As a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy Charter Public School will remained closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

COVID-19 Resources

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Remote Learning Plan

Purpose

In response to the extended school closure the Academy has adopted a remote learning plan.  We understand that nothing can replace the in-person school experience, and we are not trying to replicate the traditional school day.

The Academy’s remote learning model’s purpose is to engage students in meaningful and productive learning opportunities through an appropriately structured educational program.

Remote learning is not synonymous with online learning, and can take place in a multitude of ways, including helping students engage with resources in their everyday lives and in the natural world around them.  Remote learning also provides unique opportunities to further engage students in the arts or interdisciplinary work.  The Academy is conscious of the effects of increased screen time and seeks balance between learning through technology and remote learning that happens offline to supports students’ interests and understanding.

Additionally, the Academy will continue to focus on the holistic needs of the educational community.  The safety and well-being of students, families, and staff remain our top priority as an educational community.  We are focused not only on physical health, safety, and nutrition, but also on social-emotional and mental health needs, which could intensify during this time.

We understand this crisis disproportionately affects our most vulnerable students in terms of their physical and mental health, as well as academically.  Equity will continue to be a top consideration in our efforts to implement remote learning opportunities specifically special populations, including students with disabilities and English learners.

The Academy believes that maintaining connections between school staff and students is paramount, particularly for the most vulnerable members of our school communities, in an effort to provide natural conduits to guide the Academy in addressing students’ specific needs.

School Day

The Academy is committed to supporting students to engage in meaningful and productive learning for approximately half the regular school day.

This learning will take place via a combination of educator-directed learning and student self-directed learning.

Remote Learning Model

The Academy will be utilizing Google Classroom as its primary learning platform, and focus on reinforcing skills already taught this school year and applying and deepening these skills.  Each student will be assigned a Chromebook and charger on loan to access Google Classroom.  Each student and parent are required to complete a Chromebook Loan Agreement form.  Paper copies of educational materials will be available upon request.

Additional learning opportunities will be offline, and includes enrichment activities that promote students interests the arts, physical activity, and social-emotional wellbeing. 

Schedule

Students will receive two (2) online assignments in English Language Arts, History, Mathematics, and Science in Google Classroom each week.  Students will take English Language Arts and History Mondays and Wednesdays, and Mathematics and Science Tuesdays and Thursdays.  On Fridays, students will continue with SpelHouse (Leadership Development Program), and other enrichment activities.  Each day students will have time for daily physical activity.

Students will have access to multiple hours per day of academic content directed by teachers, which will focus on reinforcing skills already taught this school year and applying and deepening those skills.

Assignments should be completed during the work period based on the following schedule:

Monday and Wednesday Schedule

9:00AM – 10:00AM – Breakfast/Independent Reading

10:0AM – 11:00AM – Physical Activity

11:00AM – 12:00PM – Lunch/Independent Reading

12:00PM – 1:00PM – English Language Arts

1:00PM – 2:00PM – History

Tuesday and Thursday Schedule

9:00AM – 10:00AM – Breakfast/Independent Reading

10:00AM – 11:00AM – Physical Activity

11:00AM – 12:00PM – Lunch/Independent Reading

12:00PM – 1:00PM – Math

1:00PM – 2:00PM – Science

Friday Schedule

9:00AM – 10:00AM – Breakfast/Independent Reading

10:00AM – 11:00AM – Physical Activity

11:00AM – 12:00PM – Lunch/Independent Reading

12:00PM – 1:00PM – SpelHouse

1:00PM – 2:00PM – Enrichment Activity

Teachers will be available daily between 12:00PM and 2:00PM as an academic resource.

Teacher Communication

Teachers will adhere to the following expectations regarding communication:

  • Each teacher will be available 12:00PM – 2:00PM Monday-Friday as an academic resource.Students and families will be able to have direct access to teachers during this time.
  • Special Education Teachers and ELL Teachers will be providing frequent check-ins with students on their caseload.

Feedback

To the extent possible, teacher will provide feedback to student work completed remotely.

Completed assignments will be graded as “Credit/No Credit”, to incentivize continuous learning while acknowledging the challenging situation we face.

The Academy will review those students who receive a “No Credit” on a case by case basis to ensure those students had equitable access to learning opportunities during this closure, keeping in mind the variety of technology, health, disability, and language challenges that could occur.

Chromebooks

The Academy is providing Chromebooks to students who do not have consistent access to a computer at home.  After you’ve received your Chromebook, these are a few things to get you started.

Get Started with Your New Chromebook

Log into your Chromebook using your DLA Gmail and password.

Chromebook Loan Agreement

Learn more about the Chromebook Loan Agreement.

Home Learning Tips for Students

Report a Damaged Chromebook

Email DLA Help Desk at helpdesk@dlacps.org.

Help Getting Home Internet

Explore currently available low-cost and free internet options.

Google Classroom

What is Google Classroom?

Google Classroom is an online classroom where students can access resources and assignments shared by their teachers.

How does my child access Google Classroom at home?

Google Classroom can be accessed on any internet-enabled device including computers, Chromebooks, and smartphones.

Students login using their DLA Gmail (           @dlacps.org) and DLA password.  Unsure about your student’s email or password? Contact DLA Help Desk at helpdesk@dlacps.org.

From your phone:

Go to the App Store or Google Play Store from your device and install “Google Classroom” app.  Please use your DLA Gmail account to sign in for the first time.

From your computer:

Open your browser, log into your DLA Gmail account, and go to classroom.google.com.

We recommend watching the videos below in your desired language to see how to join a classroom.

How to Join Google Classroom (English)

How to Join Google Classroom (Spanish)

How to Join Google Classroom (Portuguese)

How to Join Google Classroom (French)

More questions?  Visit the Google Classroom help page.

You can also view the Google Classroom Parent Guide.

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Community Food and Meals Resources

Due to low attendance, the Academy will no longer be a food distribution site during the closure.

If you or your family are experiencing food insecurity during this time of closure, we have provided a list of meal sites for families in need.

Please note the following important details:

  • All pick-up sites are set up to be “grab and go”.
  • Practice social distancing (keep six feet between yourself and others).
  • Stay home if you are sick

Unless otherwise noted, all locations below will be open starting on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  All locations are open Monday through Friday.

Map of Meal Sites for Children and Youth

Please Note: Sites and meal times are subject to change.  Please check the City of Boston website to confirm information before you head to the meal pickup site.