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Remote learning

The year will begin in full remote learning for all students, based on school reopening guidelines issued by the Washington Department of Health.

Beginning Sept. 1: learn more

In-person & hybrid school models

VPS plans to phase in a hybrid of remote and in-person learning when conditions related to the spread of the COVID-19 virus improve in the county and state.

Plans for a return to school: decision data
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Remote learning 2.0

A more robust, engaging remote learning experience.

Daily schedule: What a student’s day looks like

View elementary school schedules
  • ClassLink will serve as a single sign-on for all students.
  • Canvas will be the landing page for all students in all classes.
  • Students have daily online learning with teachers in Zoom.
  • Attendance is taken daily.
  • All mornings begin with whole class meetings that include social emotional learning, community building, and directions for the day.
  • Learning activities will be split between periods of live video instruction and individual or small group activities.
View middle school schedules
  • ClassLink will serve as a single sign-on for all students.
  • Canvas will be the landing page for all students in all classes.
  • Learning activities will be split between periods of live video instruction and individual or small group activities.
  • Daily attendance will be taken during online meetings in Zoom.
View high school schedules
View Vancouver Flex Academy schedule
  • ClassLink will serve as a single sign-on for all students.
  • Canvas will be the landing page for all students in all classes.
  • Learning activities will be split between periods of live video instruction and individual or small group activities.
  • Daily attendance will be taken during online meetings in Zoom.
  • Schedules have built-in time for teachers to connect with and support students.
View VSAA & iTech schedules
  • ClassLink will serve as a single sign-on for all students.
  • Canvas will be the landing page for all students in all classes.
  • Learning activities will be split between periods of live video instruction and individual or small group activities.
  • Daily attendance will be taken during online meetings in Zoom.
  • Schedules have built-in time for teachers to connect with and support students.
Escuelas Primarias (Grados K-5)
Escuelas Primarias Lincoln y Minnehaha (Grados K-5)
Escuelas Secundarias Alki y Gaiser
Escuelas Secundarias Jason Lee, Thomas Jefferson y Discovery
Escuela Secundaria McLoughlin
Escuelas iTech y VSAA
Vancouver Flex Academy
Средние школы Alki и Gaiser
Средние школы Jason Lee, Thomas Jefferson и Discovery
Средняя школа McLoughlin
Школы iTech и VSAA

Student login to access remote learning and Canvas:

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Parent login to ClassLink

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Lessons

A structured school day with a combination of self-directed activities and lessons taught live online that are recorded and archived for students and families to access at any time.

Platforms

Streamlined technology tools to simplify organization and accessibility.

Support

Training for students, parents and guardians and increased technical assistance.

Accountability

Consistent expectations for attendance and grades.

Communication

Regular communication with families.

Collaboration

Ways for students to collaborate and receive social and emotional support.

In-person/hybrid instruction

Elementary hybrid schedule

When it is safe to do so, elementary schools will move to a hybrid schedule.

Elementary hybrid daily schedule
Month view hybrid schedule

Metrics for decision-making

Gov. Jay Inslee, Superintendent Chris Reykdal and the state Department of Health developed a framework to help school districts determine how to resume learning this fall. Vancouver Public Schools also has been working with Clark County Public Health to refine the framework. The framework emphasizes that community transmission must be low in order for schools to reopen safely for in-person learning.

View the metrics and current COVID-19 activity level at Clark County Public Health

Frequently asked questions

Students who enroll in another program, such as the Virtual Learning Academy, may later return to a language program provided they meet the assessment standards for a student new to the program. For most students, the requirement will be demonstrating proficiency at the level expected to enter the program beyond the kindergarten year.

Last updated Aug. 25, 2020.

Yes. If you are uncomfortable having your child attend school part-time under the hybrid schedule, you may choose to stay in remote learning at your home school.

Please keep in mind that the full-remote choice will include more independent learning than the current remote 2.0 schedule. See more details. If you have questions, please contact your principal.

Last updated Sept. 18, 2020.

Lieser Campus offers a variety of learning programs for grades K-12. All programs are structured to meet each student’s academic needs.

