Tyee Middle School

Temporary Remote Learning (includes BSD Virtual)

Bell Schedule 2020-21

(Updated November 13, 2020)

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Synchronous Instruction: Synchronous instruction is defined as a remote instructional setting in which staff and students have a structured time set for learning together; this includes live instruction from an educator to a whole group of students as well as potentially dividing the class into small groups. Attendance will be taken daily for each class period during the Synchronous Instruction. “Live instruction” may take many forms at this time, supervised by the instructor, as described below.

Synchronous Instruction DOES look like:

  • Short periods of instruction from an educator to the whole or parts of the class
  • Students interacting with one another as a whole class or in small groups
  • Students working on assignments, receiving support from an educator or paraeducator (EX: I do, we do, you do)
  • Small group or l: 1 instruction

Synchronous Instruction does NOT look like:

  • Five (5) hours of continuous time on a computer
  • Lecture for long periods of time
  • Zero LIVE instruction from an educator

Asynchronous Instruction: Asynchronous instruction is defined as a remote instructional setting in which the whole class is not learning together; this time may include small group or individual instruction with classroom teacher/ESAs/Special Services. Students will access learning opportunities that may be offline or online. Small groups will be scheduled, and predictable, and offline or independent tasks can be completed at times convenient for the family. Attendance will not be taken by the educator during asynchronous instruction.

For secondary asynchronous time, the highest priority is to have short, targeted contacts with students to clarify questions, examples, and/or instructions for the independent work students are expected to complete during this time.

Asynchronous Instruction DOES look like:

  • Small group or 1: 1 instruction
  • Time where students are working independently, but students have access to ask questions and get support
  • Recorded lessons or information for students to engage with independently
  • Other opportunities for students, families, and educators to interact around academic and/or social emotional learning and student success

Asynchronous Instruction does NOT look like:

  • A second whole class lesson or lecture
  • Planning time

Wednesday Instruction and Community Building: Wednesday morning asynchronous time is intended for predominantly independent work for students similar to afternoon asynchronous time. This is to allow for additional responsibilities, contacts, collaboration, and professional development necessary for fully engaging with remote learning for educators. In addition, bi-weekly time is built into the schedule for Community Time. This is intended as time to host community events such as school assemblies, community workshops, school forums, and other larger digital events for students, families, and educators.

Period 8: Period 8 is intended as additional time for students, educators, and families to have access to training and learning opportunities necessitated by the current circumstances. It is not intended as an additional prep for classroom teachers, nor will they be required to prepare or deliver materials for this time. Students, educators, and families will have this time available to engage with items including, but not limited to: equity work, technology training on use of district platforms, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), mental health strategies, screeners and assessments, community building opportunities, programming from student leaders, etc.



The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.