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IPS Operational Plan

 

Ionia Public Schools Operational Plan

 

Per Governor Whitmer’s executive order, Ionia Public Schools is committed to a continuity of learning plan that supports students through remote learning. The continuity of the learning plan focuses on providing educational support, social-emotional support, and a path to move all students forward for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

GUIDELINES

The continuity of learning plan provides students the opportunity to continue their education through a variety of means: online learning, learning packets, phone calls, web-based learning platforms, email, video instruction, and other educational tools. 

Instruction and learning may include four core content areas: English, math, science, and social studies. We will use elective content areas as enrichment opportunities and social-emotional therapy for our students. 

Our plan will begin to provide support on Thursday, April 16, 2020, to ensure that all students have the opportunity to earn credit and move forward to the next grade level or successful completion of the high school program.

Assigned work will not receive a letter grade. Completion can be demonstrated through the following means: email, phone calls, virtual meetings, online correspondence, or other avenues as determined by the teacher. Teachers and administration will have final discretion over the awarding of credit or grades. 

Teachers will provide daily work that is within the guidelines below. Teachers will also offer enrichment activities for families who are seeking additional work. 

 

 

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

Students are encouraged to engage in two-way communication with teachers weekly. Teachers and students will communicate through the following avenues:  online learning platforms, email, phone, virtual meetings, messaging apps, and other forms of communication. Students must remain in regular contact with their teachers.

Students are encouraged to complete assigned work. Students will work with teachers to make sure that they understand the assignments. If students are completing packets, they will not return the parcels; instead, they will communicate with teachers to determine completion and understanding.

High school students will receive the letter grade they had on March 11. However, students will have the opportunity to increase their grades. If a student would like to have credit (CR) on his/her transcript rather

than letter grades, their parents/guardians must contact the building principal. The designation of CR does not negatively or positively impact students' grade point averages. Students who receive an NC (no credit) on their transcript will have the opportunity to earn credit by completing assignments provided by teaching staff. 

Middle School and Elementary students will move forward to the next grade. Retention is only through the parent/administrator agreement.

 

TEACHER RESPONSIBILITIES

Teachers will meet the varied needs of each student while using a remote learning platform. Teachers are encouraged to use multiple methods of instruction. For instance, teachers who elect to use an online learning platform must make sure students without access can still complete the same type of assignments. Teaching may include packets, video links, phone conferencing, or other methods. 

The primary focus of instruction during the period of remote learning is in the four core content areas: English, math, science, and social studies. 

Elective courses/teachers may provide enrichment opportunities such as art, physical, and music therapy. The primary instructional role of elective teachers is the social-emotional well-being of each student. 

The instructional and preparation demands of each teacher may not be the same.

Teachers will communicate with each student via email, phone, virtual meetings, mail, or other methods.  Teachers will hold office hours each week. Times will be determined with the principal and then shared with families.

Core content teachers will focus their communication on instruction and learning. Elective teachers and counselors will focus their conversation on enrichment and social-emotional needs, primarily through phone communication.

Counselors will also be communicating with students and families to provide academic as well as social-emotional support. 

Special education teachers will collaborate with general education and ancillary staff to provide a Special Education Contingency Plan to address each student's individual needs.

Teachers will confirm grades, credit, and completion for each student. Teachers and administration are responsible for making final determinations on grades and credits. 

All elementary school students will move to the next grade level unless there is agreement on retention between parents, teachers, and administration.

Teachers will maintain a weekly communication log and share this information with the administration. The expectation is that all students have weekly two-way communication with each teacher. 

Each building will be provided with a Google Sheet to document conversation.

 

SUPPORT STAFF RESPONSIBILITIES

Transportation: Bus drivers will assist with food prep and food distribution each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through the end of the school year. They will also continue with any standard operational requirements as requested by the Transportation Director.

Third-Party Contractors: In order to facilitate the timely reopening of buildings, Ionia Public Schools will allow Third Party Contractors to continue working while observing social distancing and health department guidelines.

Maintenance: Facilities staff members will continue with normal operations and any job duties as assigned by the Operations Director. Facilities staff members will continue with normal operations and any job duties as assigned by the Operations Director.

Food Service: Cooks and food service staff will assist with food prep and food distribution each Monday, Wednesday and Friday through the end of the school year. They will also assist with any typical operational requirements as requested by the Food Service Director.

Office Staff: Secretaries and other office staff members will continue with regular job duties as requested by administrative staff. Duties may include typical office reporting items, supporting teachers, contacting families, updating directory information, mailing homework packets, and more. Office staff members will hold an average of three office hours per day (work may be offsite).  

 

Paraprofessionals/Interventionists: Paraprofessionals and Interventionists will assist with food prep and food distribution on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. They will also assist teaching staff in making social-emotional support phone calls/communication to students.  

 

BOARD RESPONSIBILITIES

Board members will support and encourage our students and staff as we navigate through this challenging time. Please let’s share with others that we will get through this together and we will be able to continue learning. 


ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES

Administrators will whenever possible respond to emails within 24 hours. Administrators recognize that there will be a vast increase in the number of questions from students, teachers, and parents. 

Administrators are expected to hold a minimum of four hours of designated office hours each day. These times will be communicated to students, staff, and parents.

Administrators are expected to follow-up with students and teachers to recognize the variety of academic, social-emotional, and learning needs. Administrators will be responsible for providing building-wide communication to all stakeholders.

Administrators will continue all normal building operations, including, but not limited to: scheduling for the 2020-2021 school year, school improvement plans, building level reports, and end of year activities. 

Administrators will provide social-emotional support to members of the staff. The needs of staff members will change during this challenging time. Administrators will provide the necessary support and resources to help all educators during this time.

 

PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES

Parents will support their children. We know this is a challenging time, and the change in routine is difficult for many of our students. More than anything, please let your students know that we will get through this together, and we will be able to continue learning and moving forward.

As we move ahead with remote learning, parents are asked to communicate with teachers if the learning targets are not clear.