3/16/2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Tomorrow morning, MTPS will begin our distance learning experience.  Over the next four weeks, the primary goals of our distance learning experience are to stay connected as a learning community, maintain a normal rhythm for our students, and keep our students academically engaged.

As with all new experiences, we expect there to be a learning curve for both our students and our faculty.  Please be assured that our faculty is committed to avoiding a negative academic impact on our students during this transition.  We are hopeful to return to our normal school experience soon, however, if our distance learning protocols need to stay in place longer, we will continue to update you with any adjustments and innovations we make in order to help everyone continue to succeed.

Assignments are flexible for your time and not tied to a specific time of day however, we would like work completed by 8 PM or otherwise communicated by the teacher. Guidelines for teachers are that assignments should take 30 minutes per subject. Students can complete work around your family’s schedule. Daily lessons will be uploaded prior to 9 AM each school day.

There will not be any assignments provided during the district designated Spring Break April 10- 17.

Guidelines for Students and Families: K-5

  • An email will come to each parent at 7 AM for attendance purposes. Please follow instructions to mark your child present for the day.
  • A series of learning experiences have been created for students by grade level.  These experiences are posted in Google Classroom and/or were made available to students via packets from teachers.
  • Teachers will be available between 9 AM – 1 PM to address questions and concerns online. Students should log onto Google Classroom to engage in questions. Teacher emails will also be used to respond to parent/student questions.
  • Parents should submit questions directly to their child’s teacher.
  • Should you or your child need assistance and have not heard from your child’s teacher within 24 hours you can also email your child’s principal.

Guidelines for Students and Families: Grades 6-12

  • Sixth Grade students ONLY will receive an email that will come to each parent at 7 AM for attendance purposes. Please follow instructions to mark your child present for the day.
  • Students should follow teachers’ instructions on their Google Classroom sites.
  • Students will be able to complete work on their own schedule but will have real time access to teacher feedback during “office hours” from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM each school day.
  • Students will receive feedback via Google Classroom from their teachers.
  • Students should be sure to hit “Submit” when completing assignments via Google Classroom.
  • Students should submit questions to teachers during designated class time via Google Classroom or email which is from 9:00 AM -1:00 PM.
  • Teachers will check email, give feedback on assignments, and/or respond to students’ comments and questions during designated “office hours” of 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
  • Timelines for marking periods will remain the same. All work completed will be included in the current/ future marking period as appropriately assigned and communicated by the teachers.

Please make sure your child has access to their teachers’ Google Classrooms and follows the digital learning calendar. Please remember that district devices and email accounts are only for school-related activities.

Please click on the link below for directions on how to access your child’s Google Classroom. For K-3 students, an email will be coming with your student’s access code.

If you are having trouble with School Messenger, please review the following page on our website:  http://www.mtps.com/for_parent/school_messenger

If you have not yet opted in for texts, please text the word ‘yes’ to 67587.    Be on the lookout for more detailed information from your building principal.

Stay well!

Carole Butler
Director of Curriculum & Instruction

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