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PreK - Grade 3 Asynchronous Learning – Virtual Learning

Asynchronous Learning is a learning environment and structure where students engage in the learning materials through some structured, teacher-directed activities balanced with independent learning and practice. In this setting, teachers will provide instruction, learning resources and support through the use of Google Classroom and other technology resources, including Seesaw.

Richardson ISD expectations for Asynchronous Learning:

  • Students will complete asynchronous activities assigned each day.
  • Students show proof of participation in daily virtual instruction by satisfactorily completing assignments to demonstrate evidence of student learning, such as logging on to required virtual meetings or view required pre-recorded teacher lessons via video.
  • Parents can connect with teachers for additional assistance, including tutoring.


Students will be asked to log in and join the teacher via an online meeting (through Zoom) daily. This daily engagement will be used to determine if the student is present or absent for that day. If the student misses the Zoom meeting for that day, the student or guardian must contact the teacher by 1:00 p.m. to demonstrate learning engagement. Otherwise, the student will be marked absent.

Parents will receive normal absence notifications via Blackboard Connect each day they are marked absent. If the student is absent due to an illness, the parent must email the school front office and virtual school teacher with the reason for absence, including if the illness includes COVID-19 symptoms. If a student is engaged in asynchronous learning and completes the entire week’s worth of learning activities on Monday and does not log in to Google Classroom or attend the daily Zoom session for the remainder of the week, the student will be marked present on Monday only and counted as absent for the rest of the week.

It is important that students understand that virtual school attendance is based on daily engagement, not solely the completion of assignments. State law and RISD policy require students to attend at least 90 percent of their classes or calendar days to receive credit and be promoted. Remote attendance will count in the same manner as on-campus attendance in satisfying this requirement.

Suggested Daily Schedule

Teachers will structure the instructional day to ensure there are enough minutes devoted to each subject area, separated into some live, online times and some offline times.

Daily asynchronous assignments are to be completed independently (parent support and coaching encouraged). Assignments and activities may include:

  • Choice boards
  • Student self-selected reading and writing
  • Writing assignments
  • Independent practice
  • A balance of paper-based activities and electronic practice
  • Live online meetings with teacher-directed instruction
  • Pre-recorded teacher videos

Required live teacher sessions will be facilitated through Zoom and may include:

  • Read alouds
  • Small group reading instruction
  • Number talks
  • Community/classroom circles or check-ins
  • Direct instruction by the teacher in a mini-lesson

Small group time will be provided to differentiate instruction within the instructional block or day. This will require teachers to set up small group instruction schedules for students. Communication between parent and teacher will be vital. Remember, parents or a caregiver may be needed at home to assist their young student with logging into Google Classroom, joining an online meeting and ensuring completion of asynchronous activities.

  • The language arts block will be a daily live, teacher-directed instruction.
  • Teachers will provide required live instructional blocks to parents on Fridays.
  • Parents will pick-up and drop-off paper-based activities weekly at the student’s home campus.
  • Teachers will provide feedback live and on student paper-based work weekly.
  • Student progress toward an individual learning plan will be updated weekly in Google Classroom and Focus for parents.

Sample Asynchronous Schedule

The following schedule is an example. Final schedules will be shared prior to Aug. 19
7:50 a.m. - 8:10 a.m.• Welcome
• Morning class activity
• Review schedule and activities
• Take attendance
8:20 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.Language Arts
• Receive live instruction
• Use paper-based learning materials
10:00 a,m, - 10:20 a.m.Guidance/SEL Lesson
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.Read Aloud
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noonLunch and Recess
12:05 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.Math Instruction
1:10 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.Brain Break
1:20 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.Science/Social Studies Lesson
2:10 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.Specials
2:50 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.End of the Day Check-In
Optional On-Campus Experience:
  • Monday – Intervention/Enrichment
  • Wednesday – Specials
7:50 a.m. - 8:10 a.m.• Welcome
• Morning class activity
• Review schedule and activities
• Take attendance
8:20 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.Language Arts
• Receive live instruction
• Use paper-based learning materials
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.Guidance/SEL Lesson
10:40 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.Reading Practice
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 noonLunch and Recess
12:05 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.Math Practice
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.Optional On-Campus:
• Guidance groups, library time or technology
• Parents pick-up next week’s packet and turn
in this week’s packet.
*Activities may be live instruction, pre-recorded instruction or independent activity.

Specials for Grades PreK-3

Visual Arts, P.E. and Music PreK-3

Elementary specials teachers will provide virtual homeroom teachers with weekly activities for students to complete. These activities could include pre-recorded lessons to view or teacher guided experiences. These activities will be designed to mirror the face-to-face learning objectives but designed to support learning at home.

Each campus will provide weekly optional on-campus experiences for virtual students. These activities will follow all RISD health and safety guidelines. Experiences will include opportunities for virtual students to connect with peers and teachers on campus and enrich their specials learning opportunities. All on-campus experiences are optional.

Library PreK-3

  • The campus librarian and information technology educator (LITE), will provide read alouds appropriate to the grade level for the homeroom teacher to read.
  • The LITE will provide live Zoom reading sessions to support students reading at home.
  • The campus LITE will ensure all virtual students know how to access learning databases and other technology resources.
  • The LITE will provide pre-recorded digital literacy lessons for students to complete to understand navigating their digital environment.

Each campus will provide a weekly opportunity for virtual students to access the library and check out books to support student’s independent reading.