Continuity of Learning: Remote Learning Plans
Distance Learning Plans: Our teachers and staff across the district have been working hard to develop and provide meaningful learning opportunities to assist in the growth and development of our students during this unprecedented time. We are committed to providing learning that continues to engage our students in learning, deepening their personal interests, building and sustaining positive teacher-student relationships, supporting the whole child and the families that we serve, while providing both supplemental and new learning. Extended learning and enrichment opportunities will also be provided for students and families.
Each week, an updated continuity of learning plan will be linked on our website for students at each grade level. These plans will provide students and families with road maps for each student's continued learning. The academic resources we provide will vary according to the grade level of your children and cover key core learning objectives and power standards.
Click on the expandable content boxes below to access the remote learning plans for each week of the District's continuity of learning program:
Each week, an updated continuity of learning plan will be linked to our website for students at each grade level. These plans will provide students and families with road maps for each student's continued learning. The academic resources provided will vary according to the grade level of the student and cover key core learning objectives and essential standards.
Click on the link below to access the remote learning plan for each grade level, grades K-8.
- Grade K-8 Weekly Lesson Plans and Resources
- Information on Learning Plans for Ludington High School and Credit Bearing Classes:
In response to the Governor’s “Stay home, Stay safe” order, the staff at West Shore Educational Service District (WSESD) have developed resources to support students and families. The WSESD has established landing pages for learning and supports as part of their Continuity of Learning Plan. Refer to the link below to access these support pages.
Figure 1. Continuum of Remote Learning at Ludington Area School District
The figure below outlines the workflow of the District's continuity of learning and remote learning system that has been created to help provide stability and security for students to continue their learning while advancing through the District's essential learning standards.
Figure 2. Workflow Diagram: Continuity of Learning and Remote Learning Plans
Ludington Area Schools has worked to develop remote learning plans that provide flexibility and grace for all, while also providing content to assist our students in advancing through the District's essential learning standards. We will work to model resilience, critical and creative thinking, thoughtful responsiveness, and empathy to ensure that students continue to grow personally, academically, and linguistically. The District recognizes the importance of meeting the needs of the whole child and has provided the following resources to support the needs of students and families.
- Approved Continuity of Learning: Remote Learning Plan - April 9, 2020
- Approval Authorization of District's Remote Learning Plan
- Approved Amended Continuity of Learning: Remote Learning Plan (Includes GSRP) - May 7, 2020
- Approved WSESD/LASD Early Childhood Continuity of Learning: Remote Learning Plan
Expectations and Responsibilities
The District has created virtual teaching and learning expectations that take into account the many variables that each may encounter when working from home during the school closure. These expectations provide structure to a process that is new for our students, parents, guardians, caregivers, and teachers. The District has determined what the instructional delivery model would look like, including timeframes for each course, subject, grade, appropriate workload, and essential standards for students to learn each week.
District Expectations and Responsibilities
- Support teachers, students, parents, guardians, caregivers with the Continuity of Learning Plan.
- Provide access to technology, technical support, and training for teachers, students, parents, guardians, caregivers.
- Build a Continuity of Learning Plan that is flexible and sensitive to the unique demands and circumstances of our teachers and families; one that is manageable, appropriate, and accessible.
- Engage students in the forward-moving instruction by Monday, April 13, 2020 through the suspension of in-person instruction or the last day of school on June 5, 2020, whichever comes first.
- Consistently communicate with all stakeholders.
- Provide students, families, and staff the opportunity to provide systemic feedback through co-created and administered surveys that will collect and identify necessary revisions regarding the administration of the plan and adjust the plan accordingly.
Teacher Expectations and Responsibilities
- Monitor and support student well-being, participation, and learning.
- Design and provide coherent instruction and feedback related to specific content areas and/or grade levels in order to build student knowledge and skills.
- Identify essential standards for instruction and design virtual lesson and activities toward the learning of such standards.
- Select appropriate resources to support the instructional design, and implement the lesson plans and activities.
- Deliver virtual lessons and activities and provide feedback to their students, as necessary, in a consistent manner aligned with the Continuity of Learning Plan.
- Manage and monitor student attendance and participation.
- Provide consistent and timely communication to students, parents, guardians, and caregivers.
- Deliver accessible instruction to their students to the extent possible.
- Provide accommodations to students with special education and Section 504 plans, to the extent possible. Document the provision of all accommodations.
- Allow students an opportunity to participate in the Continuity of Learning Plan without penalty.
