Mar 13, 2020

Important Instructional Message to PLSD Families

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The safety and well-being of our students and staff is always a top priority for us at Pickerington Schools. Safe school plans are in place at each of our schools in case there is an emergency or critical incident that impacts the operations of our buildings. This includes a plan to leverage technology and the blizzard bag process to continue the educational process for students if there was a need to close a building or the District for an extended period of time.   

This Instructional Plan for our schools reviews adaptations to teaching practices that might be necessary to support our students’ well-being and academic learning over a time period when we can not physically be in our classrooms.  

K-4 Instructional Plan

We will be using the same model that we do during calamity days in the winter.  So on the PLSD website, by clicking on the blue Coronavirus Closure button, families will be able to access the first two weeks’ worth of blizzard bags. Reminder, we will be closed for three weeks, with one of those weeks being spring break. So we have created two weeks’ worth of work. Students are not expected to do any work during the Spring Break week. 

These blizzard bags are in a choice board format. In each choice board, you will find daily expectations, must-dos for the week and can dos for the week.  The minimum expectation for each K-4 student is to complete the daily expectations and the must-dos for the week. We would recommend that students also complete some or all of the can-dos. We understand that some of the can-dos require the use of technology and that some families may not have a device or WIFI available to them, so we will understand if some students cannot complete online assignments at the K-4 grade levels. 

Week 1 and Week 2 blizzard bags are now available on the PLSD website. 

If you have any questions about your student’s work, the blizzard bags, or any of the assignments, we are asking that you first email your student’s classroom teacher. Here is a link to the PLSD staff directory to locate teacher email addresses. 

Grades 5-8 Instructional Plan

Since all students in grades 5-8 have PLSD One-to-One device, we will be utilizing Google Classroom for all classwork. Each week teachers on each team will release choice boards of all assignments for the week. These assignments cover Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies and elective classes. The choice board is a way for students and parents to see all of the work for the week in one place. Also, this allows for the teams of teachers to plan together and create meaningful work while students are at home.

In addition to the curriculum assignments, students in grades 5-8 must complete the check-in daily which is located on the top of the choice boards. This check-in serves as a way for teachers to connect with students daily in order to continue their strong teacher-student relationship.

If families do not have access to WIFI at home, PLSD does have the Every-1 Connected Program in which we loan out hotspots. We have a limited number of hotspots remaining. Please see further information about the Every-1 Connected Program here. Please return this form and pick up a hotspot to the Technology Department at the PLSD District Office (90 N East Street, Pickerington, Ohio 43147).  

If you have any questions about your student’s work, using Google Classroom, or any of the assignments, we are asking that you first email your student’s teacher. Here is a link to the PLSD staff directory to locate teacher email addresses. 

Grades 9 – 12 Instructional Plan

Since all students in grades 9-12 have PLSD One-to-One devices, we will be utilizing Google Classroom for all classwork. Teachers will release all work for each subject on different days throughout the week. Students will have a week to complete the assignments for each subject.

    • Mondays – Math content for the week will be released
    • Tuesdays – Science and Technical subjects content for the week will be released
    • Wednesdays – ELA content for the week will be released
    • Thursdays – Social Studies content for the week will be released
    • Fridays – Foreign Languages and Electives content for the week will be released

Additionally, we will be creating optional enrichment opportunities for all students, including opportunities for the Ohio State’s Tests Prep (formerly called AIR testing). 

If families do not have access to WIFI at home, PLSD does have the Every-1 Connected Program in which we loan out hotspots. We have a limited number of hotspots remaining. Please see further information about the Every-1 Connected Program here. Please return this form and pick up a hotspot to the Technology Department at the PLSD District Office (90 N East Street, Pickerington, Ohio 43147).  

If you have any questions about your student’s work, using Google Classroom, or any of the assignments, we are asking that you first email your student’s teacher. Here is a link to the PLSD staff directory to locate teacher email addresses.