Back to School: Canby Launches Distance Learning Model for All Students

Canby students are back to school this week — though it’s happening without a single one needing to leave their homes.

Monday marks the launch of Distance Learning for All in the Canby School District, a new model of fully remote teaching and learning that the Oregon Department of Education is requiring districts to use for the remainder of the academic year.

In an email to district families Friday, Superintendent Trip Goodall said the district was excited to return to engaging with students, “even though it will look much different than what any of us are used to.”

The district’s distance-learning model incorporates a mix of online and offline instruction, including printed materials, email, phone calls and Google Classroom. Some instructors may use video, but these will be pre-recorded, not live and broadcast at a certain time.

To assist parents and students, the district has created a new website that provides access to offline learning packets, weekly schedules by grade level and information on how to get support with technology. School leaders and teachers will continue to communicate directly about specific assignments.

The model also uses printed packets that are available for pickup at the schools at designated times. The pickup process utilizes social distancing practices to ensure everyone stays safe.

“Please stay in your car and let our staff deliver the appropriate packets to you,” Superintendent Goodall said. “Staff will be wearing gloves and masks and will avoid close contact as they deliver these packets.”

If students have trouble connecting to Google Classroom or other online platforms, they are directed to work with their teacher or seek support on the Distance Learning for All website.

In a message to families this week, Canby School Board Chair Angi Dilkes acknowledged the frustration, fear and uncertainty many parents feel embarking into what is uncharted territory for many.

“This system will not be perfect,” Dilkes acknowledged. “The good news: We all want the best for the students of Canby. We’re resilient, we’re creative, and we’re determined. Though none of us have ever before tried to endure during a global pandemic, we will get through this and our students will continue to learn.”

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