Remote Learning at FRCS
Foxborough Regional Charter School has implemented an online learning plan.
The plan was developed not only in response to our extended school closure but as a great tool to enrich the teaching and learning environment in our already strong educational program.
The platform we use is Google Classroom. It’s a digital link to learning! Teachers can use Google Classroom to share assignments, homework, and much more with students and parents.
Foxborough Regional Charter School Remote Learning Acknowledgement
The Foxborough Regional Charter School District is dedicated to providing engaging and effective remote learning opportunities for our students. As part of our remote learning opportunities, the district is offering these opportunities via a virtual platform. Prior to engaging in these virtual opportunities, the district seeks to clarify expectations around appropriate use of virtual technologies for educational opportunities.
- The District strictly prohibits screenshots, pictures, audio/video recording and distribution of any virtual educational experience in order to protect student privacy, proactively prevent potential cyberbullying, prevent the distribution of copyrighted materials and comply with Massachusetts law. Please note that in Massachusetts, it is a crime to record another person through any medium without his or her knowledge.
- Students, and where appropriate parents/guardians, agree to engage in virtual educational experiences in a quiet, private area to the extent practicable given the circumstances, in order to minimize background noise and distractions and to protect the integrity of student engagement as well as student confidentiality.
- Parents/guardians and other household members who normally are not privy to day-to-day classroom and group service discussions agree to respect and keep confidential any personal or private information (e.g. disability status) inadvertently discovered about other students due to proximity of virtual education.
As a reminder, the district’s Acceptable Use Policy applies to virtual learning, including school-issued devices and networks. See our technology and internet use policy here.
On March 25, 2020, the Governor announced that mandated public health closures for all in-person educational operations for public and private elementary and secondary schools would extend until at least May 4, 2020. Unfortunately, this means that FRCS will not be able to provide any in-person educational services or evaluations during school closures. We understand that the extended public health closures present complex challenges for all families, particularly those families of students with disabilities. In response to the extended school closure and in line with updated state and federal guidance, FRCS has added remote learning opportunities for students. Remote learning aims to include, where appropriate and feasible, remote educator-led direct instruction and feedback focused on reinforcing and deepening content knowledge and skills already taught this school year. As part of this remote learning, and to extent appropriate, FRCS plans to provide remote educator-led specialized instruction in line with students’ individualized special education goals and needs.
As we embark on this new journey together, please know that our Special Education staff cares about you and your family. Our goals are for your child are to continue to engage in learning and for them to be successful. Remote learning is something none of us ever imagined would be implemented mid-year in response to a long term school closure caused by a global pandemic! I want to personally thank you for your patience, understanding, and flexibility as this process evolves. We are doing our very best while managing the safety and well-being of our families.
Keep in mind that this is new for all of us and we will surely need to make adjustments as we go in order to continuously improve the effectiveness of our program. I am confident that we will get through this and we will solve any problems that arise if we communicate openly and work together!
With that being said, please know that:
- FRCS is committed to providing your child with special education services and supports to the extent practical during our school closure due to COVID 19.
- In these circumstances, services will be provided differently than they are when school is fully operational.
- Many supports and services can be effectively provided remotely.
- Communication and collaboration with families is key to make this successful.
- FRCS will follow the recommendation of the DESE and provide special education services using a combination of 2 models of service delivery.
Model 1: Resources and Support:
- Special education teachers and service providers will be providing students and families with resources to keep students engaged in learning. (for ex. Links to websites, videos or apps) while at home.
- Special education teachers and service providers will be working closely with general education teachers to provide accommodations for assignments as outlined in your child’s IEP. (for ex. chunking information, providing graphic organizers etc.)
- Special education teachers and service providers are available to support you with your child’s learning through consultation. Please email your child’s special education teacher if you would like to set up a specific day and time for consultation. Otherwise, the special education teacher and related service providers will also be reaching out to families periodically to check-in throughout the duration of our remote learning.
Model 2: Instruction and Services (whole class, small group, and/or individualized):
- FRCS has a strong co-teaching model where special education teachers and general education teachers work together to provide instruction to all students in the classroom. We will continue to use this co-teaching model as we transition to the Google Classroom platform. You will see your child’s special education teacher listed as an additional teacher in Google Classroom. They have the same capabilities to post assignments, chat with students, and see student work as a general education teacher in this platform.
- When needed, a special education teacher can create individualized assignments based on your child’s learning needs (for ex. reading materials at their instructional level)
- Special education teachers will be having weekly small group instruction opportunities for special education students via Zoom or Google Hangout to provide reteaching, repeated practice, clarification of information, and support. If your child is unable to attend these virtual small group sessions, please reach out to their special education teacher to set up a different opportunity for support.
- Related service providers are currently working on ways to provide teletherapy for students. Our Speech and Language Pathologists have completed the 10 training hours required by their licensing board. OT and PT are also able to provide teletherapy for students. Our related service providers will reach out directly to families individually to develop a service delivery plan.
Should you have any questions or need assistance, please reach out to your child’s teacher, their Special Education teacher or Lori Obenchain, Director of Student Services.