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Vancouver Public Schools details remote schooling plans

By Katie Gillespie, Columbian Education Reporter
Published: August 21, 2020, 1:22pm

Vancouver Public Schools published more details of its plans to start the school year remotely.

The school board unanimously approved its virtual learning plans earlier this month and has finalized details of student schedules and programs in recent weeks. These are the highlights:

Live and independent instruction

Like other districts, Vancouver Public Schools has developed schedules that feature a split of live video instruction and independent work time. Elementary school students will start their day with full-class check-ins before splitting into whole group and small group activities.

Middle and high school students will follow a more traditional schedule, splitting their courses on alternating days. Wednesdays will be dedicated to independent or small group work, with teachers available to help as needed.

Students will use one application, ClassLink, as the primary hub for all their coursework.

Schedules vary slightly for each campus. More details are available on the district website.

Other resources

The district will continue grab-and-go meal services at the following locations:

• Sarah J. Anderson Elementary School, 2215 N.E. 104th St.

• Fruit Valley Elementary School, 3410 N.W. Fruit Valley Road.

• Peter S. Ogden Elementary, 3200 N.E. 86th Ave.

• Eleanor Roosevelt Elementary School, 2921 Falk Road.

• Washington Elementary, 2908 S St.

• Discovery Middle School, 800 E. 40th St.

• Jason Lee Middle School, 8500 N.W. 9th Ave.

• McLoughlin Middle School, 5802 MacArthur Blvd.

Students will have to pay for lunches unless they qualify for free meals.

The district can also provide resources to families experiencing homelessness. The district’s Homeless Outreach Promoting Education program, a partnership between Vancouver Public Schools and local shelters, can be contacted at 360-313-1483.

The district will also provide tech support for school devices and applications. Technical support can be accessed by emailing student.support@vansd.org or calling 360-313-5400.

Special education services

Case managers will contact families whose children receive special education services in early September to establish a remote learning plan. The district also has a dedicated web page for families enrolled in special education services, available at https://sites.google.com/vansd.net/special-ed-resources/home.

Columbian Education Reporter