Distance Learning Options

Distance-Learning options are listed below for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students. Please visit the grade-specific link:

Pre-K through 5th Grade

Enrollment and Support

Parents may confirm the distance-learning option on Parent Portal starting July 31st.
Students will be enrolled in a distance-learning classroom with peers of the same grade across the district.

Distance learning students will have a BSSD certified distance learning teacher assigned to provide direct instruction for their distance learning class.

Students will be enrolled with their homeschool, and the homeschool will communicate about all school-wide updates and information with families.

If you elect distance learning, you will be expected to remain in distance learning for the first semester. Parents may elect their preferred option again for second semester. 

Distance-learning students can opt to attend on-site extracurricular and after-school clubs of their homeschool.

Students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, can access this resource at their homeschool. Parent must report to homeschool to get lunch/breakfast.

Schoology Learning Management System

Schoology is a new adopted learning management system that provides a user-friendly platform for students, teachers, and parents to access. With a device and Wi-Fi connection, your child has access to his/her virtual classroom, online learning resources, and assignments.

Students and parents will be provided information and training as to how to access Schoology and use it resources.

Visit the Schoology information video link.

Technology

Students who choose distance-learning will be provided a device if necessary.

A Wi-Fi connection is necessary to access distance learning.

Technology support is available by email to the Help Desk at helpdesk@bssd.net 

Curriculum and Instruction

Teachers will teach grade-level curriculum to students.

Students will participate in a variety of modes of engaged learning: live online instruction, small-group instruction, one-on-one support, and independent-led activities

Live lessons will be recorded and archived for student reference.

Completed activities and assessments will be submitted for teacher feedback.

Learning Kits will be distributed to students with necessary hands-on materials for learning activities.

Students will take all district and state-wide assessments including the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP). Details of how these tests will be administered will be shared later.

Students will participate in a daily specials class. Students will have a rotation of Art, Music, P.E., and Library.

Stretch students may attend on-site Stretch classes at CME. Parent transportation is required.

Structure and Routine

BSSD Distance-learning teacher will provide a weekly schedule on Schoology.

Students will be expected to engage in the schedule and routines of the virtual classroom.

Special Services

For students with IEPs:

  • Special education teachers provide IEP goal instruction to students based upon students’ IEPs.
  •  Students will participate in a variety of modes for goal instruction: live virtual instruction, teletherapy, instructional phone calls, small-group instruction, one-on-one support, recorded video instruction, and independent-led activities.
    o Some related services may be provided in-person rather than through distance learning as determined based upon a student’s unique needs as determined by an IEP team. These include physical therapy, occupational therapy, orientation & mobility, and Braille instruction.
  • Data will be collected for IEP goals.
  • Students with IEPs can access all necessary specialized instruction, accommodations, and modifications as a distance learner.
  •  An IEP amendment or IEP meeting will be held to determine goals, accommodations/modifications, accessibility, and services needed through distance learning including accommodations needed for district and state assessment.
  • Each student will be assigned a special education case manager, and service providers will be assigned based upon the IEP needs of the student. A copy of the IEP will be provided to teachers who are teaching through distance learning.
  • Students who have assistive technology devices as indicated in IEPs will be provided devices after completing a user agreement.

For students with 504 plans:

  • A 504 amendment or 504 meeting will be held to determine if revisions are needed to the current plan for distance learning.
  •  Students with 504s can access all necessary specialized instruction and accommodations, as a distance learner.
  • Each student will be assigned a 504 coordinator. A copy of the 504 plan will be provided to teachers who are teaching through distance learning.

Visit the FAQs webpage concerning special services.

Accountability, Feedback, and Communication

Distance-learning grading practices will mirror in-person practices.

Distance-learning teachers will hold virtual parent-teacher conferences.

Midterm and quarterly report cards will be distributed.

Attendance will be taken daily. Students who do not report for morning check-in, will be reported absent. Students who report later in the day, will be counted as tardy. Parents will be expected to report student absences to his/her home school.

Teacher feedback regarding student progress will be provided on a consistent basis to parents.

Middle School Distance-Learning Plan

Grades 6-8

Enrollment and Support

Parents may confirm the distance-learning option on Parent Portal starting July 31st.

Students will be enrolled in distance-learning courses with peers from Blue Springs School District taking the same course.

Students will be assigned a BSSD certified classroom teacher for each course on their schedule.

Students will be considered enrolled with their homeschool, and the homeschool will provide communication regarding all school-wide updates and information for families. 

