March 26, 2020 - Student learning update | Kenosha Unified School District

March 26, 2020 - Student learning update

Greetings,                                                                                                      

On Friday, March 20, we shared via email that information regarding student learning would be forthcoming. We are pleased to share that in addition to the already existing online resources and activity sheets distributed with meals, instructional staff will also take reasonable measures to provide appropriate and regularly updated non-graded online learning opportunities to your children beginning Monday, March 30.

We remain committed to providing continuity in learning for our students despite the current circumstances. In the coming weeks, teachers will connect with students to reinforce knowledge and skills in alignment with the district’s curriculum. We cannot thank you enough for your patience while we worked with local and state leaders to determine what was happening with regards to school closures, as well as with our staff to plan for the sake of our students once we had clearer guidance.

In addition, the district is surveying families to determine who needs technology so we can work to get devices in the hands of students who need them. Families with technology needs are encouraged to complete this survey by Friday, April 3, at 3 p.m. A plan for distribution of technology will be forthcoming based on the survey results.

To assist with online learning, KUSD will be activating the Google Meet video conferencing feature. This tool was chosen because it is available to teachers inside our Google domain, which makes it a safer environment for teachers to connect with students. Learn more about this tool here

Below are expectations in regards to communicating with students:

  • Instructional staff shall provide daily office hours to open lines of communication with students and should be available during normal work hours
  •  Elementary classroom teachers will:
    • Check in with students via email, Google, apps or other preferred platform on a weekly basis
  • Middle and high school staff assigned by their building principal (not all staff) will:
    • Check in with students via email, Google, apps or other preferred platform on a weekly basis

Below are expectations in regards online learning:

  • An emphasis will be placed on reinforcing knowledge and skills in alignment with the district’s curriculum
  • Elementary school
    • ~1 hour per day, 5 hours per week (Monday-Friday)
    • Recommended number of activities to be provided daily and/or weekly within each subject:
      • Reading and Language Arts: at least one activity per day
      • Mathematics: at least one activity per day
      • Social Studies: at least two activities per week
      • Science: at least two activities per week
      • Art/Music/Physical Education: at least two activities per week
  • Middle school
    • ~1.5 hours per day, 7.5 hours per week (Monday-Friday)
    • Recommended number of activities to be provided daily and/or weekly within each subject: 
      • English: at least two activities each week
      • Mathematics: at least two activities each week
      • Social Studies:  at least two activities each week
      • Science: at least two activities each week
      • Elective courses: at least two activities each week
  • High school
    •  ~1 hour per course per week, ~7-8 hours per week (Monday-Friday)
    • Recommended to provide at least 1 hour of learning activities per course per week
    • Transcripted credit courses: Courses continue in a virtual environment. Gateway has communicated with transcripted course teachers.
    • AP courses: AP is providing guidance and offering free resources to students.
    • Edgenuity: Teachers will continue providing coursework for credit recovery virtually for students who were identified prior to March 13, 2020. 

On behalf of the district, I want to thank healthcare workers, emergency services, grocers, truckers, and many more who are working on the frontlines during this crisis to keep our country afloat. It is my sincere hope that our families are following health and safety recommendations in an effort to slow this pandemic, which will allow our students and staff to return safely to their learning environment. We miss our students and families and are looking forward to the day we can say, “Welcome back!”

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your child’s building principal.

Thank you,
Dr. Sue Savaglio-Jarvis
Superintendent of schools