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First Week Expectations

  • Teacher Assignments and First Week Expectations
    Our first week will begin with our new Return to Learn curriculum, which includes community building, social-emotional support, academic assessments, and orientation about what to expect with the virtual school experience.

    Our enrollment in the virtual school has continued to evolve as District 7 has received new enrollments, so some class rosters are still being built and teachers and classes are being assigned. You will be contacted by your assigned teacher between Monday and Wednesday of next week. Rest assured that you will not be required to log on for virtual classes, and attendance will not be required, until you are contacted by your teacher.

    Elementary Virtual School Orientation
    If you were unable to participate in one of our orientation sessions, this video is available below.

    New Virtual School Section of our Website
    In this new section of our website dedicated to the Virtual School, you will find contact information for our elementary coordinator, Verotta Kennedy. Each elementary school also has an assigned coordinator for the virtual school students who will stay in touch with families and provide support for you as needed.

    D7 Virtual School Pick Up Meals
    District 7 is providing breakfast and lunch meal service for all students, regardless of the learning model in which they participate. Students who qualify for free and reduced meals will receive meals accordingly; all other students may participate at the regular meal rates.

    Five-day meal kits are available for students enrolled in the District 7 Virtual School. Meals will be picked up each Monday between 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. at the location selected during registration (Carver Middle School, Cleveland Academy, Drayton Mills Elementary, E.P. Todd School). When Monday is a school holiday, pickup will be on Tuesday. Please register here by the Tuesday prior to pickup. More information and the registration form is available here

    Wi-Fi and Tech Support
    We have provided guidance on several common technical support issues on our website here. If you are unable to resolve technical difficulties on your own, the first step is to let your teacher know. Teachers are able to address many technical support questions. If your teacher is unable to resolve the problem, he/she will connect you with a member of District 7’s technology support team for additional guidance.

    If you are unable to reach your teacher, please contact your school’s Support Technician. A list of the technicians for each school is available here.

Virtual School Schedule

  • 5K, 1st grade, 2nd grade schedule
    8:00 – 8:30                  Morning Meeting
    8:30 – 11:00                English Language Arts Block
    11:00 – 11:30              Mini Math Lesson/Number Talk
    11:30 – 12:30              Lunch
    12:30 – 1:00                Math
    1:00 – 1:30                  Related Arts/Social Studies and Science Rotation
    1:30 – 1:45                  Class Meeting and Check-in before dismissal
    NOTE:Build in iReady – 45 minutes a week in ELA and 45 minutes a week in math

    3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade schedule
    8:00 – 8:30                  Morning Meeting
    8:30 – 11:30                English Language Arts & Math Block
    11:30 – 12:30              Lunch
    12:30 – 1:45                Science/Social Studies Block
    1:45 – 2:15                  Related Arts
    2:15 – 2:30                  Class Meeting and Check-in before dismissal
    NOTE:Build in iReady – 45 minutes a week in ELA and 45 minutes a week in math

A brief video tutorial on how to join a Microsoft Teams meeting.

Virtual School Orientation Session - Elementary

Curriculum for Elementary Level 

  • Drawing from the strength of our best veteran teachers who bring years of proven success with integrating technology into the classroom, District 7 has developed an elementary Virtual School curriculum to meet the academic and developmental needs for each grade level. This curriculum will be aligned with state standards and will mirror our in-school curriculum pacing, allowing for a smooth transition back to the traditional school setting. District 7 is also incorporating iReady, a comprehensive assessment and instruction program to help teachers develop an individual learning path for each student, and Edmentum, an online curriculum resource.

    Each student will be expected to virtually “attend” school during regular school hours, receive quality instruction from their teacher based on state curriculum standards, earn grades, and build relationships with their classmates and teacher. Elementary Virtual School students will be grouped across the district based on enrollment, so a student's teacher and classmates may be from any of our schools.

    Elementary students need one person at home who is committed to supporting them in virtual learning (three hours per day recommended). This home "learning coach" will have access to information and support materials to help ensure the student's success.

    Because staffing the Virtual School requires shifting teachers away from traditional classrooms, elementary parents are asked to commit to a full year of virtual instruction. However, if a family requests a transfer back to in-person instruction for the start of the third nine weeks (January), we will honor that request if possible. A shift out of the Virtual School at the elementary level will include being placed with a new teacher for the second half of the year. Deadline to enroll was July 31, 2020. 

