Below is a break down of our Distance Learning Plan or you can review and print the entire document on GoogleDocs.
For any questions or support regarding Distance Learning, please reach out directly to Principal Lundak via email or call (507) 328-5644.
We realize this is a significant amount of information about a completely new process. Know we are here to support you with your questions and needs as they arise.
- Daily Schedule
- Class Information
- Social and Emotional Support
- Technology Support
- Tutoring and Math Support
- Daily Structure
We will be recording attendance each day that Distance Learning is taking place (Monday through Friday). We have a couple methods to do this, but the main way to report attendance will be the responsibility of the students. Each day we will post a Google Form in the Grade Level Google Classroom. The form will be our daily attendance form, and students need to complete this from at some point from 8:00 AM until the end of the day 11:59 PM The form will be new each day, so it is important for students to complete that task each day. When students submit the form, we will mark their attendance as ‘present’ for the entire day. There is no need to submit the attendance form for each class, only for each day.
Parents may also call in attendance as you have done in the past, or email in an absence. If you choose to email, please do so at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be monitoring our attendance line which is (507) 328-5660. If you do call in an absence, please continue to leave a reason as well as any symptoms if this is due to illness. For phone messages, students will again be marked ‘present’ or ‘absent’ for the entire day. There is no need to call in stating that your student will miss 6th and 7th period as an example.
We are being flexible as a building to meet the needs of students and families. We will not be adhering to the traditional daily schedule of Friedell (7:45 AM to 2:30 PM). We know with students needing to complete other tasks at home, like caring for a sibling, chores, etc… that flexibility is the way to go. Our Friedell Distance Learning schedule will be from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM We have divided the day into a few different segments.
Before we talk about the segments, we need to discuss two terms that we will use often. The two terms are “Asynchronous” and “Synchronous,” both refer to learning. Some descriptions of the two are below:
Asynchronous Learning is self paced, on each student's individual timeline within a given amount of time. An example of Asynchronous time could be a teacher assigns the students to watch a video, or short lesson, then do a series of Math problems. The ‘due’ date would still be noted, yet the students in that class could choose to complete the lesson during any portion of the day (not simply during our 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM time.)
Synchronous Learning, which may also be called “live lessons” is time bound and structured. A teacher, class, or group may assign a Synchronous Lesson on Tuesday at 10:30 AM For example, a Social Studies class may be meeting on Tuesday at 10:30 AM, All students in the class would be available at 10:30 AM to log into Google Meet to meet with the Social Studies teacher. In this type of learning, it helps for class or group discussions, as well as for clarifying learning or topics for a group.
We realize some home schedules may not allow every student to be available for a Synchronous Learning event. We ask students to make their best effort to be available for the dedicated times; however, Synchronous Learning times for students will be recorded for those that cannot participate in the live lesson.
The first segment each day is a series of Synchronous Learning meeting sessions. Typically it is a 30 minute block followed by a 15 minute break. We have 5 of these combinations within Segment 1 each day. The first block starts at 9:00 AM and the last ends at 1:15 PM (Students will not have all blocks on a single day!)
Teachers may again choose to use Synchronous Learning or Asynchronous Learning, so do not be worried if a class is not meeting every day, or even every week based on the needs of the teacher and class.
We will publish a schedule prior to each week that notes which classes are meeting on each day so your student is aware.
Teachers will post links to the Synchronous Learning event in the Google Classroom that correspond to the subject and class being held in live time.
We are rotating subject areas based on the days of the week. The pattern will typically follow Synchronous Learning opportunities for Math, Science, and ITC (7th grade class) on Monday and Wednesday of each week. On Tuesday and Thursday of each week, the Synchronous Learning opportunities will be offered for English, Social Studies, and Art (8th grade class). Friday of each week will be Synchronous Learning opportunities for Energy and Environment (6th grade class), Health, and Communication Arts. In addition to this, 6th grade may have additional English offerings on Friday as there are two English classes in that grade (Reading and Writing).
This segment is from 1:30 PM to 2:15 PM daily.
This segment is not broken up by day of the week for the content areas.
The subject areas of Music, Physical Education, and Special education classes will have dedicated Synchronous Learning opportunities during this time.
Again, those teachers will use the Google Classroom App to communicate links to their Synchronous Learning events.
The specific meetings will also be published in the weekly schedule
We are calling this segment ‘Connection Time’
It would best be described as an opportunity to get help, ask questions, or connect with teachers.
All full time Friedell staff will be available during Connection Time.
Each staff member will have some information about the best way for students to connect with them. The options for connection are below:
Open Google Meet where students can chat with them live using their iPad or other device
A link to email a teacher any questions
A form to request support that the staff member can respond to needs
A combination of any of the above
All courses will have graded work. We will continue to use the Grading for Learning principles that our district is implementing. Please note that Friedell has been implementing those practices all year, as well as in past years. This is not a change in our grading policy.
