COVID 19 Information for Schools
This information was last updated on 3/30/2020 @ 8:25 am.
Montana Digital Academy continues to monitor the situation regarding Covid 19, the novel coronavirus. Our team meets daily, and reviews news and communication from local, state, and national health and education agencies.
High School Original Credit (Updated 3/30/20)
We have asked our original credit teachers to open up all assignments in their courses for completion through May 3, 2020. We are encouraging students that have access to proceed with the suggested deadlines in the course.
At this point, we are not putting zeros for incomplete work for assignments, so, grades may be artificially high. We strongly encourage local sites, along with students and/or parents, to take a look at gradebooks. Any assignment that’s suggested due date has passed and has no grade is likely not complete.
Our teachers remain available to connect with students via email. We are also asking our teachers to continue to stay in touch with their students via weekly announcement emails to help provide connection and emotional support.
High School Credit Recovery (Updated 3/27/20)
MTDA’s credit recovery program will reopen on March 30, 2020, with emergency adaptations in response to school closures. We have emailed the primary facilitator with updated information with a request to confirm receipt. If you didn’t receive that information, please contact support, email@example.com.
Middle School Multi-Langauge Sampler (Updated 3/26/20)
The second session of the MLS program will open on March 30, 2020. We have emailed the primary facilitator with updated information with a request of confirmation of receipt. If you didn’t receive that information, please contact support, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We continue to monitor this situation and will update our website as information unfolds. As always, we will work with you and your students to the best of our ability to help make sure that students are served as best as we can. Please don’t hesitate to contact MTDA’s staff (email@example.com), 406-203-1812, should you have any questions or wish to discuss the situation further.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is MTDA able to provide classes to my school’s students if we close?
MTDA is Montana’s public K-12 online supplemental program and receives its funding in an appropriation from the Montana Legislature. MTDA uses these funds to provide schools and students with enrollments in Original Credit, Credit Recovery and Middle School World Language classes. Since the appropriation is a set amount each year MTDA fully uses these funds to deliver the online program and has no additional capacity to expand instructional services, provide learning platforms/software and content to schools. We would like to share our expertise and experience in delivering technology-enhanced learning to schools as part of our mission to increase digital learning opportunities for students. We will release information the week of March 16, 2020, with resources and opportunities to connect with MTDA staff to discuss best practices and strategies.
What resources does Montana Digital Academy have for districts looking to provide online learning options for themselves?
MTDA staff has put together a series of resources for schools that are looking to move to remote teaching. You can find those materials here: link.