Q & A from Virtual Learning: Tools + Tips — Session 1

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Q & A

The questions and answers from the Virtual Family Engagement: Tools + Tips for Parents and Guardians Session held on August 19, 2020 are below. Click on a category to get started.

Assessments

When you say that assessment and grading will take place, how exactly will assessments be administered?

Assessments will occur during synchronous and asynchronous time. Directions and guidance will be provided from the teacher or school regarding assessments.

Attendance

Will my child be penalized if she can’t attend class because I’m working full time from home and trying to balance five hours of schooling per day on top of that? She cannot work without help.

Attendance procedures have been put in place to ensure that students are present when they complete assignments in their Google Classroom or when they are seen in a Google Meet.

Core Subjects

As someone with a degree in music, I certainly understand the importance of art, music, and phy ed in a normal educational situation. However, how critical are these subjects during the time of COVID when it’s already challenging enough to keep kids learning virtually for the sync and async hours required? I’d like the option for my children to focus on excelling in the core subjects such as math, reading, writing, science, etc. Has opting out of music, art, and phy ed been considered as an option for families?

The subjects of art, music, and physical education are considered core academic subject areas that are recognized at the national and state level. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requires that these subjects be taught at all grade levels.

Milwaukee Public Schools recognizes the importance of the arts as a way for our students to become creative problem solvers and healthy members of our society. These areas support the social-emotional learning of our students during this challenging time.

Our frameworks for teaching in these subjects also focus upon the integration of ELA and math in order to support cross-curricular learning. Per music, art, and physical education requirements with DPI, we cannot allow students to opt out of these courses.

Gifted/Talented Program

What about the students in the gifted/talented program: How will their learning needs be met?

Through the virtual learning platform, teachers will utilize Google Meets to allow for differentiation, curriculum compacting, flexible grouping, and advanced questioning.

Google Classrooms & Seesaw

Will elementary students be using both Seesaw and Google Classroom?

K3, K4, and K5 students will use Seesaw for instruction. Additional applications such as Google Meet links, Jamboard, Flipgrid, and the like can be embedded in Seesaw by the teacher. Students in grades 1 and 2 may use Seesaw or Google Classroom depending on the school. Students in grades 3 – 12 will use Google Classroom.

Homework

All panelists: When the child has homework, how will I be able to know what they are doing? Is it something I click on?

Parents and families who share their email address with teachers will have the opportunity to opt in to the Weekly Summary feature on Google Classroom.

This feature will allow parents to receive feedback on work and assignments submitted and whether assignments are missing. Teachers have also been encouraged to communicate through emails and phone calls with parents and families when students are not engaged in completing assignments.

Motivation

Once my child has submitted his or her work, is it possible as a parent to look at the work he/she has submitted? I ask because learning in isolation really impacts motivation. There were times in the spring when my son’s motivation had plummeted, and the only way I knew if he’d done his work was by looking at what he’d already submitted.

Parents will be able to see snapshots of their child’s progress through Infinite Campus progress reports and can set up virtual meetings with their child’s teacher.

In addition, parents who share their email address with teachers will have the opportunity to opt into the Weekly Summary feature on Google Classroom. This will allow parents to receive feedback on work and assignments submitted and whether assignments are missing. Teachers have also been encouraged to communicate through emails and phone calls with parents and families when students are not engaged in completing assignments.

Textbooks & Work Packets

Did you say that the children are supposed to have their textbooks?

Yes. All students will receive textbooks and Chromebooks during Welcome Week.

Will the children still get work packets?

Students will not receive work packets from the Stop, Grab, and Go sites. All instructional material will be shared with students by their classroom teacher(s). If parents would like extra enrichment material, reach out to your child’s teacher, use the parent guides by grade and MPS Reads found on the Parent Portal. The original enrichment packets are still available on the Parent Portal.

Chromebooks: General Questions

Did we have to pre-register for a Chromebook, or is distribution automatic?

No, you did not have to pre-register. Your child’s school will contact you regarding the day/time you can pick up your Chromebook if needed. If you have changed your contact information, please contact the school for information.

Are Chromebooks mandatory? My son uses our desktop . . . I hope that’s OK.

Desktop computers are fine to use. Make sure that the student uses Google Chrome to access Google Classroom.

I just want to know as much info regarding the Chromebook so that I can help my child.

See Getting Started with Your Child’s Chromebook on the Family Resources page of the district website.

My daughter doesn’t have her Chromebook. She still has the old one.

