Good afternoon, Silver Falls Families.
We’d like to thank everyone who attended our Virtual Community Town Hall Thursday evening. We had almost 400 people in attendance, and received many excellent questions. We answered as many as we could during the event, and will continue to update the FAQ portion of our reopening page in the coming days and weeks with the answers to as many of the remaining questions as we can. For those who would like a PDF copy of the presentation slides, you can find that here.
We realize many of you were not able to attend the meeting, and so we have uploaded the meeting recording to the district’s YouTube channel. You can watch it in full here.
As a reminder, applications for Fox Online are due by 11:59 PM this Sunday, August 9th. The application is online here.
Several questions in last night’s meeting were around the amount of time families could expect their students to spend on schoolwork this year. While we expect most students will spend about as much time on their education this year as they would during a typical school year, there are also minimum weekly hours, established by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), for teacher facilitated learning. This is broken out by grade level, and is presented below, as well as in the graphic to the right.
- Grades K-3: 11 hours and 40 minutes per week.
- Grades 4-8: 12 hours and 30 minutes per week.
- Grades 9-11: 14 hours and 10 minutes per week.
- Grade 12: 13 hours and 45 minutes per week.
Again, these numbers represent the minimum hours as required by ODE. Students may experience more teacher-led learning this year, varying from week to week, but should not experience a situation where they don’t have the opportunity for at least these minimums.
Finally, it’s important to note that these minutes will be made up of a variety of learning tasks including videos, discussion, projects, practice assignments, etc. This does not reflect the number of minutes per week each student will interact live with a teacher, nor does this represent a minimum amount of ‘screen-time’.
FAQ Updates – Week of August 3rd
Q: What is a Home Learning Coach?
A: Great question! Please see this document for a breakdown: Home Learning Coach.
Q: Can we switch between Fox Hybrid and Fox Online if our family needs to do so?
A: Absolutely. We will always work with our families to support doing what is best for our students. With that said, there will be check-in points throughout the year where these transitions take place. Our plan is for these opportunities to occur at each Quarter.
Q: Is there a difference between the classes available in Fox Online and Fox Hybrid?
A: Yes. While Fox Hybrid students can take any class offered by SFSD, Fox Online students can take only those courses that are offered and supported by Edgenuity. View the Edgenuity course catalogs for more information.
Q: Will students be able to take PE online?
A: Absolutely. There will be a focus on health and wellness, as well requirements around performing physical activity, which will be logged and signed off by parents or Home Learning Coaches.
Q: Are the special education classes going to use Edgenuity or a different program?
A: Yes, all students, including special education students, will have access to Edgenuity. Depending on the individual needs of each special education student, the district will provide additional curriculums and programs in order to meet individual strengths and needs.
Q: Doctors often rely on feedback from teachers when diagnosing a new learning disability (i.e. ADD/ADHD). It seems like teachers would have a harder time providing input if their only interactions with the student have been online. Do you have a plan for how teachers and behavioral specialists can provide valuable observations through an online classroom?
A: Teacher and specialist input will be impacted regarding valuable observation data for students during private and school evaluation processes. Student teams (school staff, families, students and outside providers) will have to work closely together to determine what specific information will be required to support evaluation processes. Teams will now need to consider home and community settings as additional learning environments during these evaluations.