Today is the first day for our new Distance Learning protocol and we are very excited about launching this new model that will offer our students an exceptional distance learning experience.
The new Monday through Thursday class schedule seems different from the schedule we followed in school, our new model fulfills the standards of distance learning excellence and provides us the ability to cover the planned curriculum for this school year. The combination of online instruction and built-in time to apply what was learned and complete homework provides a meaningful and engaging learning program. In fact, the total learning time per week in the distance model is 210 minutes/ week/class which is nearly the same as what was provided in school with 215 minutes of learning time/school week.
We feel confident that when students use both the direct learning time and independent learning time following the class, the curriculum will be fulfilled by year end.
As a reminder, this
Friday (Good Friday) is a holiday and we will not have school.
Next Monday, April 13, was originally a day off from school but we will have school that day and host online classes.
All students should plan on having a regular school day on Monday, April 13.
I also wanted to let everyone know that
we will be taking off the days originally planned for Spring Break, April 20 - 24.
Based upon the responses from students, parents and faculty, there was strong support to continue with the original school schedule. I did speak with other school heads in the area and in our network everyone that I contacted was taking a break as well. Most cited the need for faculty and students to have time to recharge, rest and prepare for the remainder of the school year. I support this rationale and we will move ahead with spring break. Thank you to all of you who provided feedback.
Thank you for your prayers and support,
John K. Thornburg