Contact the school for Chromebook distribution. If the Chromebook is from MPS and it is still working, then that Chromebook should continue to be used.

Are the Chromebooks mandatory?

Students do not need to use Chromebooks to access virtual learning platforms. If using a different computer, it must have internet access and Google Chrome.

Will children have access to YouTube on their Chromebooks?

Yes. Students will be able to access videos and materials needed to complete assignments. Students must be logged into Google on their device with their MPS account in order to access YouTube. YouTube access is restricted to “educational” materials for all MPS students.

Will Chromebooks be limited to one per household?

Chromebooks will be available to each student who needs one for education access.

Chromebooks for Early Childhood

How do I retrieve my child’s Chromebook for K3?

The Chromebook can be retrieved from the school your child is enrolled in. Please contact the school and make the request.

Will K4 students receive a Chromebook that is touchscreen?

Yes. Contact your child’s school.

Free WiFi

Please send me the link to free WiFi.

Please email internetaccess@milwaukee.k12.wi.us and you’ll receive an automatic reply with instructions in various languages. If you are having any issues doing this please contact your child’s school for assistance with the process.

Technical Issues

My middle schoolers started school this week, and we are still having technical difficulties getting into each class.

If the technical difficulty is about the device your student is using, you may contact Technology Support at tsc@milwaukee.k12.wi.us or call (414) 438-3400. If accessing the teacher’s digital classroom is the challenge, please ask the teacher for support with that.

If there happen to be internet connectivity issues at home (whether with a hotspot or Wi-Fi), will issues with technology be “excused” if a high school student happens to miss all or part of a class?

In specific situations like these, please contact your child’s school and principal.

Please configure all synchronous learning sessions to make sure that students can log in. This was not the case for us yet this week. Our high schooler had to wait for the instructor to join.

School leaders and staff are working to ensure that all students have access to join the classes they are assigned to during synchronous time. If you continue to encounter a problem, please contact your child’s principal.

My grandson has been trying to get into classes. We call the school to get a code, and the code doesn’t work. Other classes he was invited in by the teacher. So should teachers be inviting students in, or should we be putting in codes? Students are being marked absent from these classes they can’t access. I have talked to other parents who are having the same problem.

Please contact your child’s school and principal to get this corrected immediately.

Teacher Contact Information

Where can you find the teacher’s contact information in Google Classroom?

Go to the teacher’s classroom in Google Classroom and click “People” at the top. Contact information for teachers is also located within the Parent Portal of Infinite Campus.

Tech Support Hours

What are the hours of the Technology Support Center for technology questions?

7:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M., Monday–Friday

The Technology Support Center is also working on emails off hours and can be reached at tsc@milwaukee.k12.wi.us.

Virtual Meetings

Is it better on a cell phone or laptop?

It is recommended that students access all virtual meetings and lessons with a laptop or Chromebook. If you are in need of a device, please contact your child’s school to set up a time to pick up a Chromebook.

Will teachers have the classroom open early in order to test log-in?

Yes. Teachers are working to contact students in advance to test log-in efficiency.

Phase Changes & Extensions

How will we be communicated with if Phase 1 will be extended?

We will communicate via School Messenger, the Parent Portal, MPS website, and your child’s school to ensure proper communication of the next phase.

You mentioned giving sufficient notice so that we can make plans when phasing changes to Phase 2. Most people need two to three weeks to get any time from work to do this.

MPS will share information and changes about Phases 2 and 3 with parents and families as soon as possible.

Schedules

My grandson picked up his Chromebook and schedule on August 3, but for the last two days he has signed into classes that no one else was present. Is there a possibility that his schedule was changed? He is a freshman.

Please contact your child’s school and speak directly to the principal about this concern so that this issue can be resolved immediately.

If I am a grandparent to a student, how do I get schedules and information for my grandchild?

Parents and guardians listed in Infinite Campus should contact their child’s school and principal to receive information about school and schedules.

School Start

When does school start?

Early start — August 17, 2020
Traditional start — September 1, 2020

Teacher Assignment & Communication

When will my son know who his teacher is? If he starts on September 1, he goes to Goodrich.

Please contact your child’s school and principal to find out who your child’s teacher will be. Most traditional start schools will be holding their Welcome Week activities during the week of August 24.

Are teachers primarily communicating via their MPS emails?

Teachers are using a variety of means to communicate to parents and families, including Remind, the Weekly Summary feature in Google Classroom, the Parent Portal, emails, and phone calls.

