Schedule

Learning At Home for School Year 2020-2021

It is DCPS’ mission to provide rigorous and joyful learning experiences for every student, every day. Together, with educators and families, we will maximize learning opportunities for the start of this school year and beyond. Your learning at home schedule may look a little different than it did in the spring as our teachers have worked hard to create a stronger virtual experience for all our students.

We expect students will be more engaged and connected with their teachers and peers through frequent live instruction. School schedules will provide more structure and predictability for students, families, and staff. And through user-friendly technology and greater access to resources our entire school community will receive more support for learning at home.

If you have questions about learning at home, check out the FAQ for Families.

Schedule Snapshots

These schedules are sample snapshots. Individual school and student schedules will vary based on student need, staffing, enrollment, and course offerings. For grades K-12, Wednesdays will follow a different schedule than most days and be dedicated to office hours with core instructional teachers, small group instruction, independent learning, and supplemental programming such as college and career exploration, advisory, and community building.

Additional notes by grade level are included in the chart at the bottom of this page.

Learning at Home Commitments

Students will Learn Online Every Day

We spent the spring and summer working with over 200 teachers and staff to transfer our curriculum to an online experience, which will allow for a more user-friendly, efficient and organized approach to virtual learning. We are leaning on the expertise and feedback of our educators to update learning at home materials that meet the needs of all students. Educators will build authentic relationships with students virtually through consistent feedback and real-time support on class assignments.

Students in need of special education services, English language support, and other required supports will still receive these services with all-virtual instruction. The learning at home experience may include co-taught and/or small group or individual lessons with a special educator or ESL teacher. All students will have a distance learning plan addendum added to their IEP, as well.

Remember: Every Day Counts! Student connections with teachers and peers is vital to learning at home, and attendance will be taken daily.

Consistency in Scheduling

In response to feedback we received from the learning at home experience this spring, we will provide families with clear schedules for students. Students can expect to engage in live lessons with their classmates that follow a predictable schedule weekly. Student schedules will include live lessons with their teachers, small group learning, and independent work time.

On most days, our Pre-K and elementary students should anticipate 1-3 hours of live lessons with their teachers; and our older students in middle school and high school should anticipate 4-5 hours of live lessons each day, with plenty of time to complete assignments and collaborate with other students.

User-Friendly Technology and Easy Access to Learning Tools

Canvas, our online, common learning management system, will be used by teachers and students to keep learning at home resources in one place. Canvas allows students to see daily and weekly schedules and keep track of assignments all in one place. From learning materials to Microsoft Teams live lesson links, everything will be on Canvas.

We will ensure that students have the devices necessary to fully engage in learning at home. By completing the Tech Access Survey at dcps.tech/survey, you will help us identify and fill the gaps to technology access and make sure your school has a device ready for any student that needs one. The form is mobile-friendly and available in all languages. If you need assistance completing the survey, please contact your child’s school.

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Take survey at dcps.tech/survey

Sample Learning at Home Schedules by Grade Level

Here is a look at what a typical day of learning at home will look like for students by grade level. (This table is best-viewed in your desktop browser.)

Grades PK3-PK4Grades K-2Grades 3-5Grades 6-8Grades 9-12
Average of 30-60 minutes per day of live instructionAverage of 2 hours per day of live instructionAverage of 2-3 hours per day of live instructionAverage of 4-5 hours per day of live instructionAverage of 4-5 hours per day of live instruction
Morning
Morning Meeting (Live!)

Small Group Lesson (Live!)

Independent Play and
Practice

Snack with My Teacher (Live Chat and Chew!)
Morning Meeting (Live!)

Literacy Learning (Live!)

Small Group Work (Live!)/ Independent Practice

Social Studies or Science (Live!)

Math Block (Live!)
Morning Meeting (Live!)

Reading, Research and Writing (Live!)

Small Group Work (Live!)/ Independent Practice

Social Studies or

Science (Live!)
Day A (Day B Alternating)

Advisory (Live!)

Period 1: English Language Arts – Instruction (Live!) and Independent Practice/ Small Groups

Period 2: Social Studies– Instruction (Live!) and Independent Practice/ Small Groups
Period 1: English Language Arts – Instruction (Live!) and Independent Practice/ Small Groups

Period 2: Science – Instruction (Live!) and Independent Practice/ Small Groups
BreakRestLunchLunchLunchLunch
Afternoon
Learning through Play

Individualized Student/Family Check-in with Teacher (Live!)

Art, Music, PE or other Inner Core Subjects (Live or Independent)

Independent Play and Practice
Art, Music, PE or other Inner Core Subjects (Live or Independent)

Independent Practice
Math Block (Live!)

Small Group Work (Live!)

Art, Music, PE or other Inner Core Subjects (Live or Independent)

Independent Practice
Period 3: World Language – Instruction (Live!) and Independent Practice/ Small Groups

Period 4: Elective – Instruction (Live!) and Independent Practice/ Small Groups
Period 3: Mathematics – Instruction (Live!) and Independent Practice/ Small Groups

Period 4: Elective – Instruction (Live!) and Independent Practice/ Small Groups
FYISome schools may use an AM/PM schedule – this shows a student with an AM schedule.
Art, Music, or other Inner Core Subjects may rotate per quarter.
Art, Music, or other Inner Core Subjects may rotate per quarter.B Days would alternate and include other core content of Math, Science, and PE. Most students will have 7 courses total.Students could have up to 4 courses each semester.