Remote 2.0 FAQs

Frequently asked questions

How was the Remote 2.0 schedule developed?

A leadership team of administrators, teachers, counselors & instructional coaches at PVMS developed this schedule in response to input from parents, following guidelines outlined by the SWCS district. The schedule combines aspects of live (synchronous) instruction as well as self-paced (asynchronous) learning opportunities, both of which research has shown to be excellent ways to teach students, even in a digital setting.

Synchronous Instruction offers numerous benefits to students, whether in-person or in a virtual setting, including:

  • Students can ask questions in real-time.

  • Students feel a greater sense of community and connection to their peers when they all learn together.

  • Students become more engaged in their learning.

  • Students feel a stronger sense of collaboration & community.

Asynchronous Instruction offers valuable educational opportunities for students to access on their own time, including:

  • Students progress through the learning when/where they want, at the pace they want, in the order they want.

  • Students have more time to reflect on what they have learned.

  • Shy students may feel more comfortable interacting with their teachers or peers when they have time to compose their thoughts, rather than feeling pressured to speak up in a live setting.

Remote digital learning can be very powerful! In fact, a study by renowned education researcher, John Hattie, shows the effect of distance learning on a child’s education to be “...minimal,” meaning that distance learning is not really any better or worse than face-to-face learning in and of itself. What teachers do and what students do in a digital learning environment is what matters, and we are dedicated to offering an outstanding educational experience to your child, whether in-person or online.

What if our family schedule prevents my child from attending the ‘live’ morning sessions?

It is not an absolute requirement that your child attend all live instruction Google Meet sessions, and he/she cannot be graded for attending/not attending those sessions. However, we highly encourage your child to take advantage of all the opportunities made available during remote instruction, including daily opportunities to learn and interact as a class in a “live” setting. We also understand that your family schedule may make it challenging to do so from time to time when families have conflicts in the morning. Regardless of a student’s ability to attend a live session, he/she will still be required to keep up in each class by watching pre-recorded content and completing assignments. For this reason, teachers will make themselves available at other times as well, outside of these live sessions.

How will my child log into each class for a live session?

Google Classroom will be the primary resource through which instruction will be delivered during remote instruction. Each teacher will provide detailed information on his/her Classroom page, including Google Meet Links, Office Hours, and other contact information. Please feel free to email the teacher directly if you have questions about a class.

How often will my child’s teacher be available during the day?

Teachers will be providing at least 2-hours of live instruction per day, to be divided among all of their classes and students. In addition, 2-hours per week of recorded content will be made available to extend the learning happening in daily live sessions. Finally, teachers will offer office hours two hours per week, where students and parents can communicate with teachers to ask questions or get help. Your child’s teachers will provide specific details about office hours.

My child struggled to keep up in a virtual classroom last spring. How will this be different?

In our new and improved remote learning experience, students will have more daily interactions with their teachers. In addition, they will have multiple opportunities to interact in live sessions with teachers and specialists. Honest, timely communication is critical if a student feels that he/she is falling behind. In middle school, it is the student’s responsibility to reach out to his/her teacher to ask for help. The digital setting offers a great deal of flexibility for teachers and intervention specialists to meet with students individually or in small groups to offer additional support, intervention, or extension opportunities. We know that students who attend live sessions tend to perform at higher levels than those who don’t attend.

Will students follow this schedule on days at home if/when we return to Blended Learning?

Blended Learning, when your child will attend school two days per week as part of the ‘Green Group’ or the ‘Blue Group’, will operate under a different schedule than this Remote Learning schedule. Teachers will not be available to provide live instruction to students at home because they will be teaching another group of students who are physically present at school. We will provide specific information about what Blended Learning will look like at a later date.