• Elementary Academics

    Elementary Academics

    For the 2020-21 academic year, Edina Public Schools is offering two options for elementary students: a hybrid learning model and Edina Virtual Academy.

    Before You Come to School

    Students and staff should self screen for symptoms of COVID-19 every day before coming to school. View the COVID Self-Screening protocols and find printable PDFs for you to keep handy at home.

  • Elementary Hybrid Model

    The hybrid model allows for elementary students to return to in-person classrooms at least part time, while striving to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 with strict safety protocols. By having a combination of in-classroom learning and at-home learning via technology, we are able to divide students into smaller cohorts to reduce the chance of exposure, while still providing all students with some learning time in classrooms with teachers. The hybrid model also has specific health safety guidelines prescribed by the Minnesota Department of Health. Social distancing, face coverings, cleaning regimens are all part of our Safe Learning Spaces plan.

    • Kindergarten: To successfully transition the district’s littlest learners to doing school like a big kid, we know that having K students in schools with teachers as much as possible is important. So the EPS hybrid model plans for kindergarteners across the district to be in classrooms four full days every week.
    • Support services: In order to ensure that we can maintain the health and safety protocols of students in the hybrid model, we will start the school year with all of our students receiving Special Education services face-to-face 2 days per week in the hybrid model, in line with their typical peers. Case Managers will partner with families to create Contingency Learning Plans (CLPs) that will outline what programming and services will look like in the hybrid model.

    Schedule/Calendar

    Elementary School Hybrid Model Orientation Sample Schedule 2020-21  

    Hybrid Model Logistics

    • Live Teaching: The hybrid model leverages in-person instruction to guide and teach students.
    • At-home Learning: Students will do follow up activities from their in-school days. This will include a continuation of instruction and assignments begun during in school days. Learning will occur using asynchronous lessons as well as live- teaching as appropriate to the learning needs and grade level. EPS has prioritized social emotional learning, literacy and numeracy for live in-person teaching.
    • Feedback: Direct feedback on assignments from classroom teachers will occur during the students’ in-person learning days. In addition students may work with classmates to both give and deliver feedback to and from peers. When time, schedules and staffing allow, instructional paraprofessional support from the site may be offered to students at home through small group meetings, office hours, or scheduled check-ins.
    • Communication: Staff will respond to questions or concerns in a reasonable time frame during their regularly scheduled preparation hours. 
    • Schools Hours: Student instruction, live teaching, specialists, para professional support, and student support services will be scheduled during normal school hours, regardless of in-person or at-home days of school.
    • Wednesdays: Students will participate in asynchronous activities that are connected to essential learning in content areas. This will build on what was accomplished at school. Specialist classes will also be available asynchronously.
    • Specialist Classes: Students will participate in specialists’ classes (art, music, phy ed.) on face to face days. Each class will have the same specialist for a three week period of time in order to allow students to experience live specialist lessons in a safe format delivered by these content area experts. 
  • Elementary EVA

    Edina Virtual Academy for elementary students supports children’s development through experiential learning and inquiry. Learning offers authentic opportunities to focus on key concepts, knowledge, and skills. Learning engagements are fun and playful and emphasize interaction and creativity. Activities involve a balance of on-screen and off-screen tasks designed to engage learners in experiences that connect to previous learning and the current curriculum. Students will be able to access their EVA coursework from their teachers using Seesaw in grades K-2, and on Schoology in grades 3-5.

    • Support services: When the student is receiving virtual support, instruction will be through a variety of synchronous and asynchronous methods. Case Managers will partner with families to create Contingency Learning Plans (CLPs) that will outline what programming and services will look like in Edina Virtual Academy.
    • Edina Virtual Academy Overview - Elementary

    Welcome to EVA

    Visit the EVA website for important dates, links, and information.

    Elementary EVA Coordinator

    Josh Jansen will be serving as the Elementary EVA Coordinator for the district. Josh previously worked as an Elementary Instructional Dean at Creek Valley Elementary School.

