents is at the upmost importance. The need to teach remotely during a pandemic, has inspired teachers to creatively plan lessons that are feasible and engaging to students when they are learning at home. The help of parents and guardians is needed more than ever during this time. We are confident what we learn while implementing this plan will strengthen teacher parent relationships and increase the learning in the classroom when we resume face to face instruction.

Definition of Education

  1. A) Asynchronous Learning
  2. Learning opportunities that do not take place at the same time, but do allow for instruction, feedback, assessment, exploration, communication, collaboration, and more. Methods for asynchronous learning can include the use of instructional videos, discussion boards, work that is distributed to students and handed back into teachers, interactive reading assignments, and many other methods.
  3. B) Distance Learning
  4. Based on the description provided by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (ND DPI), distance learning “includes virtual, online, ITV, alternate locations, instructional telephone calls, and all learning that is offered through alternate means rather than on-campus, face to face (NDDPI, Division of Student Support and Innovation, March 19, 2020).
  5. C) Equitable Learning Opportunities
  6. Providing supports, removing barriers, and implementing solutions so that all students have the access and resources needed to participate and be successful in all learning opportunities. Synchronous and/or Concurrent Learning: Learning opportunities that occur at the same time between teacher and student(s). Most

often, this will take place with the use of Google Meet or Zoom conferences. It could also take place during chat sessions, using Google Classroom Stream, and collaboration on interactive documents.

  1. D) Synchronous Learning
  2. may occur between a teacher and one student, between a teacher and a group of students, or between a teacher and the class. We will also use synchronous learning for staff meetings and professional development.

Health and Safety

Health and safety of our students, staff, and community are paramount during a widespread health emergency. All actions Twin Buttes Public School takes will be balanced with guidance from local health officials, MHA Health Department, the North Dakota Department of Health, and community leaders.

Ensuring safety may impact the intensity, location, and duration of services we provide.

Self – Care for Employees

Employees are encouraged to take time for themselves and families. These are exceptional times and it calls for all of us to ensure that we are our BEST selves over the next few weeks. Employees are encouraged to stay home, take care of their families and be sure to reach out when you need help.

Students Attendance and Engagement

Attendance policies will transition during a pandemic/epidemic event. The CDC provides guidance for schools on when to alter attendance practices and/or close schools.

  1. A) Student Attendance Policy Considerations
  2. Families that make decisions to keep students at home due to EPEDEMIC should be addressed on a case by case basis by administration.
  3. Encourage families with symptomatic students to stay home.
  4. Suspend attendance incentives/testing requirements as needed to discourage sick students attending school.
  5. B) Attendance During Closure
  6. During an extended closure student engagement in learning opportunities is critical to a student’s continued academic growth.
  7. Attendance will be monitored by teachers through student logins in asynchronous learning experiences and participation in synchronous learning experiences.
  8. Attendance is measured by weekly participation in the courses expectations to include following:
  9. Online class meeting participation.
  10. Paperwork participation (handed i

iii. Work expectations/productivity

  1. C) Prolonged Absence or Disengagement
  2. Any student demonstrating prolonged absence or disengagement is a cause for concern. Teachers shall contact that student’s guardian to seek input and assist them as needed to ensure student participation. We will continue to follow protocol of:
  3. Teacher contact parent
  4. Principal contact parent

iii.

  1. Attendance with partial closure or normal operations.
  2. As part of the community and district response to COVID-19 Twin Buttes Elementary School is suspending sections of the student handbook in relation to attendance. These changes are being made following recommendation by the NDDoH in relation to student absences while sick.

Educational Services

During any extended closure due to a pandemic/epidemic Twin Buttes Public Schools believes students benefit from delivery of educational services. These services provide our families and students with consistency and support.

  1. A) Distant Learning Platforms
  2. Twin Buttes Public School has provided virtual training to our educators, quality instruction to our students, and support the unique health & wellness needs to both groups through our learning systems; Class Dojo, Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, Zoom and You Tube, Facebook Live and many more learning systems.
  3. B) Laptops and iPads
  4. Twin Buttes Public School uses laptops and iPads in our classrooms. All students receive a personal learning device upon enrollment. Also, the South Segment of the MHA Nation has bought every student in Twin Buttes an ipad. They will not receive these ipads until set up by the IT department, but currently ALL students have ipad that where passed out the first weeks of school. The administration and staff of Twin Buttes will collect information on technology needs for our students. We want to ensure all students have access to their devices for distance learning but also that they could access online content at home. Equity and access to internet may not be available to all students and in the case where it is not, students will be provided with the opportunity to pick up materials and assignments.
  5. C) Preparing for Online Learning – Educator Skills
  6. In the event of a pandemic-epidemic educators must possess the needed skills to ensure they can create, distribute, and support educational opportunities for our students. An assessment of educator skills may be needed to evaluate the need for additional training before an online learning environment can be fully

implemented. Twin Buttes Public Schools will train our educators in our various platforms.

