Teacher assignments (with the exception of Kindergarten) were sent on Friday, August 14th. If you aren’t a kindergarten parent and didn’t receive a teacher assignment, please contact the front office at 703-228-5280.
APS cannot assign or reassign students based on pods that have been created by families. Given the disproportionate staff and student preferences, among other planning factors which are unique to each student, program, and school, APS will not be able to accommodate pod requests. The McK PTA is also unable – due to liability constraints – to coordinate learning pods or co-ops for your children. However, if you want to reach out to fellow parents in your child’s grade(s) to inquire about starting a pod or co-op, we recommend using AtoZ, the secure, official online McKinley directory containing students, staff, and family contact info. Once you’ve updated your info in AtoZ (including teacher assignments) you can easily search within class or by name and find other students and their specific contact and address info to coordinate local/micro-neighborhood level groups, etc.
We hope you will be able to support children in their learning. Of course, the level of support will vary depending upon a child’s specific needs. Staff will work to provide weekly assignments as early as possible to enable you to better estimate support time required for your children.
We do not have information that we can share at this time about the hybrid option and its implementation.
4th and 5th grades will rotate among teachers for different subjects in the distance learning environment.
This relates to the hybrid model. We do not have an answer for this at this time.
Lunch and recess will be between 11:45a-12:35p for all students.
Beginning on September 8 our day will begin at 9:00 AM and conclude at 2:20 PM, Tuesdays through Fridays. Mondays are an asynchronous day where students may work on materials at their own pace. Other Monday activities could include, but are not limited to, intervention groups, parent meetings, and some specials, should they need to occur.
Attendance will be taken in the same manner as if classes were in-person. The teacher or assistant(s) will reach out to the parent if the student is unable to attend and/or doesn’t participate in the learning.
504 plans are formal plans that schools develop to give kids with disabilities the support they need. That covers any condition that limits daily activities in a major way.
For students with special education needs, case carriers will reach out to individual families as needed to adjust and align your child’s current IEP with the virtual learning model.
This relates to the hybrid model. We do not have an answer for this at this time.
Yes, please contact our gifted services lead Kevin Trainor at email@example.com. He’s checking email.
Planning for the specifics of the specials’ and when they will take place at each grade level continues. The daily rotation will contain specials blocks, however.
The master schedule will include language arts, math, science, social studies, art, music, physical education, and instrumental music (grades 4 and 5 only). At this time, we are unsure as to when each subject will be taught during the day.
We understand that the idea of distance learning is hard enough without having to play tech support for your children all day. The good news is you don’t need to buy any new tech items for your child to attend school virtually – everything they need is on their iPad and/or came with it (e.g. power cord). If the iPad you have isn’t working right or you’re having issues, open a ticket for it here. It is encouraged that you troubleshoot issues by looking at the available resources on the APS Device Support Site. If you do decide to buy a monitor, keyboard, or any other item please know that APS cannot support or endorse these items so purchase at your own risk. Also, keep in mind that teachers will be providing directions for assignments, etc. based on the APS-issued iPad, so if you choose to use a personal device there’s the potential for additional effort in helping your child navigate other software/hardware that child needs to be throughout the day – a burden on you and potentially the teacher should there be issues.
For those parents who do still wish to purchase peripherals, the McKinley PTA Facebook page will feature a community thread for parents to share their respective configurations and products (non APS endorsed, of course) so families can make their own choices based on their individual needs and budget.
There will be a series of sessions specific to technology questions and use at a later time. In the interim be sure to check out the APS FAQ section specific to technology.
All communication will have to happen through the students account. Parents will not have an account of their own and will need to log in as their child to see schedules and work. Teachers will be reinforcing this in their 1:1 discussions
The tech issues with Microsoft Teams during the 8/12 Q&A are unlikely to occur with students. Students will access Teams directly via their iPads (vs. public access to Teams for the meeting), which should mitigate the challenges of presenting and recording many families experienced during the Q&A.
We are currently working to set up iPads and will have pick-up guidance and information at a later time.
