Remote Learning FAQs

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Q. Will school buildings be open during remote learning?
A. The district’s Reopening Plan identifies four instructional modes which align to the CDC’s four levels of community transmission and mitigation. During periods of substantial, controlled transmission, buildings will be open for small groups of students who have been priortitized for face-to-face instruction. During periods of substantial, uncontrolled transmission, school buildings and grounds will be closed. 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 — e.g., by mail, pick-up, or bus delivery.

Q. How will attendance be taken?
A. Students are expected to attend per district policy JH – Attendance, Absenteeism, and Truancy. Attendance will be taken during each remote instruction session and recorded in PowerSchool.

Q. If a teacher has scheduled a time for their class to meet virtually, are students required to attend?
A. Yes, students are expected to attend scheduled virtual sessions. Students who cannot attend virtual sessions for technical reasons will develop an asynchronous plan in conjunction with their counselor and with guardian consent. 

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. Elementary students will each be assigned a device in order to prevent sharing. Devices will remain at school during in-person learning and be sent home with the student when transitioning to remote learning. Middle and high school students will continue to be issued a device as part of the 1:1 Chromebook initiative. Students at these levels will be expected to bring their device to and from home daily.

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 2020-2021 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 will have access to the corresponding Google Classrooms and will attend in-person instruction with the Blue Cohort. Students who are enrolled in Automotive at Mascenic will attend those classes in-person and remote into their ConVal classes in order to minimize exposure risks.