Virtual Learning Academy at the Lieser Campus has provided online learning to Vancouver students grades 6-12 for more than 10 years. Instruction is provided through an online learning platform (currently Odysseyware). Each student is paired with an advising teacher who develops and monitors a student learning plan that is individualized to the student’s academic needs. Recently added is an online option for grades K-5.

Vancouver Home Connection at the Lieser Campus is a classroom-based parent-partnership program serving students in kindergarten through 10th grade. Home Connection faculty members collaborate with families to reach their educational goals by providing outstanding core academic instruction and access to information, guidance and learning resources. This program best meets the needs of students who have a high level of parent involvement, are motivated and independent.

Recently added as another Lieser Campus option for families is a Home School Support program. This program pairs parents who want to home-school their children with a certified teacher. Together, they will develop and monitor the student’s learning plan. Parents have access to VPS district resources and curriculum as well as the teacher. This program includes weekly check-ins, goal-setting and monthly assessment of student progress.

Last updated Aug. 21, 2020.

Homeschooling through VPS

Vancouver Home Connection at the Lieser Campus is a classroom-based parent-partnership program serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Home Connection faculty members collaborate with families to reach their educational goals by providing outstanding core academic instruction and access to information, guidance and learning resources. This program best meets the needs of students who have a high level of parent involvement, are motivated and independent.

Homeschooling outside of VPS

Some parents may elect to homeschool their children outside of the district. In accordance with state law, a parent planning to administer home-based instruction must complete an Intent to Homeschool form and submit it to the student welfare and attendance office. An Intent to Homeschool declaration must be completed yearly.

See the state’s requirements for home-based instruction (external link).

Last updated Aug. 18, 2020.

The Canvas learning management system will be used as the communication platform for student lessons, projects and activities. Direct instruction online, without students or names visible, will be recorded and posted daily on Canvas for families to access.

Canvas can be accessed through ClassLink.

Last updated Aug. 18, 2020.

During remote learning, teachers will hold weekly office hours to communicate with parents/guardians about their child’s progress and needs.

Last updated Aug. 18, 2020.

We are following the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s recommendations:

  • Cancel in-person events such as field trips, student assemblies, special performances, school-wide parent meetings and other large gatherings
  • Suspend or make significant modifications to activities that are considered high risk, such as choir or other classes or activities that require students to remove face coverings
  • Limit visitors, including volunteers and guest speakers
  • Keep students outside more, as weather and space permit

Last updated Aug. 17, 2020.

Classroom teachers and teachers who specialize in English language learning will be instructing English language learner students. Service will be aligned to OSPI guidance.

Last updated Aug. 14, 2020.

For middle and high school students, schedules will be available in Skyward Family Access by Friday, Aug. 28, at noon.

Last updated Aug. 27, 2020.

Yes. If it is a COVID-related choice, the student will be able to retain their place in the program.

Language program students will be required to demonstrate their knowledge of the language prior to re-enrollment in the program.

Last updated Aug. 10, 2020.

Teachers will work to provide a balance of on-screen and off-screen activities and assignments. If students are struggling with online engagement, families can reach out to the teacher and request paper copies of assignments. Students will be provided with workbooks and textbooks to have at home when possible.

Last updated Aug. 13, 2020.

Yes. Lieser Campus offers the Virtual Learning Academy for kindergarten through 12th grade. Information can be found on the Lieser Campus website.

Last updated Aug. 14, 2020.

Teachers are able to record and save Zoom sessions as long as no students are recorded. The recording default is to record the speaker.

Direct instruction online, without students or names visible, will be recorded and posted daily on Canvas for families to access. Log into Canvas via ClassLink.

Last updated Aug. 18, 2020.

Please see the posted schedules for specific information by level. Hours of operation will vary somewhat from a typical school day, with afternoons providing more flexible time for individual learning and practice.

Last updated Aug. 13, 2020.

Instruction will include set times with teachers; however, schedules also will include opportunities for asynchronous learning (students working independently) to take place at other times throughout the day.

Last updated Aug. 13, 2020.

Please see the remote learning schedule section on our website.

Last updated Aug. 13, 2020.

No. VPS has elected to wait until Clark County enters phase 3 to allow coaches to work directly with athletes. Once this happens, VPS will follow strict guidelines for social distancing, masks and limiting size of groups.

