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Remote Learning Directives
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INTRODUCTION

The purpose of our remote learning program is to ensure that learning continues on days when we are unable to be physically present at Marist. During this time, teachers provide instruction to students virtually, using an online platform like PlusPortals or Google Classroom. Online experiences may include assignments posted via PlusPortals, individual or group work completed in Google (Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides, etc.), viewing a short video and responding, discussion boards, real-time video conferencing with Google Hangouts, flipped classroom lessons, and lessons on various apps. 
Students are also encouraged to take advantage of learning opportunities outside of the traditional school day. In addition to guaranteeing continuity of learning, remote learning will better prepare students for college classes as many college courses expect learners to be engaged and responsive in a virtual learning environment.
 

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DAILY CLASS SCHEDULE

Our remote learning days will be organized daily as follows: 

  • Teachers will post assignments by 9:00am and “classes” will begin at 9:30am.
  • Students do the bulk of their remote learning between 9:30am – 1:30pm.  Note that students may need to finish or continue their assignments outside of this time frame.
  • All Hangouts, online tests, or others “classroom” activities will take place between 9:30am – 1:30pm when teachers are virtually present.
  • Students must submit all work by 1:30pm, unless otherwise stated by individual teachers.
  • Assignments for all international students and students who receive supplemental services are due by 4:00pm.
  • Teachers can be reached daily via email from 9:30am – 1:30pm; many of the teachers are reachable throughout the evening as well.
     
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STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION

Just as in-class participation is critical to learning, full participation is necessary for student learning and student growth to occur. The remote learning format strives to maintain the same level of instruction and interaction between teacher and students as is experienced during a traditional school day.

  • Students must log into their Marist Gmail and PlusPortals accounts by 9:30am each day.  Students who do not login will be marked absent for the day.
  • Logging onto Plus Portals, the completion of all assignments, and attendance at a required Google Hangout will be the measure of participation as well as attendance.
  • If students choose to complete their assignments outside of the scheduled school day, they may not find the support and guidance from the teacher readily available. Teachers have other classes and responsibilities, so please be aware their availability outside of the assigned school day may be limited. 
  • Students who are not completing work will be contacted by the teacher via email. After a second missed assignment, the email will include parents/guardians, the Academic Dean, and the school counselor.
  • Students who have missed three assignments in a week will be referred to their school counselor and the Administration, who will arrange a Google Hangout with the student and family.
  • When participating in an online Google Hangout, students must wear appropriate clothing and use school appropriate language, exhibiting the Marist Value of professional behavior.
     
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ASSIGNMENTS, ASSESSMENTS, AND FEEDBACK

Both teachers and students have roles in the remote learning process, and the information exchange between them is critical for learning to occur. Outlined below are the expectations for how we will navigate the exchange of information.

  • Teachers will have the day’s assignment and handouts available to students on PlusPortals no later than 9:30 AM each day.
  • Teachers are encouraged to set up a Google Hangout to provide direct instruction and/or interaction. Some Hangouts are required; some are optional.  This will vary depending on the goal of the lesson.
  • Teachers can have assignments or assessments due by: (1) a specified time (2) the next meeting date, or (3) a future date. Teachers will be specific when posting deadlines.
  • Teachers are aware that providing feedback to students in a timely fashion is critical, and even moreso in a remote learning environment. Once students submit work, teachers will provide feedback where applicable, and a grade will be provided.  Teachers will continue to update and post their grades by Tuesday of each week.
  • Students who are having issues submitting assignments on PlusPortals or Google Classroom should reach out to the teacher via email immediately.
     
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STUDENTS WITH ACCOMMODATIONS

Students with an Individualized Service Plan (ISP) are entitled to their accommodations. Teachers will be mindful of the pacing of their courses in creating assignments, activities, and assessments for students with accommodations, and they will work to mirror their current course expectations. Teachers were reminded that when making decisions about students with accommodations, they need to consider whether the problems a student might be having are a result of excess work-flow or a lack of understanding of content. 
Should a student be in need of assistance, please reach out to Ms. Garber at rgarber@marist.org or Ms. Eisenmenger at meisenmenger@marist.org. 

 

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SCHOOL COUNSELING TEAM

Our school counseling team will be available and accessible via email on a daily basis from 9:30am – 1:30pm. Should you need to reach your school counselor for any reason email them. The counselors are available to work with the students, especially those who are struggling, and can help them navigate this new learning format and any of the anxieties associated with it.
 

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ADMINISTRATION

The administrative team will be available on a daily basis. If a student is struggling or you need support with anything, email Mr. Kay at jkay@marist.org or Ms. Miesnik at amiesnik@marist.org . All of us are here to support students and families in any way possible, so do not hesitate to reach out.
 

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INTERNET ACCESS

For those students who do not have internet service and/or cannot access internet service from a public place, here are a few suggestions:

  • You can use your phone’s “hotspot”, if you have an unlimited data plan. 
  • With cell phones having access to Wi-Fi, your cell phone can become your tool, if you have the apps downloaded. Students will need both the Marist app and the Google Hangouts app to be able to work effectively on their phones.
  • If the ability to hotspot is not an option for you, or you do not have a cell phone, please communicate with your school counselor and all of your teachers using your Marist email.  Counselors will help students navigate such issues.
     
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Issues and Concerns about Technology or E-Learning
  • PlusPortals: Students or parents who are having technology issues with PlusPortals or the Google platform can email Mr. Kodzo Deh at kdeh@marist.org between the hours of 9:30am – 1:30pm.
  • Remote Learning: If you have questions, comments, feedback, or suggestions related to e-learning or technology, you can send an e-mail to Ms. Miesnik at amiesnik@marist.org.  She will respond withing 24 hours.
     
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Beyond Formal Instruction

Marist has always prided itself in the delivery of a holistic education, addressing Mind, Body, and Spirit.  Please refer to the newly designed homepage at www.marist.org for opportunities for service, physical and emotional well-being, and spiritual reflection.  These activities help us stay connected as a Marist family.