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New CDL Option Available: Share Your Family's Plan

All Families Must Complete Survey by Jan. 20

Article Date: Jan 14, 2021

Expanded learning options

Bend-La Pine Schools is pleased to announce the launch of the new District Comprehensive Distance Learning (CDL) option - bringing the number of learning options for students and families to three for the 2020-21 school year: All-in for grades K-3 or Balanced/Hybrid for grades 4-12, Connected for students in grades K-12; and the new District CDL, which pairs local students with local teachers for daily instruction, much like the current CDL model being used in classrooms today.

DISTRICT CDL LEARNING OPTION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Targeted to begin the week of February 8.
  • Students can access live instruction via WebEx, daily;
  • Students will have opportunities to build community with district teachers and other classmates across the district, through cohorting;
  • Cohorts will be made up of a mix of students from throughout the district, who are learning at the same grade level;
  • Students will have access to supports such as special education, English language services, and counseling;

This new model brings students from across the district together and pairs the cohort with a regular teacher for instruction. Students will stay with this cohort for the duration of the school year, building comradery and consistency in relationships and instruction.

This learning model is being made possible thank to new federal stimulus funds, passed through the state, which will allow us to hire staff.

All families, including those interested in the Digital Learning option, should complete this survey by Wednesday, January 20, which asks for identification of your student’s preferred learning model – A/B, C or D.

FAQs

What are the options available to families at this time?

We are now offering three options for students:

  • All-in: All-in for grades K-3, in-person instruction in school classrooms or Balanced/Hybrid (2 days a week in-person; 3 days a week distance learning) for grades 4-12.
  • Connected: Bend-La Pine Schools Online is our Connected option. The program, established more than ten years ago, provides self-guided online learning for free for any student in the district through Bend-La Pine Schools Online.
  • NEW District CDL: Students are connected with Bend-La Pine Schools’ teachers and learn via WebEx and lessons. Schedules similar to what students experience currently in CDL. Students in grades K-8 will continue to use district curricular materials for some or all of the classes, while students in grades 9-12 will use Bend-La Pine Schools Online curricula.

What are a few elementary school level highlights of District CDL?

Students’ schedules will look very similar to the CDL schedules they are following now in their neighborhood schools. These classes will be taught by district teachers, using district curricula that is familiar to students. Additionally, students will be grouped with new, age-level peers in class sizes similar to typical in-person district class sizes. Students will develop relationships with students from across the district.

For families who are choosing to enroll in the District CDL Program, there will be a gap from when students stop attending their current school to when they begin their new program. The district will be providing activities and lessons to engage students during this time.

There will be a combination of grade-level appropriate hard-copy learning packets and online activities offered. The learning packets will be available at neighborhood schools for pick-up by January 22. Since District CDL teachers have yet to be assigned to classes, there will be no live WebEx sessions until February 8. Families will receive communication from their new teacher as soon as assignments have been made and learning schedules have been created.

Students will keep their district-issued iPads during this time period so that they can continue with learning activities.

Elementary District CDL Timeline

Grades K-3 District CDL Students

  • Week of January 18 - continue with CDL activities from current teacher
  • Week of January 25 – learning packets and online activities
  • Week of February 1 - learning packets and online activities, District CDL teachers will reach out to families
  • Week of February 8 – District CDL begins

Grades 4 and 5 District CDL Students

  • Week of January 18 - continue with CDL activities from current teacher
  • Week of January 25 – continue with CDL activities from current teacher
  • Week of February 1 - learning packets and online activities, District CDL teachers will reach out to families
  • Week of February 8 – District CDL begins

What are a few middle school level highlights of District CDL?

Students will follow a set schedule for their advisory, language arts, social studies, science, and math classes. These classes will be taught by district teachers, using district curricula, similar to how students are learning in CDL today, using WebEx.

Students will access health/PE and their optional elective classes through Bend-La Pine Schools Online. These classes can be delivered on a flexible schedule, depending on a student’s/family’s needs.

Students will be assigned advisory teachers who will help monitor students’ progress in their online classes.

What are a few high school level highlights of District CDL?

Students will meet with an advisory teacher daily who will provide support and content coaching for language arts, math, science, and social studies courses taken through Bend-La Pine Schools Online.

These students will access their classes on their own flexible schedule, depending on a student’s/family’s needs, rather than via WebEx.

High School International Baccalaureate Information

All IB classes will be offered in Hybrid. Students will stay with their IB teacher.

Paul Hutter, IB teacher and coordinator at Bend Senior High, is currently collecting names of students who would like to participate in IB and are uncertain about returning to in-person instruction. Mr. Hutter and the IB teacher team will be working with each family to coordinate how students can stay connected and continue to participate in their IB courses this spring. Please feel free to contact Mr. Hutter at [email protected] or 541-355-3866 with your student’s intentions for the second semester of the 2020-21 school year.

High School Advanced Placement Information

All AP classes will be offered in Hybrid. Students will stay with their AP teacher.

If a student is participating in District CDL and their AP course is offered through Bend-La Pine Schools Online, they are encouraged to register through BLPO for the second half of their AP course. If the AP course is not offered through BLPO, please contact the AP coordinator at your student’s school – staff are currently working on gathering names and interest for AP courses to provide options for students to continue to participate in AP for the second semester of the 2020-21 school year.

Who can I contact with questions?

Please contact us at [email protected].