DISTANCE LEARNING AT SCOTT HIGHLANDS
In accordance with the Minnesota Education and Health and Human Services and District 196, Distance Learning will continue until the end of the 2019-20 school year. SHMS will remain closed to the public. Information will be communicated by the district on our COVID-19 Information webpage, through social media and in phone calls, emails and text messages. Thank you for your patience as we all deal with the impacts of COVID-19 in our community. If you have questions call 651-423-7581 to leave a message.
The District 196 distance learning plan is unique to support the learning of students at all grade levels.
District 196 is implementing distance learning in compliance with an executive order from Governor Walz. The distance learning plan supports the learning of students at all grade levels in District 196 with a goal to provide meaningful learning for students and maintain personalized connections in the event that students are unable to be in the school building(s) due to an emergency situation (e.g. epidemic or other emergency).
The distance learning plan includes grades K-3 learning opportunities, both online and offline, and grades 4-12 learning opportunities that incorporate a larger use of our digital platforms. We are fortunate that for grades 4-12, we have a robust one-to-one technology learning environment that includes Schoology, our learning management system.
We recognize that learning at home and/or online provides a different educational experience than the traditional learning environment we are accustomed to within schools. We are dedicated to facilitating meaningful learning as effectively as possible in these circumstances, given the tools available. We also recognize our staff, students, and families may be facing unprecedented challenges during an emergency closure and we all need to be patient, supportive, and understanding. Flexibility and communication is key as we navigate emergency school closure and distance learning.
School success and good attendance go hand in hand. Ensure your child succeeds in Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Public Schools by helping them build a habit of good attendance early. Attendance Matters is an initiative in District 196 that takes a proactive approach to making sure students are in school every day.
This initiative was launched in the 2018-19 school year and provides administrators and educators a renewed opportunity to dig deeper into the reasons for unexcused absences in an effort to keep kids in the classroom. The Attendance Matters initiative uses research and resources from the national Attendance Works program to highlight the seriousness of chronic absenteeism and the effects it has on learning, as well as strategies to improve attendance.
Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college and beyond.
Did you know: Research shows when students attend school regularly, they feel more connected to their community, develop important friendships, strengthen social-emotional skills and are significantly more likely to graduate from high school.
Along with the state of Minnesota, we are providing information about implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the process the Minnesota Department of Education used to develop the Minnesota State ESSA Plan. Learn more about the North Star Excellence and Equity System/ESSA.
Dedicated to student success
At District 196, our highly competent educators and administrators are committed to educating students to reach their full potential. As a school district of choice, we have high academic standards and expectations for our students, and this starts with being prepared and in the classroom every day.
In accordance with District Policy 503.2AR, students are expected to attend class every day, with the exception of school-authorized and verified absences. Excessive absences may have adverse consequences.
Approximately 13.57 percent of District 196 students are identified as chronically absent, which means they have missed 18 or more days of school throughout the school year. (The national average is 14 percent.)