If you elect distance learning, you will be expected to remain in distance learning for the first semester.

Distance-learning students can opt to attend and participate in all extracurricular and before/after-school clubs offered at their homeschool. 

Students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, can access this resource at their homeschool.  Parent must report to homeschool to get lunch/breakfast.

Schoology Learning Management System 

Schoology is a learning management system that creates a user-friendly platform for students, teachers, and parents to access curriculum, assignments, class calendars, class resources, and assessments.  With a device and Wi-Fi connection, your child has access to his/her virtual classroom, online learning resources, and assignments from any location.  
* Students and parents will be provided information and training as to how to access Schoology and how to utilize Schoology features.  

Visit the Schoology information video link.

Technology

Students who choose distance learning will receive a device to access our online learning platform, Schoology. 

Sixth grade students will receive an iPad with a keyboard while students in grades seventh and eighth will be provided with a Surface Go device.

Technology support is available by email to the Help Desk at helpdesk@bssd.net 

Instruction

Distance Learning Instructional Approaches Include:

  • Live video delivery of lessons/instruction between teachers and students.
  • Teachers post archived/recorded video lessons for students to reference and review at a time of their choosing.  
  • Students will participate in classroom posts/chats and virtual question and answer feedback sessions for the distance learning class designed to promote class collaboration.
  • Implementation of class “virtual-discussions” to engage in virtual dialogue and provide opportunities for student interactions related to learning objectives.
  • Teachers will engage in one-on-one tutoring/intervention sessions within the distance learning platform.
  • Engaging activities will be planned in the virtual environment allowing for a sense of community within the distance learning course. 
  • Teachers will be available to provide the necessary instruction and support to meet the needs of each distance learner.
  • Students will take all district and state-wide assessments including the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) and End of Course (EOC) Assessments.  Details of how these tests will be administered will be shared later. 

Course Offerings

Distance learning course schedules provide core classes, including honors course options, and exploratory learning options.

Distance learning students will have a distance learning teacher assigned to provide direct instruction for each course on their schedule.

Some exploratory classes will only be offered via the in-person option.

Curriculum

Students will experience grade-level and course curriculum that mirrors the in-person experience.

Distance learning students will have access to all district materials.  This includes online textbook access, access to district purchased online programs and applications, and resources teachers post in Schoology. This allows for full immersion in the curriculum from home.  

Structure and Routine

Distance learning students will be provided a daily schedule developed by the distance learning teachers to guide their distance learning experience.

Your distance learning teacher will communicate his/her weekly schedule via Schoology, and you can count on the development of a consistent routine for students. 

For students with IEPs:

  • Special education teachers provide IEP goal instruction to students based upon students’ IEPs.
  •  Students will participate in a variety of modes for goal instruction: live virtual instruction, teletherapy, instructional phone calls, small-group instruction, one-on-one support, recorded video instruction, and independent-led activities.
    o Some related services may be provided in-person rather than through distance learning as determined based upon a student’s unique needs as determined by an IEP team. These include physical therapy, occupational therapy, orientation & mobility, and Braille instruction.
  • Data will be collected for IEP goals.
  • Students with IEPs can access all necessary specialized instruction, accommodations, and modifications as a distance learner.
  •  An IEP amendment or IEP meeting will be held to determine goals, accommodations/modifications, accessibility, and services needed through distance learning including accommodations needed for district and state assessment.
  • Each student will be assigned a special education case manager, and service providers will be assigned based upon the IEP needs of the student. A copy of the IEP will be provided to teachers who are teaching through distance learning.
  • Students who have assistive technology devices as indicated in IEPs will be provided devices after completing a user agreement.

For students with 504 plans:

  • A 504 amendment or 504 meeting will be held to determine if revisions are needed to the current plan for distance learning.
  •  Students with 504s can access all necessary specialized instruction and accommodations, as a distance learner.
  • Each student will be assigned a 504 coordinator. A copy of the 504 plan will be provided to teachers who are teaching through distance learning.

Visit the FAQs webpage concerning special services.

Accountability, Feedback, and Communication

Distance learning students can expect attendance to be taken daily.

Distance learning students can expect class assignments to be collected, reviewed, and feedback provided by the distance learning teachers.

Grades will be posted in PowerSchool and available for student and parent viewing.

Quarterly and semester grade reports will be distributed like a traditional school year. 

Parent-Teacher conferences will be conducted virtually for all distance learning students.  

Teacher feedback regarding student progress will be provided on a consistent basis to students and parents.

