Resources For Home

What Technology is needed at home to access assignments in the digital classroom?

Students will need access to an Internet connected device. If using an iPad, iPhone, or Android device, Google Classrooms requires downloading a free app from the App Store (iPad or iPhone) or the the Google Play Store (Android device).

Click here to get the Google Classroom app.

If using a laptop or desktop, Google Classrooms are accessed from a web browser, preferably Chrome.

What is Google Classroom?

Classroom works with G Suite applications (Docs, Forms, Slides, etc. . . ) so teachers can assign work to students. Teachers can attach videos, documents, links, and images to their assignments. Activity is online using a computer or mobile device.

Teachers can see when students have access to assignments and their attachments.

Students sign in to Classroom using their school email account. They can see their upcoming work and complete it online. When a student turns in work, the teacher sees it on the Stream page.

For more information on the Google Classroom workflow click here.

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

The Weston School From Home Program allows Weston Public Schools to extend learning into the home while keeping staff and students safe during extended school cancellations. While online learning days do not replace days at school as per DESE guidelines, they do provide students with substantial learning opportunities. Students benefit from our School from Home Program by receiving curriculum and instruction and maintaining connections with teachers and support staff. We intend to minimize disruption to student learning and maximize continuity.

How do students access assignments?

Students will access assignments utilizing Google Classroom, Seesaw, and other online tools. There may be opportunities for students to connect with their teacher(s) and classmates using video-conferencing software. When applicable, teachers may provide students with necessary resources to complete their assigned work at home. Teachers will be available for at least one scheduled hour during a School From Home day to check in with students to monitor progress and answer questions. The times when teachers are available will vary.

How do I know if my student’s digital classroom is a Seesaw or Google classroom?

Teachers will include in their communications home the type of digital classroom they are using.

Seesaw Classrooms – GK-G2, WS G3

Google Classrooms –  CS G3, CS/WS G3 Orchestra, G4-G5, G6-12

What technology is needed at home to support STUDENT access to assignments in their digital classroom?

STUDENT Access to Seesaw Classrooms

Students will need access to an Internet-connected device.

If using an iPad, iPhone, or Android device, student sign-in to a Seesaw classroom requires downloading a free app from the App Store (iPad or iPhone) or the Google Play Store (Android device). Click here for information on the Seesaw CLASS app and downloads for your mobile device.

If using a laptop or desktop, students access Seesaw from a web browser. The web address for Student Seesaw sign in is app.seesaw.me.

Students choose “I’m a Student” and  sign in with a Scan Code.

Students sign in to their Seesaw classroom with a personal Learning From Home QR Code or Text Code. Teachers with Seesaw classes will send student QR and Text Codes home. Learning From Home QR and Text Codes are never to be shared publicly or through social media.

STUDENT Access to Google Classrooms

Students will need access to an Internet-connected device.

If using an iPad, iPhone, or Android device, student sign-in to a Google Classroom requires downloading a free app from the App Store (iPad or iPhone) or the Google Play Store (Android device). Click here for information on the Google Classroom app and downloads for your mobile device.

If using a laptop or desktop, students access Google Classrooms from a web browser. The web address for Student Google Classroom sign in is classroom.google.com.

Students sign in to their Google Classroom using their district username and password. Student district usernames and passwords are never to be shared publicly or through social media.

What technology is needed at home to support FAMILY access to digital classrooms?

FAMILY Access to Seesaw Classrooms

Families will need access to an Internet-connected device.

If using an iPad, iPhone, or Android device, Seesaw requires downloading a free app from the App Store (iPad or iPhone) or the Google Play Store (Android device).  Click here for information on the Seesaw FAMILY app and downloads for your mobile device.

Teachers with Seesaw classes will share an Invite Link.  Invite Links are never to be shared publicly or through social media. Families will use this link to create a family account. Once approved by the teacher, families will sign in using the account they created.

If using a laptop or desktop, families access Seesaw from a web browser. The web address for Family Seesaw sign in is app.seesaw.me.

