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ONLINE REMOTE LEARNING PLANS

MAY 18th THROUGH JUNE 2020
PRE-K & KINDERGARTEN GRADE 1 & GRADE 2 GRADES 3, 4 & 5 MIDDLE SCHOOLS HIGH SCHOOLS
Specialized Instruction
LEVEL A
Specialized Instruction
LEVEL B
Specialized Instruction
LEVEL C
Specialized Instruction
SECONDARY LIFE SKILLS
TEAMS LEVEL A TEAMS LEVEL B TEAMS SECONDARY  

Dear Lynn Families,

The temporary closure of schools has been difficult, and we are all trying our best to stay safe and well.  Teachers, students and their families have been working together to continue the learning process, but we know this has not been easy.  Because of this, the Lynn Public Schools has developed a learning plan to give everyone a shared process that includes a suggested schedule and a menu of learning activities for each week. 

It is our hope that these learning plans will help our students to keep using the skills they have been developing throughout the school year.  It was also our goal that the activities would be interesting and could be done at home or safely outside.  If families have students in more than one grade, the activities are connected to themes that are the same for all students.  Within this packet, you will find:

  • A Suggested Schedule
  • Academic Learning Plans That Contain:
    - Menus of activities of varying difficulty
    - Materials related to activities
    - Reference sheets
  • Creative Learning Plans That Contain:
    -
    Menus of activities for art, music, physical education, and social-emotional learning

Teachers will continue to reach out to students and families to help support students as they continue to work on the skills they have built during this school year.  They are available to answer any questions you have, and they will love to hear about the work students are creating through these activities. The most important thing to Lynn Public Schools is that we stay connected, and we stay safe and well while school is closed.  As your partner in education, and your community partner, we hope these learning plans will help us proceed during the school closure.

Respectfully,
Patrick Tutwiler, PhD

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PAST REMOTE LEARNING PLANS

APRIL 27th THROUGH MAY 15th
Pre-K & Kindergarten Grade 1 & Grade 2 Grades 3, 4 & 5 Middle Schools High Schools
Specialized Instruction - Level A Specialized Instruction - Level B Specialized Instruction - Level C Specialized Instruction - Secondary Life Skills
Teams Level A Teams Level B Teams Secondary    

Last Website Update:
May 17, 2020 9:41 AM

Paper Distribution and Pickup Information For The May 18th Through June 2020 Learning Packets

Dear Lynn Public Schools Families, The second phase of academic support for all students will start on May 18th and continue through the end of the school year. The plan comes in the form of interdisciplinary projects and activities anchored in common themes district-wide.  The work will feature the themes of Community, Adaptation, and Reflection.

This remote learning plan provides an accessible learning structure for students and will allow teachers to better support and communicate with students and families.  All materials are available on the this website as of Monday May 18th.

Additionally, a plan to make paper copies available has been devised and is detailed below.

Respectfully,
Patrick Tutwiler
PhD Superintendent

Tel. (781) 593-1680 ~ Fax. (781) 477-7487

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Adaptation Themed Education Activities - May 18th through June 16th 2020 And Reflection
Pickup - Monday, May 18th  - Tuesday, May 19th and Wednesday, May 20th
WHAT? WHERE? WHAT TIME?
All Grade-Level Remote Learning Paper Packets All Lynn Public Schools 9 AM until – 12 PM (Noon)
     
Pickup - Thursday, May 21st  and Friday, May 29th    
WHAT? WHERE? WHAT TIME?
All Grade-Level Remote Learning Paper Packets Lynn Public Schools Grab-and-Go
Lunch Sites ONLY
(English, Classical, LVTI, Marshall)
Weekdays - 11 AM until 1 PM
   

English Learner Education

Hello English Learner (EL) Families,

In addition to Phase 2 of the Lynn Public Schools remote learning plan outlined by the Superintendent, the English Learner Education department would like to provide some specific resources and strategies for EL students to support and supplement their remote learning experiences during this time.

