Remote Learning FAQs

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Q. Will school buildings be open while remote learning is in place?
A. No, all ConVal buildings will be closed to the public. School grounds are also closed to the public. This includes school playgrounds.

Q. How can students access learning materials that are still in the buildings?
A. Contact the school principal to let them know what learning materials are needed and why they are needed. Principals will work with families to determine the best way for the student to get the identified materials — i.e., by mail, pick-up, or bus delivery.

Q. Do middle and high school students need to be on their Chromebooks from 7:30 am2:15 pm, Monday through Friday?
A. While staff will be available during normal school hours (7:30 am–2:15 pm) via email, students are not expected to be on their Chromebooks from 7:30 am–2:15 pm. The expectation is that students will check into their Google classroom courses daily and complete their assignments on an ongoing basis so that they can continue their learning progress.

Q. Is a “school day” the whole day (meaning, can they get work done at 5 pm and it still counts)?
A. Since remote instruction involves asynchronous learning, where students learn the same material at different times (times that may, or may not, fall within normal school hours) and locations, work should be completed by the deadline that has been set by the teacher for any particular assignment.

Q. Do teachers post their lessons at the regularly scheduled class time?
A. Since remote instruction involves asynchronous learning, teachers will post their lessons daily, though not necessarily at the regularly scheduled class time.

Q. How long are students expected to work on schoolwork?
1. Grades K-1: Students in Kindergarten and first grade have been provided with a menu of learning options from which they can select. The students have been asked to spend 20-30 minutes on reading, 20-30 minutes on writing, and 20-30 minutes on math.
2. Grades 2-4: Students in second through fourth grade have been provided with a menu of learning options from which they can select. The students have been asked to spend 30-40 minutes on reading, 30-40 minutes on writing, and 30-40 minutes on math.
3. Grades 5-8: Students in fifth through eighth grade are expected to complete the work that has been assigned to them. Teachers of students in these grades are designing daily activities and assignments that should take students approximately 20-40 minutes per class.
4. Grades 9-12: Students in ninth through twelfth grade are expected to complete the work that has been assigned to them. Teachers of students in these grades are designing daily activities and assignments that should take students approximately 30-60 minutes per class.

Q. How will attendance be taken?
A. As students engage in remote learning, attendance will be determined by their participation in learning activities and their completion of assigned work.

Q. If a teacher has scheduled a time for their class to meet virtually, are students required to attend?
A. Students are strongly encouraged to attend virtual sessions scheduled by their teachers. If students are not able to attend, they should notify their teacher to determine alternative arrangements for learning.

Q. What if my child is sick?
A. Parents/guardians should follow previously established practices for reporting their child’s illness; please include a description of your child’s symptoms in your report. For more details, see the School Nursing Services page.

Q. Will the District still provide meals?
A. Breakfast and lunch are available for free to ALL ConVal students and, with a few exceptions, will be delivered directly to students’ homes. For more information please visit the Food Services page.

Q. What supports are available through school counseling?
A. The ConVal District School Counseling Team will continue to work collaboratively to support students with their academic, social/emotional, and career planning needs through a virtual environment. For more information please see the School Counseling Services page.

Q. What nursing supports are available through Health Services?
A. The ConVal District School Nursing Team will continue to work collaboratively to support students to the degree to which they are able in a virtual environment. For more information please see the School Nursing Services page.

Q. What services and supports are available through Special Education?
A. Case managers, service providers, and other professionals will collaborate and communicate with classroom teachers and families to support the learning plans and activities teachers are developing for students. For more information please see the Special Education Services page.

Q. What services and supports are available for students with 504 Plans?
A. Case managers will continue to support students who receive accommodations through Section 504 Plans and will regularly check in with those students, teachers, and families.  For more information please see the School Counseling Services page and/or the School Nursing Services page.

Q. How should a staff member (conval.edu) or student (cvsd.me) request tech support help?
A. Please complete the Google form, being as descriptive as possible, connected to this link: http://bit.ly/cvsdhelp.

Q. How should students, families, and others who do not have a conval.edu or cvsd.me account request tech support help?
A. Please complete the Google form, being as descriptive as possible, connected to this link: http://bit.ly/cvsdremotehelp.

Q. What if I do not have Internet access at home?
1. If you live in an area that is serviced by Comcast/Xfinity, the company offers new, low-income customers two months of free Internet access under their Internet Essentials program; go to www.internetessentials.com to apply.
2. Antrim or Bennington residents can call TDS Telecom at 888-225-5837. Tell the operator that you heard about the free 60 days of service for families with school-aged children. TDS will arrange an appointment for a technician to install Internet service at your home.
3. The District is currently also in the process of investigating how we can provide hotspots to families for whom Comcast/Xfinity or TDS Telecom is not an option.

Q. What is a hotspot?
A. If your area does not provide router-based or DSL Internet service, a hotspot is an alternative that allows you to connect to the Internet with your mobile phone using wireless cellular data. Whenever you create a hotspot, make sure to monitor your data usage. Unless you are on an unlimited data plan, avoid streaming videos or downloading large files.

Q. How do you set up a hotspot?
A. On Apple (iOS) phones, select Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot and toggle the switch to “On.” You will see the name of the network to which you can connect as well as a password section to keep your hotspot secure. On Android phones, open Settings > Network & Internet > Hotspot & tethering. Tap on Wi-Fi hotspot and follow instructions to customize your hotspot to your preferences.

Q. What if my child does not have a device to engage in online learning opportunities?
A. The District is currently in the process of determining whether or not we will be able to provide devices to elementary students who do not have one at home. More information will follow as it becomes available.

Q. What is Google Hangouts?
A. Google Hangouts is part of our ConVal G-Suite for Education platform and consists of Google Meet and Google Chat. Google Meet supports video conferencing while Google Chat supports text messaging between users.

Q. Why have Google Hangouts been activated for students?
A. Previously, students could not access Google Hangouts through their cvsd.me account. This feature has now been activated so that teachers can meet virtually with their full class, with small groups of students, and with individual students to support them in a remote learning environment.

Q. Can students use Google Hangouts to connect with their peers?
A. Yes! Google Hangouts is a powerful tool that students can use to collaborate and support one another in a remote learning environment. As always, students will be expected to follow expectations outlined in the District’s Policy JICL – Internet Safety and Responsible Use for Students as well as the 2019-2020 Blended Learning Handbook.

Q. There is now a ZOOM extension on the Chromebook. What does it do?
A. ZOOM combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration and is used by teachers to connect with students in the remote learning environment. The app contributes to the implementation of remote instruction by having an additional video option available.

Q. How will learning be conducted for Region 14 ATC students, for those who come to ConVal and those who go from ConVal to other locations?
A. Students enrolled in CTE programs that take place at ConVal already have access to the corresponding Google Classrooms. We will keep students who are enrolled in either Automotive at Mascenic or Building Trades at Conant informed as to how remote learning will take place in those districts.