Coronavirus November 2020 Update

  • PATRIOT HIGH SCHOOL - E-learning plan 2020-21 (REVISED 11/7/20)

     

    E-learning at PHS will be similar to but NOT identical to how it was during August 2020. 

    Please read this entire description to fully understand the process and expectations as some

    policies have changed since August. 

     

    Student Expectations

     

    1) Students will need to attend “Live Time” for periods 1-6 daily Monday through Thursday from 9-12.  Live 

    Time is specific time set aside for each period for students to receive a 30 minute lesson (on Zoom) that is 

    related to the assignment for that class period (see chart below for times).  Attendance to these Zooms is 

    REQUIRED.  Teachers will be rewarding students for active participation in Live Time with grade incentives.  

    Contact each teacher to learn more about how Live Time participation will help the students’ grade.  If they 

    miss Live Time sessions, it will be the student’s responsibility to contact their teacher about viewing a 

    recording of the lesson.

     

    2) On Fridays, students’ ONLY expectation is to attend a 60 minute Zoom meeting with their advisor and 

    advisory class from 10-11.  REMEMBER: Advisory is a required elective at PHS for ALL students!  We 

    will be working on weekly assignments related to personal and social-emotional growth, workforce readiness 

    skills, and checking in on how students are doing during this difficult time in our lives.  We will also help with 

    personal planning skills to help students be more successful with e-learning. 

    Finally, we will also use this time to complete benchmark assessments like Star 360 and ThinkCERCA as needed. 

    The rest of Friday should be to complete any late or unfinished work. 

     

    3) For our Construction and Culinary classes, hands-on work is essential to the learning process.  Students in

    these classes are expected to attend the scheduled in-person classes (outlined in the chart below) as often 

    as possible.  If transportation is an obstacle for you, please contact your instructors (Mr. Baumann - 

    jbaumann@d49.org or Mr. Lustig - elustig@d49.org) to make arrangements about possible pick-up times. 

    Masks and proper spacing will be required and students will be limited to ONLY their specific classroom and 

    the nearest restroom.

     

    4) Special Education (SPED) services will be determined on a case-by-case basis.  Contact time with the SPED 

    staff will primarily be met during Live Time meetings (Academic Fitness).  It is the student’s responsibility to 

    attend all Live Time meetings.  If additional time is needed, in-person (or Zoom) appointments may be 

    scheduled with your SPED teacher.  In-person appointments will be very limited and must be scheduled (no 

    “drop-ins”).  Please keep in close contact with the appropriate SPED teacher(s) to plan accordingly.

     

    5) After attending Live Time, students are REQUIRED to log into Google Classroom and visit each of their 

    assigned classes throughout the day.  Teachers will post additional information about the current assignment 

    and/or provide a “check-in post”.  This check-in post is how we will be taking attendance so it’s incredibly 

    important that you comment on the post for each day in order to be marked “present”.  Students will be 

    marked “absent” if they fail to reply to the post some time during that specific date (before midnight) - NO 

    EXCEPTIONS.  Attendance will be entered into PowerSchool the following morning.  

     

    6) If additional help is needed from your teachers, students should contact them directly through Google 

    Classrooms or email to set up individual Zoom meetings or a possible in-person appointment.  On Monday 

    and Wednesday afternoons from 12:30-3:00, students may sign up for in-person tutoring time at the 

    school.  Spaces are limited to 20 students per day and no “drop-ins” are allowed, so please plan accordingly.  

    Please contact the main office at 495-5505 to be transferred to a specific teacher to make your appointment.

     

    7) On Friday afternoons from 12:30-3:00, teachers will be meeting with students via Zoom meetings ONLY.  

    This is also when they will be working with our students who chose the “online only” option for this whole 

    semester.  All students are welcome to reach out to each teacher to arrange for a private or small group 

    tutoring Zoom session.

     

    8) If working on Edgenuity, all Unit Tests must be unlocked by the instructor and monitored by a PHS staff 

    member to ensure honest testing practices.  This will include having a live Zoom session opened by the staff 

    member and the student sharing their screen during the test.  Please make appointment via email and we will 

    ensure that a staff member can proctor the student’s test.  The only other option would be to make 

    arrangements to come to the school and test in a private room with a PHS staff member present.








