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MLSD Extended Learning Plan

Impacted Students: How will schools/districts identify which students have been most impacted by the pandemic in terms of their learning progress (with a focus on the most vulnerable student populations including but not limited to disengaged students)?

The district keeps a longitudinal database on every student that allows us to monitor each student’s progress over time and compare pre-pandemic progress with post-pandemic progress. Additionally, we are able to compare each student’s progress with that of her/his peers. Within our database, we record STAR scores (reading and math), reading benchmark progress and state test results. Each form of assessment has a locally developed set of benchmark scores used to determine each students state of readiness to successfully graduate.

Needs: How will schools and districts identify the needs of those students?

All MLSD teachers have recently completed an instructional gap analysis specific to their course(s) curriculum. The outcomes will be shared vertically and be used in the summer and fall to adjust instructional planning. This gap analysis will be our way of meeting the majority of students, “where they are.” Additionally, every student will be screened both in May and August in both language arts and mathematics using STAR, by Renaissance. The STAR instrument will identify specific areas of weakness. These will be examined by teacher teams during TBT time and students will be placed in intervention groups as needed. Students identified in May as needing intervention will also be contacted specifically to encourage participation in the summer extension program. Additional Tier II and III interventions will be provided in areas of high need. Finally, teacher input is encouraged and used to prevent any student from falling through the cracks or being miss-identified.

Resources and Budget: What resources are available to address those needs? Generally, what is the budget for the plan?

Our plan is to mix a variety of funds that are available to us as we design a comprehensive plan of student support. Resources include: Title funds I, II, IV, V; 21st Century funds; School Improvement funds (MJHS only); ESSR II and III funds. The Extended Learning Plan budget will not be driven by available grant funding, however. Costs that extend beyond resources provided us, as mentioned above, will be covered through the District General Fund.

Approaches: What approaches can best be deployed to address those needs? (This may include approaches such as ending the school year later than scheduled, beginning the new year early, extending the school day, summer programs, tutoring and remote options.)

All approaches to extended learning have been included in a stakeholder discussion of the ELP. There is very little community or staff support for an extension of the current or next school year. Another concern is that any daily time extension of less than 1-2 hours would be meaningless. Such an extension could get students home far too late in the day because bus routes cover the entire county. Staff and students are currently exhausted, as a result of the challenges of the last 12 months. Neither of the two options mentioned above have been well received.

Consequently, we believe that a summer program is clearly our best option. In the past we have provided traditional summer school, but we feel that this Extended Learning Plan will need to focus differently. We have settled on a non-traditional set of summer workshop offerings during the months of June, July and August. Workshops will vary in length from one day to five days in length and will be theme/skill focused. The workshops will be facilitated by our own teachers on a voluntary basis (with remuneration) and students may attend at their home buildings. Bussing will be provided to pick-up points; this is an absolute must for our rural community.

All students will be invited to attend, but targeted students will be strongly encouraged to attend through frequent and varied communications. There will be no charge to families for the program.

Partnerships: Which local and regional partners (such as educational service centers, Information Technology Centers, libraries, museums, after-school programs or civic organizations) can schools and districts engage in supporting student needs?

Through our two 21st Century programs, we have grown a number of very strong community partnerships (i.e. OSU Extension, Boy Scouts America, Allwell, SnapEd, Morgan County Library, Morgan Behavioral health Choices). Our community partners provide a wide variety of courses for our students. Many are anxious to support our summer extension, and will be offering workshops for us.

Alignment: How can this plan reinforce and align to other district or school plans, including plans for Student Wellness and Success Funds, improvement plans or graduation plans?

Our current district goals all revolve around improved use of instructional time and increased student engagement/ownership of learning. This summer extension is an excellent opportunity for teachers to try new approaches to instruction. The extension is also being designed with student engagement as a high priority. Students must attend, engage, and learn through the extension on a voluntary basis. Simply put, students must “want” to be there. It will be an opportunity for students and teachers to rediscover the joys of learning as, together, they fill knowledge gaps and keep their minds fresh and active, ready for fall start-up.