Dear Upper School Parents,
We hope that you and your families are safe and doing well. We wanted to reach out to you today to make sure you understand our plan for continuous learning. Our faculty have been hard at work in preparation to move fully to distance learning starting this Wednesday, March 18. (Many assignments have already been posted for students.) Below is a summary of our Continuity of Learning Plan which details the expectations for our students, teachers, and parents during this period of online learning.
Adviser and Teacher Expectations:
Advisers will be communicating with their advisees twice a week via email or Google Classroom to check on their progress in all of their courses, as well as their physical and emotional well being.
Teachers will establish and communicate weekly office hours when students can contact them with questions or concerns about assignments. Teachers will post office hours through email, Whipple Hill, or their already-established online learning program. Teachers will also post the specific method(s) that students can reach them during their office hours, including e-mail, Google meet, Google doc comments, etc. Students will have at least 24 hours to complete and submit an assignment from the time it was assigned. This will ensure that we are as flexible as possible in accounting for things that might be outside a student’s control.
Online learning assignments will align with the course’s already-established expectations, standards, and objectives, though content itself may shift in the best interest of the students. We aim to provide meaningful learning experiences for the students as they work remotely.
Student and Parent Expectations:
To ensure academic success, students will consistently check their school email, Whipple Hill, Google Classroom, and any other online learning program established by their teachers for class assignments and announcements.
Students should check their email and class platforms at least 5 times a day. (First thing in the morning, mid-morning, mid-afternoon, late-afternoon, evening, etc.) They will complete and submit their assignments on time and with their best work. Moreover, students should reach out to their advisers, their respective teachers, administrators, Ms. Patterson, or Ms. Minihan with any questions or concerns they are having with distance learning.
If your child is having difficulty with his or her device or other technology, please have them email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please know that Ms. Patterson is still here for you and your child. You can contact her at email@example.com. She and Christina Heath already sent a letter to you regarding this matter and will be sending one to students as well.
Students are expected to adhere to the rules of the student handbook throughout the entire period of distance learning.
Flexibility and Understanding
We understand that this period of distance learning will be a challenge for everyone, and that we need to be flexible and patient with our students and families as they adapt to this difficult time. At the same time, we ask that you be equally patient and understanding with our faculty as they navigate teaching their classes online. We feel confident that our teachers will continue to provide the excellent education that has long been associated with St. Martin’s Episcopal School while also being there to support our students through this new endeavor.
We will be communicating with you throughout this time, but please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns that you have. Thank you so much for your continued support!
Together We Are Saints.
Head of Upper School
Associate Head--Student Affairs
Associate Head--Academic Affairs