Student Expectations and Responsibilities
- Students will participate in virtual learning by monitoring communications from their teacher(s), participating in virtual instruction, and submitting assignments as requested by their teachers.
- Students will adhere to the standards of Ludington Area Schools and will choose school appropriate environments in which to connect virtually; uphold school-appropriate behaviors.
- Students shall practice appropriate digital citizenship and abide by the Technology Acceptable Use Standards and Student Code of Conduct.
Parent Expectations and Responsibilities
- Establish and support clear expectations for learning at home.
- Create a home learning environment conducive to learning.
- Assist in the development and implementation of an age-appropriate home learning schedule.
- Guide and support students in using appropriate digital citizenship and abiding by the Technology Acceptable Use Standards and Student Code of Conduct.
- Discuss and monitor student's appropriate virtual backgrounds and behavior related to virtual/home learning.
- Monitor their child’s participation in virtual instruction through daily check-ins’ with their child.
- Be mindful and understanding of the quantity of communications sent to a teacher may receive. Be patient as it may take time for a teacher to respond to all of the messages they will receive.
- Follow the normal problem solving and communication process for issues of concern:
- Talk to the teacher first in an attempt to resolve the issue.
- If the problem is not resolved, talk to the principal.
- If the principal cannot help, talk to the superintendent.
The link below outlines the District's foundational beliefs of the remote learning system that has been created to help provide stability and security for students to continue their learning. These beliefs serve as the foundation for the plan that we have developed to support students and families at Ludington Area Schools through the mandated school closure.
- Continuity of Learning Framework to Support Remote Learning Plans
The link below provides access to the Michigan Department of Education's guidance document on learning at a distance:
The link below provides the MAISA remote learning guidance provided to districts in Michigan for continuity of learning and recommended instructional time frames.
News of the COVID-19 is everywhere. This can be a source of stress and anxiety for children as they try to make sense of what they are hearing. The resources on this page are intended to help parents and staff have conversations about COVID-19 with children to inform them in an age appropriate manner that helps them cope with their emotions.
- Social and Emotional Learning Supports from the Michigan Department of Education
- Helping Children Cope with Emergencies: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Managing Stress, Anxiety, and Coping: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Parent Guide to Helping Parents Cope with COVID-19: Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Talking to Kids about COVID-19: Child Mind Institute
- Taking with Children about COVID-19: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The following are additional resources within the community to help support students and families during this difficult time:
West Michigan Community Health's Crisis Services: CMH provides 24/7, 365-day emergency and crisis mental health services to Lake, Mason, and Oceana Counties. A caring, trained clinician is available at all times by calling 1-800-992-2061. To learn more about these services, click the link below:
Michigan 2-1-1: Michigan 2-1-1 is an easy way to connect with help of all kinds, right in our community. Need help with food, housing, or paying bills? Available 24/7 via call, text, or online search. Click the link below to learn more about Michigan 2-1-1.
The staff at West Shore Educational Service District (WSESD) have developed resources to support students and families pertaining to: Early on services, social work and behavioral health services, occupational therapy services, physical therapy services, speech and language services, school psychology services, and teacher consultant services. Click on the link below to access the WSESD landing page to access this support information:
Updated Message from Superintendent Kennedy (April 24, 2020):
The students and families of the Ludington Area School District continue to be on our minds as we work through this state mandated and unprecedented, yet necessary, closing of our school buildings. The District is offering an opportunity to connect with our families while surveying the needs of our school community, and collecting feedback on the operation of our programs during this time.
The students and families of the Ludington Area School District continue to be on our minds as we work through this state mandated and unprecedented, yet necessary, closing of our school buildings. While this building closure may have been in the best interest of the safety, health, and well-being of our entire school community, we know that this has created hardship for many of our families. We have worked hard to develop distance learning plans to support the continued learning needs of our students and their families during this difficult time, and we continue to provide meals and assistance to families. As an example, more than 38,000 meals have been served during this time to students!
Please consider completing this survey as a way for the District to stay in touch with those in our community most impacted by this pandemic. We would love to know how you are doing, and please know that we will continue to work through this together! This survey will close to collecting responses on Friday, May 1, 2020, with additional follow up surveys being done throughout the remaining weeks of the school year. Thank you for taking the time to complete the District's survey!
Updated Message from Superintendent Kennedy (April 10, 2020):
Please click on the link below to see a communication from Superintendent Kennedy regarding the District's approved Continuity of Learning Plan and to learn more about the implementation of this plan for students and families.
Please click on the link below to access a document that answers many questions pertaining to seniors, graduation, and students at Ludington High School.