The Howard County Public School System “Continuity of Learning Schedule” for High School Students starts tomorrow due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:
April 14–17 will be an orientation week for high school students. By 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 14, teachers will post learning activities and assignments in Canvas. During the orientation week, the learning activities and assignments should take one hour or less to complete per class. Students will be able to work independently to complete the tasks throughout the week and will submit work through Canvas by 10 a.m. on Friday, April 17.
Tuesday, April 14 – Friday, April 17, teachers will schedule student orientations using Google Meet as indicated in the following schedule:
Students will receive a message via Canvas from each of their teachers with specific details about the orientations including the Google Meet login information, meeting date, and meeting time.
The school system has been distributing devices (laptops and hot spots) and training teachers in advance of this distance learning plan. My hope is that everyone is understanding early on during this distance learning period for students.
Teachers should be understanding that not every student will learn the same way over this platform as they do in a classroom. Not every student (or parent) is techie and thus there will be issues that arise during this distance learning period for some students.
Parents should be understanding that not every teacher is fully ready to teach in this new format. Some teachers will be better than others in this format.
Nothing about this will be easy. This was a fast flip in order to teach the 58,000+ HCPSS students in this county due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). I am hoping to hear some good stories as this moves forward.
At this point no one I know expects the students to be back in school at the end of this month (currently schools are closed through April 24th). This distance learning system may be in place for some time…maybe even the remainder of the school year (that is a guess of mine at this point).
Next week (April 20th) will begin the schedule for “secondary students” (Middle School and Elementary School students).
Be sure to see the full schedule here: https://www.hcpss.org/health/coronavirus/col-schedules/