attendance, E-learning, and remote learning

UPDATED JULY 6

Contact Department:
Upper School, Lower School 

Oversight Executive:
Upper School Principal
Lower School Principal

Scope:
These required protocols apply to all ISI students, staff, faculty, parents and guardians.

Definition of Terms:
E-learning: is using technology to progress academically outside of the classroom. The International School of Indiana will utilize e-learning on designated days to ensure learning progress in circumstances that prevent us from having school in person. E-learning classes are not intended to replicate a student’s regular school day.

Remote learning: is the option that students and their families may select to participate in as an alternative to reporting to classrooms for in-person learning when the school is delivering learning under Return Itinerary Scenario One: Traditional Learning. Remote learning is not intended to replicate a student’s regular school day.

Policy Statement:
Through our commitments to maximize student engagement, ensure the continuity of curriculum, and keep our pre-elementary classrooms open for in-person learning, ISI students during the 2020-2021 academic year will receive their full curriculum regardless of how and/or where learning is delivered.

Reason for Policy:
1. Ensure continuity of curriculum through remote learning or e-learning for students unable to attend in-person classes due to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

2. Define requirements for participation in remote learning

3. Define procedures for participating in remote learning


Procedures:

ABSENTEEISM

  • It is important that students and their families understand that students who are sick or who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 stay home.
  • The ISI COVID-19 Illness Policy and Health Screening procedures are designed to encourage sick students to stay at home without fear of reprisal.
  • ISI will not reward perfect attendance for this upcoming school year and will make remote learning available to students excluded from campus due to illness/health reasons. 

REMOTE (OR HOME ACCESS) OPTION
Understanding that some families' risk-tolerance may leave them inclined to keep their students at home during a traditional learning period, that health and safety protocol may require an extended absence, and that some International Students are unable to return to the United States at this time, a remote learning option will be provided to all of our elementary, middle, and high school students who may elect or be required to stay home due to health considerations.

To participate in remote learning, access to the following will be required FOR EACH STUDENT in a household: 
 
  • a computer, tablet, or phone with a camera and microphone running the most recent version of its operating system; 
  • the most current version of one of the following web browsers - Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Safari, or Firefox; 
  • a current Google* account;
  • the most current version of the Google Hangouts application; 
  • the most current version Zoom Rooms software.
Please note these important details: 
 
  • ISI is unable to lend devices as all available devices will be used for in-person learning.  
  • Remote learning is an alternative method to participate in classes and coursework, but it is not intended to replicate a student’s regular school day.  
  • Should circumstances require ISI to close its campuses for an extended period of time, school leadership may choose to activate its e-learning program for all elementary, middle school, and high school students. 

The structure for the delivery of remote learning will be as follows: 

  • a student must opt in for remote learning or participate as the result of a requirement to remain home for COVID-related reasons as described in COVID-19 Procedure for Illness.
    • if home due to illness, student learning would only begin when the student is feeling well enough to participate. 
  • access to the classroom at home will minimize disruptions to a students learning and to ensure continuity of curriculum. 
  • class instruction will be delivered via live streaming
    • PE classes, lunch, and nap time will not be available for streaming.  

*Note: all ISI students, faculty, and staff have been issued an @isind.org or @isistudents.org email address and are already Google account holders; further instructions for identifying and logging in using a student's ISI email address will be shared through the ManageBac platform upon the activation e-learning.

PROTOCOL FOR OPT-OUT OF IN-PERSON LEARNING
To effectively serve our students in both on campus and at home learning environments, ISI will require that families submit the Request for Remote Learning form to opt-out of in-person learning according to a quarterly session schedule for the academic year 2020-2021: 

 Semester One  Session Dates  Remote Request Form Deadline
 Session 1  August 11 - October 9  July 28, 2020
 Session 2  October 13 - December 18  September 25, 2020


Session deadlines are critical in allowing ISI to adequately support both our on and off campus students and to support our faculty as they prepare for each session.

Families will have an opportunity to review and re-submit their request in advance of each quarter.

Late admittance to remote learning sessions will only be provided for:

  • Families whose enrollment at ISI is after July 17 for Session 1 and after September 20 for Session 2.
  • Elementary, middle, and high school students who are required to stay home due to illness of other health considerations.
  • International Students unable to participate in in-person learning in the United States.

PARENT AND GUARDIAN INVOLVEMENT
Parents and guardians are asked:

  • to treat remote learning and e-learning as in-school days and to refrain from direct engagement with faculty and staff over digital platforms during live class sessions; 
  • to engage with faculty and staff over digital platforms during scheduled office hours, during a mutually agreed upon time, or via email.

For parents and guardians of students grades 6 to 12:

  • email will be used throughout the day to directly provide students information relevant to schedules and coursework, and the need for adult supervision should be minimal. 

For parents and guardians of students grades 1 to 5:

  • adult supervision or support to assist with remote learning, specifically managing the daily schedule and accessing online platforms will be required.

Remote learning instructions will be delivered via ManageBac so students, parents and guardians have access to the materials.

Failure to comply with these protocols may result in disciplinary action through existing disciplinary processes. Human resources will assist supervisors with addressing employee violations and principals will provide guidance on addressing student violations, and all other violations are referred to the Head of School’s office.


Related Information

ISI Request for Remote Learning Form 
ISI E-learning Guide


 

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