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PHILADELPHIA PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT

School-to-Home Distance Learning Program Application

 

Educational research shows that in-person instruction is the most effective means of learning for nearly all children. The American Academy of Pediatrics is in agreement with in-person instruction for students as well. The Philadelphia Public School District is aware that individual families may have students or adults living in the home who are medically fragile. The district wants to accommodate families in those particular situations to the greatest extent possible.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS: To be considered for the distance learning program, the parent or guardian must complete the School-to-Home Virtual Learning Program Application and return it to the school principal no later than 3:30 p.m. on July 28, 2020. Parents or guardians will be notified in writing by the school principal of the district’s decision.

 

A letter from a licensed medical physician stating the student, or a family member living in the same home as the student, is medically fragile and that virtual learning is the best option for the student must be attached to the application.

 

School-to-Home Virtual Learning Considerations

The School-to-Home Virtual Learning Program does not provide the same learning experiences as those in a traditional classroom setting.

Students will be enrolled in their regular school and will participate in instructional activities virtually following the schedule as they would at school. Examples of a student’s virtual schedule are below.

 

Grades K-2

The student will log onto the teacher’s classroom at 7:55 a.m. and attend class until 3:00 p.m.

The student will eat lunch at the same time as his or her class eats lunch.

The teacher will ask the student to participate in some type of physical activity during the recess period, and then join the class at the time the students on the school campus return from recess.

 

Grades 3-6

The student will log onto the teacher’s classroom at 7:55 a.m. and attend class until 3:00 p.m.

The student will log onto each of his or her teacher’s classroom at the appointed time as the classes appear on their schedule.

The student will eat lunch at the same time as his or her class eats lunch.

The teacher will ask the student to participate in some type of physical activity during the recess period, and then join the class at the time the students on the school campus return from recess.

 

Grades 7-12

The student will follow the schedule assigned by the school principal and will attend virtual classes from 7:55 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. by logging onto each of his or her teacher’s classroom at the appointed time as the classes appear on their schedule.

The student will be assigned a lunch period.

 

Teachers will assist students enrolled in virtual learning using technology and other means as appropriate.

Virtual learning will match traditional school curriculum content.

The School-to-Home Virtual Learning Program does not provide the same learning experiences as those in a traditional classroom setting.

Students enrolled in the School-to-Home Virtual Learning Program will not be allowed to participate in athletics, cheer, and band, but will be allowed to participate virtually in student youth organizations.

There is no guarantee all programs, courses, or electives will be available to students enrolled in the virtual learning program.

Students must follow the traditional schedule of five and a half hours of instruction a day, five days per week.

Students will participate in distance learning Monday through Friday using interactive and independent activities, such as Zoom, Canvas, and Google Classroom.

Students must be present and engaged from the beginning of the class period until the end of the class.

Students will be responsible for new material using the district pacing guide, graded assignments, and other assessments.

Parents must transport their child to school for proctored assessments on the specified day as needed.

Parents must agree to bring their child to school on the designated days to participate in the Mississippi Department of Education State Testing Program.