Last updated Aug. 13, 2020.

No, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has a minimum requirement of physicals every 24 months. We suggest contacting your primary care physician as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.

Last updated Aug. 13, 2020.

All students registered for iTech will be receiving a new laptop for this school year. Dates for distribution of those new devices will be established and communicated by the principal. The week of Aug. 24 is set aside for the principal to decide which days the devices will be deployed.

Last updated Aug. 13, 2020.

School supply lists are available on our website. However, we recognize that during remote learning, students may not need or use all of these items. As you know your child best, please decide what supplies they are most likely to use based on their age, grade and class(es). If you have questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher(s).

If you need help getting supplies, please contact a family-community resource coordinator.

 

Yes. Homeless Outreach Promoting Education—called HOPE—is a partnership between Vancouver Public Schools and local shelters in the community to help meet the needs of homeless families with school-aged children. Families should contact the HOPE staff for assistance.

If a student received services during the 2019-20 school year, they must contact the HOPE staff to continue receiving assistance in the 2020-21 school year.

How to reach HOPE staff

  • Phone: 360-313-1483
  • Homeless Liaison/Foster Care Liaison Melissa Newhouse: melissa.newhouse@vansd.org
  • Clerk Mary Logan: mary.logan@vansd.org (se habla Español)
  • Program Specialist Amanda Takish: amanda.takish@vansd.org

Grab-and-go meals will be offered Monday through Friday when school is in session. Students, parents or guardians can pick up meals from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Anderson Elementary, 2215 NE 104th
  • Fruit Valley Elementary, 3410 NW Fruit Valley Rd.
  • Ogden Elementary, 3200 NE 86th
  • Roosevelt Elementary, 2921 Falk Rd.
  • Washington Elementary, 2908 S. St.
  • Discovery Middle School, 800 E. 40th
  • Jason Lee Middle School, 8500 NW 9th
  • McLoughlin Middle School, 5802 MacArthur Blvd.

All children 18 years old or younger are eligible for free meals through at least December 2020. We still encourage families to apply for free or reduced-price mealsFamilies must reapply every year.

Last updated Sept. 9, 2020.

For technical questions about using an iPad or Chromebook: Visit the remote learning support website or contact a school for technical assistance. See options for in-person tech support.

If a device is not working, please email student.support@vansd.org or call 360-313-5400.

Communication methods will include emails, text messages, phone calls, mobile app notifications, website posts,  social media and the VPS this week e-newsletter. Find out how to get messages.

Last updated Aug. 19, 2020.

ClassLink provides a single place for students to access their apps, including Canvas.

Log on to ClassLink

VPS began using ClassLink in response to parent, student and teacher feedback on the need to streamline online platforms.

Last updated Aug. 12, 2020.

Schools are creating individual plans to host meet-and-greets, including virtual teacher-hosted events and larger school virtual welcomes. Families will be contacted by their school for times.

For elementary students, please log into Skyward Family Access and look under schedule in the menu or contact your child’s school.

For middle and high school students, schedules will be available in Skyward Family Access by Friday, Aug. 28, at noon.

Last updated Aug. 27, 2020.

Students will have an opportunity to interact daily via Zoom.

Last updated Aug. 12, 2020.

Yes. The program maintains open enrollment. You can complete the interest request form at any time. However, availability will depend on staffing. For high school students, we suggest that students not move between schools if it will jeopardize finishing classes and credit accrual.

Last updated Aug. 10, 2020.

Virtual Learning Academy has provided online learning to Vancouver students for more than 10 years. Instruction is provided through an online learning platform, Odysseyware. Each student is paired with an advising teacher who develops and monitors a student learning plan that is individualized to the student’s academic needs. Advising teachers are required to evaluate and communicate student academic progress monthly. Students can work at their own pace. Online classes are adaptive to what the student knows. There is also a weekly contact requirement about academic goals and progress. For grades 6-12 that contact is usually between teacher and student. For grades K-5, contact is between advising teacher and parent. Normally weekly contact requirements are met through weekly onsite, in-person labs, but for now will happen over Zoom. There are no in-person labs for K-5. Zoom meetings may be scheduled for K-5 students and/or parents as needed.

