Earlier today an email went out from our Head of School, Josh Brody, announcing that
school will be closed (no classes) on Monday, 3/16,
for a staff in-service day to continue working on our distance learning curriculum.
On Tuesday, 3/17, online classes will begin according to our normal schedule.
Student-led Conferences scheduled for Wednesday will be held online
, or by telephone. Links to those conferences will be sent to you by the end of the day on Monday.
At our Morning Meeting on Wednesday, students were guided to download the
appropriate Zoom installer
, which will allow them to access the video class meetings. The Zoom platform allows for the whole class to join at the same time, and has a number of features that allow for whole group and small group work, including a "raising a hand" button so students can ask a question or participate more easily. We reminded students that if they do not have reliable internet access at home, they should contact the Dean of Students, Viviana Palacio, or the High School Director, Marc Alongi, to discuss a plan.
The following are more specific details about how distance learning will work. We appreciate any questions or suggestions that you have, as well as your understanding and patience as we navigate this unfamiliar situation.
Be well and feel free to contact our Main Office if there is something we can do to support your family.
High School Director
COMMUNICATION WITH SCHOOL
It is important that families contact Debbie Deems via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, if your child is sick and unable to attend online classes.
As stated in our Student Handbook, we require 85% attendance for students to be eligible for credit in a course. We will continue to take attendance during distance learning. Students below that percentage for a particular course may not be eligible for credit. As always, the school will take into consideration the nature of specific absences and may excuse them. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Deems, email@example.com.
We reminded students of to continue to uphold our community norms, even during a distance learning scenario. In addition to what is articulated in the Student Handbook, students will be held to the Technology Acceptable Use agreement they signed at the beginning of the year.
ATTENDING VIDEO CLASS MEETINGS
Students will find the link to each class meeting in the Assignments section of each of their courses on the Family Portal. As a parent or guardian, you can see them too.
ASSIGNMENT DETAILS AND SUBMISSION
Assignments for each class will be posted in the student's gradebook. Your child already has access to that gradebook. There they will see how the assignment addresses any of the course Learning Outcomes (LOs), and once submitted and evaluated, what feedback they have for each LO.
Students are expected to submit assignments according to the instructions for the course.
INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION AND SUPPORT
Office Hours will continue to be available for students during distance learning. Students will be able to find an Appointment Slots calendar on each course Bulletin Board (that's the homepage for each course). The appointment slots calendar shows students available times to schedule a meeting with a teacher, and with a single click, students can schedule a meeting.
Students who need
can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Our technology team is also able to assist with issues remotely.
Our Student Support Coordinator, Carolina Arango, will continue to work individually with students who have individualized plans.
For any student needing additional emotional support, our Social & Emotional Learning specialist, Anais Plasketes, is available for individual appointments as well. her Appointment Slots page is under Social & Emotional Support in the HS Student Resource Center on the Family Portal.