Our virtual classroom strategies and tools for the 2020-21 school year will look different than what was offered this spring. As The Bellingham Promise states, every child can learn at high levels, and it’s imperative that our online experiences reflect this core value. Our online learning will include scheduled live lessons taught via teleconferencing software with other tools to support independent learning at home. Below are sample schedules of possible school days for stages 1 and 2 of our Reconnect Plan. 

Below are sample schedules and information that is informing elementary, middle school and high school schedules.  These are in development, along with schedules for preschool and special programs, and more. We will continue to refine and add as plans develop. Please refer to learning schedules from your schools and teachers for updates and specific times.

Elementary School

  • There will be regularly scheduled time for families to engage with school staff, allowing each family to partner with their teacher/school community to meet the individual learning needs of their child.  
  • Learning will be prioritized around essential grade level standards.  
  • Learning will include a combination of live learning instruction and recorded videos.  
  • There will be a continued focus on social-emotional well-being through daily class meetings and small group instruction. 
  • Partnership with childcare providers to support learning at childcare sites.

Kindergarten and First Graders

Our early learning remote plan is centered around each family by elevating what families are already doing to support the healthy development of their child. Through a conference-based model, teachers and families will co-design learning plans for the student that are flexible and based on students’ strengths and next steps. Please see this webpage for what we’re calling the September Experience for kindergarten and first grade. We will offer multiple live learning opportunities each day as well as ways to engage in learning off screen. This sample schedule shows blocks of times during a possible school day for kindergarten and first graders. Please note that this is a sample. Time, frequency and order may vary from what is displayed here. A goal of any schedule will be consistency throughout the week, along with flexibility for matching family needs.

Remote Learning Plan for K-1:  The sample schedule shows blocks of times during a possible school day for kindergarten and first graders. Time, frequency and order may vary from what is displayed here. Please note that this is a schedule that will be built toward over the first month of school, with live and recorded learning sessions layered in over time.  A goal of any schedule will be consistency throughout the week, along with flexibility for matching family and student needs.  

September Experience 

My school day will include the following activities, daily, scheduled throughout the day in the way that best meets my family’s schedule.

  • Watching daily connection videos from my teachers on Seesaw
  • Completing three daily learning activities from the September Experience calendar.  These activities will help get me ready for future learning on Zoom with my teacher.
  • Taking part in weekly meetings with my family and my teacher.
  • Going to a Morning Meeting on Zoom once we know everyone in my class has technology to join the class.   

Second Grade

This is a sample of the schedule that second grade students will begin with the first week of school.  For Kindergarten and first grade students, they will build toward this schedule, layering in learning throughout the month of September.  By October this sample should reflect the kindergarten through grade 2 students’ daily routines.     

Sample elementary schedule
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Here’s an example of what the second grade school day will look like, as well as the K-1 schedule beginning around the start of October. From a student’s perspective a day may look like this:   

School Day
  • My school day is from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily
  • I take part in live learning and play-based learning every day.
Class Meeting
  • I start my day with my class and teacher online for our morning class meeting.  We greet one another, learn and practice social skills, and we talk about the day ahead. 
Learning Engagement Based on Individual Plan
  • I spend a portion of my morning working on learning activities that my teacher and family have planned out for me.  During this time, I might work independently off line, or meet online with a small group of peers with my teacher or a specialist. 
  • Once a week my family and I meet with my teacher to create and/or check in on my learning.  We plan activities that will best support me.   

 

Lunch
  • I take a break from school to have lunch and at-home recess.
Instructional Time with Teacher & Classmates
  • Every day I have two or three live learning lessons with my whole class.   
  • I spend time learning new concepts and/or building on previous concepts from earlier in the week with my teacher and alongside my peers. 
  • Sometimes, I can make a video of my thinking and share it with my family and my teacher on Seesaw and sometimes I can share my thinking in small group learning time with my teacher.  
Specialist Classes
  • get to participate in P.E. and music online and learn through live learning lessons and recorded activities.   
Work Time
  • I make a plan for my play, do my play and review my play with my family, a sibling, or someone at my home or child care.   
  • I can use toys and materials around my house to play, imagine, create and explore. 
  • When I am finished, I clean up the areas I played in and the toys I played with.   
  • Sometimes, I can make a video of my creation and/or my work and share with my teacher on Seesaw. 

 

Third, Fourth and Fifth Graders 

Students spend their day taking part in live learning lesson with their class, working independently, and learning through pre-recorded lessons. This sample schedule above shows a possible flow of a day, but times, frequency and order may vary. 