  1. D) Ensuring all students have access to an educator
  2. In grades K-8, teachers will continue with their scheduled classes for the spring semester of the 2019-2020 school year. Students have been invited to the classes via technology listed below. If students have not joined the class after the first official day that the distance learning plan is implemented, the teacher and/or principal will contact the student and/or parents to resolve any issues preventing the student from joining the classroom and ensure that all students are accounted for in roster. Students or parents will check the website daily and, on that website, there will be links, instructional videos, and assignments. Students will turn in work through email or however the teacher seems fit. Teachers will check in individually with parents and students. All student’s parents will be contacted. Each teacher will give parents their phone number, and email address. Teachers will be in contact with parents during regular schedule school hours.
  3. E) Training Modules
  4. As described above, Training modules are available to develop the needed skills for students. These include:
  5. IXL-math, language, science and social studies
  6. Brainzy (education.com)- assign activities in math and language arts.

iii. EPIC- assign certain books and allow free choice in book selection.

  1. Raz-Kids-Assign books and quizzes
  2. Splash Learn-Assignments
  3. Prodigy-free math learning

vii. Brain-popJr. -assign videos as need. Students can answer questions and do activities.

viii. I-station- Assign practice to complete each day.

  1. See-Saw- assign activities for them to work on and they can send back to the teacher.
  2. Zoom- Connect with kids’ whole group, small group, individually.
  3. Google Classroom

xii. Microsoft Teams

xiii. Class Dojo

xiv. You Tube Videos

  1. Online Teacher Courses
  2. F) Procedure for when students are not making adequate progress
  3. F) Procedure for when students are not making adequate progress
  4. If a teacher notes that students are not keeping up with assignments or are struggling with daily work and quizzes, they will reach out to parents to make them aware. They will also plan to meet one-on-one virtually with those students to determine next steps for those individuals. Possibilities may include re-teaching virtually; online check-ins for assignments; or a possibility for a virtual tutor.

Staff Meetings and Professional Development

To date and continued support

Meetings to date of TBPS Distant Education Plan for teachers and parents as we continue. Due to the steps we’ve taken with our 1:1 initiative, Twin Buttes is well-positioned to utilize our technology for distance learning.

Our goal is to provide our teachers with the resources and training required to provide our students with the best possible learning opportunities while we are not physically in school.

Monday – Tuesday – Wednesday, March 16th to 18th – Email and Txt Messages – To all staff with information on the various platforms and resources available. Preplanning, Meeting Times, etc.

Thursday – Friday – March 19th & 20th – NO SCHOOL – Spring Break

Monday March 23rd – 9:30 am Teacher and Ancillary Staff via Zoom. Distant Learning Platforms available and support teams and resources for each platform. Other ideas discussed: Call every student in your classroom to contact parents on the plan we developed for the educational needs of each student. Developing special education and speech needs. Educational Ideas, Technology Ideas, Group Activities for Students, Daily and/or weekly Agendas for each class to help parents, and many more ideas. Also discussed – the Do’s and Don’ts concerning our emergency response safety plan with staff in school.

Tuesday, March 24th – 9:30 am Zoom meeting. Teacher, Paras, and Aids– Today is day 1 of the distant education start date. In the meeting we discussed all the classrooms – reviewing how planning is coming. If teachers contacted each parent. If Principal needs to call certain parents about educational needs. Review Special Education/Speech needs, to make sure all children are provided for. Very productive meeting!!!

Thursday, March 26th – 9:30 am: Teachers only to go through our response plan for DPI and Governor’s office approval.

Friday, March 27th – 9:30 am: all staff meeting for review of everything. QA for everyone to see if we need changes or whatever else we need to do for your staff, children and parents.

Teachers Staff Weekly meetings on Monday – Wednesday – Friday at 9:30 – Zoom. All Staff Weekly meetings on Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00 am – Zoom. Individual Meetings with Staff members every day – TZX, Email, Zoom. Zoom will be the communication piece for the TBPS Teachers. Individual Teacher meeting with Ed Direction coach for virtual coaching/support – dates TBD.

