FHSD Remote Learning Parent FAQ
Remote Learning Plan
March 30-April 3: Remote learning focusing on new learning of standards
April 6-13: Spring Break
April 14- May 1: Remote Learning will resume with a focus on new learning standards
What can I expect from remote learning following Spring Break?
- Remote Learning will resume on April 14.
- K-2: Resources will be sent home via email to parents in a weekly chart for Reading, Writing, Math, Content, and Specials. This will be coming from your child’s classroom teacher.
- 3-6: Schoology will be the primary communication tool for students and will focus on Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. Specials will also have weekly activities.
- 7-12: Schoology will be the primary communication tool and the students will be given assignments for each course they are currently enrolled in, including elective courses.
- Please continue to monitor communication regularly
Will the buildings be open if my child forgot something?
- All Forest Hills buildings will be closed from Monday, March 16 - Friday, May 1. Thank you for your understanding.
What if my child needs tech help?
- If you experience any technology-related issues and need support, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and our technology support staff will assist you as soon as possible.
What if we do not have wifi in our home?
- Charter Communication announced Friday morning it will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a subscription. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.
How will student work be graded?
Remote Learning will continue on April 14. While specific remote learning guidelines and expectations will vary by grade level, it is for students to give their best effort and actively participate. Students who are engaged in their remote learning will not see their grades negatively impacted based on previous scores throughout the year, so please continue to encourage your child to remain engaged over these next few weeks. Your continued support at home is crucial for your student’s success. Principals have clarified specific implementation in recent newsletters.
What if I have a question and/or how can I contact the teacher/counselor?
- The best way to reach them is via email as they will be checking that daily. Teachers in grades 3-12 will be using Schoology for a majority of their school work, and students can communicate with their teacher within that platform.
How will state and national testing be impacted?
- State testing will be suspended for the spring due to the declared state and national emergencies. Current third grade students and seniors will not be negatively impacted by the removal of testing. Principals, in consultation with teachers and counselors, will determine student promotion and graduation status based on factors prior to implementation of remote learning.
- We will continue to communicate changes to national testing as we receive it from ACT and The College Board. For any students who have registered for the April 4 national test date, that has been postponed. Students should receive an email with instructions for a free future national test date.
- According to the College Board, the AP Program is developing resources to help schools support student learning during closures, as well as a solution that will allow students to take AP Exams at home. Exams, as well as required units, have been significantly modified. You can visit the AP website to monitor changes and to find helpful resources for students and parents.
How will spring sports and activities be impacted?
- This has not yet been determined. As decisions are finalized, we will update families with this information.
How will pre K-2 receive additional work?
- K-2- resources will be sent home via email to the parents in a weekly chart for Reading, Writing, Math, Content, and Specials. This will be coming from your child’s classroom teacher.
Do students have to follow normal school times to complete their assignments?
- We encourage families to establish routines for students. There is currently no expectation that students must participate in following their exact schedule. Students should complete the activities provided but may do them throughout the day or period of time they are assigned.
Can students work together virtually?
- Teachers and administrators have already begun to work collaboratively, using resources like Google Hangout. Students may work together virtually. However, please understand that, as a district, we do not have the capability to monitor what students access online while they are at home. We encourage parents to monitor online activity of students.
- Are there other resources you would recommend we consider if my student finishes early and would like extensions?
- As we continue to develop plans, we will share them with our students. Please encourage students to stay in communication with their teacher so that we can share further resources as they become available.
- Many additional remote resources and activities are being provided regularly by public libraries and other agencies and we encourage families to consider them as appropriate.
Will we have to make up these days?
- Provisions in state law are allowing remote learning to exceed the prior three-day limit as long as the “stay at home” order remains and school buildings remain closed. FHSD does not anticipate extending the school calendar beyond the current final day for students.
What if family obligations resulting from this period of national emergency prevent my student from being able to finish assignments?
- We anticipate that we will need to make adjustments to support the learning of individual students. As needs arise, please communicate with your child’s teacher and/or building administrator so we can support the needs of your learner.
Lunch Available for Pick-up
- During this time when schools have been ordered closed, FHSD will still be providing box lunch options for families that would like to take advantage of this service for their children. Lunches can be picked-up or delivered.
- Lunches will need to be ordered 24 hours in advance by completing the following the Food Service Lunch Form. If you are unable to access this form please call 513-231-3215 to place your order.
Further updates will be shared as they become available and we appreciate your patience as we work through this ever-evolving time period. This is a very new process for us all, and we are looking for as many opportunities to make this a smooth transition for us all, and most importantly, our students. Our teachers and Learning Design Specialists have prepared materials for a new way of learning in a very short period of time. While we know there is no perfect replacement for the direct instruction of a highly qualified teacher, we will work together to be as responsive as we can.
Updated April 16, 2020