LPOSD - COVID-19 Information and FAQs


Last Updated: 4/7/2020 4:07 pm

A Message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents/Guardians, students and staff of LPOSD,

As we end “distant learning” today it is time to reflect, show gratitude, and keep the line of communication open as we map out the start of school in September 2020. None of us planned for the school year to end in a distance learning model, having the stay at home order put in place, and communicating via virtual meetings. I am so appreciative of the collaboration between the teachers, students, and parents. I know there were challenges, instruction was differentiated and looked much different than what would have occurred in the face-to-face classroom, and much sacrifice was made by all. Thank you, parents and especially students, for your flexibility and understanding making the best of a difficult situation.

In the coming weeks I will be asking for input from you to help guide the planning for next Fall. My wishes are we can start the school year as normal as possible with our valued students in classes with their teachers. Keep in mind the start of school is approximately 90 days away, which we know a lot can change in this time. The State Board of Education will start committee meetings next week to help develop updated guidelines in opening schools. It is in the best interest for students, staff, and parents that our plans are based on the most accurate information for our community. For these reasons I ask for your patience and partake in the opportunity to give me feedback when asked.

Extensive planning and professional development for staff will be occurring in the upcoming months in preparation for the start of the school year. We will be prepared for the students next Fall, ready to build learning communities, foster positive relationships, and assess any learning gaps that may occur. We know students are resilient and our staff cannot wait to reconnect in the Fall. Please continue to partner with your child’s school in supporting summer learning opportunities.

Finally, we need everyone’s cooperation in returning textbooks and Chromebooks next week and retrieving your child’s belongings from school if you have not already done so, thank you.

Take Care

Tom Albertson M.Ed, Ed. S.
Superintendent
Lake Pend Oreille School District #84

General Questions

Below are answers to the most commonly asked questions right now. Here is a link to the FAQ PDF created on 4/7/2020

Will schools reopen?

On Monday, April 6th, the Idaho State Board of Education voted unanimously to extend the “soft closure” of all public schools to the end of this school year OR until local and state social distancing orders have been lifted and re-entry criteria established by the state board have been met. The soft closure prohibits instruction in school buildings, due to the coronavirus pandemic, but still allows school districts to continue distance learning and to distribute meals to students.

Will the school year be extended?

No, we will not extend the 2019-20 school year.

What does distance (remote) learning mean in LPOSD?

LPOSD staff are preparing the next round of distance learning to serve students. Through distance learning, students will be able to finish the school year having met the essential standards and targets of their grade level.

Distance learning will integrate online learning with hard copy options to support learning for all students. Each school will communicate hard copy pick up beginning on April 7th, and then every two weeks throughout closure.

We acknowledge this shift can be challenging, so please reach out to your student’s teacher(s) with input regarding how we can improve our support. Finding balance in these challenging times is important.

  • Each week teachers will provide learning activities for their students and be available to answer questions and provide help. Teachers will let you know the best way to stay in touch.
  • The emphasis will be on essential standards and skills that students need to learn this spring.
  • We will do our best to ensure lessons are reasonable and available to all students.

Will students be held back if they cannot finish the year because of school closure?

Students will not be retained at their current grade level due to school closure. We anticipate that some review will be required next fall for all classes, but are confident that distance learning can reinforce the essential content of each grade level or course.

How can families access grab and go lunches?

FREE sack lunches are available to children 18 years of age and under at the following four school sites. Lunches are provided Monday - Friday, from 11 am to 1 pm PST.

Will students still take the ISAT (Idaho Standards Achievement Test)?

No, the Idaho State Board of Education has canceled spring ISAT testing for all students. (ISAT for grades 3 and up has been canceled for math, English language arts and science).

Will students in grades K-3 still take the Idaho Reading Indicator (IRI)?

The State Department of Education has not yet determined the expectations for the spring Idaho Reading Indicator and is working on a waiver. Please continue to support reading at home and reach out to your child’s teacher for guidance as needed.

How will grading work during distance learning?

Elementary (K-6):

Staff will provide feedback for learning on work completed and returned, in order to help students make continued progress.