I’m receiving three reminders from one of my student’s high school teachers each day. Shouldn’t my student be getting those as I’m at work and can’t inform my student?

Parents should communicate this concern directly to their child’s teacher.

Please clarify for teachers and families how we can access the teachers during office hours (phone, email, social media, what is the expectation). There is uneven accessibility so far.

Individual schools will communicate office hours of teachers to their parents and families. Please contact your child’s school.

We didn’t receive a textbook, still waiting on teacher response as to which resources are available, tried the Clever page, but our child wasn’t able to log into many of these pages. How do we know what is applicable?

Parents and families should contact their child’s principal if they are enquiring about the tools that students will be required to utilize.

Virtual Learning Plan

School has been out since March. Why are we only now learning the plan? After the early start has begun and two weeks before the traditional start?

Due to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, the board voted to move into Phase 1, which is full virtual learning for all students in Milwaukee Public Schools. Once we received approval, we started to work on the virtual expectations for staff and students.

Who specifically do we contact at that school for their specific plan? Their teacher? The principal?

Parents and families should contact the school principal about their virtual learning plan. The plan will include a schedule that specifies synchronous and asynchronous times for every grade.

The virtual learning plan needs to be available for parents for each school before school starts. I am an essential worker and will need weeks of planning to figure out my schedule and adapt to my daughter, so I should have had it already for September 1, and nothing is available yet. For ESY there was absolutely no plan until the day of start. Will it be the same now?

Welcome Week for traditional start schools begins August 24–28. School leaders and staff will ensure that the virtual learning plan is available for parents and families during this week.

Asynchronous Work Assignments

Will asynchronous work for kindergarten need to be documented and turned in?

Asynchronous work assignments or posts can easily be uploaded through the Seesaw platform. The teacher will establish the work assignment and communicate learning expectations to parents.

Chromebooks for Early Childhood

How do I retrieve my child’s Chromebook for K3?

The Chromebook can be retrieved from the school your child is enrolled in. Please contact the school and make the request.

Will K4 students receive a Chromebook that is touchscreen?

Yes. Contact your child’s school.

Virtual Learning

How does this (virtual learning) work for kindergartners?

Successful virtual learning involves a strong connection with families since parents are teachers, too! So expect heightened communication with both the children and parents primarily using the Seesaw for Schools platform. Families should expect additional guidance on how to support these learners at home.

Teachers will offer a daily live lesson that sets the context of the day. Known as the Brain Smart Start, this community-building exercise embeds a social-emotional focus and an interactive, intentional morning message. In addition to offering engaging small-group literacy, math, and science activities that generally last 10–15 minutes, multiple movement breaks and time for play will be part of the routine.

As teachers strive to create an optimal virtual learning state, they will continue to connect with students and families through weekly individual conferences to ensure that learning needs are addressed.

Will you also be showing examples of Seesaw?

Teachers have been encouraged to designate time during the “staggered start” to school to provide families with an orientation to Seesaw.

How will K3 be expected to do virtual learning when the primary milestone is socialization and learning in groups?

Socialization and group work will be encouraged as part of the daily routine for a three-year-old learner. These community-building activities will include families since parents play a critical role in supporting a child’s oral language development in the home.

I know this session will be recorded. Will it also be recorded for Spanish-speaking families? Or will it just be in English?

It should be recorded in Spanish as well as other languages (Arabic, Somali, Rohingya, Burmese, Hmong, Karen). The Communications department takes care of translations.

Are the family tutorials in the new School Reopening also in Spanish?

They should be in Spanish as well as other languages (Arabic, Somali, Rohingya, Burmese, Hmong, Karen).

Break Times for Students

Will the teacher set the break time for the student?

Teachers have been encouraged to schedule virtual stretch breaks for students during synchronous times.

Family Engagement Session Recordings

Will these slides in the presentation be accessible after the meeting?

Yes. We will add the video and slides to the School Reopening website.

Grades

Are grades going into Infinite Campus?

Yes.

Learning Times

Will class be in session throughout the entire school day?

There are recommended synchronous and asynchronous minimal Expected Learning Times in the School Reopening plan. It is also appropriate for young children to receive adequate breaks, as sitting in front of the computer can be daunting.

How long are our children expected to be online?

Revisit Synchronous and Asynchronous Recommendations in the School Reopening plan.

So are students going to be only 1.5 hours for synchronous time for 5th grade and 3.5 by themselves for asynchronous time?