1) ESL Teachers supporting English language development 2) Suggested activities to support learning without technology 3) Supports for English Learners during remote learning
Sincerely,
Rania Caldwell
Director of English Learner Education
caldwellr@lynnschools.org

1) ESL Teachers supporting English language development

All English Learners in the Lynn Public Schools have a designated ESL teacher to support English Language Development.  During the closure, ESL teachers will be contacting students/families through Class Dojo (Elementary) and Jupiter (Secondary) or by phone, as needed to support the English Language Development of English Learners. ESL teachers will support the district learning plan and focus on linking vocabulary support and language skills necessary for remote learning. If you are unsure of who is your child’s ESL teacher, please contact your child’s school.

2) Activities to Support Remote Learning Without Technology

As Commissioner Riley from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has stated, “Remote learning can encompass a wide variety of learning opportunities. While technology can be a supportive tool, districts and schools should also consider ways that student learning can continue offline.” There are a number of ways students can engage with learning without technology. For example:
  • Journals: Students can write or draw pictures depending on their English language proficiency level. Students are encouraged to write in their native language and/or English.
  • Double Entry Journals: When reading a book or story--In one column, students write what they know about the topic before they start reading the book. In the other column, they write what they learned.
  • Reading Logs: Students read books/stories that interest them and then write a report. Students could have flexibility writing in English, writing in their own language, creating posters or diagrams etc.
  • Role Play: Students set up specific role play scenarios in their home (Example: Job interview or going to the store to buy something). They can invite siblings and even parents to be part of the role play. Students “explain the experience” and what they learned, what worked and did not work.
  • Turn on the Subtitles: Watch a television program that is appropriate for their students’ age and learning level with subtitles. Students will hear the words, see the people speaking, and see the text all at the same time. Ask students to “record” what they heard on paper or a device.
  • Learning Packets: Use of Lynn Public Schools learning packets found on the LPS Remote Learning Plan Home Page can be reviewed or discussed with teachers. Teachers can provide support in the activities based on students’ needs.
3) Learning Supports for English Learners

A.  Use visuals or technology to support learning experiences.
  • English Learners will benefit from pictures of vocabulary or online resources or free apps (Example: Duolingo) to practice using language.
B. Use native language to support learning
  • Continue to have conversations, read books, and do activities with students in native language.
  • The most important thing is for students to remain interested and engaged in learning.  These interactions can be in English and/or their native language.
  • Please visit the LPS Spanish Resources page for Spanish-Speaking EL families.
C. Ask students to think about the following questions after watching a movie or reading 
     a story or book. Students can respond in any language by discussing or writing.
     Encourage students to use details and respond in complete sentences.
  • Who was the main character?
  • What was the setting of the story?
  • What happened in the beginning? The middle? The end?
  • What was your favorite part? Why?
  • What was the problem in the story?
  • How would you have solved the problem?
  • What did this story remind you of?
D. Have students practice language in 4 different ways as much as possible:
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking

ELEMENTARY LEVEL (K-5) Examples

SECONDARY LEVEL (6-12) Examples

Listening: Students can listen to e-books or videos suggested by their teachers and complete the related work provided.
Reading: Students can read books, articles, etc. at home or suggested by their teachers and complete the related work provided by their teachers.
Speaking: Students can record their ideas using appropriate technology and talk with the ESL teacher on the phone, etc.
Writing: Students can type in a virtually shared document, such as a Google doc, write and read it aloud to the ESL teacher or a family member, etc.
Listening: Students can listen to e-books, videos or podcasts suggested by their teachers and complete the related work provided.
Reading: Students can read books and articles at home or from sources such as Newsela suggested by their teachers and complete the related work provided.
Speaking: Students can record their speaking using appropriate technology, talk with the ESL teacher on the phone or online, etc.
Writing: Students write in a journal or type in a virtually shared document or virtual classroom.

Supplemental Online Resources for EL Students and Families

Resource

Content/Grade/Age

Description

Open eBooks app

Reading (K-12)

Books/Reading materials-Follow the google link below for support

Khan Academy
Khan Academy En Español

Multiple Languages (K-12)

Math Videos

https://www.duolingo.com/

Multiple Languages

Practice in Grammar, Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing

ABCya! English

English (Grades Prek-6)

Educational games for grades PreK through 6 that will keep kids engaged and having fun. Topics include math, reading, typing, just-for-fun logic games.

