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Guidance for teachers on remote learning

During this time, teachers use an online platform and email to provide assignments to their students, consistent with the subject content standards of their respective classes. Teachers are expected to fulfill their responsibilities within the contractual workday. These responsibilities could, upon direction from the principal, include:

Student Instruction

  • Communicate expectations to students and families about the instructional plan for the week, including learning objectives, required activities, assignments, links to resources, and assessments, along with any associated due dates.
  • During designated time, to the extent possible, interact with students in real-time to deliver lessons, facilitate discussion, and lead other instructional activities.
  • Archive lessons and other instructional activities for students to access later.
  • Utilize agreed-upon communication plan determined by the school daily (Monday thru Friday during the contractual workday) to interact with groups of students and families, account for attendance, and respond to messages from students and families in a timely fashion.
  • For any student that is not engaging, follow up with the school protocol to engage the Student Support Team.
  • Monitor student participation in activities, grade assignments and assessments, and provide timely feedback on work submitted by students. Communicate with families about student progress.
  • For students who need additional support or enrichment, identify appropriate activities and assignments to the greatest extent possible.
  • Conduct all annual reviews timely for students with disabilities, to the greatest extent possible.
  • Ensure that MLLs/ELLs receive language support as they learn new content through remote learning. Please refer to Supporting Multilingual Learners/English Language Learners (MLLs/ELLs) with Remote Learning in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic for guidance.

Collaboration and Coordination

  • Co-teaching pairs should plan appropriately to support their students’ needs.
  • Maintain ongoing communication with your colleagues who also serve your students (paraprofessionals, co-teachers, related service providers, counselors, the SBST team, etc.) Participate in professional learning opportunities remotely during the contractual work day.
  • Participate in IEP meetings (initial/reevaluation/three-year evaluations) remotely at the request of the school psychologist.
  • Monitor DOE email for guidance from supervisors and Central DOE. Forward messages to guidance counselors, administrators, and other school staff (e.g., parent coordinator) as needed, per the expectations of the principal. 
  • Implement the school communication plan, which could include participating in virtual meetings with school administrators; respond to inquiries from school administrators in a timely fashion (Monday thru Friday during the contractual workday).