  • For the weeks of April 6 and April 13, staff provided review and enrichment, to reinforce essential standards previously taught.
  • Beginning with the week of April 20th, staff will provide distance learning opportunities to practice new content from our remaining academic units of the school year. This will provide exposure and practice opportunities for remaining grade level content through the soft closure.
  • Staff will continue to hold office hours and utilize other communication strategies to check in with each family regarding new content.
Fourth quarter report cards:
  • No summative grades will be issued for the fourth quarter. Staff will use the * mark to indicate “concept not assessed”.
  • Comments will be provided on each report card to show strength and goals areas for reading, writing and mathematics.
  • Staff will consider data from iStation/ IRI, NWEA MAP, and other evidence collected when providing comments and goals.
Grades 7-12:

Staff will provide feedback on work completed and returned, in order to help students make continued progress.

  • Default grading will be Pass (P) or In Progress (IP) for all students grades 7-12.
  • The option to receive a letter grade A, B, C, D or IP is available for all students in grades 7-12. This request should be communicated to your teacher(s) via email for each course.
  • Pass indicates a student has met the minimum required learning of the identified essential standards in the course.
  • In Progress indicates a student needs more time or additional evidence to meet the minimum essential standards required for the course. Seniors should work closely with instructors to complete all necessary requirements. Final determination on course completion for students grade 7-11 will be made within one quarter/ semester, once in-person school resumes.
Waiver of Requirements
  • Graduation requirements generally will not be waived under any circumstances. However, in rare and unique hardship circumstances, the principal may recommend, and the Superintendent may approve, minor deviation from the graduation requirements. If extenuating circumstances caused hardship during COVID -19 distance learning, please communicate with your school counselor and building principal.

Teaching and Learning

LPOSD staff are providing distance learning to serve students. Through distance learning, students will be able to finish the school year having met the essential standards and targets of their grade level.
Distance learning will integrate online learning with hard copy options to support learning for all students. Each school will communicate hard copy pick up beginning on April 7th, and then every two weeks throughout closure.
We acknowledge this shift can be challenging, so please reach out to your student’s teacher(s) with input regarding how we can improve our support. Finding balance in these challenging times is important.
  • Each week, teachers will provide learning activities for students and will be available to answer questions or provide help. Teachers will let you know the best way to stay in touch.
  • The emphasis will be on essential standards and skills students need to learn this spring.
  • We will do our best to ensure lessons are reasonable and available to all students.

Technology

The LPOSD Technology Department is committed to helping teachers and students through this school closure caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are updating our Technology Training website daily with new tools and information to assist with Remote Learning. You can find it at https://techtraining.lposd.org.

How can I contact the Help Desk?

  • Call 208-263-2184 and dial 1001 (Or just 1001 from a District phone).
  • Email helpdesk@lposd.org to start a ticket with us.
  • Visit the Help Desk Portal and login with your Windows credentials.

What if my child doesn't know their password?

First, reach out to your child's teacher, they can look up the password. If for some reason they are not able to get it, you can contact the Help Desk (see above).

What can I do if I don't have internet access at home?

  • First, we have added access points to all classrooms facing the main parking lots at all schools in order to boost the signal. Parking in any of those lots will get you internet access. Please remember that all student school devices will connect to SD84-SD automatically. If you are using a personal device, please follow the instructions from the following help sheets to connect to SD84-GUEST: WiFi Overview.
  • Second, Ting has opened up a drive-up Internet hotspot at the Public Parking lot East of Evan's Brothers: Ting Link
  • Here is a list of fiber/cable/dsl internet providers in the area:
  • Here is a list of wireless internet providers in the area:
    • WOW: Air-pipe starts at $39.95 for hard to reach places. Click on "Can We Provide You Service" to see what is available at your house. (Ignore the error and submit the form anyway)
    • Intermax: Offers start at $49/month, price and speed depend on where you live.
    • 7BTV: Offers high speed internet solutions, price depends on service and where you live
  • Here is a list of cellular internet providers in the area:
    • Verizon: Two months waived internet and voice service charges for current Lifeline customers and new affordable internet option for low-income households.
    • AT&T: AT&T has said it would waive data overage fees for customers with capped plans and offer open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families.
    • Sprint: is providing unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
  • Lastly, as we find any additional connection options, we will post them here and send out emails to our staff.

