LCPS Distance Learning - Anna

A Briar Woods High School student engages in distance learning.

Loudoun County Public Schools administrators are further detailing the division’s plans for 100 percent distance learning during the first part of the 2020-2021 school year.

The Loudoun County School Board voted in the early hours of July 22 to cancel its initial plans to implement a hybrid instructional model in favor of full-time remote instruction with “very limited exceptions” to begin Sept. 8.

“Since then, principals, administrators, teachers and other professionals from across the division have been working to refine our plans for the start of the new school year,” an Aug. 6 email from LCPS administration reads.

Per a new LCPS document titled “Reopening in Stages: 100% Distance Learning Models,” students at all grade levels will be expected to engage in varying degrees of live, synchronous learning Tuesday through Friday of each week, while Mondays will predominately be for independent, asynchronous work.

Unlike the previous spring semester, both asynchronous and synchronous attendance and participation will be mandatory. Officials say teachers will monitor attendance during synchronous learning sessions via Schoology, the division’s new learning management system.

LCPS will also implement across-the-board grading and assessment standards via division Policy 5030, Assessment and Grading, which administration drafted specifically for the coming fall semester. When classes resume in September, teachers are to assess student readiness and “create academic plans to support all students,” according to the new document.

Special-education students with Individual Education Programs, or IEPs, are to each receive customized learning plans, and teachers will be able to collaborate with the division’s Unified Mental Health Team to figure out how to “connect with families and students as appropriate.”

UMHT has also been tasked with providing various resources and virtual consultation for students and parents under emotional or mental distress, as well as leading suicide prevention efforts through the Sources of Strength program.

Student standards of behavior will also be enforced despite the virtual learning environment, as administrators say online classrooms “are real classrooms with real teachers and students; therefore, appropriate student behavior is expected.”

Staff may remove students from online learning environments if they violate LCPS Student Code of Conduct, and school-level administrators are to closely monitor instances of cyberbullying or other online misconduct.

“As plans are refined and we move closer to the first day of school, more information will be provided from the central administration and individual school principals,” the email concludes. “Thank you for your continued flexibility as we develop this new approach to learning in Loudoun County.”

The return-to-school document, which includes more details on grade level-specific learning protocols, is available at lcps.org/Page/230986.

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SaferLCroadsGrits

KUDOS TO CU BOULDER (UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO) AND THE PROFESSORS WHO EXPLAINED THE LOGIC BEHIND THE SPREAD OF VIRUSES VERY WELL. (https://www.denverpost.com/2020/08/07/cu-boulder-ventilation-coronavirus/)

"VIRTUAL ONLY" SCHOOL AND COLLEGE ADMINISTRATIONS, TEACHERS, AND FACULTY ARE UNFORTUNATELY FROWARD, INDOLENT, AND WEAKLINGS, PUTTING SELF-INTEREST ABOVE STUDENTS': THEY REFUSE TO GO THROUGH THE EXTRA EFFORT IN IMPLEMENTING PROPER PPE PROTOCOLS AND VENTILATION FOR THEIR CUSTOMERS EVEN THOUGH HALF THE PARENTS WANT THEIR KIDS TO RECEIVE IN-PERSON INSTRUCTIONS.

AND FOOLISH--WHAT DO COOPED UP KIDS, TEENAGERS, AND YOUNG ADULTS DO WITHOUT A POSITIVE FOCUS OF THEIR ENERGY AT SCHOOL? MASS AND/OR UNSAFE SOCIAL GATHERINGS(!!), OUTINGS, PARTIES==> MASSIVE INFECTIONS WHICH IS SPREAD TO THE MORE VULNERABLE OLDER GENERATIONS.

A PRUDENT--ALBEIT LABORIOUS SUCH AS DESCRIBED IN THE ARTICLE ABOVE-- METHOD, HYBRID, AND/OR PART-TIME MODEL IS COMPLETELY POSSIBLE. PROVERBS 12:24 STATES THAT DILIGENT HANDS WILL RULE!

Don’t be so lazy that you say, “If I go to work, a lion will eat me!” Proverbs 22:13

PARENTS HAVE BEEN PANDEMIC PROPELLED INTO HOMESCHOOLING AND/OR LEARNING PODS –BOTH COSTLY IN TIME & ENERGY AND EXPENSIVE IF HIRING TEACHERS AND TUTORS.

VIRGINIA STATE AVERAGE RATINGS FOR LCPS 2018-2019 ARE: READING 84% MATH 87%.

EXCEPT FOR A+ 98% AND ABOVE STUDENTS WHO WILL NEVER WAVER WHETHER BLIZZARD, HURRICANE, PANDEMIC, OR ANTACTICA, THE REST OF THE STUDENTS WHO ARE LIKE US COMMON FOLKS WILL SCALE DOWN TO LOWER LEVELS IN READING AND MATH.

