VC Reopening Plan-Technology and Connectivity

Christopher Mohr (christopher.mohr@vcsdny.org) is our Director of Technology and oversees the technical aspects of our Reopening Plan. Access to technology is essential for the successful roll-out of this plan. Valley Central has been committed to ongoing planning and implementation of district technologies to ensure equitable access for staff and students. Valley Central has increased its total internet bandwidth to continue to support the increased use of remote learning. The team has initiated plans that are mindful of student home access to reliable internet and computers.

 

  • Valley Central recently gathered data and asked teachers and families to identify their level of access to devices and high-speed broadband from their residence. We provided Chromebooks and/or hotspots to all families that requested such devices. The district will continue to assess the ongoing needs of our families for technology and connectivity (survey, interviews, school outreach, etc.) In the event, students and/or teachers do not have access, the district will take the necessary steps to meet their needs where plausible.
  • Conduct and/or maintain an inventory of equipment and other assets.
  •  Identify which students, families, and staff have district assets in their possession.
  •  Procure, manage and/or maintain hardware, software, licenses, learning management systems, etc. to support and improve virtual instruction and student engagement.
  • Identify professional learning needs for teachers and continue to support their development of skills and pedagogy in a virtual learning environment.
  • Arrange a “Helpdesk” system for parents/students/teachers to report technical issues that might be experienced during remote learning. Communicate protocols to these stakeholders to inform them in advance of how to gain assistance in such cases.

Valley Central will provide all students with access to learning materials and resources in multiple formats, when possible.

 Further, the district will support teachers through professional development and coaching on pedagogical methods that enable students to participate in multiple ways, so that they can demonstrate mastery of Learning Standards in remote or blended models through the use of both synchronous (i.e. Google Meet or other web conferencing tool) and asynchronous technologies (i.e. Google Classroom or other learning platforms). The district will also schedule opportunities to connect with families to educate them on how to use the technologies and connect to the instructional activities.