Families choose “I’m a Family Member” and sign in with the account they created.

Families only see their student’s work and messages teachers send home.

FAMILY Access to Google Classrooms

Families will need access to email.

Families do not use an app or web address to connect to a Google Classroom. Teachers with Google Classrooms will send families an email invitation to their Google Classroom. When a family guardian accepts an email invitation from a teacher, they will receive regular emails about their student’s upcoming work and activities.

Guardians can not receive the code to join a Classroom as a student.

What happens if the student is unable to complete an assignment from home? 

Students may not be able to complete assignments for a variety of reasons. Some reasons may be educational; for example, when the student doesn’t understand directions or doesn’t know how to complete the assignment. In this situation, contact the teacher. The teacher will be flexible and support the student’s learning by giving feedback and making accommodations when appropriate. Remember that there will be no traditional grades in School from Home. We are more concerned about student learning than student achievement at this time. Hopefully this will reduce anxiety levels for students who are struggling with an assignment.

There are resource and technology reasons why students may not be able to finish an assignment. Some students may not have access to a device or have Internet access at home. Some homes may experience a loss of power, which makes completing assignments challenging. Finally, students may have left necessary materials or resources at school. Contact your teacher if such issues arise. The teacher will refer you to the Tech. Department if you need technical support. If the issue remains, the teacher can accommodate you.

Finally, during this time some students will not be able to complete assignments due to health, personal, or family issues that take precedent. When this is the case, contact your teacher(s) and/or your school principal. We will make every effort to be flexible and accommodating during these difficult times.

How long are students working on assignments during a School From Home day? (inclusive of homework)

  • Online work for Pre-K students is optional.
  • Students in grades K-2 will work no longer than 2 hours online
  • Students in grades 3-5 will work no longer than 2 ½ hours online
  • Middle school students will work no longer than 3 hours online, approximately 30 minutes for each of the 5 major subjects and 30 minutes per special
  • High school students will work no longer than 3 ½ hours online, approximately 40 minutes per class, following their 5-period, 8-day rotation. The only exception is with AP classes, where students may need to work longer.

What if a student would have been absent on an Alternative Learning Day? Is he/she obligated to make up the assignment?

Just like any other time a student is absent from school, students will make up the work just as they would if school were in session. However, please keep in mind that teachers will be flexible, extend deadlines, and make accommodations as necessary.

What if a parent is unable to be home to support a child with work completion? 

Teachers will be designing assignments so that students can complete them independently. We encourage parents to participate in their child’s learning and offer some help when their child gets stuck; however, we expect students to do their own work. If a student is not able to complete an assignment, please contact the teacher. The teacher will be flexible and support the student’s learning by giving feedback and making accommodations when appropriate. 

What if a student requires IEP or ELL support services to complete curriculum assignments?

Special Educators, English Learner Educators, and related service providers will be partnering with content area teachers and families to provide appropriate accommodations and modifications for students with disabilities and English language learners. Please understand that there is a more limited repertoire of accommodations and modifications with distance learning than when students are at school. Teacher teams will work with students and families to flexibly provide appropriate support so that students will be best situated to learn.

Who should I speak to if I have a question or a concern?

  • If you need to speak about a classroom related issue, please contact your teacher.
  • If you need to speak about a school related issue, please contact your principal.
  • If you need to speak about the School from Home program in general, please contact Dr. Kimo Carter, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning (carterk@weston.org).
  • If you have a technology issue, please contact Dr. Lee McCanne, Director of Libraries and Technology (mccannel@weston.org).
  • If you have a question concerning special education or English language learning, please contact Ms. Jen Truslow, Director of Student Services (truslowj@weston.org). 
  • If you have a health-related issue or if someone is sick in your family, please contact your school nurse.

How will Weston Public Schools determine if the School From Home Days are successful?

Please give warm and cool feedback to us following the communication guidelines stated above.. We will be working to continuously improve our School from Home program and we appreciate your suggestions. After the extended school closure is over, the school department will survey parents, students, and teachers about their overall impressions and opinions about the School from Home program.