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Resources for Remote Learning during School Closure
Posted on 03/17/2020
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Doing School Remotely

 

As you know, Governor Baker has declared that all Massachusetts schools will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year to help ensure the health and safety and students and educators. This means,  the school year will end very differently than it started. This is a challenging time on many levels but we are very proud of the way our educators, students, families and community have adjusted to this new normal.

 

Our new normal for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year looks like this:

 

  • Teachers are communicating directly with students to provide virtual educational instruction that is class specific and they are providing feedback on student work.
  • Teachers may teach new material but that is a case-by-case decision that teachers make based on classroom performance.
  • Amongst other provisions, the Special Education department is making specialized resources available for parents and students in addition to virtual instruction to help ensure that students with disabilities are receiving the services on their IEPS.
  • Grading for the fourth marking period is expected to consist of credit/no credit, and not traditional letter grades.

 

Technology plays a critical role in our remote learning plan and all students have had the opportunity to obtain a SPS lap top to keep at home if they did not already have one (contact your school if you still need a laptop). Of course, technology is not without issues and the district has set up the following resources for students who experience issues with their laptop or access to WIFI.

 

 

Have questions or need help with your SPS-issued laptop?

You can reach out to the SPS IT Department via Microsoft Teams


STEP 1:

FROM A CELLPHONE: The Student Help Desk can be accessed by downloading the free MS Teams app from the iOS App Store or the Android Play Store. Once installed, you can log into the app with the student’s SPS email address and password (the same you use for logging into PowerSchool Unified Classroom).

FROM A COMPUTER: From a computer, simply go to www.office.com and sign-in with the student’s SPS email address and password (the same you use for logging into PowerSchool Unified Classroom). Once logged in, click the “Teams” icon from the list of applications.

STEP 2:

Once in Teams, select the “Student Help Desk” team and post a question in the chat. Members of the IT Department are monitoring the chat during school hours and will respond to questions; and, when possible, remotely resolve issues with a device.

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