From a student’s perspective a day may look like this:   

School Day
  • My school day is from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily  
  • I take part in live learning and independent practice every day.  
Class Meeting
  • Each day, my classmates and teacher come together online in Microsoft Teams for a class meeting.  We greet one another, learn and practice social skills, and we talk about the day ahead. 
Literacy Instruction
  • I join my teachers and classmates for live learning or a recorded literacy lesson.
Independent Learning
  • I work independently on literacy, math or other tasks, practicing and applying what we are learning.    
  • During this time, I might have small group instruction, collaborate with peers online, check in with my teachers, or take part in a family meeting with my teacher and family.   
Specialist Classes
  • I take part in P.E., music and other specialist lessons, through live learning and pre-recorded activities that I can access online.   
Lunch
  • I take a break from school to have lunch.   
Math Instruction
  • I join my teacher and classmates online for a live learning or recorded math lesson. 
Inquiry, Science, Social Studies Instruction
  • I access a recorded lesson online or join a live learning session and take part in learning science, social studies, and other topics through inquiry and exploration.   
Independent home-based projects and/or Practice
  • During this time, I take part in independent home wonder projects and practice skills and concepts from learning throughout the day. 

View a weekly schedule for kindergarten through grade 2 and grades 3 through 5.

Middle School

  • Students will work on three classes at a time.   
    • Students will have two core classes (English, social studies, math or science) at one time. 
    • Students will have one enrichment class at one time. One of the enrichment classes is determined by what students signed up for, the other enrichment class will be physical education.   
  • Students will also have one homeroom class that will be a consistent student support class during the year. The homeroom teacher will be a student’s primary contact for the school year. 
  • On a set schedule, students will switch between their four core classes and two enrichment class so that a student is only working on half of their classes at one time.  
  • All classes will have a real-time/live learning schedule.   
  • Learning will be prioritized around essential grade level standards. 
  • Office hours for follow-up student questions and small group work will also be scheduled. 
  • Pre-recorded or independent learning time will be scheduled.  
  • This schedule provides opportunity for structure throughout the day and weeks, while also providing flexibility and grace to families and students. 

For middle school, students will still have the A/B schedule but it will be in 22 day blocks and change at the mid-quarter. View a sample weekly schedule for grades 6-8.

 

Sample 6-8 schedule begins with homeroom, then academic block 1, enrichment live learning, independent enrichment work, break, academic block 2, lunch then teacher-directed small groups
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From a student’s perspective a day might look like this:   

School Day
  • My school day begins at 9:15 a.m. and ends at 3:45 p.m.
  • I take part in live learning lessons and independent practice each day. 
Homeroom
  • I have one Homeroom class each day.   
  • I meet with my Homeroom teacher and my classmates online in Microsoft Teams.  We build community, learn and practice social skills, and get support for our learning.   
  • My homeroom teacher remains the same throughout the year and is the main contact for my family and me.   
Academic Classes
  • I have two core academic classes each day.   
  • I join my teacher and classmates on Teams for live learning for each class.   
  • I have four classes at a time (2 core, 1 enrichment, 1 homeroom), rotating every several weeks to three different classes. During a semester I will complete all 4 core classes, 2 enrichment classes, plus homeroom.   
Lunch
  • I take a break from school to have lunch.  
Enrichment Class
  • I have two enrichment blocks each day.   
  • During one block I join my enrichment teacher and classmates on Teams for a live learning lesson. 
  • The second block is an independent work time for my enrichment class where I practice and apply what I learned in the live learning lesson.   
Independent Work Time
  • Every afternoon I have a block of time for independent work.   
  • My teachers are available to check in with during this time.   
  • I might have scheduled small groups during this time with my teacher. This could include time on my specific learning goals, reading support, language support, or other small group instruction.   
  • I might meet with peers online for collaboration.   

 

High School

  • Students will work on four classes at a time. 
  • All classes will have a real-time/live learning schedule. 
  • Advisory classes will meet consistently to provide check-ins, social-emotional learning aspects, and connections. 
  • On a set schedule, students will rotate classes. 
  • Office hours for follow up student questions and small group work will be scheduled. 
  • Pre-recorded or independent learning time will be available.
  • This schedule provides opportunity for structure throughout the day and weeks, while also providing flexibility and grace to families and students. 

For high school, students will still have the A/B schedule but it will be in 22 day block and change at the mid-quarter. View a sample weekly schedule for grades 9-12.

Sample high school schedule begins with advisory then periods 1-4, afternoon is teacher directed learning.
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From a student’s perspective, a day might look like this:   

School Day
  • My school day begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m.
  • I take part in live learning lessons in the morning and independent practice and live check ins and small groups during the afternoons.  
Homeroom
  • I have one Advisory class each day.   
  • I meet with my Advisory teacher and classmates online in Microsoft Teams.  We build community, explore social-emotional learning aspectsmake connections, and check in.   
Classes
  • I have four classes at a time, rotating every several weeks to four different classes.  During a semester I will experience all my electives and core classes making connections with my teachers and peers.  
  • In the mornings I join my teacher and classmates on Teams for live learning for each class. 
  • During the afternoons, I have time to work independently on each class.   
  • There is opportunity for me to check in with my teachers, take part in small groupsand work independently each afternoon.   
Lunch
  • I take a break from school to have lunch.  
Independent Work Time
  • During the afternoons, I have time to work independently on each class.
  • There is opportunity for me to check in with my teachers, take part in small groups, and work independently each afternoon.