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Offline Tools for Schools

The Oregon Department of Education has developed recommendations for continuity of student well-being while schools are closed during the COVID-19 public health crisis. ODE’s goal is that all students will maintain a connection to their teacher(s), feel grounded in their sense of well-being and mental health, feel connected and valued as important members of their learning communities, and, once those conditions for learning are present, continue to read, write, communicate, think critically, problem-solve, and engage in varied learning and academic experiences during this school closure period. Educators play a critical role in maintaining connection with students while schools are closed. While student attendance will be required and student work graded, more flexibility is available with regard to scheduling and instructional time.

In addition, ODE has curated multiple resources to support student, family, and teacher well-being, in addition to a well-rounded list of instructional areas for Oregon’s teachers. We’ve posted them on the ODEwebsite and are building out Oregon Open Learning, which is an open educational resource (OER) website. Oregon Open Learning will serve three primary purposes for educators:
  1. A source of educator-curated, well-rounded content;
  2. A repository of helpful guidance and recommendations for acclimating to distance learning and supporting a wide variety of Oregon students; and 
  3. A platform for educator collaboration.
In an effort to support students’ access to appropriate conditions for learning and academic resources and support during this time of school closure, schools shall provide materials and opportunities that will promote student engagement, using a differentiated approach, based on the accessibility of offline tools and materials. Districts will need to provide equitable opportunities for learning by utilizing alternative methods of instruction, and materials that do not require internet accessibility. Districts should also consider what tools are available to their educators and what additional training, and/or resources are required to support this work. Districts need to build upon the structures that are currently in place to get materials to students, such as bus routes and lunch pick-up sites, for materials distribution. Each district will determine the most appropriate way to communicate and provide learning opportunities for each student, based upon the District Distance Learning Planning Tool, or a similar tool determined to fill this need. 

We are living in unprecedented times, where social distancing has become necessary, and students and families are called upon to limit in-person interactions. For this reason, ODE supports efforts to connect regularly with their students and families. These interpersonal connections provide access to ongoing trusting relationships that create much needed stability for students.

Recommendations for Connecting Students and Families
Additional recommendations include, but are not limited to:
Considerations for Planning

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