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Extended Learning Planning: PLSD's Plan to Address Gaps in Student Learning 2020-21

Governor Dewine requested that schools and districts design plans to meet the needs of students and make up for any learning that may have been lost or delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Please find here a narrative of the presentation presented to the Board on February 22, 2021.

PLSD is addressing gaps in student learning using a three-tiered approach. Tier 1 will focus on classroom and in-school support. Tier 2 will include extended day opportunities, and Tier 3 will provide for summer programming.  

Extended Day Opportunities

For those students who do not have success with the Tier 1 interventions in the classroom or with additional support during the regular instructional day, Tier 2 extended day opportunities will be implemented for students while we anticipate a full return to five days a week on April 5, 2021. Currently, Cohort A attends on Monday and Tuesday; Cohort B attends on Thursday and Friday. Selected at-risk students will have opportunities to attend face-to-face four days a week (as opposed to the two-day a week hybrid cohort schedule) or on Wednesdays, in which no face-to-face instruction has been occurring. Fully remote Virtual Learning Academy students also have the opportunity to attend on extended day Wednesdays or receive targeted interventions through Google Meets. Students attending on Wednesday will participate in goal setting, interventions, grade replacement, and alternative ways to demonstrate competency with grade level standards. Each high school student will develop a personalized failure plan to address his or her achievement gaps and to recover credit. The district is providing transportation for both at-risk Wednesday students as well as students who will be attending face-to-face four days a week.

Summer Programming

For students who are still unsuccessful with Tier 1 and Tier 2 of the gap closing strategy, PLSD is exploring multiple options with some specialized courses.

Option 1: possible extended school opportunity for work completion and demonstration of competency

Option 2: targeted intervention programming and unit/credit recovery options

Option 3: summer camp options for any student interested in additional instruction/practice 

Specialized Courses: Grade 3 Reading Intervention, Algebra I & English 10 OST, Rising Freshman, Bridge Courses, and PE for new credit

Transportation options will be available, and sessions will likely be face-to-face. All summer programming opportunities are contingent upon available personnel.  

At the Tier 1 level, teachers will continue to work with students on goal setting, interventions that address skill gaps, re-assessments where appropriate, and alternate ways to demonstrate competency. The focus is on documenting evidence of learning, as grades should reflect what students know and can do. We want to use summer programming as a last resort option, but our intention is to ensure we have given students every opportunity to achieve academic success this school year.