CONTINUITY OF EDUCATION PLAN

GOAL
 
The goal of the Ligonier Valley School District Continuity of Education Plan is to continue the District's mission of maximizing individual potential.
OVERVIEW OF PLAN
 
LVSD's Continuity of Education Plan is designed to provide the best remote experiences and services possible to our learners during the COVID-19 mandatory school closure. In addition, the health and safety of our learners and staff are our top priority.  The plan will be delivered through a combination of online, paper-pencil, and telephonic opportunities.
EXPECTATIONS FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING
 
Teaching and learning will occur through the following:

    

Planned Instruction – Teachers use learning progressions, learner goals,  and courses of study to introduce new concepts, skills, and learner outcomes.

 

Enrichment and Review – Teachers consider levels of mastery for each learner as they provide activities to reinforce or extend prior learning.        

     

Online Synchronous Learning – Occurs in real time, but from different locations.  This can occur during teacher office hours, or as a scheduled learning experience provided by the teacher.

 

Online Asynchronous Learning – Occurs 24/7 through pre-arranged learning experiences.  These experiences might include full coursework through an online platform, recorded lessons, or pre-assigned paper-pencil activities.

 

Office Hours – Online opportunities where staff is available to engage with individuals, or small or large groups of learners who have similar learning goals.    

COMMUNICATION TOOLS AND STRATEGIES

 

Communications with staff, learners, and families will be provided through several methods:

  • SWIFT ALERT (mass notification system)
  • District Webpage
  • Zoom Meeting App
  • Email (Click on Staff Emails by building)
  • Phone (Listed by building)
ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY AND MATERIALS

 

Using school-issued iPads and other technology, learners will have access to instruction through Schoology, Google Classroom, and other platforms, sites and apps that learners have used throughout this school year.  Wireless access devices have been ordered for loan during the closure.  Information will be available if/when they are received.

 

Learners should be careful to remember that use of devices should follow the same rules as outlined in the Student Rights and Responsibilities document and LVSD’s Acceptable Use Policy.

 

Learners who are unable to access instruction virtually will be provided with materials and supplies to enable learning to continue.

STAFF EXPECTATIONS
 
Staff Expectations include:
  • Maintain daily online office hours to engage with learners in individual, or small or large group opportunities.
  • Develop learning experiences designed to enrich, reinforce, or introduce new concepts.
  • Monitor learner engagement and performance.
  • Maintain communication with learners' families.
  • Inform office staff of attendance issues.
  • Attend staff meetings.
LEARNER EXPECTATIONS
 
Learner Expectations include:
  • Login to Schoology account daily.
  • Stay in contact with teachers through email, Zoom meetings, message boards, or other method determined by the teacher and learner.
  • Complete work and submit assignments.
  • Participate in live meetings for instructional assistance or to check in with teacher.
  • Ask for help when needed.
ATTENDANCE/ACCOUNTABILITY
 
Teachers (LVE, RKM, LVMS) will monitor learner attendance through submission of assignments and participation in office hours.
Learners (LVHS) will check-in with homeroom teachers by 10:00 A.M. daily.
Learners (LV Online) will be monitored by their Point of Contact as in the past.
 
Attendance secretaries/building administrators will contact any learner/learner's parent or guardian, who has not had contact with a staff member for two consecutive days.
 
GOOD FAITH EFFORTS FOR ACCESS AND EQUITY FOR ALL LEARNERS
 
Beginning the week of March 10, 2020, informal surveys were conducted to identify learners who did not have internet access.  Teachers at all levels began preparing take-home bags/packets for those learners.  In addition, a letter was sent home with learners on March 12, 2020, informing parents of the district's preparations to plan for a possible extended school closure.  This included an outreach to those needing a device or internet access.  Since then, learners and parents have received numerous updates that have been conveyed using the means identified on the Continuity of Education Plan's "Communication Tools and Strategies."
 
 
SPECIAL EDUCATION SUPPORTS
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The Ligonier Valley School District has an obligation to avoid discrimination on the basis of disability under Title II and Section 504, while cooperating with public health authorities to ensure that learners with disabilities have access to the school’s education program. Educational services shall be maintained for a learner who has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or receives services under Section 504 and is required to stay home by public health authorities or school officials for an extended period because of COVID-19. During the school closure and implementation of the Continuity of Education plan, the District will continue to provide children with a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in good faith.  The learner shall receive all services, including related services, specially designed instruction, and applicable accommodations in a virtual environment.  These services shall be provided in a good faith effort to meet the needs of the individual child as outlined in the Individualized Education Program.

GIFTED EDUCATION
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Gifted services shall be provided to all eligible learners throughout the COVID-19 closure.  The services are outlined in each learner's Gifted Individualized Education Program (GIEP) and shall be implemented in good faith.
ELL SUPPORTS
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All eligible learners will receive instruction virtually for English language acquisition that aligns to his/her goals.  In addition, supports will remain in place to assist English Language Learners (ELLs) in all academic areas. Translation assistance for parents of ELLs will continue to be provided as needed.
SEVICES
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The following services are in place to assist learners and their families during the school closure:

BUILDING CONTACTS
 
Laurel Valley Elementary School
Wayne Waugh, Assistant Principal
724 235-2723
R. K. Mellon Elementary School
Chris Theys, Assistant Principal
724 238-5663
Ligonier Valley Middle School
David Steimer, Principal
Paulina Burns, Assistant Principal
724 238-6412
Ligonier Valley High School
Tim Kantor, Principal
Rachel Kurdziel, Assistant Principal
724-238-9531
Special Education, Alternative Education, Homeless Learners, Elementary Principal
Ed Moran, Director of Learner Services and Elementary Principal
724-238-5696, extension 103