    Josh Jansen
    Joshua.Jansen@edinaschools.org
    952-848-4835

    Calendar

    Edina Virtual Academy Orientation Sample Schedule 2020-21

    EVA Logistics

    • Live Teaching: Students will participate in small and whole group Google Meets with their teachers and classmates.
    • Asynchronous Learning: Students will do asynchronous activities when they are not participating in live instruction.  These activities will build on what was accomplished during live instruction.
    • Feedback: Teachers will periodically provide direct feedback on assignments throughout the week.  In addition students may work with classmates to both give and deliver feedback to and from peers.
    • Communication: Staff will respond to questions or concerns in a reasonable time frame during their regularly scheduled preparation hours. 
    • School Hours: Students will follow their scheduled school hours created by  EVA teachers to maximize instruction and flexibility while meeting the developmental needs of all learners.
    • Wednesdays: Students will participate in asynchronous activities that are connected to essential learning in content areas.  This will build on what was accomplished at school.  Specialist classes will also be available asynchronously.
    • Specialist Classes: Students will participate in specialists’ classes (art, music, phy ed.) throughout the week..  Each class will have the same specialist for a three week period of time in order to allow students to experience live specialist lessons in a safe format delivered by these content area experts.
  • Elementary Learning Descriptors

    Technology Support

    For more information about Seesaw, Schoology, accessing internet, troubleshooting Chromebook issues, and other technology topics, visit our Technology page on the Family Dashboard. We have put together these resources to help support you as you navigate the move from learning in the classroom to learning at home.

    Logging In

    Students log in using their computer username and password into EdinaApps via the Portal (portal.edinaschools.org). Please contact your media specialist if you do not receive this at materials pickup or your student does not know their username and password.

    Bring to School Every Day

    • Filled water bottle
    • Wear a face covering, bring an extra
    • Your district-provided device, fully charged, along with the charger
    • Lunch (if not having school lunch)
    • Be sure to label all of the above with your name!

    Updates

    • September 28 is a no school day for students - it is a professional development day for staff.
      • Tuesday and Wednesday will be Cohort A.
      • Thursday and Friday will be Cohort B.

    Online Connections and CollaborationGoogle Meet/Hangout Etiquette Guide

    During the school day, there will be time for independent learning as well as teacher office hours and live class meetings. Independent learning may also involve collaboration using our Google suite of tools, or truly independent work.

    During teacher office hours and live class meetings, teachers will post a link to a Google Meet meeting in Seesaw/Schoology that students can join to ask questions, or view a teacher seminar. Live class sessions will be recorded for later viewing. Here are some protocols around these Webinar type sessions to be aware of:

    For Students

    During our asynchronous learning days, you may be invited to join a live session with your teacher using Google Meet or Schoology Conferences. All online interaction is an extension of the physical classroom, and expectations of your behavior online is the same as what we would expect in the classroom.

    When joining a session, you should be in a public location of your home, not in a bedroom. After you join the meeting, you should have your microphone muted. If you would like to speak, we ask that you use the built in chat messaging to request to unmute. These actions will assist your teacher in facilitating the session and give you and your fellow students the best learning experience possible. Also, if you would prefer to join only by audio, you can place tape on your Webcam, or choose not to activate your camera when you join the meeting.

    For Parents

    During our asynchronous learning days, your child's teacher may offer "live" sessions using Google Meet and Schoology Conferences. These interactive services provide a chance for your child to connect with the teacher, ask questions and see classmates. The district sees these services as a valuable tool to allow your child and teacher the ability to maintain their relationship and enhance learning.

    The teacher will record the sessions and post to Schoology, so that if a student in the class cannot attend the session, students could view it at a later time.

    If you do not want your child's image to be displayed during these sessions, your child can either place tape on their webcam, or turn off the webcam when joining the session, or opt out, and view the session at a later time.