Valparaiso High School Remote Learners!
The start of this academic year is here and I hope you are looking forward to it as much as I am! I am sure some of you have questions about what a school day looks like with remote learning. Below is information regarding student schedules, bell schedule, assignments, communication, setting up for success, assistance with school-issued electronic devices, remote learner expectations, and picking up materials.
The school day for remote learners is the same as those students in the schoolhouse, 7:56 a.m.- 2:25 p.m. As such, students are to be available during this time to meet with their teachers virtually or participate in class discussions.
PLEASE NOTE: During the first few days of school, teachers may be establishing classroom routines and guidelines for students attending classes in the schoolhouse; therefore, it is possible that you may not have a live session the first couple of days.
The bell schedule is different for the 2020-21 academic year. Please review the schedule and become familiar with it.
All assignments are due on the same date and time they are due for the whole class. Any late work policy applies in both settings as well so take the time to look this over. Grades are also calculated in the same manner.
It is of utmost importance to keep the lines of communication open between you, your teachers, and your parent/guardian so any questions regarding set times for your live class participation or meetings can be answered. Please know that just because you are a remote learner, that does not mean you will not become ill; therefore, it is also important to let your teachers and the attendance office know if this is the case and you will not be able to complete your assignments. You can submit any paperwork as normal to the attendance office via email.
You are expected to login to Skyward frequently and Canvas daily. You are also expected to be available to communicate with your teachers during your scheduled class period everyday as well as before or after school. Any meetings may occur via Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc. and may entail teacher feedback on assignments, help sessions, or your participation in class discussions.
Information from your teachers will be shared via Canvas so be sure to check Canvas frequently. The best way to stay abreast of daily announcements is via Canvas. One of the first items you will notice on the Canvas page is the homeroom presentation.
You should all be able to access your Canvas account, but if your parent/guardian would like access, please have them use the information below so they can become an observer on your Canvas account.
To become an observer on Canvas, use the following steps:
On the right-hand side of the screen, click: “Pair with Observer”
Click: Account and log out of student account
Return to Canvas
Click: Click Here for Account
Complete the fields for the Parent Signup
Click: Start Participating
Setting Up for Success
Remote learning is not like extended eLearning so it is best to be prepared. Please read over the following tips:
Remember, you are in school from at least 7:56 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. This may be longer if your teacher would like to meet with you.
Get ready for school by getting dressed.
Identify and set up shop in a quiet and comfortable spot. Make this your permanent learning space.
Have your device charged or be near an outlet for quick charging.
Read any Canvas announcements so you are up to date on any information.
Don’t procrastinate. It is very important to keep up with your work, so plan accordingly.
Be sure to also stay on top of your grades via Skyward. If there are any questions, communicate them to your teacher.
Be sure to ask for help when you need it. This is not limited to asking for help to understand a concept, but when life happens. This can be a difficult time for many people so please know that we (counselors, social workers, teachers, administrators, Lt. Blakley, and, of course, Thor) are here for you.
School Issued Electronic Device Issues
If you have a school issued device and it is having issues, please email your teachers and let them know. Then, fill out the device repair request form. If you have a personal device and it is having issues, please use the same device repair request form to obtain a school device.
VCS Remote Learner Expectations
Information on remote learning can be found on the remote learning page of our district site. The page also links to the Remote Learning Policies for the Valparaiso Community Schools. Please make some time to review these if you have not done so already,
Remote Learner Drive-Through Material Pick Up
Teachers are gathering any materials for our remote learners. These items will be available for curbside pickup on Wednesday, August 12th from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Once you arrive, please call the school office at 219-531-3070, provide your student’s name to our office staff, and your materials will be brought out to you.
Some of our classes only require students to access electronic books and Canvas. In these cases, students will already have their electronic devices and no materials will be sent home.
As a reminder, maintaining effective communication is very important. Although we are holding this drive-through event to pick up any materials, your teacher will communicate with you when more materials need to be picked up as the year progresses.
I truly hope you find this information helpful as you prepare for a new school year. Finally, I ask for your patience and understanding as our teachers work through any logistical issues with this new form of instruction.
Dr. Veronica Tobon