Schoology Outages

During these unprecedented times with students around the world learning from home, the demands on education technology have shifted significantly — almost overnight. Schoology, which provides online learning to many districts across the country, has had intermittent outages as they are adjusting to the additional usage. You can read more at this link.
You can also find up-to-date Schoology diagnostics at this link. If you are unable to access Schoology, please try again at a later time. 

Chromebook Repair

Chromebook repair will be available at Emerald Campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning this Thursday, April 2. This service will be available from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. 

Elementary Online Learning Update - April 1

We are excited to get back to learning!  Our DCS Remote Digital Learning Plan is available for our students in grades K-12 to access as we return from spring break.  As you know, we are continuing to leverage technology and resources to support student learning.  


Our primary goals for learning during this time of closure are to continue providing high quality learning opportunities, help students stay connected and keep parents informed. We are in this new adventure together!


Structure and routine are important. This week each teacher will share a schedule with you so that you can support your child in knowing the expectations for the day. Included in the schedule will be office hours, social emotional learning support and opportunities for intervention and enrichment.  Remote learning can not replicate the same experience as attendance in school. Therefore it is not expected that your child will have required learning in every subject every day. Look for more specific communication from your child’s teacher. 


What A Day Could Look Like for Students:

20-60 minutes of reading

You can read books or magazines together. When  students select reading choices, they pick subjects that peak their interests and they are engaged.

Consider the following independent reading tier based on grade levels:

Kindergarten: 20 minutes per day

Grade 1-2: 30 minutes per day

Grades 3-4: 40 minutes per day

Grade 5: 50-60 minutes per day

60 minutes of physical activity

Consider spending time outdoors and refer to some of the Physical education learning activities shared from our PE teachers.

2 hours of content learning across subject areas


Please refer to your child’s schedule shared by the teacher.

Sample: Reading 2-3 times per week, Writing 2-3 times per week, Math 2-3 times per week, Science/Social Studies 2 times per week


30 minutes of related arts/electives

Related arts will stay on the assigned rotation as much as possible.  Related arts teachers will be available and in touch with teachers and families as needed.  Please look for their communication.


Additional family learning time

If you play a board game together, there’s a good chance there is math involved. 


Your home is filled with “makerspaces.” A kitchen is an inherently creative space where you can follow a recipe or just make whatever comes to mind.


If you go outside and take a walk, nature has many lessons waiting. 


Some of you may have questions about testing and the assessment of school work, and promotion to the next grade level. The State of Ohio has waived the third grade reading guarantee and all state testing for this school year. Our expert teaching staff will ensure your elementary student is prepared to enter the next grade level for the 2020-21 school year.

School has always been a partnership between parents and teachers.  Teachers will provide learning guidance and daily communication to their students and families across subject areas.  Further, we are attempting to balance the amount of screen time for our students’ overall wellness.  Simply stated, we want to provide a variety of learning opportunities that are not always contingent on technology. During this time, please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher for clarification and support as we continue remote learning.  


We are all in this together and we are thinking of you.

Secondary Online Learning Update

We are excited to get back to learning!  Our DCS Remote Digital Learning Plan is available for our students in grades K-12 to access as we return from spring break.  As you know, we are continuing to leverage technology and resources to support student learning.  


Our primary goals for learning during this time of closure are to continue providing high quality learning opportunities, help students stay connected and keep parents informed. We are in this new adventure together!


Structure and routine are important.  Remote learning can not replicate the same experience as attendance in school.  Therefore it is not expected that your child will have required learning in every subject every day.  We have asked that our teachers connect with kids and push out learning through a Day 1/Day 2 rotation using our Schoology Learning Management System.  Look for more specific communication from your child’s teachers. 


What A Day Could Look Like for Secondary Students:

60 minutes of reading

Independent reading is highly correlated with vocabulary acquisition and overall academic achievement.  Independent pleasure reading along with subject area reading makes for a nice balance of this 60 minute suggested reading time.

60 minutes of physical activity

Consider spending time outdoors as well as finding ways to keep moving.  If your child is involved in a school sport, your child’s coach may have shared some wonderful exercises to keep muscle memory active.

2.5 hours of content learning 

Day 1: Period 1-4

Day 2: Period 5-7/8

Please refer to your child’s daily schedule. The schedule will include both core content areas and electives.

