To support our young Bruin learners and their families, the Department of Elementary Teaching and Learning created scheduling guidelines for online learning. While each school’s schedule may look different and will vary by grade level, every school will adhere to the following:
Consistency: Online learning will take place during routine school hours.
Western Branch Intermediate: 8:15 a.m. to 2:44 p.m.
Start the Day: The online learning day will begin with a morning meeting (15 minutes), where teachers will check in with the class and provide an overview of the day’s activities.
Routine: Throughout the day, students will receive 90 minutes of teacher-led instruction (in 30-minute sessions) integrating the core subjects of reading, math, science and social studies.
Resources: Physical education, art, music, and library have been scheduled throughout the week in 30-minute sessions.
Flexibility: Recognizing our young learners need breaks from the screen, we have made every effort to avoid scheduling core subjects back-to-back. In the event core subjects were scheduled back-to-back, an online BRAIN BREAK was incorporated in the schedule.
Student Support: During independent learning time, students will be scheduled to work in small groups using Zoom or Google Meet. These sessions will be led by your child’s teacher, an assistant, or other instructional staff to address individual student needs. Your child’s teacher will work with you to determine how and when these small group sessions will take place during scheduled independent learning times.
Closure: The online learning day will end with a closure or reflection activity (15 minutes) to review what was learned and to discuss the next steps for learning.
Family Support: Teachers will be available for office hours each day and can be reached by phone or email. Video conferencing appointments are available as well.
Individual class schedules and teacher assignments will be posted in ParentVue by August 28, 2020. Preschool and Kindergarten information will be posted in ParentVue and mailed to the official home address.
SPANISH VERSION: Families can use the translate widget at the top left-hand side of the screen.
VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL: Las familias pueden usar el widget de traducción en la parte superior izquierda de la pantalla.