Revisit Synchronous and Asynchronous Recommendations in the School Reopening plan.

School Supplies

Do we need school supplies?

Yes. Parents should purchase supplies based on the School Supply List on the School Reopening site.

Staff in School Buildings

Is there a purpose for having staff in building when the students are virtual?

Staff are allowed in the building to access instructional resources and materials. Staff have the option to work remotely or within the school.

Teacher Contact Information

Where can you find the teacher’s contact information in Google Classroom?

Go to the teacher’s classroom in Google Classroom and click “People” at the top. Contact information for teachers is also located within the Parent Portal of Infinite Campus.

Virtual/Online Learning

How much of the students’ day will be actively with a teacher learning?

Revisit Synchronous and Asynchronous Recommendations in the Reopening Plan as well as your school’s virtual learning plans for specific times.

Welcome Week

When is Welcome Week? And when will we be notified of Welcome Week?

Early start Welcome Week is from Aug 10 – 14 and Traditional start Welcome Week is from Aug 24 – 28.

Working Parents & Families

For questions and answers related to working families, please see the Working Parents & Families section within the tab for Parent Support on this webpage.

How will the school handle if there is a positive case in the classroom? Will only the children in the classroom be required to quarantine or the entire school?

Procedures and guidelines have been put into place to handle situations where staff or students test positive for COVID-19.

Will temperature checks be conducted daily for Phase 2?

School staff will not be conducting temperature checks at this point.

Where are the grab and go lunch sites? Forty-five minutes to grab lunch from a remote site? Is that really enough? How many of these kids would need to take public transportation to get this?

The Stop, Grab, and Go lunch sites can be found on our Nutrition webpage.

I would like to see grab and go for a whole week of food like some districts are doing. So pick up all breakfasts and lunches in one day (Monday).

We currently have 50 sites for Stop, Grab, and Go through the city. All the sites operate from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thank you for your suggestion. We will share this information with Nutrition Services. The Stop, Grab, and Go lunch sites can be found on the Nutrition webpage.

Families with Multiple Students

How are families with more than one student logging in with all their kids when their kids need to be in live classrooms at the same time?

Families with more than one child can request multiple devices so that students have access at the same time.

Single Parents

What about the parents who work full-time jobs? How are we supposed to monitor our kids? This is very difficult for me. I am a single mother.

MPS understands that virtual learning in Phase 1 may inconvenience some families. Students who may be at day care during the day due to parents working during school hours can access the Google Classroom and Seesaw to receive student assignments after school hours and at times that are convenient for families.

I am a single parent. I cannot stay at home with my 10-year-old child nor guide her through her school day. What do you suggest for me? Is there a place for parents like me to send children?

MPS has some camps and CLC sites that will function at a limited capacity. Parents in need of child care during the day should contact Leighton Cooper at (414) 475-8844 to see which sites have available seats.

Teacher Availability

Teachers should also have hours available after the scheduled school day for working families.

Teachers and staff should communicate their office hours to parents and families. These office hours will be during the school day. However, parents are encouraged to communicate any academic needs or concerns with their child’s teacher through email or by contacting the school principal.

Working Parents & Families

How does all this work as far as them being present, face-to-face virtual when parents are working during these hours and their child is not old enough to be home alone? As parents, we’re responsible for the Chromebooks, so I don’t feel comfortable sending it to a child care where I can’t oversee it and something can happen! What if there is no internet where our child’s sitter is?

We do understand the hardship the pandemic has caused for many families. We are working with other community agencies to determine additional resources that can be provided for families with similar concerns.

Do you have 2nd shift class for students whose parents work 1st shift? I’m finding this is going to be difficult to assist five children with virtual school after work at 5 P.M.

Access to assignments in Google Classroom and Seesaw will not be limited. Although students may miss their live synchronous time with teachers due to unforeseen circumstances, students can complete work and assignments after 5 P.M. and submit their assignments in the assigned platform.

What about working parents with kids in day care?

Student work and assignments on Google Classroom and Seesaw can be accessed after school hours or any time that it is convenient for parents and families.

What about parents who work and cannot supervise young ones to log in at 9 A.M. every day?

Teachers will record the large whole-group, context-setting lesson.This lesson can be accessed through a link that will be shared daily along with supporting activities with families.

If I’m working from home, in my own meetings and doing my job, how am I going to sit and teach my kids? Not everyone can spare every minute to be “co-teacher.”

MPS understands that we serve an extremely diverse family population. Our school leaders and staff will work to accommodate families during Phase 1 by ensuring that students have access to assignments and learning outside of the traditional school day.

