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Continuous (Distance) Learning 2.0

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department announced July 23, that based on current levels of COVID-19 in our community, it is not safe to open schools this fall.  Therefore, school for all grades will start on Sept. 3 in a full-time Continuous (Distance) Learning model 2.0.  

Many families are wondering how Continuous (Distance) Learning will be improved
 for fall.  At the end of the 2019-20 school year, over 4,800 families responded with valuable feedback on the at-home learning experience.  This data was a critical element in helping our Instructional Taskforce make educational and delivery improvements. 


Parents and students can expect the following improvements: 

  • • All students in grades K-12 will receive devices to support their learning. 

  • • Wi-Fi access will increase with the use of Puyallup School District provided hotspots so families can access the Internet. 

  • • Daily live lessons, with lessons being recorded, so students and families can access later. 

  • • Clear and concise grading practice put in place. Students will receive grades. 

  • • Attendance taken daily in elementary and by period in secondary. 

  • • Defined expectations using the Students Rights and Responsibilities Handbook. More information to come. 

  • • Consistent District-wide Learning Plans provided weekly. 

  • • Virtual sessions teaching new content with ongoing review.

  • • Considerations for in-person learning for special populations in small groups. 

  • • Technology support for families will be District-wide via Family University. 

  • • Consistent communication District-wide.

  • • Consistent and streamlined use of District platforms that best serve student learning needs. 


Synchronous Instruction:
Teachers deliver live instruction and communication to the whole class or in small groups. This instruction includes intensive support for students who need it, including students learning English and students with special needs.

Asynchronous Instruction:

Students engage in learning at their own pace. For example, work can take place using digital platforms or by watching teacher-created videos, reading, and small group/independent projects. This can include one-on-one or small group support.

Day in the Life of Distance Learning

Teachers will focus on formative quizzes and feedback. The shortened instructional schedule also gives students time to engage in other school-related activities. Synchronous Teaching: Teachers will engage in two live sessions per week per class with the goal of 30 minutes maximum. The remainder of the period is to check-in with students and answer questions. Live sessions will focus on interaction and student engagement. Asynchronous Teaching: Media presentations for asynchronous learning will be broken up into segments of 5-7 minutes or less. Asynchronous lessons including student activities should not exceed 30 minutes.