This plan has been approved by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction.
𝗣𝗟𝗔𝗡 𝗙𝗢𝗥 𝗥𝗘𝗧𝗨𝗥𝗡𝗜𝗡𝗚 𝗠𝗔𝗧𝗘𝗥𝗜𝗔𝗟𝗦:
(Materials = any computers, chargers, iPads, assignments, textbooks, library books, bookmobile books, etc. that belong to the school and need to be returned)
The parents of elementary students will return all school materials by dropping off materials during the time periods listed below on Monday, May 18th. The drop-off area will be curbside outside of the elementary office.
PreK-1st Grade- 6:00 to 6:30 p.m.
2nd Grade- 6:30 to 7:00
3rd Grade- 7:00 to 7:30
4th Grade- 7:30 to 8:00
5th Grade- 8:00 to 8:30 p.m.
6th-12th Grade will return materials on the bus. If you normally get lunches, you will get your box today (May 11th) on the bus. If you do not normally get lunches, ALL BOXES will be sent out on the bus routes or need to be picked up at the Y on WEDNESDAY, May 13th. Then, all materials will be expected to be sent back in the boxes, on the bus, by Wednesday, May 20th AT THE LATEST.
If you have any questions about this material returning process, please contact the school.
*All 6-12 teachers will be assigning a maximum of ONE assignment this week. All work must be turned in by May 20th.
IMPORTANT GRADUATION INFORMATION:
We are very excited that we now have permission to hold graduation at the school and honor our seniors. However, there are some guidelines/restrictions we will be requiring everyone to follow along with proper social distancing, cleaning, and other safety precautions.
6-12 Update on Grading:
This message includes updated information for middle and high school students and parents regarding our distance learning plan.
As a reminder, all teachers post assignments for the week on their Teacher Page (on the school website, go to “Menu” -- “Teacher Pages” -- search for the teacher’s name -- click on the class your child is in). By viewing the Teacher Pages, you will be able to see all assignment details.
All assignments are also added and updated in Powerschool. We encourage you to use this to stay updated with your child’s work and what they are turning in. Please use PowerSchool to review your child’s current progress by going into each individual class to see the work they are completing as well as what work is missing. You can easily contact any teacher by “clicking” on the teachers name, which will open an email communication window. You can also contact the school for assistance.
Students are still expected to complete assignments for each of their classes using Microsoft Teams and check in to their classes according to the schedule.
During this time of distance learning we want to ensure that all students have every opportunity to complete their assignments for full credit. Starting April 20th, you will see “zeros” entered for missing assignments that are two weeks past due. Please know that students will have the opportunity to complete all late assignments for full credit.
Thank you for your support and patience as we work together to support students during this time of distance learning.
Week 3 Update:
Great job getting started last week! Make sure you check in with your teachers if you have any questions! Students in grades 6-12 no longer receive printed packets, so make sure you check Teams to access your assignments.
The library now has an online catalog, so make sure you check the left column with links to those resources!
Distance Learning Plan for Week 2:
We are excited to start week 2 of Distance Learning! Last week, teachers asked students to connect with them and get started with some basic assignments. We saw great participation from a majority of students and families! Those who haven’t made contact online will be contacted tomorrow to make sure we have all of our students connected! Instructional packets will be sent home tomorrow following the bus routes, but students should NOT send work back. If work needs to be returned, it should be done online or by sending a picture. This is also the last week that students in grades 6-12 will get packets sent home. After this week, all instruction will be done online, with the exception of elementary students who will continue to receive instructional packets each week.
Students in grades 6-12 will start completing all of their class work through Microsoft Teams. In order to track attendance and keep all classes information in one location, we have implemented the following schedule for grades 6-12:
Monday: Receive instructional materials and look over what is coming up for the week.
Tuesday: Periods 1, 3, 5, 7
Wednesday: Periods 2, 4, 6, 8
Thursday: Periods 1, 3, 5, 7
Friday: Periods 2, 4, 6, 8
**Each day that the class period meets, students will check in to each class at any time between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Teachers will track attendance by making sure students check in to their class (interacting with a post on the class’ Team). For example, if you are in English 5th period, you would check in on Tuesdays and Thursdays at some point between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in order to be counted present for those days. If you don’t check in, you will be marked absent according to our existing attendance policy.
Each teacher will only be assigning a maximum of TWO assignments each week which will be posted on Teams. This should help students organize and plan for the school work they need to complete throughout the week.
Distance Education Update for Week 1:
Monday, March 23rd, will be the 1st day of Offsite Distance Education for South Prairie. Bus drivers and para educators will be delivering packets and textbooks to everyone. Please expect them to arrive 4 hours after your normal pick up time. Everyone that is on a route will have them delivered to your normal pick up spot. The one exception is that all K-Mart and YMCA students will need to meet at the YMCA between 11:30 & 1:30, those of you that are not on a country route and drive daily, expect your packet to be delivered to the YMCA.
Our goal is it to provide educational opportunities to each and every student. For this to happen, our #1 priority for the first week is to touch base with all students and see that everyone is able to connect though the online methods your child’s teacher will be using. SRT will be providing free internet access to those that do not currently have access. Jen and Nancy will be calling all families that did not respond to our first survey where we asked about internet connections and devices capable of accessing the internet.
The USDA is providing Free Lunch, Breakfast, and Snacks to all children 18 and under. Please connect the school to be put on the list for the food to be delivered to you on the bus route!
Please look at the first week as a learning opportunity for both your children and the teachers. Feedback from you will help in seeing that all of your children are challenged educationally and continue to make progress in this online service. Later into the first week, teachers will ask for specific feedback and the district will have more broad questions for you as well. Together we will make the best of this situation.
After this week when teachers have made contact with all students digitally, they will start receiving assignments weekly. Look for future updates from the school for more details on this.
I have always lived by the motto: “In every disaster there lies an opportunity.” For the students and staff of South Prairie, the COVID-19 pandemic is giving us the opportunity to broaden our teaching and learning styles and, most importantly, continue to grow as a family.
Mr. Stanley, Superintendent