OTHER DISTRICTS THAT ARE OPENING SCHOOLS FOR IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION USING ANY OF THE PERMUTATIONS OF THE HYBRID MODELS WILL NATURALLY HAVE ADVANTAGE OVER VIRTUAL ONLY DISTRICTS.

PARENTS SHOULD DEMAND THAT BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PARE THEIR PROPERTY TAX BY 35% SINCE THEY ARE EQUALLY SHARING THE BURDEN OF EDUCATING THEIR CHILDREN.

EXCEPT FOR THOSE WITH AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES, TEACHERS WHO DEMAND VIRTUAL-ONLY INSTRUCTION SHOULD HAVE THEIR PAY CUT IN HALF: BY THE SAME TOKEN, 25% PAY INCREASE TO EVER-EXCELLENT TEACHERS WHO ARE EAGER AND READY TO DO IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION.

SOME MAY SAY: “WELL, WHAT ABOUT THOSE SCHOOLS THAT OPENED FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING, SOME STUDENTS TESTED POSITIVE, THEN SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR QUARANTINE. SO, DOESN’T THAT PROVE IT’S NOT SAFE?”

WAS ROME BUILT IN A DAY? DO PEOPLE STOP GOING TO GROCERY STORES BECAUSE OF FEAR OF INFECTION? DO ESSENTIAL WORKERS STOP WORKING?

WE SHOULD ALL FACE UP TO REALITY: ECCLESIASTES 10:8-10 IN A NUTSHELL STATES THAT IN ANY OCCUPATION ALONG WITH GREAT BENEFITS, THERE ARE INHERENT HAZARDS. SO, IF ANNUAL SALARY INCREASE FOR TEACHERS IS WIDELY ACCEPTED AS EXPECTABLE, THEN THEY SHOULD ALSO ACCEPT THE UNEXPECTED.

MAY KING OF AMERICA JESUS (AND OF COURSE LC) BLESS ALL PRIVATE, PUBLIC SCHOOLS, DISTRICTS, AND COLLEGES THAT DARE TO DO WHAT IS VIRTUOUS FOR THE EDUCATING OF MANY BRIGHT MINDS.

(To learn more about Jesus, go to Biblehub and READ John 1-21, SONG: https://soundcloud.com/eternal-city/king) 😊

loudouncommonsense

whaaaaaat? proselytizing whaaaaat?

More Cowbell

Why do we keep seeing the same picture of a young girl distant learning....A truer picture would be to stop by unexpected to a house with 3 kids that should be distant learning to see what they're up to. Most teachers had only 25% show up on zoom classes last semester. How is that part of education going to change? Will Loudoun county send resource officers to everyone's house that doesn't show up on zoom meeting? Expect Loudoun to do distant learning all year with 25% repeating same grade next year.

BobOhneiserEsq

This is theory X. Teachers are putting pressure on kids to conform when they are alone at home perhaps without even a quality internet connection or any supervision. WHO IS RESPONSIBLE???? If you can't adjust to this program aimed at lessening the burden to admin and teaching staff we will lower your grade. All the synchronous and asynchronous talk can't hide that one of the best school systems in America is self destructing due to a lack of leadership IMHO. Are we now going to threaten to leave back a 3rd grader if they have no internet, no supervision, no air conditioning etc so the teacher can work from home? When will the BOS ask for a rebate of the $1.4 billion? Is. the plaque at the courthouse taking up that much time that managing LCPS is on the back burner? :-)

heyyousleaze

"Are we now going to threaten to leave back a 3rd grader if they have no internet, no supervision, no air conditioning etc so the teacher can work from home?"

Bob, you're probably right. Unless LCPS adopts the Oprah strategy for all the kids this year, regardless of actual performance: "You get an A+! They get an A+! Everybody gets an A+!!"

Sittingon15

If I was a current LCPS parent, especially of an elementary age kid, I’d be crazy pissed with no real substantive plan in place after at least 6 months of planning time available. As a taxpayer I’m thinking about the huge tax relief we should get since LCPS hasn’t had to heat/cool schools, run buses and use normal school supplies, just to name a few cost areas. I know I’m being unreasonable. I’m sure it costs as much to not educate our kids as it does to try to educate them!

More Cowbell

You won't like that 1 member on Loudoun School Board is pushing for teachers to get a raise...

sterlingVA

The funny thing is, LCPS did not really share anything new this week. The plan they "revealed" is the exact same plan they had already revealed several weeks ago when they still had the 100% distance & the hybrid plans in the works. I suspect, they released this in response to parents crying out for some information on the upcoming school year. The truth is, LCPS doesn't seem to have any new information, and they don't seem to have much of a plan to educate our kids either!

applicant45554

Hmm. I was wondering about that. I think the concept of taking attendance is new, but my kids principle said not to worry about that because they understand some families need to have kids in childcare. Hope he’s right and there won’t be any issues

Pinkerton

When did your child’s principal say that? If it was said during the spring, it is certainly no longer true for the coming year.

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