Virtual PLUS+ Learning Overview

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    Enhanced and formalized social, emotional and academic learning supports

    Responding to the COVID-19 school closures and racial equity with targeted supports in the areas of academics and social-emotional learning

    • Aligned to traditional in-person learning experience, with staff working their full contract day and planning time embedded into the schedule

    • Attendance taken daily

    • Students graded on completed work

    • Scheduling guardrails across schools, including the same number of lesson blocks across grade levels, and a minimum of 30 to 45 minutes of synchronous instruction per subject at all schools in ACPS 

    • Social, Emotional and Academic Learning (SEAL) lessons for all students combined with structured opportunities to build relationships 

    • Screening of all students for academic as well as  social and emotional needs

    • Expanded staff access to educational tools and professional learning  on a variety of virtual platforms

    • Commitment to exemplary programs such as IB, STEM, CETA, Dual Language and Advanced PLacement (AP)

  • Key Components of Support and Potential Designs

    • Attendance will be taken daily.
    • Students will be graded on completed work.
    • We will provide Scheduling Guardrails across schools.
    • All students will receive SEAL lessons and opportunities to build relationships.
    • Screening of students for academics and social emotional needs.
    • Dedicated SEAL Time
    • Student Engagement and Participation
    • Variety of Instructional Models + Assessments  
    • Opportunities for Differentiated Learning Experiences 
    • Commitment  to Exemplary Programs (e.g. STEM, CETA, DL, AP) 


    The School Day Structure

    Elementary: 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Middle School:  8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    High School:  8:30 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.


    Formative and Ongoing Assessments

    • Staff will utilize the ACPS Teaching and Learning Framework and the MTSS assessment matrix.
    • Prek-1 division staff will work in collaboration with teachers to develop formative  assessments.
    • Students will take a variety of assessments to check for understanding such as exit tickets, performance based assessments, portfolios, video submissions, and common unit assessments.
    • MAP Screener data will inform families, staff, and students to areas of academic strength and areas of focus to inform instruction and necessary supports.
    • We plan to administer MAP Screener virtually for all students, grades 2-12 in math and reading. This is a brief (20 question) screener that is feasible to be administered virtually.
    • We will prioritize student social and emotional wellness in the initial return to school in September; MAP Screener will be administered in early October.
    • Full MAP Assessment will be administered to students grades 2-12 once ACPS returns to in-person learning.


    Division Guidance

    • Explicit Time for SEAL (Consistent, Regular→ Min. of 30 Minutes at Grades 3-12, Min. 20 Minutes at Grades PK-2)
    • Same # of Blocks Across Levels (ex: All ES)
    • Secondary: Explore the Use of  4x4 and Block Models
    • **30-45 Minutes Minimum Synchronous Instruction per Subject (Based on 3.0 Scheduling)
    • Assumptions: 
      • Staff will Return to Their Full Contract Hours


    Professional Learning Supports for Staff

    • Embedded Planning Time 
    • Expanding Tools of all Staff to Meet Model Delivery 
    • Training on a Variety of Virtual Platforms and Instructional Models 
    • Teaching Resources Suited to Virtual Models
    • Family Engagement  



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