Most classes will be receiving a single grade for the second semester of this school year. That means work done during distance learning will be combined with the work prior to the planning break. Also, work done back at school, should we return after May 4, 2020, would also be included in this semester grade. This applies to all classes except ITC (7th grade) and Art (8th grade.) This will not apply to those two classes as they are quarter classes, and they begin on April 6, 2020 for Quarter 4. Any learning in ITC and Art done via Distance Learning time would be included with our time back at school after May 4, 2020 as well.
For students that may have incomplete assignments from prior to the planning break, they may still complete those assignments. Please check with the classroom teacher on the best way to make up an assignment, or for a retake on a test.
We know that in the coming days information will be pouring out of school and to families and students. We will begin communicating specific plans at the class level from teachers on Thursday, April 2, 2020. The communication from teachers will not mean that immediate action is needed, simply their wish to provide information so that learning may resume on April 6, 2020.
Teachers are officially on Spring Break, March 27-April 5, just like the students. Most staff are programming the communication to come out on April 2 but they will not be working during that time. When we return from Spring Break, teachers will work to respond to any communication from students and parents within 24 hours (Monday through Friday).
Please be aware that teachers are making plans for each week. The plans will be posted on Google Classroom for students to see and interact with. Typically teachers adjust their plans on a daily and hourly basis based on the needs of the students. We say this so you can be aware that some plans will be adjusted in this new format as well. All of us, students, staff, and parents, need to be flexible as we learn and grow together to implement Distance Learning.
Friedell has always had a strong team supporting our students. Our School Counselor, Ms. Duellman, and our School Social Workers, Ms. Harmon and Mr. Liebl, have been diligently preparing to meet the needs of students in a different communication style. They will all still be available for 1:1 sessions or group meetings with students, and they have expanded their services with the Friedell Student Support Website.
To directly contact a team member, please refer to our monthly newsletter, or use the information directly below:
6th Grade & 7th Grade (Last names starting with M-Z) Remote Office
(507) 328-5639 | Email
Student Support Services - direct service time
7th Grade (Last names starting with A-L) & 8th Grade Remote Office
(507) 328-5638 | Email
Please know we want things to go smoothly for your student(s) and their learning. We cannot fix everything, but we do want to try to support you if there is a need. Should technology become an issue, broken iPad screen, Wi-Fi issues, or will not update, please know we are here to support. We will have a ‘hotline’ available to troubleshoot problems that may arise.
At this time we do not have the number determined, so please call our main office line until we can find a dedicated phone number. Also, if you should find yourself without the internet, please call (507) 328-5644 or email me.
We are continuing to finalize our plans. Please know that we will have our Math Paraprofessional available to students and parents trying to support students, during the day. This will be done via email, or with a Google Meet. Information will be posted in the Grade Level Google Classrooms.
We are also looking at providing additional support after the school hours. More information should be coming out regarding the start of ‘Homework Help’ - Distance Learning Edition! We are seeking out these supports to truly meet the needs of all learners and families.
We know that everyone has a unique situation at home during these unprecedented times. We feel it would be best to share some tips with you for setting up an environment for student learning success if possible within your homes or living arrangements.
- Set up a schedule:
- It is best to set specific times for their learning based on the Synchronous lessons as well as what teachers they need to work with during Connection Time.
- This schedule should include breaks for movement, lunch, snacks, or even tasks/chores they are assigned to do while at home.
- The schedule should also include the use of an alarm to wake them in ample time to begin learning each day (for those that may have been sleeping in late into the morning.)
- Please have your students work together to share devices, Wi-Fi, or other communal materials if you have multiple children participating in school.
- Set up a learning space:
- This may be a dedicated space, or one shared for other activities (depending on what is available)
- Try to have this space away from a television or other distracting devices.
- Verify that students have all their needed learning materials (you can let the school or teachers know if they do have a need for certain items).
- Dedicate their iPad for school use only. That is the expectation overall, but especially in this time it helps to dedicate the iPad for school work only.
- Set goals for the day:
- Students, and adults work better when there are goals or checklists for their learning and day.
- Please feel free to include school items and home items (like chores) in the list for each day
- Set reminders or timers for students of important times. An example would be setting an alarm to go off 10 minutes before a Synchronous Lesson begins.
As a platform for distance learning, Google Classroom makes teaching more productive and meaningful by streamlining assignments, boosting collaboration, and fostering communication. Classroom seamlessly integrates with other Google tools like Google Docs and Drive.
For information on accessing Google Classroom watch the video below or view the Google Classroom Instructions document.