Aprendiendo lenguaje todos los días:
Actividades para familias
by WIDA
Learning Language Every Day:
Activities for Families
by WIDA

English and Spanish (Ages 2-7)

Activity books in English and Spanish. The activities in these booklets allow for conversations with children about their family, what they like to play, how they feel, what sounds they hear around them at home or in the community, and the weather.

ELL BrainPOP

English Language skills (Grades K-12)

Short, animated movies as well as games, quizzes and interactive features. Users practice the four principle language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

English Media Lab

English Language Skills (Grades 1-8)

Offers free English Exercises Online and ESL Interactive Learning opportunities.

International Children’s Library

Reading (Grades K-12)

Online library with literature from around the world and in multiple languages.

PBS Kids

English Language Skills (Grades K-5)

Educational games and videos from Curious George, Wild Kratts and other PBS KIDS shows!

Tween Tribune
Tween Tribune Español

Content (Science/Social Studies) K-12

A collection of nonfiction articles and current events for kids, grades K–12.

Individualized Education Programs

April 17, 2020

Dear LPS Families and Community,

I hope this letter finds you healthy, safe, and feeling supported during this difficult time. In light of the extended school closure across the state, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has issued updated guidance to all school districts recommending that schools now begin to provide special education and related services to students within a remote learning environment. The goal would be to support and maintain students’ current levels of progress as best as possible during these unprecedented times. As a result of the emergency circumstances we are all faced with, we will not be able to provide all services in the manner in which they are typically provided during a traditional school day. However, our office is following guidance by DESE to “make every effort to use creative strategies to provide special education instruction and services to the extent feasible” (DESE, Coronavirus FAQs).​ ​We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we begin to provide more remote learning opportunities for all of our students.  As we move forward with this plan, I want to share the vision for our entire school community during this time:

  • First and foremost, stay healthy and safe.
  • Keep our students connected to educators and classmates in ways that enhances their well-being. 
  • Engage students in distance learning, with a focus on: 
    • Providing supports to help ALL students learn at home.
    • Maintaining and developing key academic and critical thinking skills.
    • Helping students learn important academic content.
What is Remote Learning?    
Although we aspire to do all we can to maintain connections between home and school during this period of closure, it’s simply not possible to replicate the vibrant nature of a classroom at a distance. Remote learning is not merely online learning; instead, we want our students to experience the richness of diverse learning experiences, including  teacher-directed assignments, options to engage with content  in multiple modalities,  interdisciplinary projects, nature walks and integrated experiences with Art, Music,  Media and Physical Education. Just as importantly, we seek to maintain connections with classroom communities and further opportunities for social emotional learning.  Finally, we want to encourage our students to be self-directed through choice and enrichment opportunities.  Accordingly, we have structured remote learning plans purposefully to include:   
  • Pencil and paper practice of academic skills  
  • Online learning opportunities, and 
  • Interactive experiences that engage students and connect them to their teacher, other educators and to their classmates for the purpose of reviewing material and maintaining skills.
Expectations for Communication with Families 
Just as students’ lives have been disrupted, so have the lives of the adults in our school communities. For this reason, maintaining open lines of communication is more important than ever. To the greatest extent possible, all staff will be available to provide support to students and families during this time. This includes, but is not limited to, teachers, school counselors, nurses, media specialists, adjustment counselors, psychologists, and related service providers.   
At every level throughout the District, our educators will schedule two hours of “office hours” per week so that students and families can check in with questions or concerns. Because of social distancing, office hours will be offered through a variety of formats including video conference, telephone call, email, digital chat, etc.
It’s reasonable to expect that during the work week, educators will reply to parent emails during “office hours.” When email is not possible, phone calls are encouraged.  As a parent/guardian, there are few ways you can prepare your child for remote service delivery.
  • Try to set up a daily routine so your child is aware of the expectations for the day.
  • Encourage your child to engage in the classroom resources provided and make sure to give them praise when they do (Great job!, I like that you are trying your best, nice work! Are you proud of your work too?).
  • Encourage independence but provide help if needed during structured activities.
  • Schedule free time such as physical exercise, movement breaks, coloring, snacks, technology, etc. throughout the day.
  • Find time each day to engage with your child in a preferred activity to encourage positive social interactions.
 