Will my child be penalized if she can’t attend class because I’m working full time from home and trying to balance five hours of schooling per day on top of that? She cannot work without help.

Attendance procedures have been put in place to ensure that students are present when they complete assignments in their Google Classroom or when they are seen in a Google Meet.

What if the parents are working? Can the teacher send the work through email and then send it back so the child won’t fall behind?

The work will be in the child’s Google Classroom or Seesaw.

Cohorts for Siblings/Families

Will siblings in the same school be assigned to the same cohort to ease family/parental logistics?

We will work to ensure that all siblings are assigned to the same cohort for family planning. If children are not put in the same cohort, please alert your child’s principal.

Communication

How will we be communicated with if Phase 1 will be extended?

We will communicate via School Messenger, the Parent Portal, MPS website, and your child’s school to ensure proper communication of the next phase.

Dates for Phase 2 and 3

Are the Phase 2 dates solid, or is there the potential for them to move based on the CDC info?

Due to COVID-19 health and safety regulations, all of our phases will need to be cleared by the Health Department prior to moving into the next phase.

First off, GREAT JOB to each of you working hard to make this happen. THANK YOU. My question is regarding the phases. Clearly the pandemic will determine the viability of the moving from Phase 1 to Phase 2 on November 13 (for traditional schools). However, opinions are a dime a dozen. How can we, as the parents, be assured that the professional opinions of experts are used over other opinions (i.e., political opinions, protestors’ opinions)?

The district will follow guidelines set by the CDC with the approval of the Milwaukee School Board of Directors in terms of Phases 2 and 3.

Parental Involvement/Volunteering

When schools do open up, I would like to attend each day with my son (because apparently that’s the only way things will get done). Will I be allowed to do that?

Parents requesting to volunteer when schools reopen should work with the school principal and complete the required paperwork.

Phase 2

You mentioned giving sufficient notice so that we can make plans when phasing changes to Phase 2. Most people need two to three weeks to get any time from work to do this.

MPS will share information and changes about Phases 2 and 3 with parents and families as soon as possible.

Phase 3

How would they split children into different classrooms during Phase 3 when there is barely enough room for our children in classrooms now?

In order to meet the health and safety guidelines, we have to minimize large groups of students in spaces; therefore, we will need to be creative as students return during Phase 3 to ensure that everyone remains safe during these challenging times.

Supervision

So when you say the teacher has to split their 30 children to 15, will the other 15 students be unsupervised?

No. We will not leave children unattended. Our classroom teachers will work closely with additional support staff to help monitor and support teaching and learning within the multiple spaces.

Transportation

Is the bus going to pick the kids up?

Transportation will be provided for students who qualify, as usual, during Phases 2 and 3.

Virtual Option

Will Phase 2 be optional for in-person?

We do understand that parents are making tough decisions during this health pandemic. We can offer options for families who request them.

If parents are not comfortable according to what’s happening, is there an option to stay online ALL year?

MPS understands that some parents and families may not be comfortable sending their children back into a school until there is a vaccine for COVID-19. We plan to work with our families on an individual basis if this circumstance arises during Phases 2 and 3.

504 Plans

What about students with 504 plans? How will their needs be met?

Teachers and specialized services staff members who work with your student may have specific resources and supports that are appropriate to meet your student’s needs. Staff will look over the accommodations listed in the student’s 504 plan and specifically identify those accommodations that are appropriate in the current virtual delivery model being used by MPS.

Audiology/Hearing Devices

My son is HOH, and he has a connect clip and device (USB) that will connect his hearing aids to the Chromebook. How do I make sure that it is set up accurately once I have the Chromebook from the school? Thank you.

Please direct specific questions regarding your student’s audiology equipment to our MPS audiologists at (414) 438-3458.

Family Tutorials

Unfortunately, I have already done all the tutorials and they are very, very nice. I wish I had that during the ESY. However, nothing could be helpful for special education classes! I hope MPS will build a similar thing for our students with disabilities, as they also are part of MPS students.

All services offered during a school building closure to nondisabled students will also be available to students with disabilities. Please direct specific questions regarding your student with disabilities to the classroom teacher or special education supervisor of your child’s school.

IEP Meetings

How are IEP meetings going to happen? We were supposed to have one at the end of last year, but it didn’t happen.

Milwaukee Public Schools continues to conduct annual IEP meetings as stated in the guidelines from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Special education teachers will set up IEP meetings by phone or on a virtual platform at a time that is agreeable to the parent/guardian.

