OSKALOOSA — Starting Monday, April 13, the Oskaloosa Community School District will provide continuous learning to all students.
The continuous learning plan is for students in kindergarten through 12th grade and will be effective until April 30.
According to a news release, if the closure of schools continues into May, the plan will remain in effect until the end of the school year.
Following the guidelines provided by the Iowa Department of Education, the continuous learning plan will allow students to “spend time engaging in new learning and participating in learning activities that will be counted as part of the school calendar.”
According to the Iowa Department of Education, by providing continuous learning, according to the news release, days missed due to COVID-19 will not need to be made up at a later time.
Each grade level, according to the news release, has different expectations to accommodate the age of the students and their grade in school. Information is being provided from each building to families.
Evidence of learning, engagement and participation will be expected from all students. According to the news release, the district is working to help families that may be experiencing barriers to learning. Families in need of help should reach out to their child’s teacher or building principals.
Learning activities will be provided to all students in that grade level or course. Special education, talented and gifted, Title I and English Learner teachers will work with grade level or subject area teachers.
According to the district’s continuous learning plan, the focus will be on students’ learning. Teachers will collaborate to determine priority standards that have not yet been taught and to create learning activities for students. They will also participate in virtual office hours with students and families and provide meaningful feedback to students on items completed.
Student participation in continuous learning will be tracked.
According to the plan, students will have the opportunity to turn in missing work assigned prior to March 14 and will have an opportunity to redo non-proficient assignments, assessments and projects for full credit and placement in grade books. Teachers will reach out to students that have missing evidence assigned prior to March 14 and will work with families to submit the work.
The district stated in the plan “everyone will do their very best to believe in students, families and each other; create the best continuous learning experience possible; and achieve as much learning as possible during a difficult time.”
According to the Iowa Department of Education, educational opportunities may include paper packets, teleconferencing, online instruction or other activities.
The Associated Press shared data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the U.S. Census Bureau, showing that 7.3 percent of Oskaloosa Community School District households have no internet; 16.5 percent lack computers.