No, keyboards for iPads will not be provided.
Younger students getting an iPad for the first time will get a charger; if you have a returning student who did not get a charger please contact Marnie Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate pick up of a charger.
For recommendations contact our technology lead Marnie at email@example.com. If you are considering a keyboard for the iPad then be sure it is Bluetooth and will not require the iPad to be taken out of its case. APS does not recommend peripherals, as they do not support them.
No, they will not be required the entire time but they will be required to be on video when doing small group work and talking. Students are told not to take pictures of students without permission. You can contact Marnie Lewis, our IT Coordinator for McKinley, to discuss your concerns firstname.lastname@example.org
Classes are not regularly recorded. Exceptions are for specific course content that may require future reference (e.g. introduction of new content or a mini-lesson). See handbook for details.
They are stored in Stream, a Microsoft cloud-based app with strict settings in place as to who can view the videos. Staff have been given guidelines when recording video. Per page page 9 of the Parent Remote Learning Handbook: “RECORDING LESSONS Teachers will record portions of their whole group synchronous instruction (e.g. introduction of new content or a mini-lesson) and make the video link available to students via a password protected platform (i.e. Canvas). The recording of the lessons can take place as long as there is no personally identifiable information or student records disclosed. Teachers will make these recordings available to students to refer to when they are absent or need to review the information. Families are able to opt-out of having their child recorded during instruction when completing the Annual Online Verification Process (AOVP). If families do not opt-out during the AOVP timeframe, they are able to notify their child’s school in writing at any time that they would like to opt-out their child from being recorded during instructional recordings. Parents should note that video recordings of instruction are only for educational use by students and may not be shared with others.”
Teacher decides who has access, but can only be to those within the APS organization. The default permissions are to those in the Classroom Team.
Until the teacher deletes the file.
Attendance info can be found on page 15 of the Parent Remote Learning Handbook.
They do not need to be present on video, but should consider joining only by audio as everything the teacher is doing live has visuals that are usually necessary for comprehension. If there are bandwidth issues, audio is better than no class participation at all.
APS will be sending ‘distance learning toolkits’ in the coming weeks. You can read about this here. Guidance on where to pick up the kits, etc. should be coming from Colin and team via Cardinal Notes, as well as on the PTA Facebook page. Stay tuned to Cardinal Notes and APS/ParentVue updates for info. If you want to see what the standard kits should contain, check the McKinley School site here.
Best answer here is ‘yes’:) Here’s the specific link on the McK school website regarding standard supply kits. APS will be sending out ‘distance learning toolkits’ as well in the coming weeks that you can learn more about here – and in Cardinal Notes once guidance is published on where/how to pick up.
Your best sources of info are Cardinal Notes (weekly email from Colin and Jon), ParentVue, and the PTA Facebook and Email Lists. Here’s the specific link on the McK school website regarding standard supply kits. APS will be sending out ‘distance learning toolkits’ as well in the coming weeks that you can learn more about here – and in Cardinal Notes once guidance is published on where/how to pick up.
4th and 5th graders rotate classes, so it is how they carry their notebooks, iPads, and materials from class to class
There is no plan for worksheets to be printed. All assignments will be delivered digitally. If this is an issue you can contact the McKinley Office directly at 703-228-5280
We cannot encourage in-person meetings of students with other students or staff to do projects.
The PTA will be recruiting room/class parents in a few weeks and will be working to provide ideas and support to help them foster more social interactions for each class.
First, thank you for your service to our country. There are a few places you and your wife can go for support. For insights on our online tools and features, contact our technology lead Marnie at email@example.com. If you and your wife are interested in connecting with other parents for support in either 5th or Kindergarten, check out the AtoZ directory of McK families to find out who is in each child’s class.
Unfortunately we don’t have a better answer to this challenge other than we’re committed to keeping as many McK kids together as possible.
Thanks for this feedback; PTA leads are keen to the potential impacts and are going to work to help every student move on successfully to their next school.