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Distance Learning/COVID 19 Resources

During these unprecedented times, TCA will be offering Distance Learning through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year per the Governor’s executive order 20-41. This page will provide all the updates, procedures and policies associated with Distance Learning. This page will also provide resources for families to access throughout the community to help with the inevitable stresses this COVID 19 pandemic brings to all of us.

Distance Learning Plan

Distance Learning Overall Plan – 3.27.20

Distance Learning Special Education/504 Plan – 3.27.20

 

Distance Learning Plan Summary

All students will be invited to all their current classes through Google Classroom. All instruction and homework will be assigned through Google Classroom. Students should use their TCA assigned email account to access Google Classroom. Middle School students will have two to three hours weekly per class of instruction and assignments. High School students will have three to four hours weekly per class of instruction and assignments. Instruction for students with IEPs/504s may be modified in collaboration with the family, student and IEP/504 case managers.

Google Classroom Student Tutorial

 

Attendance During Distance Learning

Attendance will be taken every Friday for the week by teachers. Absences will be recorded by 4 p.m. Fridays for the week for any student who has not engaged at all during the week. Engagement means having some contact with the teacher during the week. Examples of contact include emailing, texting or speaking to the teacher, scheduling a meeting with the teacher, participating in a live meeting, asking a question, and/or turning in an assignment on the Google classroom.

Families will receive an email on Fridays if their student was marked absent for the week for one or more classes – the email includes information for which the classes their student was marked absent.

Late Work During Distance Learning

Since the Distance Learning model at TCA is designed to be flexible (students may do their work at any time during the week, and are not required to log in during the regularly schedule class time), late work will not be penalized for quarter 4.

Grading During Distance Learning

Students earning As and Bs during 4th quarter will have the grade posted on their transcripts as normal. Students earning Cs and Ds during 4th quarter will receive a Pass, with no impact on their GPA. Students earning an F during 4th quarter will earn a No Credit, with no impact on their GPA.  Grading in IC will continue to show the actual letter grade. Grades will be adjusted to the Distance Learning grading policy at the end of the quarter.

Technology Access 

If a student is in need of technology, either a device or access to the internet, please contact Andrew Gorrell at agorrell@twincitiesacademy.org or leave a message on our main office number 651-205-4797. Someone will contact you within 24 hours of your request and arrange delivery or pick up of the device or service needed.

Mental Health Support

TCA is proud to have a full service mental health team during the regular school year, and will continue to offer support during this Distance Learning period. If a student or family member is in need of mental health support during this time, please contact Madison Sauer at msauer@twincitiesacademy.org or leave a message on our main office number 651-205-4797 and someone will be in touch with you within 24 hours. If you are in crisis  and need immediate assistance you can also text MN to 741741 or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Free Food Delivery

TCA is currently delivering a weeks worth of breakfast and lunch to children under 18 on Tuesdays. Home delivery, school pick up, and food truck stops are available. For more details please contact Terri Ausen at tausen@twincitiesacademy.org or call the main phone number at 651-205-4797 and someone will return your call within 24 hours.

TCA is also partnering with the Conway Recreation Center to offer additional meals for children. Conway is serving children from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Free eBook/Audiobook Resources

Our TCA Librarian, Ms. Delesha, is periodically updating THIS  link so students can access free audiobooks/eBooks that do NOT require a credit card.

Additional Community Resources

Stop the Spread of COVID-19 – Free Public Health Fliers in 30+ Languages

Covid -19 Resource List

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