Whole Class or School Pivot Tips

The resources and tips on this page are for students whose entire class and/or school are learning at home for a limited period of time due to a Florida Department of Health Stay-at-Home Directive for quarantine or isolation.

If a student is feeling well enough to do school work, they will be marked present if they log on to Canvas to complete assignments each day. Students who are feeling sick do not need to login and will be able to make up their work.

Planning Your Week

Even if it is temporary, online learning may be new for your child! In some cases your child's teacher may provide assignments that are not due the same day. Help your students avoid the Friday crunch by planning out their week, learning online fits your family's lifestyle. Try this weekly planner to help! Click on the image below to access a printable copy.

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Slaying Your Day

When students are at home due to a stay-at-home directive they should plan to "attend" class just as they would if they were in person and check in on assignments as tasks for each class.

Help them by writing their daily schedule daily. Try this daily agenda to help! Click on the image below to access a printable copy.

Daily Agenda Image

Accessing Your LaunchPad

ClassLink LaunchPad is the single-sign-on (SSO) portal for students. It provides one-click access to all of our applications without remembering a bunch of passwords. You are probably used to using in school face-to-face each day. LaunchPad can be used on a desktop or mobile devices. Check out one of these videos to learn how to use LaunchPad on your device.




Finding Your e-Textbooks

All students have an electronic copy of their textbook and other instructional materials through apps on LaunchPad.

To easily locate the right app for each class, students can click on the backpack icon to access
"My Classes."

My Classes Icon

This will open up to the Dashboard which shows the student's classes and displays icons of the applications specifically assigned to each class.

Student Dashboard
Student can click on a class will bring up a more detailed view of all available apps for that class. Students can click on an app to launch it.  They are not able to add or delete apps.

Accessing Your Canvas Courses

Students can access their Canvas courses from LaunchPad by clicking on the Canvas icon. This will take you to your Canvas Dashboard. 

There are three Canvas Dashboard views you can choose from, card view, list view, and recent activity.  Please note, you may not see all of these choices.
  • Card View: Displays course cards for quick access to all your favorite courses.
  • List View: Displays all course to-do items in an agenda view.
  • Recent Activity:  Shows you important recent activities from all of your courses including announcements, discussions, assignments, and conversations.
Changing your Canvas dashboard view
To access your Canvas course, click on it in Card view.

Navigating Your Canvas Courses

Every Canvas course has a homepage. Select link to learn how to navigate a Canvas course.

Joining and Participating in Microsoft Teams Meetings

Some students may be invited to "listen in" on a live lesson by their classroom teacher. This will happen using Microsoft Teams.

Make sure your child has their device placed on a hard surface and that the webcam is roughly at their eye level. They should be sitting far enough away so that the teacher can see them from the shoulder up. It is also helpful, but not required, for students to either sit facing a window or have a desk lamp on near them.

web cam placement webcam lighting

iPad Microsoft Teams Guides (K-1)

Laptop Microsoft Teams Guides (2-12)

Submitting an Assignment in Your Canvas Courses

Teachers may ask students to submit an assignment when they are at home. When a student turns in an assignment in Canvas, their teacher can see what you have submitted even if they are not at school.

Select link to learn how to submit different types of assignments.

Contacting Your Teachers

There are three ways to contact teachers.

  1. Phone - Students can call their school and ask to speak with their teacher. Students may need to leave the teacher a message if they are in class, but they will call the student back when they are available.
  2. Email - All teachers have an email address. It is normally their [email protected]. If a student emails a teacher, they should do so from their OCPS Gmail account.
  3. Canvas Inbox - Students can send a message to their teacher from the Canvas Inbox. Select link to learn how to send a message using the Canvas InBox.

Your teacher may let you know the best way to reach them on their Canvas homepage, so be sure to check their first.