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Remote Learning Introduction

Guiding Principles

● Remote learning at Saint John School involves: participation by teachers, students, and parents;
online access to instruction; completion of independent work; communication between all parties; and
the support and assistance of parents.

● Instruction provided online may include live or recorded lessons; teacher-led or independent activities;
individual, small group, or whole class arrangements; and review or the introduction of new material.
Independent activities may include extra practice, reading, completing projects, journaling, or other
recommendations. Instruction will be planned, purposeful, and related to curriculum standards. The
remote learning model is designed to engage the students in a meaningful and productive learning
process while recognizing their academic, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual development.

● Students are expected to be “instructionally present” for remote learning. Evidence obtained that a
student has been engaged in school activities in the course of a school day is sufficient for a student to
be considered present. Attendance will be monitored and recorded. Every student is unique and every
family situation is different. Consequently, individual student experiences and performances are
expected to vary.

● Teachers will monitor attendance; maintain contact with students and/or families on a scheduled basis;
prepare instruction; implement lessons; collaborate with specialists; monitor and assess student
performance; provide guidance regarding daily or weekly schedules; provide online experiences ; and
respond to questions or concerns. Teachers will provide students and parents with specific times and
recommended means to respond to inquiries. Teachers will reach out to students not responding to the
opportunity to engage in remote learning activities.

● While engaged in remote learning, it is anticipated that students will participate in a combination of
online and offline educational activities. Parents should use discretion regarding the amount of time
students devote to educational activities at home. In developing their programs, the teachers have
considered screen time concerns.

● Student work may be collected and reviewed but not graded during term four of the 2019-2020 school
year. No formal (i.e. number) grades will be calculated and recorded during the remote learning phase of
term four. In lieu of a number grade for major subjects in grades three through six, a marking of C
(credit) and NC (no credit) will be applied.

● Specialists (in the areas of Art, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, STEM, Library and Technology)
will provide a variety of enrichment activities to supplement the academic instruction that is provided
remotely. The performance of students in special subjects will be designated as “not assessed” (n/a) on
report cards.

● In the course of each week instruction will be provided in a variety of academic areas.
 However, remote learning is not expected to replicate the entire school day. 

Chronology of Events

Spring of 2020
March 12 -Saint John School closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 Virus
March 16 - Remote learning initiated and school materials provided for parents to retrieve
March 23 - Additional materials provided to parents
March 23 - Governor Baker announces that schools will remain closed until May 4th
March 27 -SJS teachers provide a summary of their remote learning activities in the weekly Newsletter
April 6 - SJS specialists provide a “grid” for easy online access by parents and teachers to specialist activities
April 9 - SJS specialists provide a summary of their remote learning activities in the weekly Newsletter
April 17 - Report cards distributed
April 20-24 - Holiday and School vacation
April 21 -Governor Baker announces that schools will remain closed of the remainder of the school year
April 29 - Specialist “Grid” placed on SJS website and App
May 1 - Remote Learning Program Description and Guiding Principles provided to parents