In light of the continued closure of schools
in Pennsylvania due to the crisis caused by the corona virus, the Pennsylvania
Department of Education (PDE) suggests that school districts revisit decisions
related to continuity of education.
Guidance from Intermediate Unit One on March 24, 2020, indicates that
the schools pursuing continuity of education may offer “Planned Instruction” or
“Enrichment and Review” to their students.
Planned Instruction refers to formal teaching and learning, while
Enrichment and Review refers to informal activities to support prior
knowledge. Charleroi Area School
District (CASD) seeks to provide Planned Instruction, as described in more
detail below, during the corona virus crisis.
As a result, district leadership has developed this planned instruction
model which will ensure the continuation of learning plan for students of the District.
The primary method for
delivery of Planned Instruction will occur through Google Classroom, a platform
through which students are accustomed to receiving instruction. Google Classroom allows teachers to create
learning experiences and communicate with students, but as detailed below,
alternatives to the use of such technology may be necessary in some cases.
Information below will
address Devices & Internet Access,
Content Delivery, and Resources.
DEVICES & INTERNET
If needed, approval to purchased 100 additional AC power adapters
for district Google Chromebooks.
Approval for purchasing of 100 additional Chromebooks. These will be used to supplement the handing
out of Chromebooks for students in grades K-12 that need technology assistance.
Approval to purchase up to 25 Jetpack wireless for families in
the community that need assistance with internet connections.
Created a CASD Technology Survey to send out to Charleroi
Parents/Guardians to identify if Charleroi students have access to the internet
and a web-based device to do remote learning.
Created a phone number whereas parents/guardians without access
to the internet can call in to take the survey.
Prepared 400 Chromebooks for possible distribution.
Chromebook distribution to the students will be held on Friday,
March 27, 2020 to parents that requested technology assistance.
Created an IT helpdesk email address of https://sites.google.com/charleroisd.org/casd-virtual-learning/home
Researched the possible purchase of Wi-Fi hotspots.
Research how parents currently without internet access can
receive low cost internet access.
Created a database of all Chromebooks that will be possibly
Obtained student roster information for the distribution
Existing Chromebooks are being cleaned and sanitized in
preparation of distribution.
Students and family’s grades K-12 may use technology at home, if
available to access Google Classroom.
Each teacher and administrator have been provided a computer by
Charleroi Area School District to work from home.
CASD teachers have
created Google Classrooms for each course/class they teach, through which
teachers can post classroom content and instructional activities. Teachers will plan instruction from 8:00 a.m.
– 9:00 a.m. and work with students from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. –
3:15 p.m. All staff will have a lunch
break from 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. This
schedule will be followed Monday through Friday.
Providing teachers with
this time at the start of the day allows them to adjust weekly instructional
activities as needed, given that students will be working at home rather than
at school. It ensures such plans
consists of meaningful learning activities, as Charleroi teachers design
instruction using the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework,
personalizing activities and assessments for learner variability. This time also provides building
administration an opportunity to verify that every teacher’s assignments have
been uploaded to Google Classroom for students to access at home. The building administrator will check each
teacher’s Google Classroom/s to ensure all instructional activities are
uploaded. Students will be able to
communicate with their assigned teachers via Google hangout or email, and
administrators will be available via email or telephone during school
hours. Additionally, school nurses and
counselors will also be available to students and families, through email.
Special Education, ELL, 504 Services, and Gifted Services
recommend that all regular and special education staff that serve students with
disabilities virtually review every child’s plan to determine the extent to
which planning instruction moving forward can meet each child’s needs. At the same time, staff can consider
alternatives, if any, for those accommodations that may not be effectively
implemented in a virtual or other setting as contemplated in this plan. IEP revisions can be completed, if the
Charleroi Area School District Board approves the continuity of instruction
plan. This process may also provide
information that is useful to the Board of School Directors on this matter.
should also be noted that district staff are working diligently to comply with
special education timelines throughout the period of school closure.
education teachers will offer students support by way of a Google Classroom
which will be utilized for individual and/or small group assistance.
we anticipate that some students will not be provided FAPE through Planned
Instruction based on Google Classroom, the majority of students with special
needs can be provided appropriate supports in a virtual setting. For children where FAPE cannot be provided,
all services possible will be delivered.
