11/20/2020 - Online Learning Schedule Information

Posted by Madison Communications on 11/20/2020

Dear Parents,

We understand the challenges that online learning presents to both students and teachers, and are continually making improvements to provide for the academic, social, and emotional needs of your child. Beginning Monday, November 30, the instructional day for all students will follow the TCT Early Release school hours. This will allow for reduced screen time for students, time for students to complete assignments, and teacher office hours where teachers will be available for you or your child. The office hours will be available each school day with the exception of Wednesdays, which will continue to be used for the Teacher Collaboration Time (TCT). Office hours may include 1:1 or small group time with students. Other school personnel will be available for you or your child during these office hours, such as the social worker or counselor.

  • Elementary Schools: 7:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m. with teacher office hours (M, T, Th, F) through 2:45 p.m.
  • Middle Schools: 8:30 a.m.–2:10 p.m. with teacher office hours (M, T, Th, F) through 3:40 p.m.
  • Madison Traditional Academy: 8:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m. with teacher office hours (M, T, Th, F) through 3:00 p.m.

Additionally, teachers will focus lessons and assignments on foundational and essential learning objectives. As educators, our teachers recognize that there are multiple possibilities for completing assignments that allow the student to meet the lesson goals. While you may not always see a traditional worksheet or essay, or while your child may not have the same assignment as a classmate, be assured that teachers are monitoring your child’s progress. The rigor of the learning is the level of complexity of the work being assigned, not the quantity of work.

Teachers continue to receive professional development, instructional coaching, and resources for online learning. The models in which they have received training include both synchronous (live instruction) and asynchronous (independent work) time for the students, including a 50/50 model that reduces the synchronous screen time by 50%. The synchronous, interactive time between the teacher and the students may include whole group lessons and activities, small group lessons and activities, or 1:1 time with the teacher. Students will follow the daily schedule established by the school and the teacher. Teachers will continue to assess your child’s learning progress, including the administration of the MAP assessment (Measures of Academic Progress), which will allow us to plan for and address learning gaps.

This flexibility with the learning day and with assignments helps to reduce synchronous screen time. However, with many of our electronic resources, your child may still need screen time to complete assignments. Please work with your child’s teacher if you feel the amount of screen time cannot be managed.

Thank you for your continued support.

With Appreciation,

Barbara Marshall
Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services