Distance Learning Plan - April 6th - End of School Year

  • Consistent with guidance provided by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the purpose of distance learning in the Newton Public Schools will be to support connectedness as a community and to engage students in continuing and deepening their learning. 

    The distance-learning plan includes a structured weekly schedule that teachers will create for their classes. A description of the types of learning experiences included in this plan, as well as sample schedules, can be found in the distance learning plan document. The specific times during which your student will connect with their class, as well as the weekly plan for learning, will come directly from their teacher or their team of teachers. You can expect to receive detailed communication by Monday, April 6th.

    Instructional practices for distance learning cannot be equivalent to the traditional classroom setting. In very short order, parents and guardians have had to increase the amount of time spent supporting their children’s learning at home while juggling other personal, familial and/or professional responsibilities. Additionally, our educators, while balancing the same challenges as our families, have had to acquire new skills, expertise, and ways of working and collaborating to support all learners. With this in mind, the plan seeks to:

    • Create a coherent weekly student experience in each class and overall that addresses the needs of all learners, including students with disabilities and English language learners.
    • Emphasize universal design from the start to ensure expectations can be met and support can be accessed by all students.
    • Build a learning plan that acknowledges the reality that not all students and staff will be able to access the internet consistently on an individual device at set times.
    • Create a plan for students to complete the school year, the courses they are enrolled in, and receive full credit, with a reduction in content learning expected due to the school closure.