Furthermore, CASD is committed to continuous, open communication and
collaboration with families to anticipate and address concerns with Planned
Services for English Language students will continue to use i-Ready, with
lessons focusing on areas of need, as well as using resources from Reading a-z
for elementary students and Scholastic Action for secondary students through
Google Classroom. The EL teacher will
support students in content areas as needed and work with classroom/content
teachers to assist Els with online learning.
all related services will be provided virtually, unless otherwise agreed upon
by the team.
Special Education Resources
Best Practices for
Teachers of Students with Disabilities Online
Deaf and Hard of
and Computer Science
Significant Cognitive Disabilities
attendance will be taken by homeroom teachers.
parents have attendance questions during throughout this educational continuity
instructional plan, they may contact the school attendance office via email to the attendance officer in
the building where the student attends.
Elementary Center [email protected]
Middle/High School [email protected]
Technology Issues and/or Other Issues
district is working to determine which students have access to technology and
the internet. Typically, students will
complete instructional activities as outlined in Google Classroom for each
course. Assignments through Google
Classroom can include options for completing the work online and may include
other options for completing work if technology access is not available, for
example, via pencil and paper, then sending a phono of the work via email or
text message if agreeable among teachers and families. Students without access to technology at home,
but who may have access to email via a cell phone, may receive assignments via
email from their classroom teacher/s and complete those assignments via paper
and pencil. All such work will be
submitted digitally to comply with social distancing requirements.
are expected to engage in the learning experiences provided by their teachers
each week. Students and families have
the opportunity to reach out to teachers via email and by way of Google
Classroom for support, and teachers will provide feedback on student work as
they would in a traditional classroom, but perhaps in a different format.
the same time, CASD recognizes that for some student populations, learning
through a virtual platform may provide challenges or barriers for any number of
reasons. Technology access may fail or
prove unreliable or students may struggle to process content through an online
lesson. The reality is that any
continuity of education plan is unlikely to work for every child, every
day. As teachers, administrator, and/or
other district leaders learn of such barriers, CASD is committed to working
with students and families in a professional, collaborative, and flexible
manner to determine alternative ways to educate all children.
will continue to plan based on CASD curriculum and applicable standards, with
the understanding and pacing, methods, and learning strategies cannot be
identical to those within a traditional classroom. As such, teachers will utilize the time
remaining in the school year to prioritize teaching of essential content
specific to their respective grade level and course(s).
will benefit from the opportunity to explore resources and tools that support
virtual learning. Like our students, our
teachers have vastly different experiences with technology and will require
distinct professional learning opportunities.
District leadership has shared remote learning resources with teachers
to assist them through this transition and plans for teachers to have the opportunity
to collaborate with common grade level and/or content area colleagues on March 17
through 20th. Moving forward, teachers
will continue to receive access to and support with implementing supplemental
materials which are reviewed over time.
with Google Classroom.
Google Classroom Tips and Tricks
A Parent’s Guide to Google Classroom
request that the CASD Board of School Directors approve the “Continuity of Education
Plan” to move forward with students beginning Monday, March 30, 2020. Teachers utilized
March, 17th through 20th as preparation work days for the purposes
of conducting an audit of student services and exploring best practices and
resources related to virtual teaching and learning, in anticipation of the
return of students on a date yet to be determined.
to the receipt of sufficient information from the Information Technology
Department and administrative staff regarding devices and internet access, we
further request that the Board of School Directors accept this document as the
recommendation of all appropriate administrators as to what educational
services are to be provided by the CASD beginning on Monday, March 30, 2020