Teacher Guidelines

  • eLearning days are considered a contracted work day for teachers. Teachers/certified staff are expected to be available to students and parents during the hours of a typical school day.
  • If eLearning occurs on a Saturday, staff members are expected to set six (6) hours of contact time and publish those times to students and parents in advance and on their LMS.
  • If a piece of instruction is reliant on the Internet, this should be clearly noted in the student directions, as well as a statement that allows students additional time to access the content if internet access is not available in the student's home. Free Community Wifi Access Map.
  • Students and parents should have well publicized methods to reach a teacher. Email access is expected and telephone communication is strongly recommended for the day. (see the communication document for more guidance).
  • If a staff member does not have access to the Internet at home, he/she should relocate to a site with functioning Internet, unless the county alert status is elevated to a travel warning.
  • Students and parents should receive a live response to questions and concerns (email or call) within 30 minutes of the initial contact, if the initial contact is made during contracted times.
  • Develop lessons that are equivalent to a school day.
    • Elementary/Middle - 20 minutes per content area
    • High School- 30 minutes per period/content area
  • eLearning is conducted in a different environment than a typical classroom. Therefore, lessons should be built using the SBCSC eLearning Lesson Plan Guidance as well as taking into consideration that students will find sitting at a table for 5-6 hours a challenge. Lessons built using movement, hands-on activities, manipulatives, etc... will help students maintain engagement in the day.
  • eLearning lessons should contain all materials needed for the lesson. If a student will need a page from a textbook or paper that was sent home, these items should also be posted on the LMS.
  • Students not completing eLearning material will be marked as being unexcused absence unless a valid reason is presented to the school.
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