Bilingual Education and World Languages

English Language Learners Fall 2020

Considering the unique needs of ELLs upon return to school in September, through in-person or virtual learning, is of the utmost importance. Families will have the choice to return to in-person learning four days per week for ELLs in K-8 or to remain on virtual instruction. ELLs in grades 9-12 will attend school two days per week and virtually three days per week. ELLs in grades 9-12 will have the opportunity to attend school on their virtual days for supplemental in person instruction with their ENL teacher. This is possible due to East Rochester’s status as a non-busing district and all high school ENL students have the safety awareness and cognitive ability to walk to and from school on their virtual days. Through survey and conversation, the majority of ELL families have indicated a preference for students to attend school on site. However, families will be able to make adjustments to best suit their needs. 

Instruction will continue to focus on the development of language skills and content coursework through with a significant emphasis on scaffolding vocabulary and language concepts. 

The ELL identification process will be implemented within 10 days but no later than 30 days for all new registrants and students who enrolled during the spring and summer of 2020 during virtual instruction. After the flexibility period, the identification of ELLs will resume within the standard 10-day period after initial enrollment. The process for administering the home language questionnaire will remain the same with possibilities for in-person assistance, telephone call, or video conferencing depending on each family’s preference. 

A portion of the day on Wednesday will be dedicated to students who remain solely on virtual instruction in order for teachers to connect directly with students. Wednesdays will also provide additional time for ENL teachers to co-plan and coordinate learning efforts with other general education teachers, special education teachers, and related service providers to deliver quality in-person, hybrid, and virtual instruction. 

All students are provided with a Chromebook to support virtual and hybrid instruction. Support has been provided and will continue to be provided to families who need support accessing wifi. In addition to language acquisition, scaffolds, vocabulary development, and content instruction, students who are in person, virtual, or using a hybrid model will have continued instruction in how to access technology tools so that students become more independent and autonomous in their use of technology. 

Documents and family conferences will continue to be interpreted in each family’s preferred language and mode of communication. 

East Rochester currently does not have students identified with Interrupted/Inconsistent Formal Education. However, if a SIFE student enrolls, individual plans would be developed to meet each student’s unique needs in collaboration with their family. SIFE students have already experienced significant interruption to formalized education and each may require different instructional and social emotional resources in order to engage in in-person, virtual, or a hybrid learning model.

For information about regular communication and engagement with parents/guardians of English-language learners, visit the Communication/Family and Community Engagement section of our reopening plan.