FAQ | Instruction / At-Home Learning

 

Revised March 26, 2020

Cityscape’s at-home learning program has been uploaded onto the Cityscape Schools’ website at: www.cityscapeschools.org/at-homelearning
 
The Curriculum and Instruction team has created an at-home learning document for all grade levels from Prekindergarten through the 8th grade. The main goal in creating this was to provide ideas for parents that are simple to do, but valuable for the ongoing learning of our students during this time. It is a working plan with live feeds, and subject for revisions as the weeks proceed. In addition, parents will receive a survey from their student’s teacher with questions that will help to best meet the needs of each student as best possible. Furthermore, students who need supplies for at-home learning will receive supplies and tools to support their learning experience.
 
Middle School – For middle school students, classroom teachers will use School Status, email, and Google classroom to post instructional content, links to resources pertinent to the grade level (e.g., Achieve 3000, Education Galaxy) and assignments. Students will be asked to submit assignments online.
 
Elementary School – For elementary students, classroom teachers will use School Status, email, and Google Classroom to communicate instructional content with recommended activities for Reading language arts, Spanish language arts for dual language classes, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Teachers may also provide learning packets with workbooks and a printed copy of the at-home learning plan depending on the specific need of students.
 
PreKindergarten - Learning activities have been specifically designed for Early Childhood learning. These include the four main content areas (Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies) along with the suggested instructional time for each day. The at-home learning document also includes online instructional resources such as IStation, Smarty Ants, Education Galaxy, and free instructional websites that students can work on independently.
 
For all grade levels, campus administrators will monitor and regulate online instruction.
 

As previously stated, Cityscape’s at-home learning program has been uploaded onto the Cityscape Schools’ website at: www.cityscapeschools.org/at-homelearning

The following grading procedures should be followed for the 5th and 6th weeks grading periods.
  • Teachers should provide instruction and progress monitoring of students and will assign a P for passing or F for failing for each assignment and for each grading period.
  • Students should expect to receive a minimum of one assignment per subject per week.
  • Students will receive a P for Passing or F for Failing for the 5th and 6th weeks grading cycles.
  • Middle school students will also receive either a P or F for the second semester grade.
  • For students in 1st- 8th grade, promotion will be determined based on the average of the 1st – 4th grading periods.
  • Grades must be submitted by teachers by Tuesday morning, April 14, for the 5th six-week reporting period. Report cards for the 5th grading cycle will be disseminated on Friday, April 17, 2020.
  • For the 6th six-week reporting period, grades must be submitted by teachers by Friday, May 29. The final report card will be disseminated during the week of June 8, 2020.
Promotion and Retention
  • For any student who has not made progress and is in danger of being retained, the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Committee (MTSS) must have documentation of interventions, progress monitoring, parent conferences, tutoring and other pertinent information. Summer school recommendations /requirement (for a student to continue receiving support) should also be considered before a final determination is made. Final decisions must include documentation with appropriate signatures of parents, teacher(s) and administrators.
  • For students receiving Special Education Services, progress should be considered based on Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals and/or curriculum mastery. An Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) meeting must be held to discuss potential failure of a student.
  • For students who are English learners (ELs), a Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) must be held to discuss potential failure. Teachers will have to provide documentation of continuous linguistic supports.
  • Documentation of adherence to the Individualized Section 504 plan must be provided
According to the Dallas Public Libraries website, all community libraries are currently closed.
 
The district plans on providing more information to our families about numerous online resources.  We will be providing more details in the coming days.

Yes.  More information will be coming soon.

Yes. Please work with your campus leadership, as well as your child’s teacher(s), to meet these expectations.  

For short-term illnesses, if there is contact between the teacher and student during the school day, the student will not be counted as absent. There is sufficient time to complete assignments after the student’s health improves.  

Teachers will use a variety of methods to measure/record attendance – Google classroom, Ring Central, email, telephone, etc.

Yes. Please check with your child’s teacher.

If you are a Cityscape parent and are not receiving updates, please check your spam folder to ensure it is not going to spam. If it is not there, please send your correct email address to your student’s teacher, and they will make sure it gets to the correct team to update your information in our system. The primary email on your account is used when sending updates. Once updated, it may take up to 24 hours for you to begin receiving messages. 

Cityscape Schools’ campuses are closed “until further notice.” ​It does ​not​ mean that school is closed for the remainder of the year. ​There is a possibility that we ​could​ return to school this school year.  In the event that we ​are​ able to return to the classroom, Cityscape Schools will notify families through a variety of channels – website, social media, email and phone.

The safety and well-being of our students is always our top priority. Campus administrators will work with individual families to schedule convenient times during which a family representative may return to campus to pick up any items left behind before Spring Break.

No.
Hard copies of assignments will be made available to your child if you don’t have access to the internet.
 
However, A number of Wi-Fi providers are making services available for free.
 
All Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time.
 
Beginning March 16, Charter (Spectrum’s parent company) will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll, please call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. For more information, see Charter to Offer Free Access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi For 60 Days For New K-12 and College Student Households and More.
 
AT&T offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families.
 
Sprint provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge
 
T-Mobile offers unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
 
Low-income families in the Comcast service area can sign up for 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month.  Also, Comcast is increasing Internet speeds for the Internet Essentials service from 15/2 Mbps to 25/3 Mbps for all new and existing customers, which will be the speed of the service going forward. To sign up, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish. For additional information, visit Comcast Increases Access to and Speeds of Internet Essentials to Support Americans Through Coronavirus Pandemic.
 
Other Broadband Information: https://broadbandnow.com/  

Finding solutions for families with limited or no technology is a top priority for our district. Cityscape Schools has sent out a survey to all families to find details of access to technology in each household. We will be providing more details of available technology soon.

Yes. Services will be continued.  Please see your child’s teacher for available resources.