High School Distance-Learning Plan

Grades 9-12

Enrollment and Support

Parents may confirm the distance-learning option on Parent Portal starting July 31st.

Students will be enrolled in a distance-learning classroom with peers across the district. 

Students will be assigned a BSSD certified classroom teacher for each course on their schedule.

Students will be enrolled with their homeschool, and the homeschool will communicate about all school-wide updates and information with families.

If you elect distance learning, you will be expected to remain in distance learning for the first semester. Parents may elect their preferred option again for second semester. 

Distance-learning students can opt to attend on-site extracurricular and before/after-school clubs offered at their homeschool.

Students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, can access this resource at their homeschool. Parent must report to homeschool to get lunch/breakfast.
Schoology Learning Management System

Schoology is a learning management system that creates a user-friendly platform for students, teachers, and parents to access curriculum, assignments, class calendars, class resources, and assessments.  With a device and Wi-Fi connection, your child has access to his/her virtual classroom, online learning resources, and assignments from any location.  

Students and parents will be provided information and training as to how to access Schoology and use it resources.

Visit the Schoology information video link.

Technology

Students who choose distance-learning will be provided a device to access our online learning platform, Schoology.

Technology support is available by email to the Help Desk at helpdesk@bssd.net 

Instruction

BSSD teachers will be available to provide the necessary instruction and support to meet the needs of each distance learner.

Students will participate in a variety of modes of engaged learning: live online delivery of lessons/instruction, small-group instruction, “virtual-discussions”, one-on-one support, and independent-led activities.

Live lessons will be recorded and archived for student reference.

Completed activities and assessments will be submitted for teacher feedback.

Engaging activities will be planned in the virtual environment allowing for a sense of community within the distance learning course.

Students will take all district and state-wide assessments including the End of Course exams (EOC). Details of how these tests will be administered will be shared later.
Course Offerings

Distance learning course schedules will provide core classes, including Dual Credit and AP course options, and elective course learning options.

Distance learning students will have a distance learning teacher assigned to provide direct instruction for each course on their schedule.

Some elective courses will only be offered via the in-person option.

Curriculum

Students will experience course curriculum that mirrors the in-person experience.

Distance learning students will have access to all district materials. This includes online textbook access, access to district purchased online programs and applications, and resources teachers post in Schoology. This allows for full immersion in the curriculum from home.

Structure and Routine

Distance learning students will be provided a daily schedule developed by the distance learning teachers to guide their distance learning experience.

Your distance learning teacher will communicate his/her weekly schedule via Schoology, and you can count on the development of a consistent routine for students.

Special Services

For students with IEPs:

  • Special education teachers provide IEP goal instruction to students based upon students’ IEPs.
  •  Students will participate in a variety of modes for goal instruction: live virtual instruction, teletherapy, instructional phone calls, small-group instruction, one-on-one support, recorded video instruction, and independent-led activities.
    o Some related services may be provided in-person rather than through distance learning as determined based upon a student’s unique needs as determined by an IEP team. These include physical therapy, occupational therapy, orientation & mobility, and Braille instruction.
  • Data will be collected for IEP goals.
  • Students with IEPs can access all necessary specialized instruction, accommodations, and modifications as a distance learner.
  •  An IEP amendment or IEP meeting will be held to determine goals, accommodations/modifications, accessibility, and services needed through distance learning including accommodations needed for district and state assessment.
  • Each student will be assigned a special education case manager, and service providers will be assigned based upon the IEP needs of the student. A copy of the IEP will be provided to teachers who are teaching through distance learning.
  • Students who have assistive technology devices as indicated in IEPs will be provided devices after completing a user agreement.

For students with 504 plans:

  • A 504 amendment or 504 meeting will be held to determine if revisions are needed to the current plan for distance learning.
  •  Students with 504s can access all necessary specialized instruction and accommodations, as a distance learner.
  • Each student will be assigned a 504 coordinator. A copy of the 504 plan will be provided to teachers who are teaching through distance learning.

Visit the FAQs webpage concerning special services.

Accountability, Feedback, and Communication

Distance-learning grading practices will mirror in-person practices.

Distance-learning teachers will hold virtual parent-teacher conferences.

Semester report cards will be distributed.

Attendance will be taken daily. Students who do not report for class, will be reported absent. Students who report later in the day, will be counted tardy. Parents will be expected to report student absences to his/her home school.

Teacher feedback regarding student progress will be provided on a consistent basis to parents.