Technical Support

The technology department is available starting on Monday, March 23. Email Service@realsmart1.com. – Administration emails are available for staff and parents to contact when issues arise and will be manned by IT personnel and administration during normal business hours.

Ensuring Quality & Equitable Educational Opportunities for Students

Twin Buttes Elementary School is leveraged to transition to a 100% online learning environment. We know that some students will still need paper learning. We will work with everyone for transition. But by having a digital learning device in each students’ hands and leveraging the power of our distant learning platforms. Transition will be rapid and focus on providing the time to transition from a blended learning environment to one that is completely online.

Students Experiencing Homelessness

Our district anticipates increased support needs for students experiencing homelessness related to anxiety and trauma due to the pandemic. Our district will monitor evolving and emerging recommendations specifically pertaining to homeless students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ongoing communication via telephone will encourage students and parents to reach out if their living situation changes and to access additional support to promote every student’s ability to participate in distance learning to include obtaining a computer and internet access.

Students and parents will be given the phone numbers of the Homeless Liaison to report difficulties participating in distance learning to use in connecting with school personnel who can help troubleshoot or identify options.

The district will maintain regular contact with the local social service agencies regarding ongoing or emerging needs and to connect to resources that can assist students and families experiencing homelessness.

Educational Staff Expectations

Professional Development

For the coming weeks, professional development will be specifically targeted to what teachers need to know to successfully implement online teaching and enhance learning for all students.

All teachers have received previous training on how to effectively integrate technology into instruction and how to use the technology tools to increase communication and engagement as well as to build relevance and opportunities learning.

In addition to the required meeting times, we have set up a Google Classroom for professional learning that includes teaching resources, and other professional development resources.

Topics that we will address soon for Professional Development.

  1. A) Assessing student learning in a distance learning setting.
  2. B) Using Zoom and Google Meet in creative and effective ways.
  3. C) Increasing student engagement through innovative practices in a distance learning setting.
  4. D) NDCEL is also partnering with CREA and are developing a “How to be a great distance learning instructor” course that our teachers will be given the opportunity to partake in.

In addition to the topics listed above, we will invite teachers and administration to suggest topics that will improve teaching and learning in the distance learning format.

Human resources policies and procedures

The Twin Buttes District has given the Superintendent of the District the authority to approve an ongoing payment plan with considerations for all certified and classified staff. Administration has informed staff that the same procedures remain in place for requesting professional leave, sick leave, personal leave, and leave without pay. Staff members will use the Frontline Absence Management System and the administration will monitor as they have done previously. If an employee does not have the accumulated sick leave, the school district will utilize the emergency sick bank in accordance with the employee handbook and policies.

Student Access to Devices

Twin Buttes Public School provides a Laptop and/or iPad to all students K-8. Measures should be taken to ensure all students have their device during a closure. Devices shall be sent home with student with their chargers. All devices were sent home with the meal delivery on March 24th. If a student hasn’t received a device, the meal transportation will continue to deliver until received.

Assistive Technology

Twin Buttes Public School has contact families with students that may require assistive technology to ensure continued access to quality education and services during any prolonged

closure.

Internet Access

Online learning requires access to robust internet services. Twin Buttes Public School residents have high speed internet provided via Consolidated and West River phone companies. As of March 27, all families have high speed capabilities by landline. The administration has tested all household/families to make sure these are active. The testing was 100% successful for each family. Consolidated has provided internet access to homes that previously did not have internet access and the South Segment of MHA Nation will pay for the service for the rest of the school year,. Even with services being up for internet, students will be provided with assignments and materials they can pick up at the school, as needed. The teachers will contact parents for pick times if needed.

Ensuring Access

Each family has been surveyed to determine if they have internet access to date concerning the COVID-19. APS will collect this information henceforth during school registration in preparation for any future closures. This information should be used to plan for an extended closure ensuring educational opportunities for all students.

  1. No Access Options
  2. Contact families directly to discuss commercial connection options.
  3. Work with local internet access partners to provide service.

iii. Remove barriers to allow families to connect wirelessly on school property.

  1. Provide a list of companies that provide free Wi-Fi access.
  2. Provide Verizon Jet Packs, or comparable product, to those living in areas where it is difficult to receive traditional internet connections.
  3. If nothing else works
  4. Two-week packets of work will be provided via paper. Families will be contacted directly to discuss further options. To date: 03/30/20, TBPS has 100% of all families that have access to Wi-Fi.

