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With continued concerns and uncertainty that COVID-19 brings, Marion Community Schools knows that many families may want a home learning option for the 2020-21 school year. We also know that in the event of any needed school closures, we need a more systematic approach to home learning. For those reasons, we are expanding our Giant Online Academy to include options for all grade levels.
Through the Giant Online Academy:
- Students will be provided with enhanced home learning activities and instruction, and will be assigned a school iPad for educational use at home.
- Students will have exposure to grade level curriculum based on MCS curriculum maps and the Indiana Academic Standards.
- Marion Community Schools teachers will connect remotely with students.
- Students will be able to connect with their teachers and peers in meaningful ways.
- Students will be expected to complete specific remote instructional activities and assessments. (Remote instruction will be synchronized with onsite instruction as much as possible.)
- Special Education Services will be provided to students as written in individual IEPs. We will work with families to mutually adjust IEPs as needed.
- A Marion teacher will provide weekly feedback and provide tailored interventions when needed.
- There will be opportunities for students to connect virtually with social workers and counselors.
Expectations for student / family:
Participating in the Giant Online Academy will require a strong commitment from the student and family. In order to be effective, virtual learning requires frequent communication and interaction between the teacher, student, and parent(s)/guardian(s). It is essential that students keep up with assignments, attend all scheduled Google Meets (video conferencing), respond to feedback provided by the teacher, and complete projects in a timely manner. Giant Online Academy students will be assessed in the same manner as onsite students as much as possible. Should the virtual learner demonstrate unacceptable academic achievement, a conference will determine the appropriate action.
As always, your teacher will be your best resource for most questions. Email addresses are available at here. For questions regarding your school-owned iPad or other technical issues, click here to view our Technology Department page.
Note: If you choose Giant Online Academy, you will be committing to a certain time period of online learning. Requesting to switch back to onsite learning may come with a specific waiting period of a week or more so that the appropriate arrangements can be made. Depending on when the request to switch is made, or some other factors, the wait may be longer than that.
(Switching from onsite to online can also be done, and waiting periods will be shorter for that change.)
The method and platforms will vary depending on grade level. See below for a general overview.
Little Giants Preschool
At home learning will be provided when required by an IEP. If you have questions, please contact Little Giants Preschool Enrollment Coordinator Deb Hendricks, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elementary school (Allen, Frances Slocum, Kendall, Riverview)
Students will receive instruction and activities for reading, math, and writing through live and recorded lessons and meetings. Google Classroom will be the home base. Each week, this will include two days of teacher instruction and interaction, two days of guided study/activities, and one day of assessment and/or culminating activities for each of the three subjects. The recorded or live remote lessons will be taught by Marion Community Schools instructors. Social studies, science, and art materials and information will also be shared for students to explore specified activities.
Middle grades (Justice Intermediate, McCulloch Junior High)
Classes for middle grades students who will be learning from home will primarily be delivered via direct connection with the teacher, utilizing the Google Classroom platform as a home base for all instructional materials and information. Students will be assigned to a teacher for English/language arts and math with Google Classroom as home base. Science, social studies, and any high school credit courses will utilize the Plato platform, with a teacher assigned to monitor progress and provide assistance as needed. If questions about assignments arise, students can contact their assigned teacher via email or through Google Classroom if applicable.
Marion High School
High school students who will be learning from home will receive instruction from a variety of sources, depending on the classes in which they are enrolled. Some classes will be delivered via the Plato platform, with a teacher assigned to monitor progress and provide assistance as needed. Some classes (including AP and dual credit courses) will be delivered via direct connection with the teacher, utilizing the Google Classroom platform as a home base for all instructional materials and information. If questions about assignments arise, students can contact their assigned teacher via email or through Google Classroom if applicable.