Attached with this letter (available for download), you will find a Sample copy of the Student Remote Learning Plan in English and Spanish. On or before April 17, 2020, it is our expectation that every student in the district who is eligible for an IEP will have a Remote Learning Plan. If you have any questions, please let me know. This is new to everyone, so thank you for your efforts as we work through this difficult time together.

Phylitia Jamerson
Administrator of Special Education
jamersonp@lynnschools.org


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
Case Manager
I’m not sure who my Case Manager is? What should I do?
If you are not sure who your case manager is please email Stacey Pena at pilchers@lynnschools.org.

No one has contacted me about my child since the emergency closure. What can I do? 

If you have not received any communication since the emergency closure, please email Stacey Pena at pilchers@lynnschools.org.
IEP Services
Can I expect an individual service/lesson (i.e. Orton-Gillingham, Reading Mastery, or a related service) to be administered remotely during the closure? 
Yes. However, given the circumstances, services will be provided differently than they are when school is fully operational. Staff will continue to target IEP goal areas with learning activities designed to impact that area. This will be included in the Remote Learning Plan.

Will the special educator and related service provider match the frequency and duration as provided in the IEP?

In these circumstances, services will be provided differently than they are when school is fully operational. This will be included in the Remote Learning Plan.

How will summer services be addressed?
 
LPS is following guidance from DESE regarding summer services and will provide more guidance in the upcoming weeks.

Are all students eligible for compensatory services following these extended closures?
 
Not necessarily. This will be determined on an individual basis. DESE anticipates providing further guidance regarding compensatory services before schools re-open in accordance with the US Department of Education.

My child has significant disabilities. I’m not sure if online learning will be an option.
 
Remote learning comes in many forms and is not always online learning. Your child’s teacher/case manager will work with you to plan a different option(s) if online learning is not appropriate for your child. 

How much time should I expect will be allocated for instruction and services? 
Frequency will vary depending on program and grade level. Adhering to state and district guidance, you can expect your child to receive a remote learning experience that encompasses half a day (approximately 3 hours). Please note: this time is not just for teacher directed instruction and will include time that students are engaged in self-directed learning. 
 
Can I record the lessons? 
It is illegal to record someone without their consent. Please do not​ ​record the online or telephone-based lessons/therapies. If you have concerns about your child accessing live lessons, please contact your child’s case manager.  
 
How will my child’s social-emotional and/or behavioral needs be addressed during this time? 
Your child’s case manager will work with you to address any concerns you may have about social-emotional/behavioral challenges. 

When and how will I be able to contact my student’s teacher?
Teachers will be creating schedules within the next couple of weeks that will have the teacher’s office hours. These hours will be provided to your student once they are created.
IEPs
Is consent required to provide support and services remotely? 
No. According to DESE, consent is not required. 
 
Will LPS hold IEP meetings during the emergency closure?
LPS will provide more guidance in the upcoming weeks regarding virtual or remote IEP meetings. 

Will the Team reconvene to make changes to the IEP?

No. DESE has shared that there is not a need to reconvene the Team and make changes to the IEP. 
 
Will the remote learning service delivery models change the IEP or impact “stay put” rights?
This does not change the IEP or impact “stay put” rights. The plan is just during the school closure.
Technology 
Are the platforms (i.e. Class Dojo/ Jupiter) secure?
Class Dojo and Jupiter are district approved platforms that the teachers will be using. Class Dojo is used in elementary and Jupiter is used in Secondary.

My child still does not have a device or hotspot. How will he/she/they receive this? 

LPS is working on a plan to provide devices to students with disabilities that do not have access to a device at home. Once a plan has been created, your student’s case manager will reach out to you with further direction.
MCAS
MCAS is considered the decision maker for graduating high school. What will that look like for students graduating?
LPS is still waiting for guidance from the state regarding MCAS.