General Education

Academic programming during a closure due to a pandemic/epidemic shall continue to deliver instruction aligned to our district’s curriculum. Twin Buttes Public Schools uses a PLC structure to evaluate and monitor the effectiveness of our instruction, initiatives, resources, and supplemental materials.

We will continue to focus on reviewing what students have already learned this year and use that prior knowledge to deepen their learning. We will continue to pursue our grade level and subject standards with a concentration to those labeled as master standards. Teachers will continue to focus on the school wide writing priority, collaborating with PLCs and working with their Ed Direction coach.

During a closure it is our intent to deliver high-quality, grade-level appropriate learning opportunities that align with North Dakota Standards https://www.nd.gov/dpi/districtsschools/k-12-education-content-standards

Accessibility of resources to all students

  1. A) Daily postings for each subject, depending upon grade level. These postings will include readings, assignments, virtual discussions, links, and videos for learning.
  2. B) Grades – it is up to the teacher to incorporate grades for their classroom. This grade will be shared with parents. Teachers can take grades from numerus options, like a quiz on Accelerated Reader, iXL, or Google Forms, or participation during video chats.
  3. C) Teachers will be available to their students during school hours through different platforms. Teachers have office hours where they are available for text messaging and emails where response times are close to instant. Teachers are also available to students for individual assistance by zoom, Facebook or google. It is up to the teachers to have times set aside daily for asynchronous video sessions and synchronous discussions and lessons through whatever responses works for them. (google, zoom, facebook) If needed, Twin Buttes school can also set up time for the parents to meet with the teachers during evening hours.

Special Education

Ensuring that students with Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs) and 504 plans receive continued services. Twin Buttes school does not have any student on a 504 Plan. All educational decisions for students with IEPs will be made on an individual basis and consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the North Dakota Department of Instruction’s Office of Special Education guidelines. Twin Buttes school has contacted each IEP parent. Twin Buttes does not have their own special education instructor; we use West River Special Education unit for services. West River has set up a company out of Fargo to provide services to all our IEPs. This has been working very well, as it is an online service. The service will continue as normal. All the required minutes for each IEP is being met.

Special Education (PreK-8) have been and will be working closely with West River Special Education Unit to ensure that all students with IEPs and/or 504 plans will be provided the same accommodations and modifications outlined in their IEP. Special Education teachers (via online – Fargo as report previously) will work with regular education teachers (via Phone and Emails) to determine appropriate modifications for any electronic/home-based learning materials. For students that have most special education minutes, they will have synchronous and asynchronous meetings with their special education teacher. These assignments may include General Education teacher assignment, or it could be something completely different related to one of the students’ goals. All teachers and co-teachers will be available from (8:00am – 5:00pm) to support student learning and answer any questions via phone and email like said above.

Twin Buttes Public School will work with Social Service and Head Start of the MHA Nation -South Segment in Twin Buttes community with any children on an IEP in Pre-K. Currently, there are NO children Pre-K on an IEP. If the Twin Buttes community does have any Pre-K or K-8 students entering the school district. We will communicate with Social Service, Parents and School (Teachers – West River Special Education) will work together to make sure that the child is receiving FULL service as needed. School students on IEP’s will continue to receive services in a manner similar to our K-8 students. Materials will be sent home to students weekly. The pre-school special education teacher will also deliver synchronous instruction via Zoom.

Federal Title Consideration

As a school-wide Title I school, our Title I teacher and para will be available to continue services through online tutoring. We survey parents to determine what time of day their child would be available for synchronous tutoring. The services are listed below. Also, teachers will continue to refer students for Title I services if they are struggling with the new learning platform. We will add students to the list as determined be teachers as we would during a regular school year.

Daily Schedule for Title I students

Currently we have 9 students for Title I (Math/Reaching)

20 minutes for each area – Math and Reading.

Monday/Wednesday – Teacher/Para – K – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 students (4 students) – 20 minutes each

Tuesday/Thursday – Teacher/Para – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 students (5 students) – 20 minutes each

Friday – Teacher/Para – ALL Students (9 students) – 20 minutes each

Counseling Service

Twin Buttes has 32 students in K-8. Currently we do not have any counseling services for our children. We have asked area schools, MHA Nation, RESP to help in this matter without any luck. Hopefully this is something soon that we can obtain for our students. Twin Buttes Public School will continue to advertise for a counseling position. We have listed the position in the school wide list serve, MHA teacher national application, and any area papers that we can list this position. Another option that we have considered for the current year and next, is obtain a counselor online. We are currently looking over the option. We would like to interview other small schools like Twin Buttes to see if this is a good option for our school.

