Teaching Models for Distant Learning

Oberon School District
Teaching Models

The following models provide a very basic outline for how the Oberon School District plans to implement learning in as safe a way possible, through several basic scenarios. The school district will use this guide to help plan out effective instruction in many different situations.

Distance Learning Option
• Oberon Elementary will have a distance learning option for any students and their families who do not feel comfortable being back in the school, but are still enrolled at Oberon Elementary.
• These students will have all the necessary supplies and materials provided to them.
• Schedules will be set when students are to check in with teachers, via Zoom.
• Students will still be expected to turn all work provided, whether it is physical work packets or through an online learning platform, such as Google Classroom.
• If this option is taken, students are in this option through the quarter that they opt out of. The opportunity to rejoin the classroom, will be at the quarter breaks, if they feel comfortable at that time.
• In order to complete testing, students and families will be asked to come to the school on a Friday, during the blended learning model in order to be tested through NWEA Map testing.

Model I
• In Model I, the Oberon Elementary School is at high risk due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The school will be shut down and distance learning will be taking place.
• Prerequisites for Level I:
o The state of North Dakota has been moved to the red zone and schools are closed.
o Spirit Lake Reservation is in lockdown due to spike in cases.
o Benson County is in the red zone.
• Teaching:
o Materials will be provided/ready for students that have internet and for students that do not.
 Oberon Elementary has been working with Spirit Lake to coordinate getting internet capabilities to all students.
o Teachers will be teaching from home.
o Teachers will have live lessons, on Zoom, throughout the day for students to log in and attend.
 Each lesson will be recorded for students to review as needed.
 Lessons will focus on math and reading with the goal of advancing students along as much as possible.
 Lessons will need to be designed based on grade levels.
• Meals will be delivered to students throughout the week.

Model II
• In Model II, Oberon Elementary is at risk from the Covid-19 pandemic. The school will be in a blended learning model, trying to bring students back into the school in phases.
• Prerequisites for Level II:
o The state of North Dakota has been moved to the yellow zone.
o Spirit Lake Reservation/Benson County is in the yellow zone.
• Teaching:
o Students will be brought back to school in phases.
 Students will be grouped, based on geographical location of their respective homes.
• These groups will be designated as Group A and Group B.
 In a five day school week, students in Group A will be brought into the school on Monday and Wednesday. Students in Group B will be brought into the school on Tuesday and Thursday.
• Students in the school, will get in-person instruction. Students at home will be required to log into Zoom meetings for lessons and/or check ins.
• Teachers will be having Zoom check ins for students not in the school.
• Fridays will be distance learning for everyone and the school will be given a more extensive cleaning.
• Meals will be delivered to students that are not in the school.

Model III
• In Model III, Oberon Elementary is at risk from the Covid-19 pandemic. The school will be in a blended learning model, trying to bring students back into the school in phases.
• Prerequisites for Level II:
o The state of North Dakota has been moved to the yellow/green zone.
o Spirit Lake Reservation/Benson County is in the yellow/green zone.
o There has not been a new case in over a week.
• Teaching:
o Students will be brought back to school in phases.
 will be grouped, based on geographical location of their respective homes.
• These groups will be designated as Group A and Group B.
 In a five day school week, all students will be brought in to the school Monday through Thursday, but will still be split based on their groups.
• Group A students will be in the classrooms on Monday and Wednesday, receiving in-person instruction. On those days, Group B students will be split in designated areas participating as if they were at home, but getting help from support staff.
• On Tuesday and Thursday, the groups will switch roles. Group B will be in the classrooms and Group A will be in the designated areas for distance learning.
• On Friday, the school will be closed and students will be distance learning from home.
o Meals will be delivered to students on Fridays.

Model IV
• In Model V, Oberon Elementary School is at little to no risk to the Covid-19 pandemic. The school will be open full time, for all students, for a traditional learning environment.
• Prerequisites
o The state of North Dakota is in the green zone.
o Spirit Lake Reservation/Benson County is in the green zone.
o There have not been any new cases for over two weeks, within the school community and surrounding communities.
• Teaching:
o Teachers will be teaching in a traditional model, while following all precautions already in place, such as sanitizing and social distancing.
o There will be no group designations. All enrolled students will be brought into the school.