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Learning From Home

The Harrison Central School District has developed a comprehensive plan, Learning From Home, to provide meaningful, structured learning opportunities for students in all grades during the school closure caused by the Coronavirus. Learning From Home is an approach to online learning that leverages the district's deep instructional expertise and strong technological infrastructure. It is fluid and responsive, designed to maximize coherence and continuity of learning. While we are confident about our readiness we are cautious about expectations.  The district recognizes that there is no substitute for high quality, face- to-face classroom learning. At the same time, we also believe that Learning From Home presents our educational community with considerable opportunity for innovation. With your trust and partnership, we begin this journey.  

Students in Grades K-5

Students in grades K-2 will be provided with opportunities to continue learning through SeeSaw. In grades 3-5 students will primarily use Google Classroom to access lessons and interact with their teachers. Both platforms are compatible with a variety of devices (e.g., laptops, desktops, smartphones, tablets).

Through these digital platforms, teachers will structure developmentally appropriate assignments aligned with the district's core curriculum. The assignments are designed to be completed independently or with adult support. Instructional materials will include a range of readings, graphics, videos, online documents and interactive tools.  To the extent practicable, teachers will engage students in virtual classroom learning experiences.  

To ensure coherence and continuity of learning, these guidelines will be followed:

  • Assignments will be posted daily via SeeSaw or Google Classroom by 10:00 AM.

  • Students are expected to complete each assignment as directed by the teacher.

  • Teachers may invite students to upload completed work to the appropriate platform. 

  • Teachers and administrators will continue to communicate with parents through email.

The District is expanding access to Dreambox, an adaptive, online math program, to all students in grades K-5. Dreambox is a research-based, intuitive and highly engaging instructional resource that will provide supplemental opportunities for students to learn mathematics from home. We are grateful to Dreambox Learning for affording the district a very generous licensing grant for Harrison students. 

Students in Grades 6-12

Students in grades 6-12 are accustomed to learning in blended online environments using Google Classroom. Building upon students' fluency with digital tools, teachers are designing instruction that optimizes learning from home with developmentally appropriate assignments aligned to the district's core curriculum. Enhanced instructional materials will emphasize self-directed learning, digital feedback, moderated discussions, student online collaboration and interactive tools. To the extent practicable, teachers will engage students in virtual classroom learning experiences. 

To ensure coherence and continuity of learning, these guidelines will be followed:

  • Assignments will be posted to Google Classroom for student access by 9:00 AM each day. 

  • Students will log on to their Google Classroom page each day and complete assignments each day and submit these assignments by 4:00PM.  Any homework assigned will be due for submission by 8:59 AM the next day.

  • Parents will partner with us to ensure that students log on each day, complete assignments and keep devices charged for use.

  • The Powerschool portal will remain open and accessible so that parents can view student grades.

  • Students will check their Harrison email daily as well as the School Google Classroom Page for important information and announcements.

  • Teachers and administrators will continue to be in communication with parents through email.

Guidance: College and Academic Advisement in Grades 6-12

  • School counselors will be available through email and can set-up “virtual” appointments with parents and/or students for course selection and academic and/or social-emotional needs.  As needed, your school counselor will communicate directly with you on how these appointments will be conducted. For our seniors, counselors will continue with their work on the college process and will use Naviance remotely.  

  • School psychologists and social workers will be available via email for any social-emotional needs and will operate similarly to school counselors in setting-up and conducting “virtual” appointments.  All mandated counseling will occur through a “virtual” appointment

Special Education, RTI and ENL in Grades K-12

To ensure equitable continuity of learning, special education and related services as well as ENL and RTI services will continue to be provided to students.

  • Special education co-teachers will partner with general education teachers to provide instructional resources through the district's online platforms supplemented by traditional paper resources as appropriate. Assignments will be modified for special education students as per their IEPs.  

  • Special education teachers in self-contained classes will provide instructional resources through the district's online learning platforms. supplemented by traditional paper resources as appropriate. Assignments will be modified as per the individual students’ IEPs.

  • Students will continue to receive related services, such as speech and language therapy, counseling, occupational and/or physical therapy, through "virtual" appointments.

NYSED Frequency Asked Questions - Providing Services to SWD 

Depending on the RTI/AIS student's grade level and services identified through the District's RTI Plan, the instruction will continue as follows:

  • For students in Tier 2, general education classroom teachers will provide differentiated instructional resources through the District's online platforms, monitor student learning progress utilizing RTI assessment tools and consult with building level experts and administrators on a regular basis. Online instructional learning systems (e.g. I-Ready for ELA and Dreambox Learning for math) will be utilized to ensure supplemental support is maintained. 
  • For students in Tier 3, higher intensity services will continue to be provided by reading specialists, interventionists and math AIS teachers on a regular schedule through instruction and assignments provided through the District's online platforms. This instruction will be further supplemented by the use of online instructional learning systems (e.g. I-Ready for ELA and Dreambox Learning for math). 

Depending on the ENL student's level of language proficiency and grade level, the following approaches to instruction will be used:

  • For Entering and Emerging students, ENL teachers of standalone classes will provide instructional resources through the District's online platforms in addition to more traditional paper resources, as appropriate.  They will have a special section with their names within the platforms for each of their instructional groups. In addition, they will partner with their general education co-teachers to tailor instruction  in other subjects to the level of need of the students.
  • For Transitioning and Expanding students, ENL co-teachers will partner with general education teachers to provide instructional resources through the District's online platforms in addition to more traditional paper resources, as appropriate. They will also modify assignments for English language learners, as per their level of English language proficiency.  

All teachers will communicate directly with parents about how to support students’ learning needs from home.