Education

QPS rolls out continuing education plan on Wednesday

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 24, 2020 12:01 am

QUINCY -- Quincy Public Schools wants to see students sustain learning levels and decrease regression during the mandated school closure.

A school closure continued learning plan, launching Wednesday, hopes to engage children in focused learning activities for two to three hours per day and a minimum of 30 minutes of physical/wellness activity per day.

QPS Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Kim Dinkheller said the plan covers the district through April 7. Work already has begun on a phase two plan should schools stay closed longer.

"We're not looking to do a plan that has a lot of new learning. We want it to be about practice and enrichment," Dinkheller said.

"Our goal is not to expect parents to become the teacher who is putting brand-new learning in front of the students but for parents to help organize a time where kids can sit down, focus in on reading or some math practice, honing in on those skills they've already been learning and taught this school year."

Building principals made School Reach calls on Monday to QPS families to provide more details about the plans offering online resources along with paper packets targeting individual grade levels for elementary students and separate packets for junior high and senior high students without online access.

"We want to make sure we're putting out a consistent plan so equitably all of our students have the same sorts of opportunities across the board whether you have online access or you don't," she said.

"The reality is we cannot come up with an all-online learning plan. We're not at capacity to do that," she said. "Our plan is blended where you're giving online opportunities that students access when at school and are familiar with, and we're also preparing packets for each grade level of things students can do to help them practice skills they have already learned."

The plans are available online at qps.org, QPS Clever, Quincy Junior High School Homework Website and Quincy High School Schoology.

Families that cannot access the plan online may pick up materials at the QPS lunch program drop-off and pick-up locations.

Pick-up locations are available 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at the south entrance of the Board of Education office, 1416 Maine, and the circle drive at the Kroc Center, 405 Vermont.

Five QPS buses also make 25 drop-off stops between 10 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday throughout the community, and another stop has been added at 9:45 a.m. at Cardinal Apartments.

The continued learning plan focuses on math, literacy, STEM, music/fine arts and wellness including a calendar of activities K-5 student can do which was put together by the physical education staff.

"We're including the fine arts as well," Dinkheller said. "They can be therapeutic."

 

Online portal

Clever is an online portal that provides students a central location to access all QPS online learning programs and resources.

To access Clever from home, go to qps.org and click on the "C" in the upper left corner of the page. Click "Log in with Active Directory" and enter:

Username -- student ID#@my.qps.org, all lowercase, no spaces. For example, 321456@my.qps.org.

K-5 Student Password: schoolmascot172. For example, Iles Students use redtails172.

6-12 Student Password: QPS student account password.