    Live Time Schedule - Zoom meetings and in-person groups (in-person groups are in italics)

     

    Time

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    8-10

     

    Culinary 1 (8-9:30)


    Construction AM section (8-9:30)

     

    Culinary 1 (8-9:30)


    Construction AM section (8-9:30)

     

    9-9:30

    1st period

    1st period

    1st period

    1st period

     

    9:30-10

    2nd period

    2nd period

    2nd period

    2nd period

     

    10-10:30

    3rd period

    3rd period

    3rd period

    3rd period

    Advisory (10-11)

    10:30-11

    4th period

    4th period

    4th period

    4th period

    11-11:30

    5th period

    5th period

    5th period

    5th period




    11:30-12

    6th period

    6th period

    6th period

    6th period

    12:30-3

     

    Culinary 2 & 3

    (12:30-2)


    Construction PM section

    (12:30-2)


    Woods I (2-3)



    Culinary 2 & 3

    (12:30-2)


    Construction PM section 

    (12:30-2)


    Woods I (2-3)







    Staff Expectations

     

    • Teachers will be available to students Monday through Thursday from 8AM - 3PM and Fridays from 10AM-3PM.  “Available” means that they are either:
      • In their scheduled Live Time sessions
      • In a Zoom meeting with students, parents, and/or staff
      • Planning curriculum or grading student work
      • Checking emails, Google Classroom messages, and voicemails and responding in a timely fashion
      • Meeting with special populations or individual appointments in-person
    • Teachers will provide links to Live Time sessions for each of their scheduled classes.  During these sessions, teachers will use this time to accomplish any combination of the following goals:
      • Introduce a new topic
      • Review a previous topic or check on progress on projects
      • Address the specific needs of students in the meeting
    • Teachers will post information and material related to their classes on their Google Classrooms each Monday through Thursday morning (and Fridays for advisory only).  If the current assignment takes multiple days, this post may simply be a reminder to keep working on that assignment.
    • Due dates will be clearly posted for each assignment.
    • Official grades will be maintained on PowerSchool and NOT on the Google Classroom grade book.
    • Teachers will check email, Google Classroom messages, and voicemails left on their classroom phones first thing in the morning, during their planning periods, and before leaving for the day and will respond no later than 24 hours (typically much sooner).
    • Teachers are NOT obligated to check messages or agree to meetings outside of regular school hours.




    Parent Expectations

     

    • Communicate when illness prevents students from being able to work or attend with the main office by calling 495-5505. If the illness if COVID-related, please be prepared to provide appropriate paperwork from your physician for mandatory district and county reporting.
    • Communicate technological difficulties with PHS administration. PHS is able to check out computers as needed and available.  To arrange for a computer, contact Dean of Student Greg Cox directly at gcox@d49.org.  Supplies are limited, so please only request one if absolutely necessary.
    • Please ensure that any borrowed computers are returned at the conclusion of e-learning and are properly taken care of.
    • Provide a quiet environment for your student to work distraction-free.
    • Check PowerSchool for grades and attendance weekly and communicate concerns or questions to the teacher and/or the administrators.
    • Return messages from staff in a timely fashion (within 24 hours) so that we can best address your student’s needs.
    • Inform the office of changes to your phone number and email address so that we can best maintain communication.
    • Be positive and encourage your student’s best effort!  We understand that this is a challenge for many students and families, so any help to keep your student motivated is greatly appreciated by all.





    Other Information

     

    • Each Monday morning, messages will be posted in the “Circle Up, Everyone!” Google Classroom.  This is meant to replace our in-person tradition of circling up in the gym.  Principal Steve Gard and the PHS staff will provide announcements, reminders, celebrations, videos, and even random prize drawings.  Students and parents alike should attend to help us solidify the PHS community.
    • Our counselling team will also have a Google Classroom to assist with students' personal needs that may be affecting their ability to successfully complete their academic assignments.  We remain committed to the entire student!
    • Meetings with a guidance counselor, social worker, or administrator should be scheduled through the main office by calling 495-5505. 
    • Please practice responsible hand washing, mask wearing, and social distancing in your personal lives to help improve the infection rates in El Paso county so that we can return to in-person learning as soon as possible.