As of 3/18/2020
1. What are Distance Learning Days?
Distance Learning Days, or DLDs, is an opportunity currently unique to Delaware Valley Regional High School. During a DLD, students and staff will experience a school day remotely in their homes (or other location of his/her choosing). It is essentially a synchronistic “work from home” day which is very common in the corporate world, and typically not permissible in the realm of NJ education.
2. If the NJ Department of Education does not allow Distance Learning Days, how is it possible for Del Val to use them?
Board of Education Policy and NJ Administrative Statute and Code dictate, “The Board shall determine annually the days when the school will be in session for instructional purposes. The school calendar will provide no fewer than one hundred eighty days of instruction. Days on which school is closed for holidays, teachers’ institutes, and inclement weather shall not be considered as days in session.
The Board of Education and Delaware Valley Regional Education Association have negotiated one hundred eighty-three (183) days of instruction, or three (3) instructional days beyond the legal requirement. As long as Del Val provides the minimum required 180 instructional days, the district has the discretion to utilize the 3 additional days as it deems appropriate.
3. How many Distance Learning Days are possible?
Currently, we can use up to three (3) Distance Learning Days per year. Please see FAQ #2 for additional details.
4. Why can’t there be Distance Learning Days every time school is closed for bad weather?
It is technically possible, but it will depend on the total number of school closing days needed and other factors, as well. Currently, we can use up to three (3) Distance Learning Days per year. Please see FAQ #2 for additional details. If the weather dictates that more than 3 are needed, DLDs would not be permitted. In addition, if the weather is so severe that a majority of our staff and students are without power or internet, a DLD would not be feasible, and a regular school closing would be called.
5. Who decides when we have a Distance Learning Day?
The Board of Education authorizes the use of up to three DLDs per year, and they are called at the discretion of the administration. In determining the use of a DLD, school administration will consider the severity of the weather, and staff and student access to power and Internet.
6. How and when will I know when we will have a Distance Learning Day?
In the case of inclement weather or hazardous road conditions, the first call will be to close all of the district schools. This is your typical 5:00 am alert. In the event that a DLD will be utilized, a second call and alert will go out between 5:00 and 8:00 am. Period 1 will begin at 10:00 am.
7. What do I do when we have a Distance Learning Day?
After you receive the call that we will utilize a DLD, begin preparing for your day. Student participation in a Distance Learning Day means that you would be using Canvas and perhaps other digital tools to interact with your teachers and classmates as well as to complete work. You will be expected to log in o have your attendance taken in each of your classes, follow instructions from your teachers to learn the material, and complete the work they assign.
8. What schedule should I follow during a Distance Learning Day?
We will follow the same A or B schedule that would have been applied had we had a regular school day. The “bell” schedule for DLDs is as follows:Block 1 (A/B): 10:00 -10:45Block 2 (A/B): 11:00 - 11:45Block 3 (A/B): 12:00 - 12:45Block 4 (A/B): 1:00 - 1:459. What do I do if I have a study hall?Students are not required to log on or sign in for a study hall period. A study hall period on a DLD should be used the same way as on a regular school day. Students should work on their assignments, email their teachers and counselors with questions, and most importantly, check their email as counselors will use this period for student check-ins.
10. Do we have to make up school if we use a Distance Learning Day?
DLDs take the place of a regular school day. They do NOT need to be made up.
11. What if we don’t use all of our snow days? Do we still get them back?
Yes, you would still get them back. Students at DelVal attend school 183 days per year. Any days beyond those are returned as vacation days. This information is published annually on the school calendar, and traditionally, they will be given as vacation days on the Friday preceding Memorial day and then dates to be announced.
12. What should I do if I don’t have power?
If you are unable to access the conference due to a power outage, you will be responsible for the missed work as you would be with any absence.
13. What should I do if I don’t have internet?
If you are unable to access the conference due to a lack of internet access, you will be responsible for the missed work as you would be with any absence.
14. What should I do if I don’t have sound?
Canvas Conference has a call-in capability. When logging into Canvas to join the class conference, a message will appear asking how you would like to join with Audio (i.e. computer or call in) and indicates the phone number and five-digit code for the conference. In the case where you do not have audio through your device, you would select the call in. The phone number and code are also in a static message in the Public Chat message section of the conference and can be accessed at any time during the conference.
15. If I’m sick or cannot access the conference, how much time do I have to make up the work?
If you are unable to access the conference for any reason you will be responsible for the missed work as you would be with any absence.
16. What if my teacher is absent that day?
You will be provided with a substitute lesson as you would on a regular school day.
17. What will I do for my specials classes (art, music, health, physical education, woodshop, etc.)?
Specials will also take place through Canvas and perhaps other digital tools to interact with your teachers and classmates as well as to complete work. You will be expected to log in to have your attendance taken in each of your classes, follow instructions from your teachers to learn the material, and complete the work they assign as you would with other areas of instruction.
18. What if I have problems doing an assignment or are confused about how to do it?
Teachers are available to assist you just as they are during the course of a regular school day. Please contact your teacher for assistance.
19. What if I need to contact my counselor or case manager?
Counselors and case managers are available to assist you just as they are during the course of a regular school day. Please email questions or concerns, and he/she will respond in a timely fashion.
20. Is technical assistance available?
Students will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive support. The technicians will be able to remote into students' iPads via the Splashtop Application to provide support.
21. Will attendance be taken?
Attendance will be taken each period, as on a regular school day. If you do not attend class you will be responsible for the missed work as you would be with any absence.
22. Can I get in trouble on a DLD?
The same expectations that govern appropriateness with traditional, in-school lessons will govern Distance Learning Lessons as well. Student code of conduct rules will apply.
23. Can we use DLDs if the school has to close for the Coronavirus or other potentially wide-spread contagion?
We have been advised in the event we are provided a written directive by either the New Jersey Department of Health or health officer overseeing our jurisdiction to institute a public health-related closure, we may utilize home instruction to provide instructional services to enrolled students. This provision must be guided by NJ Law and may include direct services, online instruction, services provided through contract with another district board of education, or any other means developed by the district to meet the needs of its students. Provided we are compliant with all legal requirements and directives, these home instruction days will count towards the 180-day State requirement.
24. I am having difficulty logging into my Canvas Conference, the text I type in my conference is not appearing, and/or logging into my conference never completes and I am staring at a white screen with three dots.
It has been tested and proven helpful to reset your Safari app's cache. To do so, please complete the following steps: Close out of Safari, click on 'Settings' app - scroll down left-hand side of screen and tap on Safari. With Safari in blue, then look to the right-side window and scroll down on the right-side pane and tap on "Clear History and Website Data" that appears in blue. Retry connecting to your Canvas Conference again.
In the event of a written directive of a public health-related school closure, DLDs will be utilized to satisfy the legal requirements, and provide continued, meaningful instruction throughout the closure.