Like other BSD schools, FLEX Online School is required to keep track of student attendance.
Teachers will take attendance each day. In order for your student to be marked "here", they must log into Canvas and play the morning announcement video.
We understand that there are activities outside of Canvas that your student might be engaging in for school, however, for our records we require a Canvas log in and the navigation explained above.
If your student is going to be absent, please email email@example.com or call 503-356-3720 and wait for the attendance voicemail prompt.
If you receive an absence notification, please reach out to your student's teacher to check in and see what the student needed to do differently. If you need to excuse the absence, please call or email the office.
Canvas is our learning management system where students can see their assignments, manage due dates on a calendar, turn in assignments, message with teachers and see graded work and feedback.
The parent/guardian account is an 'observer' account which gives access to the student's courses, student calendar and access to grades & feedback from teachers. Parents have their own inbox where they can message with any teacher associated with a course their student is enrolled in.
Please follow the directions on the district Canvas page to set up your account if you have not.
Learning Coaches, students and teachers will work as a team to make sure that learning is progressing.
Where do I see how my student is doing?
Canvas calendar will show you what is due (with assignment details)
Canvas gradebook has grades and feedback from teachers
Emails and phone calls with teachers
ParentVue will have progress report grades
It may be helpful for students to have a planner or calendar to track daily tasks for longer assignments or to plan out their learning day.
We use the ParentSquare platform for district, school and teacher communications, primarily with email, text and app notifications. ParentSquare automatically generates an account for each parent/guardian, using their preferred email address and phone number, but you do need to register in order to get app notifications and to change your notification settings.
With FLEX, your school schedule can be whatever best fits your family! We have seen this work beautifully for many families already! Some tips for success when planning your school schedule are listed below:
Make a schedule, adjust as necessary but, try to keep it consistent. It can be easy to think “We’ll just fit it in where we can”, unfortunately; this often leads to inconsistency, which makes it hard for students to stay engaged and focused.
A visual schedule can be very helpful. In a classroom, the teacher manages a lot of the executive functioning and transitions from one activity to the next. Students may need your support in this.
Set clear expectations.
Consider what is developmentally appropriate for your student. As adults, we may think, “Let’s just whip through these lessons”, but it is normal for children to struggle with focus. Setting a timer and scheduling movement breaks throughout the day is important. Remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint.
REACH OUT. If you are struggling to find a schedule that works for you or are encountering other barriers, please reach out to your student’s teacher or school counselor. We are more than happy to help! We can work with you and share ideas that have worked for other families and students.
Please help your student find a designated learning space.