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3.23.20 Update on Remote Learning Plan
Posted 3/23/20

In accordance with Governor Newsom’s Executive Order, the Miller Creek School District is committed to and will continue to deliver high-quality educational opportunities to students to the extent feasible through remote learning during school closures. In doing so, we will measure and balance competing considerations including the priority to demonstrate flexibility.

 

After delivering four days of remote instruction, we conducted a survey where a high percentage of parents and staff reported experiencing significant challenges with remote learning, including parents having inadequate time to support their child’s learning and educators managing the amount of work in their hours provided. Remote learning requires designing instruction in a different way, not replicating classroom instruction, and in fact, that direct replication is not possible. Many educators are developing new talents as they plan curriculum for a different way of learning. We have confidence in our Miller Creek educators and are committed to supporting this evolution by providing consistent and thoughtful professional development and opportunities for collaboration. 

 

With that said, our teachers are not the only ones feeling a bit overwhelmed with the logistical complexities of remote learning. While overall the parent feedback has been very positive, proud, and supportive of staff, several parents have reported feeling exhausted by working to support their children at home while balancing the challenges of work. As we all settle into a new normal, this may improve but for now we need to be responsive to the stressors and demands parents are dealing with.

 

We want students to learn everyday and believe this happens in many forms. We are not reducing instruction, we are delivering it differently than we would in a brick and mortar building. Students can continue their learning on Wednesdays by accessing the many resources that have been provided including independent reading and technical applications that are standards based which students have been given access to with their usernames and passwords. 

 

Finally, as COVID-19 spreads and more people become infected, it is reasonable to assume many of our Miller Creek staff will be impacted.  If so, we have no substitute teachers to provide remote learning. In addition to our teachers using Wednesday to learn, collaborate, and plan for remote learning, we will ask staff to prepare for this likely future by making grade level contingency plans.  

 

We remain steadfast in our commitment to provide continuity of learning for our students and to support staff by creating the necessary conditions in order to accomplish this work.