If students fall behind in high school (in order to pass the MCAS for the following year), how will LPS provide the necessary content and instruction to close the gap? 
LPS teachers are doing everything possible to minimize the loss of learning during the emergency closure. When schools reopen, we will provide further guidance as to how staff will address the gap (if any) that may occur during this time. 
Assignments/Grading
Assignments/Grading Will work assigned remotely during the closure be graded (either by general educators or special educators)? 
Currently, the district is ​NOT​ grading any assignments. Students will not be penalized for not completing work.  However, this may look different for students enrolled in the high school. Having said that, students who do not engage in any learning opportunities will likely fall behind in skills during the extended school closure.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Additional Parent Support
LPS is in the process of planning a SEPAC meeting via Zoom. Once this meeting has been scheduled, your student’s Case Manger will provide you with this information.
District Resources for Parents to Use at Home
To access resources suggested by the district, please visit ​www.lynnschools.org
Laptop Information
Elementary school students will need to use their school login information in order to access their laptops.
Secondary schools students have their own personal login information.
*Students will also need to remember to set-up their laptop to access their internet at home.*
For any assistance with technology, please email Leanne Palmer at palmerl@lynnschools.org
Additional Information and Resources For Download
New Apple ID Directions
Remote Learning Plan Sample - English
Remote Learning Plan Sample - Spanish
Our Letter To LPS Families and Community - April 17, 2020

ONLINE REMOTE LEARNING PLANS FOR APRIL 27th THROUGH MAY 15th
Specialized Instruction
LEVEL A
Specialized Instruction
LEVEL B
Specialized Instruction
LEVEL C
Specialized Instruction
SECONDARY LIFE SKILLS
TEAMS LEVEL A TEAMS LEVEL B   TEAMS SECONDARY

LPS School Enrichment Pages - March 16th Through April 27th 2020

OUR SCHOOL WEBSITES STAFF/TEACHER LISTS PHASE 1
MARCH 16TH ENRICHMENT/LEARNING

PHASE 2
APRIL 27TH
LEARNING PLANS

PHASE 2
MAY 18TH
LEARNING PLANS
Aborn Elementary teacher/staff_Aborn Aborn Pre-K & Kindergarten Pre-K & Kindergarten
Breed Middle School teacher/staff_Breed Breed Grade 1 & Grade 2 Grade 1 & Grade 2
Brickett Elementary teacher/staff_Brickett Brickett Grades 3, 4 & 5 Grades 3, 4 & 5
Callahan Elementary teacher/staff_Callahan Callahan Middle Schools Middle Schools
Cobbet Elementary teacher/staff_Cobbet Cobbet High Schools High Schools
Connery Elementary teacher/staff_Connery Connery Specialized - Level A Specialized - Level A
Classical High School n/a LCHS Specialized - Level B Specialized - Level B
Drewicz Elementary teacher/staff_Drewicz Drewicz Specialized - Level C Specialized - Level C
Lynn English High teacher/staff_English LEHS Secondary Life Skills Secondary Life Skills
Fallon Elementary teacher/staff_Fallon Fallon Teams - Level A Teams - Level A
Ford Elementary teacher/staff_Ford Ford Teams - Level B Teams - Level B
Fecteau-Leary Jr/Sr. High teacher/staff_Fecteau Fecteau Teams - Secondary Teams - Secondary
Harrington Elementary teacher/staff_Harrington Harrington    
Hood Elementary teacher/staff_Hood Hood    
Ingalls Elementary teacher/staff_Ingalls Ingalls    
Lincoln-Thomson Elem. teacher/staff_Lincoln Lincoln    
Lynn Vocational Tech. teacher/staff_LVTI LVTI    
Lynn Woods Elementary teacher/staff_Lynnwoods Lynn Woods    
Marshall Middle School teacher/staff_Marshall TMMS    
Pickering Middle School teacher/staff_Pickering Pickering    
Sewell-Anderson Elem. teacher/staff_Sewell Sewel    
Shoemaker Elementary teacher/staff_Shoemaker Shoemaker    
Sisson Elementary teacher/staff_Sisson Sisson    
Tracy Elementary teacher/staff_Tracy Tracy    
Washington Elementary teacher/staff_Washington Washington    
Full List Including Some Depts.      

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