My IEP 4th grader will be expected to attend 3 hours of online meetings while her peers will be in class only 1.5 hours. How will attendance happen in this case? There’s no way I can get her to sit in front of a computer that long.

If the hours of instruction for all students are reduced, then the IEP team can consider whether the amount of special education and related services should be adjusted in response to the needs of the student. An IEP meeting should be held to document any change in services that are offered virtually during a school building closure. These changes can be added/deleted within the context of an IEP meeting. Please contact your student’s IEP teacher to request a meeting.

IEP Support/Therapy

Is there going to be additional support/therapy for children with IEPs?

Teachers and specialized services staff members who work with your student may have specific resources and supports that are appropriate to meet your student’s needs as well as community resources that may benefit your family during the school building closure. Additional services for the delay of IEP activities, such as timeline extensions for evaluations, can be discussed in the context of an IEP meeting.

Masks

My kids are both special needs. They cannot and will not use masks if they are returning to school. What are you going to do to ensure their safety and protect their rights according to the ADA?

Due to COVID-19 health and safety regulations and the city ordinance, all citizens starting at age 3 are required to wear a mask. Masks will be provided to those who are unable to purchase their own. Should your child have medical reasons that exempt your child from this ordinance, please provide a copy to your child’s school.

Online Learning

How is online learning going to work for students with IEPs?

All services offered during a school building closure to nondisabled students will also be available to students with disabilities. Milwaukee Public Schools’ special education staff will provide a free, appropriate public education to all students with IEPs regardless of mode of instruction: in-person, virtual/distance, and/or hybrid.

My daughter is in the self-contained special education class. What grade would I look at? Since she was in the same grade two years, now I am not sure what grade she will be. If I have to consider her chronological grade, 5th grade. Is she supposed to be on the computer for one and a half hours? Not realistic!

Please direct specific questions regarding your student with disabilities to the classroom teacher or special education supervisor of your child’s school, or feel free to call the Department of Specialized Services at (414) 438-3648.

I don’t know what to do for my son. He is severely autistic. I believe the teachers had problems with him at school in person. I can’t imagine he has to learn from the electronic, virtual learning. Should I call his school to discuss his problems?

Please direct specific questions regarding your student with disabilities to the classroom teacher or special education supervisor of your student’s school, or feel free to call the Department of Specialized Services at (414) 438-3648.

Services

What’s the plan for special education students?

All services offered during a school building closure to nondisabled students will also be available to students with disabilities. Milwaukee Public Schools’ special education staff will provide a free, appropriate public education to all students with IEPs regardless of mode of instruction: in-person, virtual/distance, and/or hybrid.

I have a question about students with special education. How is it going to work? My daughter receives speech therapy and other academic support.

Special education teachers and support staff, including speech therapists, are providing the services to students with disabilities as they are written in their IEP.

If changes to the services provided during a school building closure need to occur, the changes can be made within the context of an IEP meeting. Please contact your student’s IEP teacher to request a meeting.

My child was seeing the school psychologist once a week. How is this going to be handled?

MPS psychologists will continue to offer a full range of services. Special education teachers and support staff, including school psychologists, are providing the services to students with disabilities as they are written in their IEP. If changes to the services provided during a school building closure need to occur, the changes can be made within the context of an IEP meeting. Please contact your student’s school psychologist to request a meeting.

Attendance

This is the first week. We are learning the system, and my kid was already marked absent. Will this be waived for the first week?

Attendance procedures have been communicated to teachers, attendance secretaries, and the school staff. If there are discrepancies about your child’s attendance that need to be corrected, please contact your child’s school and principal.

Grades

How will classroom grades be determined?

MPS has grading policies that will be followed during the 2020–21 school year.

Are grades going into Infinite Campus?

Yes.

Parent Portal

I registered my daughter through early enrollment last fall for 9th grade this year. I have been getting emails from MPS as well as from the school, but I am not able to access the Parent Portal. Does this require a separate registration from what was used initially to enroll for school?

Yes. Parents and guardians need to sign up for the Parent Portal. Please contact the parent coordinator or principal at your child’s school to get support with the Parent Portal.

Student Name Change

Will students be able to use online resources in the name of their choice? This is especially an issue for transgender students who use a different name for school than their “given” name.

Students need to complete assignments and work assigned in the name listed in Infinite Campus. As in the past, parents should work with the school if name changes are requested.