Cyber Day 101
What is a “Cyber Day”?
- For Saint Andrew Catholic School, a cyber day is a day when school is cancelled due to weather or health related reasons. Teachers and students, PK-8, will utilize digital learning days if we have to close for a short or extended period of time.
- Cyber day expectations vary based on age/grade level. Students are expected to complete, and in some cases, turn in school work from home.
What is our Goal?
- The main goal is not losing instructional time and momentum along with growing the students’ capacity for independent learning.
- The focus is on core content areas math, ELA, science, social studies, and religion.
- Preschool teachers will create lessons for parents which are to be used at the discretion of the parent.
- The goal is to create a fun activity/message that your pre-k child will look forward to on these days and to provide parents with some academic structure when students can not be in school.
- Special teachers will create lessons for extra practice.
- These lessons will be available as needed for students in order to provide something to work on or practice.
- If we have extended cyber learning, specials assignments may be required.
How much work will be sent home?
- Work will be sent home, and the amount of work will vary by grade level. Teachers will review assigned work, but not all work will be graded.
- Grades 6-8 (30-45 min for each area)
- Grades 3-5 (20-40 min for each area)
- K-Grade 2 (15-20 min for each area)
- PK (30 min of optional activities)
- Specials (Activities for practice)
How will work be assessed/graded?
- This will vary by grade level. Work will be assessed (there will not always be a grade) after it is turned in, and feedback will be provided. Sometimes the feedback will be whole group and sometimes specific to individual students. The assessment is used to confirm attendance for the school day. If the work is turned in late, attendance will not be affected, but the grade will be impacted. Some work must be turned in or completed (digitally) for the student to be counted present at school for the day.
What are the advantages of a “Cyber Day”?
- Students can continue to learn from home.
- Work could consist of: online activities such as IXL, Spelling City, Kahoot, reading, worksheets, workbook pages, physical activity, or live instruction via Google Meet/Hangouts etc.
- Office hours also will exist for teachers, so students may ask questions and communicate via technology. This will be communicated by the teacher.
- Office hours could be live via Google Meet, interactive chat via Google Classroom, or a quick response via email.
- If the office hours time does not work for the student/parent, please email the teacher.
- Assignments will be posted by 9 am and should be turned in or completed by 9 pm. Teachers will let you know what work should be turned in and how to turn it in.
- This could be completed during the day or during the evening. We recommend the morning, so questions can be directed to the teacher as needed.
- Instruction can still be taught, given, completed, and turned in via technology.
- Students are less likely to have gaps in their learning and will be less likely to forget information.
- The day(s) lost do not have to be made up in the manner of extra days at the end of the year.
What are the disadvantages of a “Cyber Day”?
- The students need to complete work at home and/or to study with less support from the teacher.
- The teacher is not immediately available throughout the entire day. This will be considered in assessing student work.
- If technology does not work, please notify the teacher via email, and an extension may be granted.
How do students and parents know what to work on?
- Assignment will be posted on FACTS/Renweb and/or in Google Classroom.
- Your child’s teachers will communicate where to find work.
Cyber days and extended learning are new to Pennsylvania, our administration, teachers, parents, and students, and we will do our best to work together to grow and learn how to make cyber learning a positive experience. If you have any concerns or feedback, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.