Remote Learning Guide for Parents
While schools are closed, we continue to focus on supporting our scholars with their learning. At the start of the closure, we mailed home standards- based lessons and learning activities for scholars to practice their learning. Students should continue to work on these through April 17, 2020.Beginning April 20, we will provide additional remote learning options.
What is Remote Learning?
Remote Learning Is:
- Weekly lessons and activities, consisting of digital and non-digital materials, which students work on independently and submit to their teacher
- A model of instruction that can occur at any time—students independently self-pace their learning once teachers share the resources
- Teacher communication through phone, email, Canvas and Zoom
- Teachers offer online office hours and/or telephone feedback for student
Remote Learning Is Not:
- A replacement for normal daily instruction and the rich experience that occurs within the school face- to-face
- An online school
- Only digital learning
Remote Learning Guide (PDF)
What Does this Mean for Me?
- Check Canvas every Monday and complete the assignments provided each week
- Connect with your teacher(s) once a week via email and Zoom or Canvas video
- Reach out to your teacher if you need support or have questions
- Complete other learning activities, such as reading or accessing online resources
- Support a daily home schedule for instruction
- Provide a space for scholars to learn and complete work
- Connect with your child’s teacher(s) once a week via email and Zoom or Canvas video
What types of lessons and activities can I expect to see?
Teachers will provide digital and/or non-digital activities in the following content areas in a variety of ways including pre-recorded video lessons, live lessons, simple projects, paper/pencil activities. These activities are for practice and feedback from the teacher.
Remote Learning Communication Resources
Because accessing some of these resources may be new to parents, video tutorials on how to use these resources will be available starting Friday, April 10, 2020 at https://www.fwps.org/ParentPortal.
ParentVUE allows for two-way communication between teachers and parents in multiple languages. To receive messages in a language other than English, please set your preferred language on the login page of ParentVUE or on the mobile app.
When your child’s teacher sends a message through ParentVUE, you will receive an email containing the message. To respond to this message, you must login to your ParentVUE account. (Do not respond to the email@example.com email notification.)
If you need assistance with ParentVUE, visit https://www.fwps.org/ParentPortal or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the closure, teachers will use Google Voice. The number may appear from a different area code than our geographical area. Google Voice is two-way, which means parents can call the number and leave a message if needed.
If you have opted in for texting, you may receive one-way text messages from your school and the district. Some schools may have additional methods for two-way texting with your child’s teacher, with apps such as Remind. Two-way texting across the district with Remind is coming soon.
How to Access Zoom Meetings
Your child’s teacher may send you an invitation to participate in a Zoom video conference. To access this meeting on a computer, click on the link provided in the invitation. To access this meeting over the phone, you can call the number provided or download the Zoom mobile app at
How to Access Canvas
To access canvas, visit https://fwps.instructure.com/ or access through Clever.
Your child’s username is their Student ID, and their password is the same one used to log in to computers at school.
More information can be found at www.fwps.org/parentportal