Dear Parents. Happy New Year!
I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing break. With the many uncertainties we are faced with at this time, it is our hope and goal that this document will serve to answer questions you might have as well as give you a basic understanding of how remote learning will look for our staff and students the next few weeks.
In preparing for this virtual learning experience, we discussed with faculty and staff the lessons we learned from last year. Our conclusion was to provide an experience that involved teacher/student contact each day, but did not require students to be at their chromebook for eight hours every day. Teachers and students will have regular, daily contact multiple times a day. We also know and understand that many of you have jobs that will take you away from home during “normal school hours.” We have taken this into consideration and have created a plan that will still allow you and your child to access lessons and assigned work at a time that best fits your family’s schedule on Schoology.
The second semester will begin on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 with virtual learning. We will follow Schedule 1 throughout the duration of Virtual learning January 5th – 14th, 2022. We will have one “Work Day Wednesday” on January 12th. CLICK HERE to view Schedule # 1.
As we continue to monitor the COVID cases in our community and city, we will provide updates on our return to the building and in-person learning. If you haven’t done so already, please submit your proof of vaccination. You can do so using THIS FORM.
Students will use the learning management system, Schoology for all remote learning activities, grading, and attendance. Through Schoology, students/families will receive daily communications and check-ins from their teachers with updates on deadlines and important announcements.
The synchronous (real-time) portion of class will last a minimum of 20 minutes. Portions of the class period can be provided to students asynchronously but all classes will begin with a synchronous (real-time) component.
Teachers will begin each class daily with a live class meeting at which time they will provide the students with an overview of the content and the instructional plan for the day as well as discussions, demonstrations, and activities.
Each student will use their Schoology account in addition to our new Learning Management System (Infinite Campus).
Students will need to log in to Google Meet every day to access daily instruction and attendance. Students who do not log in every day for each individual class will be marked absent for that class period and will not receive the daily participation points.
Students who fail to consistently engage online will be contacted by the school administration.
In order to enhance the learning experience for all students and adhere to the state requirements for remote learning, students will be required to spend 2.5 hours in direct real-time instruction and live interaction between students and their teachers and up to another 2.5 hours completing assignments or activities per day.
Please note that the time allotment for each subject area can include live zooms, pre-recorded lessons, and independent learning experiences.
Teachers will be available to assist students with any questions through Schoology, email, and/or video conferencing. Teacher’s daily schedule and available times will be shared with the students at the beginning of the school year. Teachers will respond to emails received after school hours from parents and/or students within 24 hours.
Students will be given specific deadlines for work completion as well as late work.
Teachers may send individual invites to students. If a teacher sets an appointment with a student, that student must attend. Students may also arrange appointments with their teachers and are encouraged to discuss what is still needed to pass all courses. The attendance policy will be enforced on all teacher-student appointments. Students who do not have any scheduled appointments may work independently and are encouraged to turn in any outstanding work. Once the school day ends, teachers/students may schedule additional appointments as needed.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. The schedule for Wednesday Jan. 12th is listed below:
|8:00 – 9:30 AM
|English, & Religion
|9:30 -11:00 AM
|Math, World Language & P.E.
|11:00 -12:30 PM
|Sciences, History/Gov & Fine Arts/Band
|12:30 – 2:30 PM
|2:00 – 3:00 PM
|Teacher by Appointment
|3:00 – 4:00 PM
|Teacher by Appointment/RLC
|4:00 – 4:30 PM
Report cards will get sent out tomorrow January 5th, 2022 via School Messenger.
In order to give our student athletes the best sporting experience possible, athletes will now be required to get PCR tested twice a week, as we work to increase the accuracy and our awareness of any possible positive tests, regardless of vaccination status. For our home games, we will suspend in-person spectators until further notice. We know many students, faculty, and parents enjoy watching and supporting our teams, but we need everyone to continue supporting us remotely at this time. We will livestream all games via the school’s YouTube Channel.
Due to the rise in cases, some games have been rescheduled and more games may be rescheduled, so we ask for your patience as we get a firm grasp on this ever evolving situation.
We know this is a lot of information to digest. We plan to hold a virtual Parent Town Hall on Wednesday, January 12 at 6pm to address our return-to-school plan, as well as answer any questions you may have about our response to COVID-19. You will receive a separate email with the link to join that meeting later in the week.
If you have any questions about any of the items above, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me via phone or email.
All the best!