Middle School Academics
For the 2020-21 academic year, Edina Public Schools is offering two options for middle school 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.
Middle School Hybrid Model
The hybrid model allows for middle school 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.
- 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.
Middle School EVA
Edina Virtual Academy for middle school students will provide learning materials and activities that maintain the planned curriculum in their registered courses being followed by their hybrid peers. Learning continues to emphasize interaction, inquiry, feedback, practice and creativity. Teachers may post assignments that are done independently by the student or may host live video conferences to share content or connect with students. Students will be able to access their EVA coursework from their teachers on Schoology.
- 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 - Secondary
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.
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)
- Wear your lanyard with your ID
- Be sure to label all of the above with your name!
- 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 Collaboration
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 a Schoology calendar event 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:
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.
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.