Hybrid Option 2: Online

Important Notice Regarding COVID-19

The 2020-21 school year’s instructional format will remain flexible to ensure student and staff safety. WDMCS may adjust processes and learning environments at any given point throughout the school year. Depending on community health conditions, a temporary transition to online learning could take place at a classroom, school, or district level.

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Hybrid Option 2: Online Learning Overview

What will learning look like in Hybrid Option 2 Online?

Depending on the grade and needs of the individual student, students will connect online at various times each day.

Please Note: Families can choose to switch to online if they start at on-site and change their mind, but they can’t switch from online to on-site.

Online meeting icon Classroom Virtual Meetings or Remote Course Participation. Teachers and students connect with each other using a tool like Google Meets or Zoom.

  • Teachers provide social-emotional support and educational instruction, resources, and tasks.
  • Students have time to collaborate, ask questions, and connect with teachers and classmates.
  • Secondary students may remote into an on-site class depending on the course.
Canvas square reverse icon Canvas is West Des Moines Community Schools’ official learning management system. A learning management system helps provide, track, and report on classes and assignments.  Students and families can find important information like textbooks, resources, homework, discussions, and more in Canvas. 

Secondary families may be familiar with Canvas, but elementary families may not have used Canvas yet. Building administrators and teachers will share more in the coming weeks about Canvas and explain how it will be used for their students.

Read tips for managing a Canvas Parent Account

Independent work icon Independent Work.

  • Teachers provide tasks for students to work on outside of the classroom virtual meetings.
  • Students work on these tasks independently at a time that works best for their family.
Online assessments icon Assessments. Class tests, screeners, or other checkpoints will be used to assess online learners’ progress.

Students must do their own work when they are taking assessments online. Parent/guardians and other caring adults should not help their students with any assessments.

Instead, you can support your students by:

  • Reviewing assigned work
  • Making a work space at home for the student to learn
  • Making sure students get enough sleep
  • Talking to your student about what they are learning
  • Helping students follow their schedule
  • Communicating with the teacher when you have questions or concerns

Remember: It is important for teachers to see what students are able to do on their own so they can provide the best instruction. It can be hard as a parent or guardian to watch your student struggle. But this struggle is important when they are learning!

How is this different from how we ended the 2019-20 school year?

  • Attendance will be taken during classroom virtual meetings.
  • Grade-level schedules will provide families, students, and teachers consistency and routine.
  • Students will access more live-streamed instruction and collaboration with peers.
  • Students will work more independently on learning activities.
  • Regular feedback and grading will be given.

Example Daily Schedules

WDMCS has created examples of daily schedules for elementary students. In a typical seven-hour school day, approximately 1-2 hours are set aside for classroom virtual meetings, dependent on grade level.  Students learning online will have the opportunity to virtually connect with art, music, P.E., and library teachers; they will have one related art per day for 20 minutes.

Elementary Example Daily Schedule

Secondary Example Daily Schedule

Online Learning Environment  
Pk 3 online icon GRADES PK-3

Students will begin and end each day with a virtual class check-in. They may have one 20-minute online meeting a day. They may also participate in small group meetings. The rest of the day will consist of:

  • Independent learning
  • Recorded mini-lessons
  • Collaboration with peers
  • Engaging learning activities
  • Breaks for creativity
4 6 online icon GRADES 4-6

Students will begin and end each day with a virtual class check-in. They may have one 30-minute online meeting a day. They may also participate in small group meetings and meet online for arts and Spanish. The rest of the day will consist of:

  • Independent learning
  • Recorded mini-lessons
  • Collaboration with peers
  • Engaging learning activities
  • Breaks for creativity
7 8 online icon GRADES 7-8

Students begin the day with independent learning, small group instruction, or 1:1 meetings with the teacher. The rest of the day will consist of:

  • 3-4 online meetings
  • Independent work
  • Breaks for creativity
9 12 online icon GRADES 9-12

Students may remote into a classroom during the specific time a course is held on-site. Students will participate in online course meetings. They will also:

  • Work independently
  • Participate in small group instruction

NOTE: A course may require some on-site experiences that would be scheduled for students to receive the appropriate instruction and assessment to meet that course’s Iowa Core Standards.

  • Teachers will work with students to schedule times before or after school.
  • Students will receive more information in August listing courses which may require limited on-site visits.
  • Families who wish to drop a course can do so by filling out the standard Add/Drop Form available in August.

Breakfast and Lunch

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Meal Pick-Up for Online Learners. Online learners will have the opportunity to order meals for pick-up secondary schools.
  • Meal boxes will include five breakfasts and five lunches.
  • Weekly cost: $25 ($3.50 reduced price or free for qualified families)

Teacher-Student-Parent Partnerships

WDMCS teachers, students, and families will partner to support student success.

Roundup Icons Video Student support icon Parent support icon

How Can Teachers Support?

How Can Students Support?

How Can Parents Support?

  • Create lesson plans to provide virtual learning opportunities.
  • Record virtual sessions for students/families to access.
  • Provide timely feedback to students on progress.
  • Use student evidence to document progress toward learning targets and standards, implementing WDMCS’ Effective Grading Practices.
  • Communicate and maintain daily office hours.
  • Communicate regularly with students and parents and respond to questions within 24 hours (excluding weekends).
  • Establish routines for virtual learning and relationships.
  • Create a sense of safety, connectedness, and hope.
  • Support positive behaviors (PBIS) in a virtual space and incorporate essential life skills within learning opportunities.
  • Provide accommodations for individual learner needs.
  • Engage in student/teacher connection and independent work learning opportunities.
  • Complete assigned work by the due date.
  • Ask clarifying questions and advocate for yourself if you don’t understand.
  • Share evidence of learning with teachers. (How this can be done varies by grade and course but is intended to allow students to take ownership in their learning.)
  • Be respectful and follow agreed-upon expectations.
  • Review work assigned to the student. 
  • Reserve a space for students to complete remote learning work.
  • Encourage students to get enough sleep.
  • Set sensible time limits for technology use. 
  • Connect with students about their learning. 
  • Help students establish and follow regular daily routines.