Bend-La Pine Schools Online
For the 2021-22 School Year, our local Bend-La Pine Schools Online Program is excited to continue offering remote learning opportunities for children and families in our community.
New for this year, we have constructed our learning options to offer support across a continuum that ranges from very family involved and independent (traditional online) to more teacher supported and synchronous (similar to CDL from the 20-21 school year).
Families who choose ”Independent Online” will be opting into our program in essentially the same way it has always functioned. In this option, parents are the primary learning coaches for their child. Curriculum is delivered both by physical materials, and via our online K12 Platform. Primary grades are more dependent on physical materials, with time online increasing with grade level. Our local staff is available to support both students and parents as they navigate the curriculum and technological platform. Students are expected to average 4% progress through their curriculum each week, and attendance is based on this progress.
Independent Online students will also be able to choose to participate in optional clubs offered Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, and virtual read-aloud groups with our teachers at lunch time 4 days a week. When we are able to offer in-person labs and support, independent online students will also be invited to participate.
Our second, new option for the 2020-21 school year is called “Enhanced Online”. Students who enroll in this option will be placed with one of our local, BLSO classroom teachers. Most days will start with a virtual class meeting where social-emotional learning and community building take place. At this time daily & weekly expectations will be framed, and schedules will be confirmed.
In the Enhanced model, Monday will be the most academically structured with instruction occurring between 8 AM and 2:30 PM. There will be a morning language arts block and direct, small group instruction and an afternoon math block with synchronous instruction. Students will also participate in read aloud, and have other opportunities to share and connect virtually with each other and their teacher.
Tuesday and Thursdays will be structured with academics from 8 am - 12 pm and optional “clubs” in the afternoons.
Wednesdays are the least structured day, where students will work independently on K12 curriculum, Lexia and Dreambox. This time will also be used for weekly, individual family check-ins with their assigned teacher.
Fridays are going to be “fun days” for our elementary students. On these days our teachers will use their creativity and spunk to engage students with science, social studies, art and other project-based learning. Families should expect structure from 8 am - 12 pm. Friday afternoons will be a time for more clubs, parent check-in’s, or optional meet up’s and fun group activities when possible.
Once routines are established and families are ready, science or history can be added to a student’s program. This mirrors what happens in our brick-and-mortar classrooms, where the start of the year has a lighter curriculum load as routines and relationships are established, and more content is added as students are ready. We only recommend adding one course at a time, once again mirroring our brick and mortar K-5 classrooms where students might do a science unit, then a history unit, then pivot back to science. Additionally, many families find they are happy with only the core subjects of Language Arts and Math, and that these provide many launch points into other content investigations.
Overall, our goal is to provide consistency where it is needed and many options for customization as families, students and/or learning coaches desire. Our courses are flexibly paced and complemented by a wealth of hands-on materials including storybooks, science kits, art supplies, math manipulatives and more.
All of our elementary options use the K12 online learning platform. For sample lessons, you can visit this page: K-8 Program Sample Lessons
Please note that the enrollment links on the K12 pages frequently take you to other schools or districts, or even tuition-based programs. To register with Bend-La Pine Online and stay connected to our local teachers and community use the links from our website (right column) to initiate the registration process.
We have dedicated, local teachers assigned to K-5 students. These teachers team up with every new family to create a success plan and then oversee all facets of the instructional experience, while also supporting parents and/or learning coaches to facilitate progress through the daily lessons.
On average, you can expect to spend about 3-5 hours per day supporting your child's education, depending on the learning option you choose, number of classes your child is enrolled in and their grade level. Our teachers monitor progress, reach out to answer questions and are available via phone or email when families need support. Whether your child is enrolled in our independent or enhanced model, you can expect your teacher to check in on a regular basis, offer enrichment activities and help problem solve or support learning when questions arise.