In the event of a federal, state, county public health authority, or board decision to close the school, we will move to our distance learning plan.
Middle and High School Distance Learning Plan Schedule, Enhanced Digital Learning Platforms, and Student Support
We are committed to continuing surveying our parents, students, and faculty to design a schedule and an appropriate workload for distance learning. This schedule is designed for all students who have to adapt to a fully remote environment when this was not their first choice; it would likely be enacted alongside a period of sheltering at home, which we know has its own mental, emotional, and financial tolls on the community. For this reason, this schedule is not a rigorous online learning schedule but allows for ample spacing throughout the week and the incorporation of necessary community and elective time in order to best support the spiritual and emotional well-being of our students. At these meeting times below, the student meets live with their class period and teacher on Zoom. As mentioned above, we have enhanced the security of our use of Zoom by individual logins and unique meeting links that are embedded within the Portal classrooms.
Note that in this schedule below, an asynchronous chapel is released on Wednesday and otherwise is considered a catch-up day for students with no new instruction or work due that day. We had great success with advisory on Fridays this past year, and we would continue to end the week for the students with our synchronous advisory time. We also have the opportunity for our clubs and other extra-curriculars to meet virtually on Wednesday in this schedule, buoying the spirits of our students.
Additionally, teachers will continue to be available during office hours throughout the week for quick-response messaging as well as video conferencing.
Distance Learning Intervention and Support Plan
In the online setting, students often feel isolated and can need a greater amount of adult oversight for accountability in classwork. For this reason, in the phase of full distance learning, we enact weekly grade and login reports for high school students, and various high school staff and administration will work together to monitor assigned caseloads of students, calling home and reaching out to families when students fall below a C in courses, and working with students to help them create plans to catch up, as well as helping facilitate contact between the student and the teacher(s).
Our college counseling department is already planning a virtual year’s program alongside the planned brick-and-mortar programming to guide families and students through the college admissions process without a hitch whether meeting in the cafeteria or meeting by Zoom. All regularly scheduled training, parent education workshops, and student meetings will be held as scheduled but will pivot to a virtual platform for these meetings. Check the Weekly Newsletter for the College Counseling Corner as well as follow Landmark College Counseling (@landmarkcollegecounseling) on Instagram for the latest updates.