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Distance Learning

ISM has activated its Distance Learning Plan (DLP) due to ISM's school closure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff conducted professional development on March 30-31, the academic leadership conducted online parent meetings on April 1-2, and teachers met with their classes to discuss the DLP and ongoing learning on April 3. The new DLP class schedules launched on April 6 and will be refined and followed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. 

The ISM Distance Learning Plan (DLP) describes the actions and approach ISM will take in the event of an extended campus closure. It does not detail specific emergency protocols; those measures are maintained in ISM’s Comprehensive School Safety Plan. Rather, understanding that each emergency situation is different, the DLP provides a flexible online learning framework with guidelines that can be implemented in a variety of circumstances.

Current Assessment Approach

Also in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and related school closure, ISM has also adopted a current assessment approach as summarized in its broader Distance Learning Assessment Guide:

Each student’s  academic standing as of school closure will be honored. Report cards will recognize performance relative to standards addressed through 3/13 on our standard 4-point scale in grades K-5 and 7-point scale in grades 6-8. In addition, rich narratives will describe student learning products, progress, and process. 

From 4/1 through 6/5, teachers may adjust student scores upward based on performance relative to standards addressed through distance learning, and will add to narratives based on work completed, specific competencies, teacher-student-negotiated Individual Learning Plans, and student portfolios.

School Closed March 30 to June 5 Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

On Tuesday, March 31, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond stated, "Due to the current safety concerns and needs for ongoing social distancing, it currently appears that our students will not be able to return to school campuses before the end of the school year.”

In response, the Monterey County Office of Education provided a county update [Español] with the following statement:
With this new information and an abundance of caution MCOE, school district superintendents, and the charter school directors are taking a safety first approach and immediate action to extend the school facility closures through the end of the school year. To be clear, the 2019-20 school year is not over, it has just transitioned from classroom instruction into distance learning.

ISM will remain closed through Friday, June 5. To ensure ongoing high-quality learning opportunities for students as well as virtual interaction among students that keeps them connected with school and each other, ISM has launched a new Distance Learning Plan that will continue through the end of the year. 

As this situation is constantly developing you’ll find the most up-to-date information on our ISMonterey.org/coronavirus webpage along with a multitude of resources.
Stay safe and be well, 

Lisa WIchael-Loomis
ISM Operations Manager