On Monday, March 23, we will begin full implementation of our digital learning plan. This week provided useful time for planning and for partial implementation, giving students and our faculty the opportunity to experience digital learning in a low-stakes environment.
Some high school classes, especially college-level AP courses, have assignments due throughout this week. Please be sure to check Canvas and school emails daily for updates and information for your individual classes.
This week’s digital schedule
- AP Classes: Check with your teacher. All AP classes are continuing instruction this week
- Wednesday, March 18: Initial assignments are available for all classes. Students should complete the assignments based on teacher instruction. Virtual Crew for all students at 1:00 pm.
- Thursday, March 19: Complete any unfinished assignments from Wednesday. We will be using this day to identify students who have not checked in, trouble-shooting technology issues, and adjusting.
- Friday, March 20: Virtual Crew for all students. Please check with your teacher for time and log-in information
Monday, March 23: Digital learning begins for all classes. Students will follow their normal weekly schedule for classes, including the rotation for specials for middle school and the A/B schedule for high school.
Expectations for Students
Your learning matters! While we know this is a new environment for all of us, helping you learn and grow as students and citizens during this period of digital learning is as important as ever.
- Check Canvas and your school email daily.
- In Canvas, check each class you would normally attend that day. For middle school – this means that if you have Art on Monday, check Art on Monday. You don’t need to check assignments for Art on other days of the week.
- Complete lessons, including any daily attendance assignments.
- Attendance will be taken for each day. Teachers will use one of the following for proof of attendance:
- Student completes an “attendance assignment” – a warm-up, exit ticket, reflection or other assignment from the teacher
- Student submits an assignment due that day (teachers don’t need an attendance assignment if they have something more summative due on a specific date)
- Attendance will be recorded in PowerSchool the following morning (example: Monday’s attendance will be recorded on Tuesday morning). We are providing this flexibility for students who may not be able to complete digital assignments during the normal school day (due to wifi access, shared devices, or family responsibilities.) We strongly recommend that students follow a “normal” schedule during this period as much as possible, but we also understand that this may not be possible for every student, every day.
- Students will attend Virtual Crew, as scheduled by their Crew leader.
- Some teachers are holding “live” lessons during their normally scheduled classes. Students should attend these lessons unless they are unable to do so.
- Teachers have established office hours when students can check in and receive support. Students are responsible for contacting teachers if they need additional assistance to successfully complete digital lessons.
- Students will follow the behavior expectations and norms outlined in our Student Handbook and established in each classroom.
Expectations for Parents
Transitioning to digital learning is a huge shift for all of us – teachers, students, and parents. While we recognize that we cannot replicate the experience students would have in school, we believe learning can continue if we all work together.
- Help your student establish a daily routine. We recommend maintaining as much of a regular schedule as possible. Include time for school, meals, physical activity, and down time.
- Identify a working space for your student. Some students may be able to work in their bedrooms, but most will need a clear separation between work and personal time.
- Ensure that your student has the technical tools they need.
- Check Canvas with your student. How often you check in is up to you! This will vary by student. As we begin this new learning environment, check in frequently, and then ease up when you feel you are able to.
- Help your student reach out to teachers for support if needed. Students should use posted office hours first, and rely on email as a secondary support. We anticipate that teachers will receive an unusually high volume of email through this transition, and we encourage everyone to be as efficient as possible.
- Contact the school if your student is sick and unable to attend school. Send excuse notes to firstname.lastname@example.org. State and school attendance policies apply during this period. Please note: attendance will be recorded the day after – for example, Monday’s attendance will be recorded on Tuesday. This means that our attendance reminder calls will also be delayed by a day. If your student misses school or a class on Friday, you will receive the reminder call on Saturday.
- Encourage your student to keep in touch with friends and mentors.
- Take care of yourself! Give yourself, and others, some grace through this period.
Expectations for Teachers
- Daily lessons will be posted by 8:30 am each day, for each class taught.
- Establish office hours to support students.
- Respond to emails on a timely basis, to the extent possible.
- Record grades in Canvas on a timely basis.
- Record attendance for each class.
- Maintain regular communication with Crew, including through Virtual Crew
Where to find help
Technical assistance: Please refer to the instructions provided by Tech Coordinator, Mr. Mikulski: How to Log In & Other Tech Questions
Food/Nutrition Support: School Counselors (see above)
Mental/Emotional Crisis: RHA MOBILE CRISIS 888-573-1006 or 911