At-Home Learning Guides

Note: The following information is intended for families that do not have a technology device (their own or district-loaned) or do not have reliable access to the internet for their child(ren)’s online learning.
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Updated: April 9, 2020 — 6:30 p.m.

During the school closure, the Williamsport Area School District’s preferred learning platform is using technology and online communication tools to connect personally with students and families.  We urge all families to participate online where your students will have the opportunity of daily contact with a teacher who is a resource for questions and support.

The Williamsport Area School District has also prepared and will make available printed at-home learning guides for families who cannot use the district’s online learning platforms. It is stressed that these resources are meant for families and homes where there are significant technology and internet issues that prevent them from accessing the online learning platform.  Families should only request at-home paper learning guides when absolutely necessary for the most challenging cases.

 These resources must be requested through your child’s building’s main office where you will leave a voicemail of the request. Arrangements will need to be made how these materials will be picked up by the family, as well as provide a primary contact name and contact information. Families opting for this format must also commit and be prepared to participate in weekly calls from school staff to assess learning.

 The learning guides are designed to provide independent practice for students through valuable, self-directed exercises. The guides will maintain student engagement in learning, are designed to reinforce and review key concepts previously taught in the classroom.

In order to deliver more practice for students in becoming more secure in standards and skills, the guides are compiled in the following core subject areas by grade level:

  • Grades K-6: Math and Reading
  • Grades 7-12: Math, Reading, Science and Social Studies

The material should contain enough lessons for a seven- to eight-week period. We suggest incorporating these lessons with other at-home activities, such as independent reading, journal writing, science activities, physical exercise, and other activities while still practicing social distancing.

Throughout this closure period, a district employee will call to check up on your child’s progress. Families will need to commit to participating in these progress check calls.

Key Reminders:

  • Paper curriculum guides should only be requested if a family does not have technology or internet access in their household.
  • Families will need to request at-home learning guides through their building offices and provide information on how materials will be picked up, primary contact, and contact information.
  • Families that have already received a technology device are not eligible to receive both a device and paper learning guide.
  • The guides will maintain student engagement in learning, designed to reinforce and review key concepts previously taught in the classroom.