Remote learning is developed through the resident school by content area or grade-level teachers. For secondary schools, that means a student will be working with six or more individual teachers who are developing and teaching the content. Pacing is determined by the teacher, not the student. Curriculum is not necessarily modified or adjusted for student need. Students will participate in at least two Zoom sessions per class each week for direct instruction in content.

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Last updated Aug. 10, 2020.

Classroom teachers will instruct highly capable classes.

Last updated Aug. 10, 2020.

AP classes will be taught by classroom teachers.

Last updated Aug. 10, 2020.

Professional learning communities for teachers to work together, also known as PLCs, will be held during school hours but not during instructional time for students.

Last updated Aug. 10, 2020.

Conferences will be held either in-person or remotely.

Last updated Aug. 10, 2020.

Each student’s case manager will reach out to the family in early September to schedule a meeting to discuss what worked for each student in the spring, identify barriers and develop a plan to guide the work as we start the new year.

Resources also are available on this website (external link).

Last updated Aug. 13, 2020.

For student devices that need repair, we ask that parents bring the device to the school the week of Aug. 17-21 to give us time to fix the device and return it to the family or swap it for a different device before school starts.

Last updated Aug. 10, 2020.

We are planning for a mid- to late August device swap-out for students who transitioned from eighth to ninth grade. They will need to turn in their iPad and get a Chromebook. Students who transitioned from fifth to sixth grade will keep their iPad for the 2020-21 school year.

Students who are new to the district will have an opportunity to pick up a device in late August at their new schools.

More details are coming soon.

Parents of incoming kindergartners will be receiving their device from the school at which their child is registered. The principal will be sending out information on the dates for distribution.

Last updated Aug. 10, 2020.

Teachers will grade assignments based on Common Core state standards.

Last updated Aug. 10, 2020.

Yes. Families should apply for free or reduced-price meals. A new application is required every year.

Get the application.

Last updated Sept. 9, 2020.

Gov. Jay Inslee, Superintendent Chris Reykdal and the state Department of Health in early August announced a “decision tree” framework  to help school districts determine how to resume learning this fall.

DOH’s “decision tree” framework offers metrics based on three COVID-19 activity levels:

  • More than 75 cases per 100,000 in 14 days is considered a high COVID-19 activity level for a community. At this level, DOH recommends distance learning with the option for limited in-person learning who need it most, such as children with disabilities. Sports and extracurricular activities should remain on pause.
  • Twenty-five to 75 cases per 100,000 in 14 days is considered a moderate COVID-19 activity level. At this level, DOH recommends distance learning as described above, with gradual expansion of in-person education, beginning with elementary students. Younger students under the age of 10 benefit the most from in-person learning while also posing less risk for transmitting COVID-19 than older students. Most sports and extracurricular activities should remain on pause.
  • Below 25 cases per 100,000 in 14 days is considered a low COVID-19 activity level. At this level, DOH recommends full-time in-person learning for all elementary students and hybrid learning for middle and high school, eventually moving to in-person for middle and high school.

Plans regarding school reopening are made by the local health jurisdiction and school district.

Last updated Aug. 10, 2020.

Your child’s school counselor can help you connect to resources to support your child’s mental and behavioral health. You can find staff email addresses on each school’s website.

VPS partners with several community mental and behavioral health agencies that provide services to students during the school day. Currently, providers are offering telehealth/teletherapy (face-to-face, live via Zoom). Children can use their district-issued device for these appointments.

Last updated Aug. 12, 2020.

Child Care Aware WA helps families; reach them online or call 800-446-1114. ESD 112 also provides a variety of services; visit this website.

Last updated Aug. 19, 2020.

See the schedules for remote learning.

Last updated Aug. 14, 2020.

We support the safe return of athletics and competitive sports for our community, families and staff. Following guidance from the Washington Department of Health, Governor Inslee and Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), we have decided to postpone the beginning of fall sports.

In alignment with other Clark County districts and Greater St Helen’s League schools, VPS intends to begin the
high school season with WIAA season 2 on Dec. 28, 2020. Traditional fall sports will take place during WIAA season 3, with spring sports during WIAA season 4.

See the WIAA start and end dates for each season.

Elementary and middle school sports
We are currently working to align our middle school athletics program with the changes made to the WIAA high school calendar. At this time, elementary sports have been moved to begin in January 2021.