How can Staff members access voicemail remotely.

  • Dial (208) 255-7550.
  • When prompted for your ID, enter your extension number and press #.
  • When prompted for your pin, enter your voicemail password and press #.
  • Follow prompts for listening to new voicemail and modifying voicemail settings.

What if my district issued Chromebook needs to be repaired?

  1. The Technology Department will be practicing no-contact, safe social distancing in our repair process.
  2. Chromebook Repair boxes will be set up at the main door at the LPOSD District Office from 10am to 1pm Monday through Friday.  If you have a broken Chromebook please drop it off during that time and fill out a support sheet in the Drop Off box with your name, email, phone number and the issue you are having.  We would also ask that you send an email to helpdesk@lposd.org to let us know the Chromebook has been dropped off.
  3. The Technology Department will collect the Chromebooks after 1pm each day, and work on the repairs each afternoon and the following morning. 
  4. Once the Chromebook has been repaired, we will contact the student via email and phone to let them know their Chromebook will be in the Pick Up box.

Is there a list of tools for students?

The first thing to remember is that communication for a students curriculum and schooling should be with the classroom teacher. The following list contains tools available for students, but they may or may not be used depending on the school, grade level and teacher.

Elementary
  • Clever - This is a single sign-on tool, once a student logs in they will have access to many of the online tools used by teachers in their classes. If a student needs a password they can reach out to their teacher.
    • Google Classroom
    • Google Email/Calendar
    • Accelerated Reader
    • Think Central (K-5 Math)
    • Big Ideas (6th Grade Math)
    • Google Classroom
    • Pearson ReadyGen (English)
    • Khan Academy
  • Google Meet - Page that allows students to see upcoming meetings or to join a meeting with a code.
  • Tyler SIS - This is our Student Information System.
Secondary
  • Schoology- This is a Learning Management System where teachers will be giving assignments, updates, assessments and grades for each class. It has tools embedded for the following sites as well:
    • Google Drive
    • CK-12
  • Gmail - Students should be checking email frequently for messages from teachers.
  • Google Calendar - Can be used by classes to plan times for lecture or Q & A.
  • Google Meet - Page that allows students to see upcoming meetings or to join a meeting with a code.
  • Clever - This is a single sign-on tool, once a student logs in they will have access to many of the online tools used by teachers in their classes.
    • Google Classroom
    • Google Email/Calendar
    • Big Ideas (Math)
    • Khan Academy
  • Tyler SIS - This is our Student Information System.

Special Education

In serving our students with disabilities, it is extremely important for families and schools to collaborate and communicate as we continue to offer and provide special education services accordance with FAPE* (Free and Appropriate Public Education). Please click here to see the Special Education Departments letter to parents.

What is the status of LPOSD Special Education Services?

As LPOSD continues to provide educational services to all students, the district continues to be responsible for providing special education services to the greatest extent possible. Your child’s Case Manager will be your point of contact for support and services related to your child’s IEP.

How will student services be met?

Case Managers will communicate and collaborate with you regularly regarding your child’s IEP services to support the distance learning model. Student services will be met to the most appropriate and greatest extent possible. Case managers will continue to complete progress monitoring through the distance learning model.

How will Special Education services look during the "soft-closure"?

Special Education and related services will look differently through the distance learning model and may involve instruction and support via phone, virtual classroom, email, text, etc. Please share with your child’s Case Manager what works best for you and your child.

What will be done about annual IEP and eligibility meetings?

Annual IEP and Triennial eligibility meetings must continue to be held and thus, your child’s Case Manager will be reaching out to schedule these. Meetings may be held through phone conferencing or virtual meeting. You and the Case Manager will collaborate together on how the meeting will be held. Should the IEP Team, which always includes you or your adult student, decide to make any change specific to your student's individualized special education program, a Written Notice will be sent home.

What about State Testing?

State Assessments (ISAT and Alternative Assessments) have been waived and thus, will not be required this year.