Information on Distance Learning for Students

Despite the closure of schools, teaching and learning in Miami-Dade County Public Schools continues uninterrupted thanks to the support of our parents, community and full M-DCPS staff. Below is information provided to assist you conduct distance learning. The information below may be updated throughout time, therefore please check back regularly to view any updated material.


Microsoft Teams


 

Communication is essential to online learning. The District’s preferred communications platform is Microsoft Teams, with M-DCPS having over 19,000 users (students and teachers) on the platform prior to school closures and 80,000 users to-date. Microsoft Teams is located in the Employee and Student Portals through the Office 365 button. Microsoft Teams is a digital hub that brings conversations, content, and assignments together in one place. Teams integrates all of the Microsoft Office 365 applications (Excel, Forms, OneNote, PowerPoint, Sway, Word, etc.) available to students and teachers to facilitate collaboration. *Teachers may opt to use any one of a variety of communications tools to reach and connect with their students. Teachers are using ClassDojo, Edmodo, and Remind amongst others. The district has put together two Miami-Dade specific guides for getting started with Teams, see below.

Quick Guide

Attendance


 

Starting April 6, 2020, students will log into the student portal to be recorded as present in school. Students will receive a confirmation alert when they log in. If a student fails to log into the portal, his or her parents will receive an automated phone call the next day by noon, indicating the student did not log into the portal the day before and was marked absent.

Understanding that our young learners in grades Pre-K through 2 and students with disabilities may need assistance in signing-on for the purposes of attendance, the district will be deploying Clever badges for students in grades K-2 and special needs students. Attendance for these students will be captured via the Clever badge log in screen or through the traditional signing-on to the portal. Students are encouraged to log in during their regular scheduled school hours.

Additional information regarding the District’s Attendance Guidelines & Protocols During COVID-19 School Closure visit:

Attendance Services How to Use the Student Portal and Student Email


RECOMMENDED GRADING PROCEDURES FOR 2019-2020 QUARTER 4 AND FINAL GRADES

The District’s efforts with this guidance document are to address, as best we can, the variability in access and inherent biases in grading. This is the best possible way to protect our students from harm and to honor their hard work under extremely difficult circumstances while not penalizing anyone for factors outside their control.

The following principles guided the development of the document and reflect our commitment to advancing equity:

  1. Ensure that the negative impact of the school closures on students is minimized;
  2. Keep students engaged in learning;
  3. Engage families as partners in supporting their children;
  4. Meet the state’s requirement to make a good faith effort in providing meaningful high school credit-bearing opportunities; and
  5. Promote common expectations across all schools.

Grading Procedures


Advanced Academics Program


Advanced Placement Distance Learning Support

IB and Cambridge Distance Learning Support

Dual Enrollment Distance Learning Support

Instructional Continuity Plan 2.0

The Instructional Continuity Plan (ICP) 2.0 provides guidance and support for an extended period of school closure. ICP clarifies the roles of students, teachers, and families relative to distance learning, as well as the different options teachers have for content delivery.


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Internet Access Resources

Miami-Dade County Public Schools has worked with its partners to provide parents, students and employees with options for accessing internet services. Take a look at the different options below.




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