Remote Learning Guidelines
Remote Learning Guidelines for Students and Families:
- Students are to follow their class schedule each day, participating in classes as prescribed by their assigned cohort.
- Students must be on time for classes.
- Students must remain in class for the entire period.
- At the end of the class, teachers will formally dismiss the students.
- Student schedules include lunch breaks (for all students in Pre-K through 12th grade) and study halls (high school students). Accordingly, students are to follow the schedule during non-instructional times, just as they would during instructional times.
- Faculty members have been encouraged to provide instruction in outdoor spaces periodically. This will allow for students to spread out and learn in a different, mask-free environment. Teachers are aware that there might not be remote learning opportunities for at-home students when the class moves out of the traditional classroom. Teachers will provide advanced-notice to students and will balance these opportunities for students in both cohorts.
- Alternative spaces - the auditorium, gym, chapel, church, outdoor campus grounds, etc - will be made available to classes and students for positive social emotional experiences and to provide additional opportunities for instruction outside of the traditional classroom setting.
- Google Classroom and Google Meet are the official platforms for remote instruction.
- The school-issued Google Chromebook is the official device for students in grades 3 - 12. Students in grades Pre-K through 2 can request a Chromebook from the school to be used at home.
- Students must have their video cameras on when joining and during the entire Google Meet class time.
- Microphones should be off upon entry into the Google Classroom and remain off unless the student is speaking with the teacher or with the class.
- Students are encouraged to use headphones during remote learning classes to minimize distractions. Headphones, however, are not required.
- Students may only use their St. Dominic’s email address during remote learning.
- Families are asked to support students, staff and the entire remote learning process to ensure that students adhere to the St. Dominic’s acceptable use policy for technology.
- Families are also asked to test technological devices and access them regularly for proper function. Please share any difficulties with your child’s teacher first, and then the contact listed below, next.
- Repairs related to the St. Dominic’s-issued Chromebook for students in grades 9 - 12 are to be directed to Ms. Young. (email@example.com). In the elementary school, Chromebook repair requests are to be directed to Mrs. Sorge (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Warranty-related repairs are covered at no cost. A $50 repair fee applies for any accidental damage-related repairs.
- When a school-issued Chromebook goes in for repair, a loaner will be given to the student until the repair is completed.
- The teacher will use the classroom computer to broadcast live video or share his/her screen with students, and to interact with students via audio and video.
- The teacher will use his/her Chromebook to monitor the remote students by way of a “grid-view” of all students.
- The teacher Chromebook is also used to monitor GoGuardian.
- The teacher Chromebook will facilitate the attendance-taking process as well as help the teacher with some other administrative tasks during the class period.
- The student Chromebook will show the teacher’s name 3 (three) times. Once as the classroom webcam, once as the classroom computer (screen-share), and once as the teacher’s Chromebook webcam (which will be turned off, however, the teacher’s initial will show in that pane of the grid).
- Students can switch between the webcam and screen-share views.
- Students can choose to “pin” 1 (one) window as the preferred window to view during the class period.
- Students may also choose to have the person who is speaking as the “spotlight” image.
- Students are expected to be actively engaged in the classroom during remote learning.
- Completed assignments must be turned in on the due-date.
- Late assignments may be submitted for partial credit. Specifics pertaining to partial credit are determined by school policy and can be found in the Student Handbook.
- Students will have extra help options available. Specifics pertaining to this will be developed by each teacher.
- Students and families should proactively notify their teacher (first) or a school administrator (second) with any concerns about academic progress, technological difficulties, or additional support if needed.
- Students and families should become accustomed to our faculty’s instructional plan which, simply stated, is: Instruction, Instructional Activity, Assessment. This progression takes place over a wide-range of time frames depending on the subject area and the grade level involved.
- Students should review teacher feedback and complete any follow-up activities as assigned by the teacher.
- Each day both groups of students (In-Class and Remote-Learning) will participate simultaneously with live instruction unless a test is being administered.
- Teachers will consider different testing options and schedules. This may include a 2-day test option (test on day 1 for cohort A and then a different version of the test on day 2 for cohort B, for example). While the in-class cohort is testing, the remote-instruction cohort would have a separate task to work on. It also may include test options that assign different tasks to different groups of students. Finally the testing may be done by way of a website or software platform that provides a secure and reliable electronic testing environment.
Attendance and Expectations:
- Students must be dressed appropriately as a member of the remote-instruction cohort (see Student Handbook).
- Students must be seated at a desk, table, or similar location as a member of the remote-instruction group.
- This location must ensure that the student can participate in each aspect of the class (audio, video, and a physical workspace).
- Students must be on camera and engaged during the entire class.
- An appropriate chair and work area are necessary to set each child up for a successful remote-learning experience.
- Attendance will be taken by the teacher during each period. Students are to be present for the entire period in order to be marked as “present”.
- Families should support students in being successful by establishing consistent schedules, healthy routines and habits that support school policies.
- Remote students are to log in for daily attendance and announcements at 7:45am. In-class students will also be present for these same things.
- Students and parents will receive regular communications from teachers regarding the instructional plan. Many times these will include links to instructional activities, assignments, resources, assessments, updates, and due dates.
- Teachers will contact parents when a student is consistently late to class, absent from class, or departs class before it ends.