We know our families and staff have many questions as we are Moving Onward through the 2020-2021 school year. The subtabs contain lists of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers that will address your concerns. The FAQs are grouped into five categories -- Procedural, Safety, Access, Schedules and Support. Below is a Glossary of Terms and links to other information vital to the District Moving Onward. If you have additional concerns, you may email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, and someone will respond as soon as possible.
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Asynchronous Learning- Asynchronous learning is the idea that students learn the same material at different times and locations. Asynchronous Learning is also called Location Independent Learning, and is opposite to synchronous learning where students learn at the same time by activities such as attending a lecture or laboratory.
Canvas- The Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) allows schools to build the digital learning environment that meets the unique challenges faced by their institution. Canvas simplifies teaching, elevates learning, and eliminates the headaches of supporting and growing traditional learning technologies.
Contact- A well person who has been exposed to a case or a case’s environment such that they had an opportunity to acquire the infection.
Direct or Explicit Instruction- Direct instruction refers to instructional approaches that are structured, sequenced, and led by teachers, and/or (the presentation of academic content to students by teachers, such as in a lecture or demonstration. In other words, teachers are “directing” the instructional process or instruction is being “directed” at students.
Enrichment- Enrichment activities in the classroom can take numerous forms and do not necessarily always involve prescribed lessons from the curriculum. Enrichment encourages students to take a more expansive or in-depth look at a concept or topic, perhaps by further research, approaching it with a different lens or perspective, or connecting the subject to a more meaningful or rewarding facet of the real world. Whatever the activity may involve, the notion or goal is typically the same—encourage further exploration, intrinsic curiosity, and lifelong learning.
In-Person Learning- In-person learning occurs when students are learning in a the school building.
Incubation period- The interval between the time of invasion by an infectious agent and appearance of the first sign or symptom of the disease in question. For SARS-CoV-2, the incubation period is on average 4–5 days but may be as long as 14 days.
Infectious period- Period of time during which an individual is able to transmit a disease to others. The infectious period starts 2 days before someone develops symptoms.
Isolation- Condition in which a case is separated from others. Isolation occurs under conditions (for example, having a private bedroom and bathroom) that will prevent or limit the transmission of an infectious agent to those who are susceptible. Cases should be isolated for the entirety of their infectious period.
New Daily Case Rate- The number of individuals per day who test positive for COVID.
Positive Percentage Rate- The percentage of positive results based on the number of individuals tested.
Quarantine-Condition in which a contact’s activities are restricted. The contact is separated from others to prevent onward disease transmission to those who are susceptible. Contacts should be quarantined for the duration of their incubation period
Respiratory droplets-These are particles of respiratory secretions that are exhaled and typically consist of water-like fluid. If someone is infected with SARS-CoV-2, their respiratory droplets will contain SARS-CoV-2 virus, and these are infectious. Respiratory droplet particles cannot float in the air; they will drop to the ground by gravity.
Signs of illness-A health effect that can be observed externally, such as temperature, sweating, oxygen saturation, or heart rate. Signs are also abnormal findings on a physical examination that are observed or measured by a clinician (a physician or nurse). Some signs mean that the disease is becoming more severe or progressing.
Symptom of Illness- A health effect that is experienced or felt by the person and is not easily observable by others, such as fatigue or muscle aches. Some symptoms mean that the disease is becoming more severe or progressing.
Transmission Rate- The Average number of people who become infected by an infectious person. Also known as the R-naught number. If the transmission rate is greater than 1 the virus is spreading.
Virtual Learning- Virtual learning occurs when students attend school online. In FFSD that occurs using Canvas and Zoom.