The PA Department of Education strongly encourages all schools to provide some type of continuity of education for all students in the most appropriate and accessible ways possible, while also honoring the Governor's guidance for aggressive social distancing of at least six feet between individuals.
Continuity of education is the broad term given to educational practices that occur in the event of a prolonged school closure.
Schools may provide continuity of education through either or a combination of the following:
- Planned Instruction: Planned Instruction is formal teaching and learning similar to that which occurs in a classroom setting. Within this process, teachers use planned courses of instruction of new concepts/skills aligned to grade level standards.
- Enrichment and Review: Enrichment and Review consists of informal activities that reinforce or extend students' prior learning. New standards and skills are not addressed through Enrichment and Review.
These options can take a variety of forms, including online/digital learning opportunities; non-digital learning opportunities (e.g., materials sent home with students); and other approaches designed in partnership with local IUs and regional PATTAN centers. The decision to employ one or more of these methods is made at the local level based on feasibility, availability of resources, access and equity considerations, and in accordance with aggressive social distancing guidance.
The Freeport Area School District's Continuity of Education Plan is one that affords for both Planned Instruction and Enrichment and Review as necessary based on the classroom teacher's tracking of student progress through material, dictating what resources are utilized, as well as any needed adjustments in pacing or expectations. Information regarding specific assignments and materials will come via email from your child's classroom teacher.