KSDE eliminates daily signed learning logs

The Kansas State Department of Education on Monday eliminated the requirement that students and parents fill out daily activity logs for students who are learning remotely because of the pandemic.

KSDE officials said they heard a lot of complaints that because of closed schools and the upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it was too difficult to keep track of students’ time on lessons to fill out the logs, which had to be signed by the student and parent.

Under KSDE’s Navigating Change document, which has helped guide districts for the start of the 2020-21 school year, state funding for remote learning students is based on the number of hours in the student’s daily activity log. For a remote learning student to be funded as a full-time student, the student must participate in six hours of learning activity each day, which includes online and off-line learning.

But now, parents or guardians of students will only be required to sign a form assuring that they are doing the best they can to support their students’ ability to complete assigned work.

Teachers must still take attendance of virtual classes and school districts must sign assurances to the State Board of Education that students who are engaged only in remote learning are receiving the same quality of instruction as onsite students and that their academic progress will be closely monitored.

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