Expectations for Learning: Secondary

  • What is my secondary student expected to do?

    • Check Office 365 email at the beginning of each week to review weekly assignments, class directions, and the calendar for the week. Teachers will share weekly class expectations on the day of the week designated for specific content areas.
    • Complete daily work assigned by teachers. Most teachers will use Office 365 or Blackboard. Teachers will provide directions for students on how to submit assignments for feedback and grading.
    • Make an effort to attend the weekly live session hosted by the classroom teacher.
    • View any recorded videos available online.

    How much time should my secondary student be working each day?

    Spokane Public Schools is using the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) guidelines for recommended learning minutes for each grade level. Weekly learning plans are based on the following:

    • Grades 7-8: 20 minutes per day per course
    • Grades 9-12: 30 minutes per day per course

    Enrichment learning opportunities in addition to OSPI’s guidelines may be provided. Compassion, common sense and communication challenges will be considered when assigning learning opportunities beyond the guidelines.

    When will teachers communicate with students?

    Teachers will send weekly communication to students outlining information for weekly assignments, class directions, and calendar for the week. Communication will be sent on days identified for specific content areas, so students are not overwhelmed with information on any particular day. Teachers will communicate with individual students on an as-needed basis.

  • Will my secondary student be graded?

    UPDATED APRIL 27: Yes, students will be graded on work that is assigned by teachers. Secondary students will be graded using the letter grades A-D or incomplete. Similar to normal circumstances, teachers will use their professional judgment to provide feedback and grade assignments to record student learning, competency, and course completion. Teachers will keep student equity as a primary focus considering the significant impact of the school closure on vulnerable populations. Compassion, common sense and communication challenges will be considered when grading assignments.

    Students will still receive a final report card at the end of the second semester. Teachers will use their professional judgement to determine what assignments students will be graded on.

    Find more on secondary grading here.

    What grades will be posted on student transcripts?

    UPDATED APRIL 27: Secondary students will be graded using the letter grades A-D or incomplete. Every class taken during the closure period will be given a statewide designator on the high school transcript to denote the unique COVID-19 environment in which the course was taken. Beginning May 22, high school seniors may apply to their school principal for a credit waiver or grade appeal. Assignment of an incomplete reflects the need for the student to recover the learning opportunity. Due to the limited opportunity for seniors to engage in activities to recover learning, the use of a waiver is an appropriate option.

    How will high school graduation requirements be impacted?

    Students may access the SPS High School Diploma (22 Credits) and the Career Ready Diploma (20 Credits). Additional credits may be waived per the approval of the high school principal pending extenuating circumstances due to the closure of school. A school-level and district-level appeals process will be developed to support district-wide calibration and decision making.


    Will there be live virtual sessions with secondary teachers?

    Yes, classroom teachers will offer a minimum of one live virtual session for each course every week. Teachers will share the schedule for live sessions in their weekly communication to students. There will be a live session in the afternoon on days designated for specific content areas. Teachers may schedule additional sessions, which will be offered in the morning. The live virtual sessions will take place on Microsoft Teams or Blackboard Collaborate, and will focus on student wellbeing and social emotional learning. Teachers may also use this time for providing academic help to students as needed.

    Will teachers provide new content to secondary students?

    Yes, student work will focus on review and new learning relative to the most important objectives for the semester. Teachers will use their professional judgement to decide what learning is most critical for students. All staff will keep student equity as a primary focus considering the significant impact of the school closure on vulnerable populations. Staff will prioritize the social emotional needs of students, while also working to provide continuous learning.


    What digital tools will students be using?

    UPDATED MAY 4: We have recommended the use of the following tools in order to provide consistency for families as we transition to teaching and learning from a distance:

    Core 4 Tools for Distance Learning:

    1. File Storage and Sharing:
      • OneDrive for personal storage/sharing
      • Microsoft Teams for group storage/sharing
    2. Assignments & Activities: Microsoft Teams or Blackboard
    3. Live Meetings: Microsoft Teams Meetings or Zoom
    4. Video Recording: Loom



    What should I do if my student is not working?

    This is a difficult adjustment for everyone, and some students may struggle. Please contact your student’s teacher or counselor to discuss strategies for supporting students.

    How will my student with an IEP receive Special Education services?

    Each student in Special Education will have a Continuity of Services Learning Plan developed by their IEP team. These plans will outline the Special Education services provided during the closure. These weekly services will be modified from the student's current IEP to reflect distance learning guidelines recommended by OSPI. Suggested activities include:

    • Consultation services
    • SPS digital tools through Clever
    • Weekly packets
    • Provide visual schedules and home routines
    • Teletherapy
    • Tutoring via phone, or virtual

    How will my student’s IEP/Move-up/Evaluation meetings take place during the closure?

    The district will continue to hold IEP meetings as long as all members of the team, including the parents, are able to participate remotely. Parents who would like to wait until it is safe to hold a meeting in person may request that the meeting be placed on hold until school resumes.

    Special education evaluation will continue as along as no in-person testing is required to complete the evaluations. Those evaluations that require in person testing will be completed once school resumes. If your student is moving from PreK- Kindergarten, 6th-7th, 8th-9th, or 12th-transition, you will have a move-up meeting scheduled in mid-late May with your student’s case manager to discuss IEP services for next school year.

    What about Running Start?

    The following information is provided by our Running Start colleges – SFCC/SCC and EWU. Please reach out to your Running Start Advisor at the college or your high school counselor if you have questions:

    • SCC/SFCC: Spring Quarter classes began at SCC and SFCC on Monday, April 13. All classes will be online for the Spring 2020 quarter. Students must log into Canvas on April 13 and participate in their classes. If students do not interact in the online classroom, they may be dropped from the course for non-participation. Staff are available to assist students who experience issues accessing their online courses.

      If any Running Start students do not have technology or other resources needed to access their online courses, please reach out to the Running Start offices. 
      • Textbooks: All textbooks can be purchased online through the college bookstore. Shipping costs are waived for all students for Spring. Students who receive a textbook voucher can apply the voucher to their online order at checkout. 
      • Technology: Students can apply for Emergency Aid  online through the CCS Foundation to help purchase technology for online courses. If students need help completing the form, they can reach out to our offices and we will walk them through the application. 
      • Contact:
    • EWU: COVID-19 information, updated in real tim
      • Advising: will all be via Zoom for spring Still accepting applications, 3.0 GPA automatically admitted, 2.8 in place of SAT/ACT we are now accepting with a letter of recommendation from teacher/counselor. Placements test for Math and English placement done online.
      • All previously scheduled April/May events have been suspended.
      • Book loan: (for our free and/or reduced students)
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