Elementary School Supply List

  • The elementary school supply list for virtual students is as follows (during the first week of school, your specific teacher may add additional items to this list which are specific to the needs of the class):

    KINDERGARTEN - 1st GRADE

    • #2 Pencils (preferably oversized beginner pencils)
    • Pencil sharpener
    • Pencil box
    • Erasers
    • Markers (washable with FINE Tip)
    • Markers (washable with BROAD Tip)
    • Glue sticks
    • 1 pair of child safe blunt tip scissors
    • Crayons (1 box with 16-24 count)
    • Primary Composition notebooks (wide ruled)
    • Paper (wide ruled)
    • Earbuds or headphones that plug in (not wireless)

    ​2nd – 5th GRADES

    • Pencils
    • ​Pencil top erasers
    • Markers (washable with FINE Tip)
    • Markers (washable with BROAD Tip)
    • Colored pencils
    • Highlighters
    • Ruler
    • Glue sticks
    • 1 pair of child safe scissors
    • Crayons (16-24 count)
    • Pencil box
    • Pocket Folders
    • Composition notebook (wide ruled)
    • Paper (wide ruled)
    • One Binder
    • Binder Dividers (one pack)
    • Earbuds or headphones that plug in (not wireless)
    • Student Planner

    A MacBook/iPad pickup schedule is being communicated directly from your home elementary school. Elementary virtual teacher assignments and a daily schedule will be shared with families via email. 

FAQ for Elementary

  • Where is the Virtual School located?
    Participants access the Virtual School through the Internet. If the Internet is accessible, participants can learn from any place, any space, anytime.

    Will my elementary school aged child be in the Virtual School with students from her home school?
    Elementary Virtual School students will be grouped across the district based on enrollment, so a student's teacher and classmates may be from any of our schools.

    How can I help my child continue learning?
    Stay in touch with your child’s school. Review assignments from the school, and help your child establish a reasonable pace for completing the work. You may need to assist your child with turning on devices, reading instructions, and typing answers. Create a schedule and routine for learning at home but remain flexible. Consider the needs and adjustment required for your child’s age group. The transition to being at home will be different for preschoolers, K-5, middle school students, and high school students. Talk to your child about expectations and how they are adjusting to being at home versus at school. Look for ways to make learning fun.

    Will teachers be accountable for having "live" instruction?
    Yes, teachers are accountable for live instruction as a component of the Virtual School.

    Will there be flexibility in a student's pace of learning (can they go ahead or are they limited to go at the pace of the class)?
    In grades K-5 students will follow the pace set by his or her teacher.

    Will students in the Virtual School be able to login to a live classroom?
    Elementary students will login to a live instructional session composed of a teacher and other students.  

    What might an elementary school student’s Virtual online day look like?
    A Virtual School day is scheduled as a Regular School day - 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Virtual students in elementary grades follow a specific schedule to allow structure to the school day. Virtual D7 teachers in grades K-5 will teach the core subjects of English, math, science and social studies. There may be some flexibility with lessons being available on video to watch later in related arts and possibly others. 

    A typical day: 
    An elementary student may wake up and eat breakfast before logging on to his computer to review his plan for the day with his parent/guardian.
    His/her first lesson of the day is a reading exercise about the weather cycle. He reads through an animated set of slides and answers questions along the way, designed to check his understanding of what he/she reads. 
    His/her teacher will review his answers and take notes about the things the student might misunderstand. Later, the teacher will work with the student on these misunderstandings.
    Next, the student participates in a live online class with his teacher and classmates. The mathematics topic today is fractions and decimals.
    In their virtual classroom, the students watch and listen to the teacher model those new skills. The student can use a feature in the virtual classroom that allows him to “raise his hand” when he/she has a question or needs help. Students would then practice these new skills at home until the class meets again virtually.
    After lunch, the student spends time practicing keyboarding skills in an online typing program before he takes a break to go outside and play.
    Before the online lessons end for the day, his/her teacher gives the class some instructions related to a new writing assignment. The teacher asks the students to think about a topic they find interesting or something they want to know more about. The teacher asks the students to be ready to share the topic they select during the next online class.
    Later that afternoon, the student talks with his parent/guardian about the ideas he has for his writing assignment. During an online meeting yesterday morning, his teacher read a story about the ancient Egyptians, and he/she thinks he would like to research the Egyptian pyramids.
    The student does 20 minutes of independent reading time before bed by reading a chapter from his favorite book with a parent.

    What does the day look like for an elementary student? How will related arts be covered for elementary?
    The day will mirror an in-person school day to the fullest extent possible, with breaks for the student to complete assignments, eat lunch, and have recess.
    Related arts teachers will provide lessons virtually.
    Orchestra/band for 5th grade will be provided in a modified format of instruction.