On Thursday, April 23rd, Woodlawn High School will introduce the Distance Learning Program. Students and teachers will connect via Microsoft Teams in order to complete the 2019-2020 Academic School Year.

Microsoft Teams is a communication and collaboration platform that combines workplace chat, video meetings, and file storage. Users can download the Teams app on their mobile device, personal PC, or Chromebook. Many Chromebooks which were checked out through the school library are already equipped with Teams. Students can log onto Teams using their school username and password.

Beginning at 9 am on Thursday, April 23rd, students will virtually attend each of their A Day classes. Each class will last 30 minutes, with a 15 minute break in between classes. Students will attend their B Day classes on Friday, April 24th.

  • Thursday, April 23rd
    • 1A – 9 AM – 9:30 AM
    • 2A – 9:45 AM – 10:15 AM
    • 3A – 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    • 4A – 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM
  • Friday, April 24th
    • 5B – 9 AM – 9:30 AM
    • 6B – 9:45 AM – 10:15 AM
    • 7B – 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    • 8B – 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM

Students should expect a quick introduction to each class, with expectations and possible enrichment activities. Enrichment activities could be graded and used to replace existing assignment grades.

On Monday, April 27th, students will begin their weekly Distance Learning Schedule. Students will have classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. At the conclusion of each class, students can participate in Optional Intervention with teachers for twenty minutes. While in the Optional Intervention period, students are encouraged to ask questions about material presented during class. Thursdays and Fridays will be used by students to work on independent assignments.

  • Mondays
    • 1A – 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
      • Optional Intervention – 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM
    • 2A – 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
      • Optional Intervention – 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM
  • Tuesdays
    • 3A – 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
      • Optional Intervention – 9:30 AM – 9:50 AM
    • 4A – 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
      • Optional Intervention – 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM
    • 5B – 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
      • Optional Intervention – 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM
  • Wednesdays
    • 6B – 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
      • Optional Intervention – 9:30 AM – 9:50 AM
    • 7B – 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
      • Optional Intervention – 10:30 AM – 10:50 AM
    • 8B – 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
      • Optional Intervention – 11:30 AM – 11:50 AM

Students should expect to receive weekly assignments during their class periods from their teachers. These assignments will be graded and entered into the grade book. Attendance will also be taken and recorded. Attendance will not be counted against a student.

All assignments must be graded and submitted by May 21st.

Teachers will continue using Google Classroom to post additional resources. Many teachers will also post video of their weekly class session or a video from the internet related to each week’s class. These videos will be accessible for students who need to review the material as well as those students who were not able to attend the class at its original scheduled time.

Teacher Office Hours

Teachers will be available in Microsoft Teams or Google Classroom to assist students. Teachers will be available to answer questions and provide support.

  • Mondays – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Tuesdays – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Wednesdays – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Thursdays – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Fridays – 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Students may attempt to contact teachers during times outside of Office Hours using email or Teams chat, but should not attempt to initiate a video or audio chat outside of Office Hours.

Family Expectations for Distance Learning

All instruction and assignments will be graded and averaged into the student’s final cumulative grade and will be used to determine promotion and graduation. Distance learning work is not an enrichment curriculum. Assignments will impact grades. Students are expected to be engaged in instruction and assignments daily; however, Woodlawn High School continues to be sensitive to the equity of student access.

Parents and students with concerns regarding student technology access or technical support should email Ms. Jones ([email protected]). Please be sure to identify the student affected and the parent sending the email.

Parents are asked to support their students during the Distance Learning Process. Students are expected to log onto their live classes each Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday during designated class times through Microsoft Teams. Intervention services will be provided after class instruction as needed. Assignments will be issued by teachers and are to be completed within the week.

On Thursdays and Fridays, students are expected to work on their independent assignments, utilizing teacher office hours and resources posted in Google Classroom.

Teachers may also provide additional enrichment activities. These extra assignments may be used to replace grades from assignments graded before March 13th. These activities may be assigned at the discretion of the teacher.

Parents may email teachers for informational purposes or to schedule online conference. Parents should expect email responses from staff in the following timelines:

  • Throughout the day → by the end of the scheduled school day.
  • After hours → during the next school day.
  • During Office Hours → within 1 hour.
  • 2:30 – 3:30 → immediately in que with other parent inquiries

Parents are asked to reach out to individual teachers and allow appropriate response times prior to reaching out to the school or administration.

Chromebook Distribution Information

Most students took their Chromebooks and chargers home on Friday, March 13. Chromebooks remaining at school will be picked up curbside by families on Wednesday, April 22nd. Administration and the school technology staff will distribute Chromebooks between 10 AM and 12 PM.

Before Chromebooks are issued, a damage assessment of each device will be documented. Chromebooks will not be signed for due to the COVID-19 threat. Parents, please have your driver’s licence available or student present for device pick up.

There are also a very limited number of extra chargers available. Please bring your current charger and staff will do their best to replace it. Availability of extra equipment is very limited, and the chargers will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

Students and parents will remain in their vehicle during Chromebook distribution. No students or parents will be allowed to exit their cars to enter the school building. Once the school district allows students on campus to retrieve items they may have left on campus, that information will be relayed via social media and Microsoft Teams.

Class of 2020 Updates

Seniors are expected to attend classes on Microsoft Teams through May 11th. All senior grades will be due by May 12th at noon. Seniors are exempt from all state testing and finals.

As graduation plans become solidified by the district, that information will be communicated via social media and teachers.

Seniors needing to take the ACT for scholarships should note that the nearest ACT dates currently scheduled are June 2nd and June 13th.