Distance Learning Hub
Distance Learning Hub
Posted on 04/09/2020
Distance Learning Hub

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Distance learning for Sturgis Public Schools will occur between April 13th and June 5th. Please click on the links below for important information related to the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order and our Distance Learning Plan. We will continue to update this page as we keep enhancing our support to you through this trying time.


Distance Learning Plan (English)
Distance Learning Plan (Spanish)
Kindergarten Registration (2020-21 School Year)
Meal Stations & Meal Deliveries
Student Contest Results
Supplemental Instructional Resources
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Plan (English) 
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Plan (Spanish)
GSRP Plan of Family Service
Additional Expenses
Health Department Recommendations (English)
Health Department Recommendations (Spanish)


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Please click here, if you have a question that you would like added to the FAQ section of our Distance Learning Hub.


When will distance learning begin and end?
Distance learning for students begins on Monday, April 13th and ends on Friday, June 5th. High School seniors (12th grade students) will end on Friday, May 15th.

Will there be distance learning on Memorial Day?
No, there is no distance learning on Memorial Day (Monday, May 25th).

Will seniors have a graduation ceremony, and if so, when will the graduation ceremony occur?
Yes, we will hold graduation for the SHS Class of 2020 on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. and for the eCademy & Adult Education Class of 2020 on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Please click here for an update.

Will we have a Senior Prom, and if so, when will Senior Prom occur?
Yes, our hope is to hold a Senior Prom. The date and time of will be set and communicated after we get clearance from the State of Michigan to hold large events.

Will Juniors (11th grade students) take the SAT, and if so, when will the SAT be administered?
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is working on a fall administration of the SAT for current Juniors (current 11th grade students) during 2020-21 school year. Current Sophomores (current 10th grade students) will take the SAT in the Spring of the 2020-21 school year per the normal testing schedule. Additionally, MDE is working on a fall administration of the PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 for students that were scheduled to take those assessments this spring.

How do I access classroom lessons, activities, and assessments?
First of all, classroom teachers (for elementary students) and homeroom/seminar teachers (for middle/high school students) will be contacting students to determine if online or learning with hard-copy materials work best for each student.

Students that select online learning will need a device and internet access. We will deliver all necessary materials to students who select hard-copy learning.

Classroom teachers will be communicating all essential and extended learning lessons, activities, and assessments to each student. They will utilize communication tools such as SPS Student Gmail Accounts, ClassDojo, hard-copy communications, and Google Classroom.

Are students able to turn in missing assignments, assigned before the School Closure, to improve their grade?
Yes, please contact your classroom teacher regarding their procedure for accepting missing work.

What options do I have to supplement the lessons and activities provided by my student's classroom teacher or teachers?
Please contact your classroom teacher or teachers for ideas or visit our supplemental instructional resources page.

Is there a set schedule for distance learning?
No, our distance learning model is flexible to account for the unique needs of every student and family.

How do I log into my student’s SPS Gmail Account?
Click here for student email log-in information.

How do I contact a teacher or any other SPS staff member?
Email is best, click here to view our staff directory.

How do I report an issue with a district Chromebook?
If you notice any issues with a district issued Chromebook, please go to the following link and fill out the troubleshooting form.  https://forms.gle/oiKLgbnRRCwQq7wi9 If you notice that the charger is incorrect, please email Von Metzger at vmetzger@sturgisps.org

Additionally, the tech department has office hours for Family Tech Support every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Sturgis High School in Room 115 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.


How can I access the internet if I do not have internet at home?
WiFi will be turned on at the following parking lot locations for families to access while sitting in their vehicle. Click here for a map of our WiFi access points. Our public WiFi password is currently set at trojans15.

Additionally, many internet providers are providing free or very reduced cost internet to students and their families during this time. Please click the following links to learn more about these options.
Charter
Comcast
Frontier 

If your Internet Service Provider is not listed, please contact the provider in your area to see if they offer a similar option.
 
Will students who utilize hard-copy materials need to turn them in?
No, in an attempt to reduce the spread of the virus, hard-copy materials will not be turned in. Instead, staff will call students using hard-copy materials to assess their learning of the material.

What supports will students with IEPs receive during Distance Learning?

For students with disabilities, per the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), students with disabilities are entitled to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) with Specially Designed Instruction (SDI), including IEP goals and objectives/benchmarks and equal and alternate access to core curriculum (The Provision of Special Education Services During Emergency Closure Guidelines 4-8-20, MAISA Special Education Instructional Leadership Network).  


During this suspension of in-person K-12 instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year by Executive Order 2020-35 all identified students with disabilities will have a Contingency Learning Plan developed by members of their IEP team including input from the parent/guardian of the student.  The offer of FAPE will not be altered and will be supported through the Contingency Learning Plan to the greatest extent possible.  All IEPs will resume when the Executive Order is lifted. 


What supports are available should a student have a difficult time with assignments, activities, or assessments?

Contacting the classroom teacher through email is best, click here to view our staff directory.

What supports are available should a student have a difficult time with the health crisis, social isolation, being away from friends, etc...?
Students may contact a school counselor (see online staff directory) or Nicole Airgood at nairgood@sturgisps.org or 269-625-8067 for support. Additionally, OK2SAY linked here is a support which allows students to confidentially report tips on potential harm or criminal activities.