• Emergency Broadband Benefit Program - Added on Wednesday, May 5, 2021

    The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program that provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. If your household is eligible, you can receive:

    • Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals
    • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
    • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)

    Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household.

    The FCC expects enrollment for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program to open on May 12, 2021. It will end when the fund runs out of money, or six months after the Department of Health and Human Services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency, whichever is sooner. You can find more information on the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program at this link: getemergencybroadband.org

     

    BASD Virtual Learning students will be assigned a homeroom in one of our brick and mortar classrooms but attend school virtually. BASD Virtual Learning students will be instructed by our highly-qualified BASD teachers and access the same curriculum as their brick and mortar "classmates". Instruction will include a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous learning opportunities with the schedule/timing of instruction aligned to the traditional brick-and-mortar schedule. Attendance at specific points of the day via video conferencing will be required and monitored.

    The district is working with the following beliefs in mind: 

    • Students and staff safety and health remain a top priority.
    • The academic and social/emotional needs of students are important to the success of students.
    • Consistent daily schedules offer needed routines and procedures for students’ learning and engagement.
    • Live streaming keeps students engaged in the content.
    • Frequent connections among teachers and students build relationships.

    BASD Virtual Learning offers the following highlights:

    • Students will follow a regular daily schedule while adhering to a six-day cycle. The 6 day cycle is new for our elementary students and will be slightly different for our middle school students, as well.  More details will follow.
    • Flexibility will be offered so that students can complete some of the work outside of school hours.
    • Advanced Placement, Honors, and Dual Enrollment courses will be offered and occur as scheduled.

    BASD Virtual Learning differs greatly from the remote learning that occurred throughout the Spring of 2020 in several ways.  Students will be required to attend classes and complete assignments, similar to what would occur while in a school building.  Our consistent practices allow for greater flexibility so that some tasks are provided and completed in real-time, and others are done at the student’s convenience. 


    Frequently Asked Questions

    What does synchronous learning look like?
    Synchronous learning is direct interaction with your teacher and other students.  It includes various learning activities, projects, labs, assessments, etc.  It is not just students watching a teacher lecture.  Teachers engage students in a way that strengthens and deepens the learning process. 

    What does asynchronous learning look like?
    Students are not required to participate in learning at a designated time. The teacher delivers instruction through a recorded video, projects, virtual labs, assignments, etc.

    When will my day start and end? 
    Boyertown Area Senior High: 7:40 AM - 2:35 PM
    Middle Schools East and West: 7:40 AM-2:35 PM
    Boyertown Elementary Schools:  8:40 AM-3:20 PM

    What happens if my child is unable to attend virtually on any given school day?
    We will follow our typical attendance policies and procedures.  Staff will post their substitute plans in an asynchronous model (just as if school was in session traditionally).  

    Will my child receive a district-issued device? 
    Yes, BASD has already begun distributing devices to our secondary students, and students in grades K-5 will receive devices.

    What if I do not have internet access in my house? 
    We will work with families who need internet access using the available resources in the community, as well as district resources.


    BASD Virtual Learning
    does come with some new and/or different responsibilities for the members of our learning community.

    • Student Responsibilities:
      • Attending the required live sessions each day as scheduled by the classroom teacher,
      • Completing the asynchronous learning activities by the due time or date,
      • Actively participating in classroom activities along with their classmates in both the virtual and in-person classrooms,
      • Turning their camera on during live sessions to show that they are present,
      • Showing respect to themselves, their classmates, and their teacher by following all classroom rules and routines,
      • Following all BASD guidelines for technology use as outlined in the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).

    • Parent/Guardian Responsibilities:
      • As a parent/guardian of a Virtual Learner, you will be their personal Learning Coach.  As such, you will be responsible for
        • Providing a comfortable, quiet workspace for your child to participate in live video conferencing and independent online activities without disruption,
        • Encouraging your child to treat each day as a typical school day and to follow the behavior expectations outlined in the student handbook,
        • Ensuring your child is prepared to attend the required live sessions as scheduled by the classroom teacher.

    Bringing the Classroom into Your Home - Videos
    The following video was created by a BASD Middle School Social Studies Teacher and provides an overview of what his classroom will look like for his Virtual Learners.  The video is simply an example.  Teachers bring their own unique personality and style to their individual classroom.  This video is intended to demonstrate how an individual classroom can make its way into your living room, office, kitchen, and more. 

    The Virtual Framework Demo 

    Teaching in a Scaffolding/Virtual Model

    Student/Parent Demonstration Video for the Use of Google Classroom

    Student and Parent Tutorials for Google Apps - Please note that there is a tab at the top of this spreadsheet, that provides students and parents access to tutorials for additional apps.

    Working with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, PBS has created Learning at Home, your connection to thousands of hours of educational and entertaining programs, videos, activities, and games to support you.