Q: How will the pacing of the school day look?
A: The pacing may be slower to account for health and safety procedures and/or learning at home; our teachers will be able to adjust as needed.
Q: Are the teachers in approval of the district’s plan for instruction?
A: While we cannot say that every single faculty member agrees with the district’s reopening procedures, the district has moved forward with reopening using the majority consensus.
Q: How will students be held accountable for attendance and classwork?
A: There will be an expectation for daily attendance and full participation of all students. All attendance procedures will be in full effect whether students are in-person or remote.
Q. Will everyone have access to the remote learning resources, even if they are attending some form of in-person instruction?
A: The district has a plan for remote-only learning in the event the schools are shut down due a COVID-19 outbreak. Because of this, all students will have access to remote learning resources as needed.
Q. What is the difference between remote learning and homeschooling?
A: Remote learning is delivered by the school district for students who are enrolled in school, but are not attending in-person instruction. Instruction is provided by certified teachers in accordance with New York State Learning Standards. Parents who wish to homeschool their child must provide written notice to the school district, and submit an individualized home instruction plan, as well as quarterly reports and evaluations, to the district.
Q: Will students still take state exams (e.g., the 3-8 math and ELA assessments, Regents exams)?
A: Any Grades 3-8 and Regents examinations required by the New York State Department of Education (NYSED) will be made available to students in the appropriate grade level. If examinations are waived, the district will communicate that information to families.
Q: I heard that you are limiting your course offerings, specifically advanced placement classes. Is this true?
Q: Can parents and guardians change their mind if they initially chose remote learning?
A: Over the summer, we asked parents to indicate whether they were comfortable with the district’s hybrid learning model or if they’d like to opt for remote learning. Parents and guardians who selected “remote learning” as their preference have been asked to commit to a single marking period at a time. The district will try to be flexible should parents/guardians need to make an adjustment halfway through a marking period and will honor a request to switch from remote to hybrid if possible.
Q: Will remote students still be able to participate in specials, such as art and music?
Q: Will remote learners have the opportunity to meet their teacher in person and visit the school during a time when classes are not in session?
A: Yes, we will be creating these opportunities during the school year.
Q: Do you think that remote learners will fall behind?
A: While nothing can ever replace in person learning, we are confident that remote students who engage daily can and should be able to keep pace with their learning. Parents and guardians should communicate with their child’s teacher(s) and building principal early and often with concerns or questions.
Q: Will teachers be teaching remote and in-person cohorts?
Q: Will grading be handled differently?
A: We don’t anticipate any changes in our grading process.
Q: Why didn’t White Plains opt for daily in-person kindergarten?
A: It was considered, but the district was not able to make those accommodations. Additionally, it was important to the district to offer grade-levels an opportunity to enter the classroom in some capacity.
Q: What is the difference between synchronous and asynchronous classes/assignments?
A: Synchronous classes occur during a specific, set time frame. During a synchronous class, students and instructors are online at the same time. All students must be online at that exact time in order to participate in a synchronous class or assignment. Asynchronous assignments, on the other hand, allow students to complete their work on their own time. With asynchronous assignments, students are given a timeframe during which they need to complete their task.
Q: Will students be given homework on top of their at home assignments?
A: The district has to look very closely at homework. The district believes that school work at home can be a meaningful and essential part of a child’s learning, however, we want to respectful of students’ time. We do not assign busy work to students – we want their work at home to be meaningful.
Q: How many students are allowed in a classroom?
A: It depends on the classroom size. Every classroom will adhere to the six foot social distancing requirement; class sizes are dependent on the size of the room.