If your child has a study hall or lunch period during the day, it might provide a nice break for other learning to occur. Your home is filled with “makerspaces.” A kitchen is an inherently creative space where you can follow a recipe or just make whatever comes to mind. If you go outside and take a walk, nature has many lessons waiting. 

School has always been a partnership between parents and teachers.  Teachers will provide learning guidance and daily communication to their students and families across subject areas.  Further, we are attempting to balance the amount of screen time for our students’ overall wellness.  Simply stated, we want to provide a variety of learning opportunities that are not always contingent on technology. During this time, please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher for clarification and support as we continue remote learning.  


We know this is an especially difficult time for our seniors and the special events associated with senior year, including commencement. While we must await further guidance from Gov. DeWine regarding the period after May 1, we certainly hope we will be able to celebrate with our seniors at some point this spring.


We are all in this together and we are thinking of you.

Online Learning

Dear Parents:

We are facing an unprecedented challenge in public education. COVID-19, known as the Coronavirus, is now a world health pandemic and is a public health crisis in Ohio.

Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, shared, "Our focus right now is to support the care of the individual and protect the health of our residents." 

In Dublin City Schools, we are preparing to deliver online learning activities to our students in grades preK-12.  We know we can never replace the work our teachers do with students in our classrooms. Dublin City Schools’ online learning option is designed to "keep the learning going" during a public health emergency.  

Our teachers are currently working on preparing their online lessons. 

Wednesday, March 18 thru Friday, March 20 our teachers will begin to trial our online/email communication with students. 

Spring break will still be March 23-27. 

On March 30, online  instruction will continue through the duration of closure. 

Parent Communication: We are asking teachers to continue with their typical way of communicating with parents.  Parents will receive communication regarding how to access assignments and the best mode for communicating with teachers.  Please expect to hear from teachers via email or phone call throughout the course of this closure. 

Student Work: Teachers will be providing opportunities for your child  to continue their learning. Each teacher will find their cadence for communication with you and your child. We appreciate your flexibility as your child and your child’s teacher work to find their routine for learning.  

The high school and middle school learning platform is Schoology and the elementary learning platform is Google Classroom.  preK-5 students will have a Google email address with which to access learning. On Tuesday, March 17, a step-by-step instruction sheet will be emailed to elementary parents indicated as ‘primary parent’.  

Teachers will be also working to maintain a relationship with your child and help bring a semblance of ‘normalcy’ during this unique time.  Communication and lesson delivery may be in written or in video form. We appreciate your grace and patience as we shift from an in person instructional delivery model to an online and remote learning model.

If your family does not have a device for your student to use for learning, please contact your building principal or teacher.

Grading: Staff will be working to determine the best way to give feedback and grades. We understand there may be obstacles to learning for some families, therefore assignment due dates will be flexible and communicated along the way. Grading will be initially formative in nature with meaningful feedback given on assignments and work.  Students will be aware of assignments that will contribute to their overall grade, and submission dates will be flexible. Please continue to monitor the information that is shared from your child’s teacher.

College Credit Plus:  Students participating in college credit plus at a college or online will receive further information from their respective colleges.  Students taking Columbus State classes at Emerald Campus will receive follow-up correspondence.

Student Services: Our Student Services Department continues to be committed to meeting the individualized needs of our students with disabilities, gifted learners, English language learners, and other students in intervention programs.  Intervention staff and related services staff will work with you and your child to provide specially designed instruction. This instruction will look different and be more aligned to the remote learning of all of our students.

Questions: Our building administrators will continue to be available during our state imposed closure. Please contact individual buildings using the main line phone number should you have any questions- although email may be the best mode of contacting your principal or teacher in the event of further state action. We know there are many questions regarding testing, proms, awards nights, and graduation. We don't have all the answers to these questions at this time but we will keep you posted as we receive further guidance from Gov. DeWine.

We are humbled and proud to work alongside this amazing team in Dublin with the support of our wonderful community.  Thank you again for your patience as we move from a traditional lesson delivery to online. 

With gratitude,

Todd F. Hoadley, PhD

Superintendent


Tracey R. Deagle, PhD

Deputy Superintendent


Chris Ondrus

Executive Director of Student Services


Jill Reinhart 

Executive Director of Teaching and Learning

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