Pottsgrove Opens Registration for Tuesday Zoom Meeting

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – A health and safety plan that outlines how, and under what circumstances and guidelines, Pottsgrove School District students will return to education during the 2020-2021 academic year is expected to be voted on Tuesday (Aug. 4, 2020) during a virtual special meeting of the district Board of School Directors on the Zoom conferencing platform.

The meeting is set to begin at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. Those interested in attending can register in advance with the district, here. Once registered, visitors will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session.

Choices due by Tuesday

Parents have been asked to select a hybrid or virtual academy choice for each of their children attending school, and submit it (or them) – using the parent intent form available here – to the district by no later than Tuesday.

Several items available for reading and viewing

The meeting agenda, which also contains other items, is available for download from the district, here.

The latest 60-page plan itself, last revised Monday (Aug. 3) according to the district, can be downloaded here.

A 12-page overview of Pottsgrove’s activities to date in preparing its healthy and safety plans for athletics and education, and how the plans are expected to be implemented, can be downloaded here.

A description of “flex days” being offered to Pottsgrove teachers to meet their professional learning needs can be downloaded here.

In its most recent public communication, a July 30 letter from district Superintendent Dr. William Shirk to students’ parents, Pottsgrove expanded upon how its hybrid and virtual education options would work for both students in kindergarten through fifth grade, and for those in grades 6-12 (below). A district-produced video presentation (above) was posted to Vimeo to give parents more information.

For the district’s youngest students

It said “teachers at the elementary level will be assigned as either a PGSD Virtual Academy teacher or a hybrid program teacher. In both cases, the students will be engaging with the PGSD core curriculum in all content areas. The teachers in both programs will continue to work together to ensure that the students in both programs are getting a rich educational experience.

“There will be opportunities, on days that children in the hybrid program are not physically in school, to have the opportunity to engage in face-to-face contact with a teacher. Students in the Virtual Academy will engage in both online synchronous learning as well as asynchronous time for independent practice. Teachers will also be working closely with the special education, gifted support and ESL staff to ensure we are connecting with and meeting the needs of all students.

Recorded lessons will be available for families to access should they need to engage in school work during non-school hours.”

For Pottsgrove’s older students

It added “at the secondary level (grades 6-12), the hybrid and virtual programs will be taught by the same teacher. A teacher’s roster will specify his or her students regardless of whether the student selects the virtual or hybrid model. In this way, the instruction, content, and pacing remains identical across the programs and all students remain “connected” with one another. This also assists with those classes that are only taught by one teacher.

“Students within the PGSD Virtual Academy will participate in live-streamed classes while their peers within the hybrid model participate in the same lesson within the school. Teachers will work to identify those portions of the lesson to be live-streamed and plan for logical breakpoints in instruction, during which students can work independently whether at school or at home.

“Even during remote learning days that are outlined within the hybrid model, students will participate in live instruction. This allows content to be taught synchronously on four of the five days, with asynchronous connections occurring on the fifth day.”

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