In response to the parent/student survey in the spring, we have made the following adjustments to any Remote Learning that may occur in the 2020-21 school year:
– Faculty has participated in Professional Development to prepare for synchronous learning (instruction that takes place in-person and remotely at the same time).
– Faculty will offer daily office hours (virtual or in-person).
– Students will follow a traditional school day including attendance check-ins for each class.
SYNCHRONOUS VS ASYNCHRONOUS LEARNING
On Remote Learning days, teachers may use synchronous or asynchronous learning with a preference toward synchronous learning. Synchronous learning takes place during a scheduled class time and involves the teacher and students being online via Zoom, YouTube Live, Google Meet, etc. at the same time for discussions or presentations. Asynchronous learning allows students to complete their work without being on Zoom, YouTube Live, Google Meet, etc. while still completing teacher assigned work during a given class period. On any given Remote Learning day, students may participate in classes synchronously and asynchronously.
Most teachers will offer a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning throughout the course of a semester to adjust and fit the needs of their students and class. Teachers will provide their students with detailed expectations for Remote Learning and will be available during daily office hours virtually or in-person from 2:45 pm – 3:15 pm in the Library to address any questions or concerns that may arise.
REMOTE LEARNING EXPECTATIONS
Students are expected to be engaged and participate while attending school remotely. Student behavior expectations will remain the same throughout the course of Remote Learning and in accordance with the Student Handbook.
REMOTE LEARNING BEHAVIOR
– Students are expected to be engaged and avoid distracting behavior.
– All language and communication must remain appropriate for school.
– Students are expected to be appropriately groomed, and in their school uniform polo shirt while on camera.
– Students should be seated at a desk or table with proper lighting so their faces can be seen.
– When logging in, students must use their school email and first and last name.
– Students may not take screenshots or otherwise record any part of a Remote Learning class without the prior permission of the teacher.
– All work submitted during Remote Learning must be the student’s own.
– Students are expected to act in accordance with the Student Handbook for all Remote Learning.
REMOTE LEARNING ATTENDANCE
Attendance will be taken for students in-person and remote for each class. Students are expected to be logged in at or before the start time of all classes and remain logged in unless otherwise directed by the teacher. On Remote Learning days, students will use Google Classroom to check in. Students must contact their teacher prior to the start of a scheduled class if unable to log in on time or attend. Parents must notify the Attendance Office at ext. 240 if their son(s) will be absent for all classes on a Remote Learning day by 8 am.
Students must check their iPads to ensure the camera is enabled. If the camera is not enabled, students should email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. They will receive an automatic response with directions to assist them in resetting their iPad and to do a hard reset of the device if that does not work. For other questions or concerns regarding iPads, students or parents should contact Mr. Tom Christman, Network Administrator, at email@example.com.
Please read below for E-Learning Tips established by the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Establish a specific space/place: Students need a consistent, structured environment for learning. Designate a space or area of the home where there is limited distractions and noise to help your child’s focus and motivation.
Set a daily schedule and routine: The schedule of e-learning is not always the same or similar in-person learning – there should be some variance in the timing and overall schedule. Screen-time should be limited to two-three hours total depending on age of student and should be broken out in multiple blocks throughout the day. Providing specific breaks for physical movement, going outside, and “free-play” supports increased focus for instruction. Routines are important; developing a routine that is consistent including specific times for sleep, eating and breaks will prove helpful for overall student and family wellbeing.
Build in daily checkpoints for reflection and discussion: In a traditional classroom, students are provided frequent time for questions and just general conversations with their peers. In most situations, your student will receive live, daily check-ins from their teachers. If possible, a parent or guardian can also schedule check-ins with your child throughout the day to discuss what they’re learning, asking them questions and just engaging with your child about the day.
Communicate with the school: It’s about the child and not the work. If you notice your student is struggling with content or the schedule, reach out to the school. The partnership between the school and family transcends the building. In addition, please read all communications from the school as they will be sending a lot of information about the e-learning process. This is also a way that you can remain connected.
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