Providing High-Quality, Effective, Standards Based Education

Providing experiences of high-quality distance learning experiences in Grades K-8

  1. A) The focus of instruction will be on content that relates to content standards with an emphasis on relevance, engagement, and connections to 21st Century Skills. There will be minimal stress on focused skills and an emphasis on opportunities to put information into action or to find connections between content and real-world applications. While textbooks and online books will be used, instructional videos, simulations, games, short videos, and opportunities for collaboration will also be used.
  2. B) The learning experiences in each content area will be a continuation of the regular school experience in which students will be able to access grade-level and subject-matter content. In some cases, students will be able to continue to work on projects and content areas that were taking place before the transition to online learning. In other cases, teachers have made logical and reasonable modifications to allow students to continue to build proficiency and understanding in the content area. Instructional support through synchronous meetings, recorded explanations, and guided learning experiences will allow students to continue learning in a way that can be monitored and assessed.
  3. C) Instructional materials used will vary with each content area. Some teachers sent home manipulatives such as art supplies and items to be used in science experiments. Students will also have access to online books and other materials. In many instances, the online resources are ones that the students have already used in the classroom. When new materials are used, the teachers will provide clear instruction and support. Teachers will also seek to include opportunities for students to learn content off-screen by getting outside, doing simple investigations, interviewing family members, and other activities that will provide a variety of learning experiences.
  4. D) The content that teachers use to build their lessons aligns with North Dakota Content Standards. Teachers have been focusing on the content standards, updating unit plans, and collaborating to determine how to strengthen current lessons. So, the opportunity to modify these lessons and units for online instruction will continue to connect to the standards in new and creative ways that will likely be used in years to come.
  5. E) The technology platforms we will use – primarily Google Classroom, PowerSchool, Remind, and Microsoft all allow access to educators. Teachers can not only design, monitor, and assess learning, they can also participate with the students and provide consistent support. To make sure that students can participate in as many synchronous online activities as possible, the teachers have developed a spreadsheet so there are minimal overlap times.
  6. F) Each teacher has developed a plan to assess student learning and assign at least two grades each week, which will be posted in PowerSchool. Grades will be used to show evidence of learning that is linked to content standards.

Example of the Twin Buttes Daily Agenda for Parents – 2nd Grade – All grades are following this schedule.

Time Mon. March 30 Tues. March 31 Wed. April 1 Thurs. April 2 Fri. April 3

20

minutes EPIC Listen to Reading Raz-kids Read assigned book and answer questions EPIC Listen to Reading Raz-kids Read assigned book and answer questions Your Choice between Epic and Raz-Kids

15

minutes Splash Learn Prodigy Splash Learn Prodigy Splash Learn or Prodigy

30

minutes Istation Reading Istation Math Istation Reading Istation Math Your choice Reading Or Math

15

minutes Brainzy (education.com) Brainzy (education.com) Brainzy (education.com) Brainzy (education.com) Brainzy (education.com)

15

minutes IXL Math IXL Reading IXL Math IXL Reading IXL CHOICE

20

Minutes Outside Play Outside Play Outside Play Outside Play Outside Play

Dear students and parents/guardians,

Here is a daily schedule that you will need to complete. You should be able to do these independently (by yourself). I can track your progress. I know when you are completing the activities and when you are not. You will be graded for each activity. Please make sure you complete your scheduled assignments daily. This cannot wait for one day. You need to do these daily. Check off each one that you do. If you have questions, I am available ALL day and evening…questions both by parents and students. Everyone should have my cell number 701-535-0014. You also need to complete the paper packet. Complete a day at a time

Example of the Twin Buttes Daily Agenda for Parents – 2nd Grade – All grades are following this schedule.

Time Mon. March 30 Tues. March 31 Wed. April 1 Thurs. April 2 Fri. April 3

20

535-0014. You also need to complete the paper packet. Complete a day at a time.

If you have any questions, contact me please. Mrs. Schilling

Meal Plan

Every family with students in the Twin Buttes School District will receive meals (Breakfast and Lunch). The meals will be delivered to all family between the hour of 11 am and noon. Any high school students riding the bus will also receive meals.

Models of Instruction & Educational Plan – Twin Buttes Schoo