Here’s everything you need to know about remote learning

School starts up again Monday. Here’s the 411

India Turner

After a two week break, classes will start again on March 30. of course, things will look and feel quite different from usual. With that in mind, we found the answers that might be on your mind.

How can students communicate with their teachers and stay up to date?

Check your school email regularly. Communication between staff and students will rely on a combination of students looking at their email and schoology. Most teachers should have already begun communicating with students about how they plan to correspond long term. If you are unsure of a teacher’s plan come March 30, contact your teacher with any questions. 


How often will students have classes?

On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, all classes will be held for 30 minutes. Meanwhile on block days, classes will be held for an hour. Block schedule still has periods 2, 4, and 6 occuring on Wednesday and 1, 3, 5, and 7 happening on Thursday. Classes will start at 8:30 each day and are expected to end at 12:30.


How will attendance be tracked?

Each day you will be asked to check-in with your teachers. A teacher could ask for you to check in in a variety of ways: a one question Schoology quiz, a post on a discussion board, an assignment to turn in or by participation in a live conference. 


Will there be homework?

Students are expected to fit all work (assignments and homework) into four hours or less a day.  With the new schedule, students will spend 2.5 hours a week per class. Students should not have more than four hours of work a day.


How will quizzes and tests work?

While the format may change, quizzes and tests will still happen. Depending on the class they may take the form of a Schoology test, a student produced video or an essay.


Do you have to do the work for your classes at a specific time?

No, you do not have to follow the 8:30 to 12:30 schedule that was sent to parents and students. Students must check in with each of their teachers by 3:45 each day, however the pace and order of classwork may be determined by the student.


How can I contact my teacher?

On Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, teachers will be available through schoology and email. However, on block days teachers will be available through live video conferences. The live video conference may be required by a teacher on block days for the whole class to attend.


What system will live video conferences be on?

Live video conferences between students and teachers will happen through Google Hangouts or Schoology Conferences. Zoom will not be used because of privacy concerns.


Can students submit missing or late assignments?

Yes, some missing and late assignments will be accepted. Contact your teacher through email about this topic.


If we don’t return to school this year, how will finals work?

If the situation arises where we are not able to go back to school, faculty will develop a plan around finals. As of right now no plan has been made.


Will classes still be letter-grades or switched to pass/fail?

As of right now, grading will remain the same as how it was before the school’s closure. However, faculty is always adapting to the needs of students and this could change.


Will school go into the summer?

The superintendent has not released a decision about this topic yet.