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Teaching & Learning

Our students learn best when they are with their teachers. But we need to gather safely.

When we return to school, our board has approved a “blended” approach, which will combine some in-person instruction and some at home learning for all students each week. This approach limits the number of students who gather at one time and allows for more social distancing. Health authorities say these practices can help prevent the spread of infection.

To enhance at-home learning, all students will receive an iPad and access to online learning apps. To help families understand these apps, we’ve provided a list of the most important, core apps that students will use this year.  Note that many apps will be accessed through Classlink, so please start there.

Common iPad Apps

Phased Return to In-Person Instruction

At the Oct. 20 board meeting, the board approved students in K4, K, 1 and 3 to return on Oct. 26. The remaining elementary students - grades 2, 4 and 5 - will return in early Nov.

 Phase OnePhase TwoRemaining Grades
Grades 1 and 3
Grades 2, 4 and 5
Middle--Grades 6, 7, 8
High--Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
Return DateOctober 26November 2TBD

*Students in programs denoted with a (*) will attend school four (4) full days per week, an exception to the blended model below.

Blended Learning

Students attend school two (2) full days per week, Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday, and learn at home the remaining three (3) full days per week.

Monday/Tuesday CohortAt schoolAt schoolAt home learningAt home learningAt home learning
Thursday/Friday CohortAt home learningAt home learningAt home learningAt schoolAt school

Note: This represents a change from the original hybrid plan for elementary students announced in the summer. We heard parent feedback about keeping siblings together across elementary and secondary grade spans to accommodate walking to school and childcare.

Just because we are ready, does not mean you have to be.

School District of Lancaster families can choose not to send their children back into the classroom, provided adults are able to support learning from home.

We recently expanded our former Lancaster Cyber Program into a full online academy, offering standards-aligned and rigorous courses of study for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. In addition to online instruction, the Cyber Pathways Academy offers flexible, in person support at convenient hubs throughout the City of Lancaster or through online meeting platforms, such as Zoom.

Cyber Pathways Academy academic advisors help students transition into the program and will assist with the transition back to their brick and mortar school at a later date, if they wish. This is especially important for families worried about the spread of COVID-19 in the short term, but prefer in person teaching in the long term.

Your teachers will record live lessons and share with you to review.

For students in grades that have not yet returned for in-person instruction, teachers will record online lessons in real time during the instructional day and make these recordings available to students.

The purpose of the recordings is to capture the instructional activities of the class so students may access the content for review as a learning tool. Please note, viewing recorded lessons is not a substitute for attending the class live. Students will be marked absent if they miss their synchronous lessons. The lessons will only be made available to students in the recorded class and only stored for one marking period. And in-person lessons will not be recorded, so this is not a substitute for in-person instruction.

In the recording process, students may appear in the video. Families who do not wish for their children to be recorded may advise the teacher that the student will turn off their camera during the recording period. Parents must provide written communication to the teacher for their child to opt out of the recording. Students should remain in the class and participate with their camera off, as appropriate.

Please familiarize yourself with the student rules and expectations for recorded classes. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action, in accordance with District policies, or a temporary suspension of the right to use or access District technology. Students attending classes remotely are expected to behave in a similar manner as what is expected of students when they physically attend school.

If you have any further questions, please consult with your child’s teacher and/or school principal.

Student Rules and Expectations for Recorded Classes

  1. Students are required to comply with all District policies, school handbooks and teacher classroom directives while participating in remote instructional activities.
  2. Students should work in a quiet and private space while participating in recorded classes to minimize potential disruptions from other sources (family members, television, pets, etc.).
  3. Students must dress appropriately for school when attending remotely; arrive on time for class; remain for the entirety of class; and comply with log-in and log-out procedures when participating in recorded classes.
  4. Recorded classes are intended solely for the benefit of students enrolled in those classes. Individuals who are not enrolled as students in those classes should not access, watch, observe or participate in those classes.  If parents have any questions or concerns about a recorded class, they should be directed either to the teacher or the building principal.
  5. The recording, downloading or copying of recorded classes for any reason in any format without the District’s express written permission is strictly forbidden. Students will face school disciplinary consequences for violating this rule, and individuals who engage in such behavior may be referred to local law enforcement for the unlawful recording of other persons without their consent.
  6. Students or their parents/guardians must report any technology-related problems, as soon as they are discovered, so they can be identified and corrected. Students will not necessarily be excused from the potential consequences for missing classes, missing deadlines for the submissions of homework, assignments, etc. when technology-related problems are not brought to the District’s attention within a reasonable period of time.

Our community is stepping up to provide childcare for families in need.

We recognize that a blended schedule may cause some families to need childcare when students are not in school. We encourage all families to look for childcare, as they are able. Partnering with the United Way, we established a database of local providers who are offering childcare on days students do not report to their buildings.

For a comprehensive list of local agencies that are offering childcare services during the virtual and
blended phases of learning, click below.

Alternative Childcare Options

We are taking extra care and caution for our academically vulnerable students.

To ensure continuity of services, students in academically vulnerable populations will attend school all day Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at all grade levels. Students who enrolled in district special education classrooms including autism support, multiple disabilities support, emotional support, life skills support, diagnostic kindergarten, DASH program, LBHH, Youth Intervention Center (YIC) and Camelot of Buerhle.

Learners will receive programming individualized to their unique needs, as per their current IEP. IEP teams will reconvene within the first 30 days of school to review existing documentation and determine whether revisions to the plan are necessary based upon student performance and progress towards individual goals.