We understand the impact this decision has on our athletes, families and coaches and are hopeful for the return of athletics at all levels this school year. As information is changing daily, we will continue to communicate changes to our staff, athletes and families.

Last updated Aug. 13, 2020.

For questions about remote learning content and how best to support a student, please email the teacher and/or principal. Email addresses can be found on school websites. All staff email addresses follow this format: firstname.lastname@vansd.org.

For technical questions about using an iPad or Chromebook: Visit the remote learning support website or contact a school for technical assistance. If a device is not working, please email student.support@vansd.org or call 360-313-5400.

Due to COVID-19 and physical distancing requirements for the upcoming school year, in-person volunteer activities at our schools are paused at this time. This includes classroom volunteers, Lunch Buddies, field trip chaperones and all other volunteers.

School activities sponsored by various parent-teacher organizations may be limited to meet state and local health department guidelines and/or restrictions. Please check with your school principal if you have questions.

You may receive notification that your two-year volunteer clearance is up for renewal. We encourage you to complete the renewal process so you are ready to go as soon as we are able to welcome volunteers back into our schools.

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Debido a COVID-19 y los requisitos de distanciamiento físico para el próximo año escolar, las actividades para voluntarios en persona en nuestras escuelas han sido pausadas por el momento. Esto incluye a los voluntarios en los salones de clases, los acompañantes de almuerzo “Lunch Buddies”, acompañantes para paseos escolares y todos los otros voluntarios.

Actividades patrocinadas por varias organizaciones de padres y maestros podrían ser limitadas para cumplir con las directrices y/o restricciones del departamento de salud del estado y local. Por favor consulte con el director de su escuela si tiene preguntas.

Puede que usted reciba una notificación para la renovación de su permiso de voluntario que necesita renovarse cada dos años. Le animamos a completar el proceso de renovación the renewal process para reanudar su labor de voluntario en cuanto podamos volver a acoger a los voluntarios en nuestras escuelas.

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В связи с эпидемией и требованиями о соблюдении физической дистанции между людьми в следующем учебном году мы в настоящий момент приостанавливаем личное присутствие и деятельность волонтёров в зданиях школ. Это включает помощь волонтёров в классе, Lunch Buddies, сопровождение во время экскурсий и помощь всех других волонтёров.

Мероприятия, проводимые в школах различными ассоциациями учителей и родителей, могут быть лимитированы в соответствии с руководящими указаниями местного отдела здравоохранения и/или другими ограничениями. Пожалуйста, обращайтесь к директору вашей школы, если у вас есть вопросы.

Возможно, Вы получите уведомление о том, что Вам пора обновить Ваш допуск к волонтёрской работе (volunteer clearance). Мы рекомендуем Вам закончить процесс обновления допуска (the renewal process) для того, чтобы Вы были готовы снова стать волонтёром, как только мы будем иметь возможность пригласить волонтёров обратно в наши школы.

Last updated July 13, 2020.

Yes, teachers will record student attendance in Skyward. A student is considered in attendance when one or more of these conditions are present Monday through Friday:

  • The student has logged into Canvas, accessible through ClassLink;
  • The student has interacted with the teacher (e.g., via Zoom, text messages, emails, phone calls); or
  • The student has participated in a task or assignment.

Login activity reports will be generated nightly and sent to attendance clerks. Students who log in on Saturdays or Sundays will appear on Monday’s activity report. Attendance clerks will review the daily login activity report and edit attendance in Skyward.

Monitoring

  • Attendance clerks are responsible for monitoring attendance (excused, unexcused).
  • School principal or designee has the authority to determine if an absence meets the criteria for an excused absence (WAC 392.401A.020).
  • Building teams will use established systems of support to identify and address barriers to student attendance.
  • Parents can monitor student attendance through Skyward Family Access.

Last updated Aug. 20, 2020.

Clark College’s fall term begins Sept. 21. Classes will be online with some in-person classes using health screenings, face coverings and social distancing. Current or new Running Start students should contact Clark College for more information.

Last updated Aug. 4, 2020.

The first day of remote learning is Sept. 1, 2020.

Last updated Aug. 4, 2020.

 

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