Remote Learning Overview
The majority of HPS students started the school year remotely. We have developed an improved distance learning program for the fall that is designed to meet every student’s needs and includes:
- A digital device for every individual student
- Learning materials, such as math books, math manipulatives and composition notebooks for elementary students.
- Live instruction
- Virtual small group support
- Internet access for more families, with the support of our city governments and private donors
- A check-in with the same adult each week for one-on-one support
Students are learning five days a week from their homes with a combination of live (synchronus) full-class instruction and small group instruction, as well as independent (asynchronous) learning activities.
Remote Learning Frequently Asked Questions
Will my child get a device and when?
Students in grades PreK-2 will be issued an iPad. We have all the devices, with the exception of some of the iPads, which we expect to receive in mid-September, and then will image the devices with the appropriate software.
How do we get Internet access?
Families can take advantage of the following through the Internet Essentials sponsorship program:
- Free internet to the family (HPS and the city is sponsoring for the whole school year) – Please note that families are not eligible to participate in the program if they already have internet access through Comcast. Families who signed up for this program in the spring will have their service continued.
- Low-Cost Computer. Customers can purchase a low-cost computer
- Digital Literacy Training
Read more about this opportunity.
If you have any questions about this service, please call the hotline at 413-561-0862 (English) or 413-314-3560 (Spanish), visit our website to send an email by clicking on the following link: https://www.hps.holyoke.ma.us/about-us/contact/.
What will the remote learning model look like this year?
- Live instruction (also known as synchronous) will include direct teacher instruction, student collaboration time, and independent work time while the teacher confers with individual students – just like would happen in a traditional classroom. Self-paced learning (also known as asynchronous) will mostly take place in the afternoon, where students will primarily work independently, and teachers will be available to answer questions. Students who receive additional services (e.g. language support, therapies, reading intervention, etc.) will have opportunities throughout the day to work with additional staff.
- Students will have access to all content areas (mathematics, english language arts, science, social studies, arts/music, physical education, and social emotional learning). Teachers and other staff will also be available to provide additional academic or social emotional support.
The remote learning day for K-8 will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for high school from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.
What is the timing of the school day for remote learners?
General Overview of Remote Schedule
|8:45-8:55||Squad / check ins / advisory|
|9:00-1:00||4 Content Class Sessions|
|8:00- 9:00||Asynchronous work, direct service, check-ins|
|9:00- 12:00||Synchronous Content Sessions|
|12:30-3:00||Asynchronous learning, direct instruction, interventions, conferencing|
Students will engage in learning five days a week. A set schedule, with both live teaching (“synchronous”) and self-paced learning (“asynchronous”).
- Grades K-8 live teaching (except Veritas): 9 am – 12 pm
- Veritas live teaching: Various times throughout the school day, according to student schedule. Reach out to Veritas with questions.
- Grades 9-12 live teaching: 9 am – 1 pm
- Standards-aligned curriculum in all content areas.
- A device and internet access for every student who needs them (schools are reaching out to families this week about devices).
- Attendance will be taken, and grades will count.
What learning platforms will be used?
What supports are available for remote learners?
- Breakfast & lunch are available M-W-F, 12 pm- 2 pm. Tentative locations: Kelly, Morgan, Lawrence, Donahue, HHS North, and Sullivan.
- Advisory groups and learning squads are small group support structures designed to support students’ mental health and academic needs.
- Additional support from counselors, therapists, teachers will be available throughout the day.
Where will the educators be during remote learning?
- “normalize” being in school, so that students see their teachers in a classroom setting;
- give teachers access to classroom resources, including Internet, materials, and equipment;
- enable staff to meet in teams and collaborate with colleagues (with safety precautions).