Distance Learning Scenarios Fall 2020
As public health circumstances evolve or change in the months ahead, we have a comprehensive framework that offers us agility in our planning. You may read below to learn more details about three broad categories for which we are preparing.
- Daily health screenings and monitoring for students and staff to ensure effective prevention, detection, and response to any cases of infection in our community; training and daily routines for healthy hygiene practices, including frequent hand washing; age-appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE) according to CDC guidelines; and daily sanitizing of all classrooms, restrooms, and public spaces.
- Arranging classrooms and learning activities to accommodate recommended social/physical distancing guidelines and minimizing movement/contact among students (with teachers rotating between classrooms or teaching different classes virtually on campus, for example).
- Indefinitely postponing field trips and replacing large group gatherings (such as weekly chapel services or daily lunch in the dining hall) with small groups (streaming chapel services in classrooms, picnic lunches with small groups).
- Flexible/staggered arrival and dismissal times to minimize large student groups in close proximity.
- Temporarily reconfiguring buildings and spaces to accommodate additional meeting/learning locations that social and physical distancing plans may require, including adding more outdoor learning spaces and holding classes in areas like the library, dining hall, gymnasium, and chapel.
- Designing schedules that keep core academic classes taught in-person and on campus, but if more stringent social distancing guidelines limit on-campus space availability, creating schedules for older middle school students that include periodic flex days for elective classes and asynchronous work from home or off-campus classroom locations, if necessary.
- All relevant health, safety, and social/physical distancing protocols from Scenario #1 will be implemented.
- Prioritizing on-campus, in-person learning for core academic subjects.
- Acquiring off-site locations where classes may be held as an in-person and virtual hybrid, simulcast from campus, and/or with specially-designed lessons facilitated by staff off campus.This could include satellite classrooms at one or more local churches or other locations.
- Seeking, and considering incentives for, parents who might volunteer their homes as locations where a small group of children from their child’s class could gather for instruction on days when they are not on campus.
- Wherever possible, designing schedules and class assignments that keep siblings on similar schedules to support families.
- Most predictions that suggest temporary distance learning may become necessary in the fall or winter also anticipate durations of fewer than the 11 weeks that were required this spring. STS will be flexible with our school calendar and move breaks, if necessary, to maximize opportunities for on-campus learning and minimize the duration of any distance learning to every extent possible.
- With additional time to plan, we anticipate offering more robust distance learning schedules that can better integrate co-curricular and elective courses, as well as more live/synchronous small group opportunities for both social and academic purposes.
- Our faculty and administrators’ training and planning this summer will permit a more streamlined and rapid shift to and from distance learning if it becomes required. We expect to have more opportunities to train and practice distance learning protocols and transitions with our students in advance, as well.
- As long as it’s permissible under public health agencies/guidelines, we will facilitate connections between parents within grade levels who might host children of working parents for whom childcare is a challenge.
- Parent, student, and teacher survey results from this spring will shape any distance learning planning in the months ahead.