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General Information for In Person 5 Days

Reported by jared_folley@ipsd.org on 3/17/21

Dear Longwood Families,

As you read in Dr. Talley’s recent email, we are very excited to expand our learning model to five days per week from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM starting Tuesday, April 13. We are committed to providing high quality programming for all students, both remote and in-person.

How to Change Instructional Delivery Models (how to go from remote to in-person or from in-person to remote):

If your child is currently a remote student or currently an in-person student, they will continue in that mode of instruction. You do not need to do anything unless you would like to make a change. If you would like to make a change for your child(ren), we ask that you complete the Google Survey called Longwood Request to Change Instructional Delivery that was sent to your email by Friday, March 19th at 12:00 PM. If you have multiple children at Longwood you need to change, please do one for each child. Your updated selection for our five day a week plan will begin when our five day per week instruction starts on Tuesday, April 13th. Please note that this will be the last opportunity to make a change to your child’s mode of instruction. If you are interested in changing, it must be done by this Friday, March 19th at 12:00 PM.

Distance:
Physical distancing in the classroom is 3 feet or greater. The amount of space above 3 ft will depend on the number of students attending in-person in each classroom.

Instruction:
All students will have instruction from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday. School drop off for in-person learners begins at 8:45 AM and students are expected to be in their classrooms, ready to learn at 9:00 AM. During that time, both in-person and remote students will receive the same instruction from their teacher, with students in-person in the classroom and remote students participating remotely through Zoom. This is the same “Room and Zoom” model currently used in our middle and high schools. Students will remain with their same teacher. Remote and in-person students will participate in academic subjects and specials (art, music and PE). Please note that our teachers will do their very best in attending to both groups of students. If your child is able to come in-person, we are recommending/encouraging that as the best mode of instruction.

Lunch
Students will have lunch at school. During lunch, students will be seated 6 feet apart as they will need to remove their masks to eat. We will utilize a variety of spaces to accomplish this seating arrangement.

Remote Students
Remote students will participate in class via Zoom throughout the day. Additionally, we are planning to implement an after-school, on-line assistance program that will provide remote parents and students with access to elementary staff who can answer questions and help students with completing assignments. It will be called ACE Time (Ask, Connect and Engage). More details will be shared with families prior to our start April 13th.

Upcoming Dates

• March 22nd 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM— April 12th 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM = IAR Testing for 3rd-5th graders

• March 29th-April 2nd: Spring Break

• Monday, April 5th: Remote Planning Day for Teachers, No Student Attendance

• Tuesday, April 6th: Remote learning day for students due to schools being polling places for the election (we will follow the current schedule, just remotely)

• Wednesday, April 3rd -Friday April 9th: In-person learning 9:00 AM-:11:30 AM, Remote learning 12:30 PM-3:30 PM

• Monday, April 12th: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM = Regular Monday for K-2. 3rd-5th graders attend school from 9:00 AM- 11:30 PM for IAR Testing

• Tuesday, April 13th: Begin K-5 Full In-Person Learning Model, Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM


Thank you for your continued support and flexibility as we strive to meet the needs of all students.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Tracey Ratner
Principal, Longwood Elementary School

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